North Fremantle, Western Australia

Coordinates: 32°02′02″S 115°45′22″E / 32.034°S 115.756°E / -32.034; 115.756
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North Fremantle
PerthWestern Australia
Dingo Flour mill
Coordinates32°02′02″S 115°45′22″E / 32.034°S 115.756°E / -32.034; 115.756
Population3,947 (SAL 2021)[1]
Elevation35 m (115 ft)
Time zoneAustralian Western Standard Time (AWST +8) (UTC)
LGA(s)City of Fremantle
State electorate(s)Cottesloe
Federal division(s)Fremantle
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
 ? ? 588 mm
23.1 in
Localities around North Fremantle:
Mosman Park Mosman Park Mosman Park
Indian Ocean North Fremantle East Fremantle
Fremantle Fremantle East Fremantle

North Fremantle is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located within the City of Fremantle, a local government area of the state. Its postcode is 6159.[2]

North Fremantle is situated on a peninsula, with the Indian Ocean bounding the west side and the Swan River the east side. On the north side it is separated from the suburb of Mosman Park by McCabe Street. North Fremantle has one train station, located on Stirling Highway, which provides train services into Fremantle and Perth city. There are various bus stations in North Fremantle, providing access to outer Perth suburbs.[3]


The old Leighton Marshalling Yards building

The primary impetus for the early development of North Fremantle was the arrival of convicts, and pensioner guards in 1850. Pensioner guards were granted land in North Fremantle. In 1851 John Bruce was granted 150 acres of land and founded the town on it. The land was surveyed and divided between other pensioner guards. By 1862, over 20 cottages had been constructed.

With this construction, came the arrival of new convicts and to accommodate them, roadworks were constructed such as the first Fremantle traffic bridge.

North Fremantle became an independent municipality in 1895. The municipality reunited with the City of Fremantle by an order of the Governor in Executive Council as from 1 November 1961.[4]

Marshalling yards[edit]

The suburb was once the site of Western Australian Government Railways Leighton Marshalling Yards, which linked the North Fremantle industrial area and North Quay.[5][6] They were developed in the 1950s.[7]

The area has undergone significant redevelopment by the state government.[8][9]


North Fremantle is home to Mojos bar;[10] the Railway Hotel and River Beach, Leighton Beach and Port Beach. North Fremantle has seen an increase of locally owned business along Stirling Highway including various cafes, restaurants[11] and bars. The area's strong afternoon sea breeze (known as the "Fremantle Doctor") makes its ocean beaches a prime location for wind and kite surfing. The Fremantle Surf Life Saving Club has been active since the 1930s.[12]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "North Fremantle (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b North Fremantle Postcode Australia Post
  3. ^ Wagovau. (2016). Wagovau. Retrieved 17 May 2016, from
  4. ^ Ewers, J.K. (1971). The Western Gateway: a history of Fremantle, 2nd Ed. p.179.
  5. ^ Aerial Surveys Australia; HRRC (1967), Aerial photographs of North Fremantle and Leighton Beach, 31 May 1967, retrieved 30 January 2021
  6. ^ Smith, Betty (1985), Yardmaster's Office, Leighton, control centre for the marshalling yards, October 1985, retrieved 30 January 2021
  7. ^ "Government Plans Big Rail Yards". The West Australian. Vol. 70, no. 21, 288. Western Australia. 14 October 1954. p. 10. Retrieved 3 August 2022 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ Fremantle Regional Strategy Implementation Committee; Ministry for Planning (Western Australia) (2000), Leighton Rail Marshalling Yards : regional planning guidelines : scoping paper for information and discussion, Ministry for Planning, ISBN 978-0-7309-9138-0
  9. ^ Planning Group Pty. Ltd; LandCorp (W.A.) (2003), Leighton Marshalling Yards structure plan, Planning Group, retrieved 5 March 2017
  10. ^ "About Mojos Bar". Mojos Bar. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Welcome to Habitué". Habitué Restaurant. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  12. ^ Walton, Graham (18 November 2010). "History 1935 - 2001". Fremantle Surf Life Saving Club. Archived from the original on 14 April 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2022.

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