Fremantle Passenger Terminal Then and Now open day
Sunday 15 November 9am-2pm
Free event, no booking required
Free parking at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal
15-minute walk from the Fremantle Train Station
We're having an open day at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal! This is your chance to see this iconic building, which was opened in two stages in 1960 and 1962.
The two-level Fremantle Passenger Terminal was designed in what is known as the Post War International Style. This is characterised by simple, functional, largely unadorned structures with open spaces, large areas of glass and an emphasis on steel and concrete in the building materials. Architectural firm Hobbs, Winning and Leighton were the consulting architects for the terminal in association with the Fremantle Harbour Trust. The builders were the Fremantle Harbour Trust and AT Brine and Sons, with 22 subcontractors involved.
The two-level building is of steel-framed construction with concrete panels. The upper floor is timber parquetry and Western Australian hardwood timbers were used extensively in the interior. The first stage, servicing F Berth, was opened in December 1960 by the Premier, the Hon David Brand MLA. Between then and completion of Stage 2 at G Berth in May 1962, more than a quarter of a million passengers passed through the terminal.
The building is still the largest of its kind in Australia and at the time of being built was the only passenger terminal in Australia with two-berth capacity. It was built for dual-purpose usage with capacity for cargo handling as well as servicing passenger needs. The building features Western Australian artist Howard Taylor’s flora and fauna art works commissioned for the terminal.
If you came through the terminal as a migrant or you're a mid-century design fan then this event is for you. Just turn up on the day. There is plenty of free parking or catch a train or bus to the Fremantle Train Station and walk.
- Relive your migrant arrival moment
- Tours of the building
- Australian Border Force detector dogs
- Meet the Harbour Master
- Photos and memorabilia
- Record your migration story for posterity
- Photography tips and tricks with Fremantle Camera Club
- Vintage-inspired fashion parade
- Music, morning tea, genealogy and more!
Find out all about the Fremantle Passenger Terminal here.
Join our one-hour free Port Walks. Stroll with us around Victoria Quay and listen as port experts tell you about different aspects of Fremantle Inner Harbour. The 'General' walk includes history, landside logistics, trade, port engineering, shipping and the environment.
Bookings are available for individuals or community or education groups. If you wish to book in a group, go to the links provided below or call 9430 3555.
Places are limited and you must RSVP. The starting place for all Port Walks is the CY O'Connor statue outside the Fremantle Ports Administration Building, on Victoria Quay (see photo right).
Book here for tours at 10am and 1pm:
- Wednesday 21 October - History & Architecture
- Friday 6 November - History & Architecture
- Friday 20 November - History & Architecture
Book here for tours at 10am and 1pm:
- Friday 30 October - General
- Wednesday 11 November - General
Further events (bookings not open yet but call 9430 3555 if you would like to book in your community group or education group):
- Sunday 29 November
- Thursday 26 November
- Thurs 3 December
- Thursday 11 December
- Wed 16 December
- Friday 18 December
Christmas break 19 December 2020 - 11 January 2021
- Tues 12 January
- Friday 15 January
- Sunday 17 January
- Wed 20 January
- Friday 29 January
- Wed 3 February
- Wed 10 February
- Wed 17 February
- Sunday 21 February
- Friday 25 February
- Wed 3 March
- Thurs 11 March
- Friday 19 March
- Sunday 21 March
- Thurs 25 March
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