Fremantle, the state’s capital, is located in Western Australia at the mouth of the Swan River. The city was named after Charles Fremantle, an English naval officer who established the camp at the site and pronounced possession of Western Australia. During World War II, Fremantle was the 2nd largest base for Allied submarines operating in the Pacific Theater. Up to 125 U.S., 31 British and 11 Free Dutch Submarines operated out of Fremantle, until the Americans moved forward to the Philippines.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
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Enjoy a broad but complete tour of Fremantle and Perth that includes a behind-the-scenes look at the Perth Mint and a relaxing cruise on the Swan River.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely drive to Fremantle’s twin city of Perth, stopping at Kings Park to take in the scenery. One of the world’s largest urban parks, it overlooks one of the widest sections of the Swan River, and the views are outstanding.
Continuing on, you will soon arrive at the Perth Mint. Each year, the mint distributes $18 billion worth of gold, silver and platinum bullion bars and coins throughout the world. Enjoy a tour of the facility, which opened in 1899 and see the world’s largest gold coin. It tips the scale at one ton, making the coin the world’s biggest, heaviest and most valuable gold bullion. It features Queen Elizabeth II on one side and a bounding red kangaroo on the other.
Next, you will cruise the lovely Swan River, which will present you with a different perspective of Perth’s skyline while you linger over a cup of tea. Being the capital of Western Australia, Perth is wonderfully bustling and there’s plenty to see.
More sights await you in Fremantle on your way back to the pier. Architectural highlights include the now-closed 19th-century prison and the Gothic-style Fremantle Arts Centre.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of moderate walking / standing. There will be some steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Weather appropriate clothing, sun protection and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary and the itinerary may be reversed.
Spend a delightful day savoring spectacular wines, beers and cuisine in Swan Valley, a fertile farmland known as the Valley of Taste.
After departing from the pier, you will head to Swan Valley via the historical town of Guildford, an architecturally rich village listed on the National Trust register. During a panoramic drive, you’ll discover an impressive array of beautifully restored heritage buildings and historic attractions, offering an engaging insight into the early settlement and colonial history of Western Australia and the Swan Valley.
The Swan Valley is Western Australia’s oldest wine region, built on a unique history and heritage blending Indigenous, pioneering colonial and southern European roots. You will be seduced with a rich fusion of wines, beers, food, scenery and nature. Notable wine varieties range from specialty whites such as Verdelho, full-bodied reds and some of the world’s finest fortified.
Today is just as much about award-winning beers as it is about premium wines. Three of this region's best-known wineries and breweries will be featured with tastings. These venues may include such names as Sittella, Lancaster, Houghton, Sandalford, little creatures, Elmar's Brewery or Ironbark Brewery.
You will stop for a BBQ lunch at a local Swan Valley restaurant. Be sure to leave room for dessert, as you will also visit the Margaret River Chocolate Factory. Tastings are available as well as products for purchase. You will also drop by the Cape Lavender Gift Shop, which sells lavender-infused teas, jams and cosmetics.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Weather appropriate clothing, sun protection and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests must be at least 18 years of age in order to participate in the wine and beer tastings. Wineries and brewery vary depending on availability of venues on the call date.
Explore the natural charms of Rottnest Island on a guided walk and again during free time, when you may relax on the beach or snorkel and bicycle at your leisure.
After departing from the pier, you’ll drive to Northport Ferry Termimal and will soon board a ferry for Rottnest Island, or Rotto as it’s affectionately known, which lies just 12 miles west of Fremantle. The island is laid-back, serene and wonderfully scenic, as you will discover on an introductory walk.
The island’s odd name comes from a Dutch explorer who landed there in 1696 and mistakenly thought the indigenous marsupials were rats. The tiny animals are actually quokkas and are abundant throughout Rottnest, which means “rat’s nest.”
You will learn even more about this island paradise on an enlightening driving tour. The people you spot along the way will most likely be locals from the Fremantle area, who typically come over for the day to surf, snorkel, fish, and lounge on the pristine beaches.
You are welcome to do the same during free time that follows your lunch. Or you might prefer to rent a bicycle for a carefree ride around the island. Almost everywhere you pedal will have an ocean view, as life here revolves around the sea.
Coral reefs teeming with brightly colored tropical fish lie just offshore, and the crystal-clear waters are ideal for snorkeling. Equipment is available for rent in town. For the best view of the island, the more adventurous may want to climb to the top of Wadjemup Lighthouse. After approximately 2 hours of free time on the island, you will re-board the ferry and return to the pier in Fremantle.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 45 minutes of moderate guided walking that covers 1/2 mile, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be some uneven surfaces to negotiate and the coach ride can be bumpy at times. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with walking difficulties. Weather appropriate clothing, sun protection, insect repellant and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Those who wish to swim in the ocean, durig free time, should bring a swimsuit and towel from the ship. Guests taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.
Walk through Fremantle’s vibrant downtown, admiring historical attractions such as the city’s first jail and a revitalized area full of restaurants and shopping malls.
After departing from the pier on foot, you will soon reach the most historical section of Fremantle, much of which was constructed by convicts from Britain in the 19th century. Ironically, they built their own prisons, both of which are downtown.
Opened in 1831, shortly after the area was settled, the Round House is Fremantle’s oldest public building. While it looks round, it actually has 12 sides and operated as a prison until 1886. By that time, the much larger Fremantle Prison had opened with an austere main cell block that could contain up to 1,000 men.
Of course, there’s more to Fremantle’s past than prisons. The city is also full of Victorian and Edwardian architecture from its boom years, when gold and wheat drove the economy as you will discover when your tour continues on along South Terrace and along the waterfront Esplanade. When you reach the High Street Mall, you will have the option of remaining here to shop, and then returning to the pier later on your own, or following your guide back to the pier.
Please note: This walking tour includes 2 hours of moderate walking that covers approximately 3 miles. There will be some steps, inclines and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with walking difficulties. Weather appropriate clothing, sun protection, a bottle of water from the ship and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Discover the charms of Fremantle and its vivacious twin city Perth through their historical architecture and idyllic parks on the meandering Swan River.
After departing from the pier, you will soon reach the heart of Fremantle, an engaging city full of Victorian and Edwardian architecture from its boom years, when gold and wheat drove the economy. Fremantle’s meticulous restoration of its historical buildings has helped to revitalize the downtown, where you will drive from one landmark to another.
As you make your way through the city, you’ll find the city’s streets are lined with quaint terraced houses, historic buildings and sidewalk cafes. You will also see the Round House, which actually has 12 sides and only looks round, and Burswood Park, where you will pause for photos before continuing on to Fremantle’s twin city of Perth.
It’s a beautiful setting with soaring skyscrapers, the Swan River and nearby yachts with multi colored sails. In the distance, the Darling Ranges rise from the coastal plains offering a superb natural backdrop. Perth’s prosperity is evident throughout, but especially along Millionaire’s Row, which you will pass on the way to King’s Park.
One of the world’s largest urban parks, King’s Park overlooks the Swan River and the city of Perth. The park is primarily bush land - except for the lovely gardens atop Mt. Eliza that offer panoramic city views. Enjoy some free time in this serene oasis before heading back to the pier.
Please note: This tour is primarily panoramic in nature with limited optional walking at the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Weather appropriate clothing, sun protection and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.