WA: Walking Tour of Fremantle Maritime Archaeology


Event Details


Take a tour through time with WA Museum maritime archaeologists to learn about Fremantle’s hidden maritime history that lies within the Bathers Bay and Victoria Quay heritage precinct.

Dr Michael McCarthy, Ross Anderson, Nicolas Bigourdan

Meet in front of WA Museum – Shipwreck Galleries at anchor walk, tour ends at WA Maritime Museum – Victoria Quay

Before the opening of Fremantle’s Inner Harbour in 1897, Bathers Bay and Anglesea Point were the focus of the old Fremantle port, incorporating the South Jetty, Long Jetty, shore whaling station, boatbuilding and shipwrecks. Sites of interest for this tour include the Commissariat building (now WA Museum- Shipwreck Galleries); Esplanade Park wrecks and the old shoreline; Long Jetty; the Marquis of Anglesea wreck; the kerosene store (now Kidogo Arthouse) and boatbuilding shed; and the Fremantle whaling station.

The tour will pass through the World War II boom defence structures on the South Mole and submarine slipway, ending at Western Australian Maritime Museum at Victoria Quay.

Celebrate National Archaeology Week with our team on a roving exploration through Fremantle’s coastal heritage as they reveal the fascinating traces that remain.

Cost: Free event

Bookings: Essential online or call 1300 134 081

Duration: Approximately 45 minutes

You will need comfortable shoes and bring weather protection (as required). Total distance is approximately 500m, and the route is wheelchair accessible.

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View of Bathers Bay in Fremantle c.1869, showing the completed Commissariat building (now Shipwreck Galleries).