The Fremantle Audiowalk

The Fremantle Audiowalk

Who were the first Europeans to enter the Swan River? (Hint: they weren’t Dutch).

What was the world’s greatest liar doing in Fremantle in the 1870s, and why did the local magistrate give him a thrashing in the street?

Australia is in the grip of a global pandemic while people are convinced that arrivals from Afghanistan are creating terror. Sound familiar? Welcome to Fremantle in 1901.

And who exactly was Millie Viola, the mysterious daredevil aeronautist?

Audiowalks are a great way to learn about Western Australia’s history while exercising, and easy to use! Simply download the free MP3 to your device, go to the section of the path marked as the beginning of the walk, press play and follow the directions from there. You will be asked to move to identifiable landmarks and listen to an account of the social and natural history associated with that site.

The Fremantle audiowalk begins by the E Shed, follows the path around to Esplanade Park. then back along Cliff Street.

Start here.
Remains of the long jetty. Whales were dragged on to the beach here.
In the 1870s, a boarding house stood here. The world’s greatest liar resided here.

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REMEMBER! Be sun smart: Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide, and don’t forget your water!

Cultural advice provided by Dr Noel Nannup OAM

Audiowalks WA acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyungar people as the traditional owners of this land.

Writer/producer JOHN TOOHEY is an award winning writer who has published books and articles on history and photography. Having gained an Honours degree in History at UWA, he lived in several countries, earning an M.A. in Art History along the way. His photographic work is held in major collections.

If you haven’t seen her, you have no doubt heard narrator MONICA MAIN. She is a local actor with over thirty years experience in theatre, film and radio. Monica has won awards for Rest@The East Perth Cemetery at the 2019 Fringeworld, and The Equity Guild Award for services to the WA Professional Performing Arts Industry.

Audio was recorded and produced at Fremantle Recording Studios by David Jones.