Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle

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Western Australian Maritime Museum houses a notable collection of vessels, including the winged-keel Australia II, which won the America's Cup in 1983. The museum presents a full history of marine activity on the Western Australian coast and offers tours of HMAS Ovens, a retired Oberon-class submarine, one of the site's most popular attractions. The museum's maritime gallery is divided up by themes, such as the Indian Ocean, Swan River, maritime trade, regional fishing, and naval defense. The shipwreck gallery contains a reconstructed hull from the Batavia, wrecked off the coast of Western Australia in 1629. You can also try the museum's "Without Walls" program, hosting "wreck trail" tours at several locations along the coast. For Western Australian Maritime Museum and beyond, use our Fremantle family vacation planner to get the most from your Fremantle vacation.
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  • I love a maritime museum although this one did not speak so much of history but rather all things boat. There were some good boats but I like the history more so it was a shame. Beautiful video of ind...  more »
  • We went to the Maritime Museum which is located near the entrance of the Swan River. We decided to forgo the HMAS Ovens submarine tour and look at the galleries within the main building. The displays ...  more »
  • This is a three level museum with an additional exhibition area. Our weekday midafternoon visit saw very few visitors - perhaps just two other pairs besides our family of four. The exhibition area was...  more »
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  • Fascinating museum. Houses the Australia 2 boat that won the America's cup. Also interesting for migrants from the 50's and 60's (like myself). Well laid out. Good parking.
  • Submarine tour was great.. if you are into the details. It gets hot in the summer but winter months are good. The kids exhibitions are great and interactive...
  • This is a great museum and focuses on the fishing and military history of the Fremantle port. I found it very educational. It is a definite must see for anyone interested is maritime history in the Perth area
  • Great location. Submarine available to tour and historic seaborne craft to view. Busy in summer school hols and popular for school visits
  • Fantastic place. I was invited for a private function upstairs and it us a brilliant way to use space. Views from the balcony are spectacular.

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A good alternative to staying in busy Perth, the port city of Fremantle offers atmospheric lodgings in many of its well-preserved buildings from the 19th century. Available for both long and short stays in the city, these rental properties offer lots of privacy and all the modern conveniences you need, all just a walk away from the city's main attractions. If you're traveling on a budget, consider Fremantle's mid-range hotels and backpacker hostels, many of which you'll find near the main train station.
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