SW Australia Day 1 & 2: Fremantle

Hello, it has been a long long while! This space has been a little neglected by Sylvia and I have been updating our Instagram pretty frequently. It just takes more time to draft out a blog posts these days. Before I leave for the next family trip, I thought I better update our last trip from 2 years ago. Procrastination much!

I have been receiving requests on our itinerary: where to go, what to eat and such with a 17 month old in tow. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously and I would highly recommend Perth and the SW Australia for a first family trip especially if you would like to take things a little slower during the trip.

I have shared about why we decided to go SW Australia (partly was also to visit a friend), and a brief itinerary of what we wanted to do during the trip. This detailed version will include where we visited at each place, where we ate and the various children friendly facilities. It is not an exhaustive list but what and where we enjoyed. I will be sharing our itinerary in 5 individual posts, marking each leg of our trip.

First up, Fremantle. We took the red eye flight with Singapore Airlines to Perth. Conclusion? Unless you are flying for about 6-7 hours or more, redeye flight is not recommended. We did the same when we went to Japan and it was manageable. However this time round to Perth, we departed at 0000, breakfast is served at 0300 and we land around 0530-0600!!! The adults barely slept; C slept through except waking up for breakfast. After we landed, we collected our car, fixed the car seat, and off we go to meet our friend.

We actually took Day 1 to recuperate from flying. We took away lunch and dinner at our friend’s, and visited an indoor playground.


Our friend brought us to Chipmunks Playland for the little humans to burn off some energy. It was almost empty and we had the whole place to ourselves! This playground is little out of the way for tourists though.

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Dinner was takeaways from Crust, which were so so good!


We also did some grocery shopping post lunch. We only brought sufficient diapers for the 1st day and purchased the rest in Australia. We also decided to take this time to transit her to full cream milk entirely. A very brave move on our side but a point to note is that she has been having fresh milk so it wasn’t a new taste altogether. Besides milk, C also has yoghurt or cheese as her snack since we don’t bring milk out for the day.

For the first leg of our trip, we stayed at Mole End Cottage, just a 10 minutes drive from Fremantle city centre and a 5 minutes walk to South Beach. We booked directly with them though they also have a listing on airbnb. This cosy house has a living room, rather equipped kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a little backyard and front verandah.

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Making herself at home straight away
We spent the morning of Day 2 preparing for trip to Penguin Island and dropping by South Beach (lots of children, lots of dogs too!).

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At Penguin Island, we went to watch the Penguin ‘Show’, had a little picnic, walked around half the island and spent the rest of the time at the beach.





After Penguin Island, we took away some late lunch at Kent Street Deli.


The evening was spent visiting Fremantle Market, walking through Fremantle Esplanade, dinner at Cicerello’s.

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My mil kindly babysit our little friend while the husband and I sneaked out for a roof top movie date at Perth. It was freezing cold! That’s about it for our first leg of the trip! The next leg will be on Margaret River region.


The rest of this series can be found here:

Traveling with a 16-Month-Old Toddler: On Itinerary
Traveling with a 16-Month-Old Toddler: On road tripping
Traveling with a 16-Month-Old Toddler: Accommodation, Food and etc in SW Australia
Activity Kit for Little Travellers


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