Three days in Perth means you’re lucky enough to fully experience it, especially if your itinerary includes tours that combine the sights, culture, and adventures of the city plus Western Australia’s southwest coast. Here’s how to spend a fun-filled 72 hours in Perth.
Fremantle Passenger Terminal (Perth Cruise Port)
Situated at the mouth of the Swan River, Fremantle Passenger Terminal is a bustling cruise port that serves as the gateway to Western Australia. Although historic Fremantle is an interesting destination in its own right, most passengers head straight for downtown nearby Perth, just 15 miles (24 kilometers) away.
Take some time to explore charming Fremantle after docking at the Perth Cruise Port or make the most of limited time in the region with a shore excursion. Options abound, from whale-watching and sea kayaking to tours of the Margaret River region and the Pinnacles Desert, with most including round-trip transportation. In Perth proper, King’s Park is a must, as are beaches such as Cottesloe and Scarborough—opt for guided tours if you want to learn more.
Things to Know Before You Go
- You can watch cruise ships arrive and depart from vantage points on Victoria Quay, as well as North and South moles.
- There are cafés, a licensed bar, restrooms, tourist information booths, and free Wi-Fi at Fremantle Passenger Terminal.
- Shore excursions are convenient ways to explore wider Perth and Western Australia without the hassle of making your own arrangements.
- If you dock in Fremantle on a weekend, make sure to stop by the local markets to pick up some souvenirs.
- Central Fremantle is well-served by a free bus and historic tramlines, ideal for first-time visitors or those with limited time to explore.
How to Get to Perth From the Perth Cruise Port
Fremantle Passenger Terminal sits 12 miles (19 kilometers) to the south of Perth. The port itself is a short walk from downtown Fremantle, although trams also operate between the dock and Fremantle’s visitor center. Taxis are also plentiful, however shore excursions with round-trip transportation are often more convenient options. To get to Perth independently in around 30 minutes, take the train from Fremantle.
The Fremantle Passenger Terminal offers free Wi-Fi when ships are in port, as well as a café and bar. Besides the two ATMs in the Port of Fremantle, you’ll find plenty more in the town of Fremantle and all over Perth. The local currency is the Australian dollar and the local language is English, although you're likely to hear Mandarin too.