Fremantle (or Freo as many locals affectionately call it) is a town which attracts a large number of locals and tourists alike.
It is a town south of Perth which has something for everyone, from restaurants to pubs and cafes, boutique stores, markets, a stunning coastline and of course, historical buildings and museums.
If you’re after an educational tour, I’d recommend paying a visit to the maritime museum. Why? The answer is simple, you can learn about Western Australia’s nautical historical, admire the displays and most importantly, you can go on a submarine tour of HMAS Ovens.
The museum offers visitors three admission options at various prices. You can opt to pay for admission to the museum only or pay for the submarine tour or you can purchase a combined entry to gain entry to both the museum and the submarine.
In this instance, my family and I opted for the submarine tour. As it is a tour which is run by volunteers, the tour times may vary depending on the day and number of volunteers available to run the tours. So it is best to call the museum directly to book to avoid disappointment.
The best news about this tour is that it will be a unique experience for each person depending on the tour guide. Many of the guides are submariners who through personal experiences are able to give an insight into life on board a submarine and the daily operations/tasks.
The tour runs for an hour to an hour and a half depending on the guide and number of people on the tour. It is recommended that you wear enclosed shoes as you will need to climb down a few stairs and back up to enter and exit the submarine. You are more than welcome to bring a camera or video recorded on the tour with you but bags are not permitted. There are lockers to store your bags in and you can pay for these with a $2 coin which is refundable once you unpack the locker.
For only $15 per adult for the tour, it is definitely value for money and gives an invaluable insight into the role of a submariner and the role which the Australian Navy has played in the past and recent years to ensure the safety of this country.
And if you’re wanting to make a day out of it, you can always walk down to Fremantle Jetty and dine at one of the local cafes or brewery. There’s even a ferris wheel if you want to see Fremantle from above.