June 2018 – Bathers Beach, Fremantle

Adjacent to Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour:  Bathers Beach (Manjaree).  Only a short walk from there to a number of popular places, it is a great place to watch the sun go down whilst laying on wooden lounges in the sand, enjoying sustenance from Bathers Beach House (the beachfront restaurant and bar).  This part of the beach is shared with the remnants of Fremantle’s Long Jetty.

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The Long Jetty was constructed in 1873 to improve facilities for shipping requirements that had markedly increased since the settlement of the Swan River Colony in 1829. Extended twice, in 1887 and 1896, and being a kilometre in length, it reached a total depth of 7.metres and was still not able to accommodate all ships and the loading/unloading of cargo without the use of smaller vessels. This method of lightering was eliminated in the late 1890’s with the opening of the new Fremantle Harbour.  For a while the jetty served as a promenade and a hall was built at one end, but it was eventually closed off and demolished in 1921. Looking at what remains, it is not until we saw historic photos that we could appreciate its original size and use.

With the redevelopment of the Bathers Beach area, has been the opening of art galleries and studios in cottages and warehouses, markets and festivals.

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The Kidogo Arthouse – a Heritage Listed limestone building built in 1884, saved from near demolition in 1972 – one of many galleries to visit.