Fremantle hosts an AFL team, the Fremantle Football Club (nicknamed "the Dockers") and two teams in the state football league (WAFL), East Fremantle and South Fremantle.
Matches are played at Fremantle Oval and East Fremantle Oval, and they have a team in the Western Australia Rugby League called the Fremantle Roosters who play at Ken Allen Field.
Unofficially nicknamed The Dockers, Fremantle Football Club is also known informally as "Freo", is one of 16 teams in the Australian Football League (AFL).
The club is based in the port city of Fremantle at the mouth of the Swan River in Western Australia.
In 1995 it became the second team from Western Australia to be admitted to the national Australian rules football competition, honouring the rich footballing tradition and history associated with Fremantle.
Despite enduring some tough times in the AFL, particularly early on in the club's history, fans have continued to show loyalty and passion for the club and the Dockers in Fremantle are one of the most well supported clubs in the AFL. [wikipedia]
The official song of the club is Freo Way To Go. It was written in the mid 1990s by Ken Walther and unlike many of the other Australian rules team songs, it is played to a contemporary rock tune but is based on a traditional Igor Stravinsky arrangement of a Russian folk song, Song of the Volga Boatmen [wikipedia]
More interesting Fremantle Dockers Information:
World Class Sailing:
Between 1986-87 Fremantle hosted a series of world championship sailing events: World 12 Metre Championships, America’s Cup Defence Series, and the Tall Ships Race. Fremantle is a beautiful harbour after all!
Fremantle Sailing Club (FSC)
151 Marine Terrace, Fremantle
Tel: (08) 9435 8800
East Fremantle Yacht Club
Base of Petra Street, East Fremantle
Tel: 9339 8111
Royal Perth Yacht Club Fremantle Annexe
Mews Road, Fremantle (Opposite Kailis Brothers)
Tel: 9430 4590
The Swan Yacht Club
Riverside Rd, Preston Point
(08) 9339 3520
Fremantle Cruising Yacht Club
39/11 Cliff Street
Tel: (08) 9336 1122
The Swan River estuary flows through the city of Perth, in the south west of Western Australia. Its lower reaches are relatively wide and deep, with few constrictions, while the upper reaches are usually quite narrow and shallow. It has three major tributaries, the Avon River, Canning River and Helena River. The climate of the catchment is Mediterranean, with mild wet winters, hot dry summers, and the associated highly seasonal rainfall and flow regime. There are currently fifteen yacht clubs along the Swan River with many anchorages and marinas along the lower reaches near Fremantle. [Wikipedia Article]
Port of Western Australia:
Fremantle Harbour is Western Australia's largest and busiest general cargo port and an important historical site. The inner harbour handles a large volume of sea containers, vehicle imports and livestock exports, cruise shipping and naval visits, and operates 24 hours a day. [wikipedia]
History of the Port:
Fremantle's past is a history of the waterways of Western Australia. Find out more about the history of Fremantle and the Swan River Colony here. Alternatively, visit the Fremantle Waterfront for information about visiting the Waterfront and Port area.
Fremantle beaches attract wind and kite surfers, who take advantage of the city's strong afternoon sea breeze.
"Kite Boarding is a young and growing sport. There are quite a few different styles of kiting in Freo, the main three are Course Racing, Wave Riding and Freestyle," says Simon Wichtermann aka Swich, one of Australia's Top Kite Surfers, and Freo local.
Kitesurfing or Kiteboarding is an adventure surface water sport that has been described as combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing and paragliding into one extreme sport. Kitesurfing harnesses the power of the wind to propel a rider across the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard (similar to a wakeboard).
A kitesurfer or kiteboarder uses a board with or without foot-straps or bindings, combined with the power of a large controllable kite to propel the rider and the board across the water. [Wikipedia]
"Woodman Point (Woodies) is an awesome Freestyle spot. It’s about 20mins south of Fremantle. The best thing about woodies is it works with almost any Wind direction as you have the three beaches. Beach one (south side) beach two (middle) beach three (north side).
Swan River is a good spot for Course Racing. It’s also good for the early morning Easterly’s winds.
Port Beach, Leighton Beach and further north are good for Wave Riding."
says Simon Wichtermann, of Swich Kiting.
"If you want to be informed about the upcoming events or you are interested in competing it’s a good idea to become a member of WAKSA (Western Australian Kite Surfing Association) in fact it is a must if you want to compete for insurance reasons"
advises Swich, One of Australia's Top Kite Surfers.
Kite Surfing Styles:
"Course racing: These are racing events - like a yacht race along a course, that involve both speed and tactics Secial purpose directional race boards with long fins are used. Some raceboard resemble to windsurfing boards. The goal is to outperform other kiters and come first in the race."
"Wave-riding: Wave riding (kitesurfing) in waves is a style that combines kiteboarding with surfing. Locations with a wave break are required. Most kitesurfers use a directional board (either with our without foot straps) that has enough flotation and good turning characteristics to surf the wave. Many kiters use a board that can be used for regular surfing too (with the foot straps removed). The kitesurfer follows the kite when riding the wave, so the pull of the kite is reduced. This style is popular with surfers since it resembles tow-in surfing. Some riders do it also ride waves unhooked"
"Freestyle: The kite and board are used to get big air (jumps) so that various tricks can be done while airborne. This style also used for competitive events and is free-format and "go anywhere". Smaller twintip boards and kites with good boost and hangtime are used."
Fremantle Pro Kiter
We have some of the top 10 riders in Australia in WA who kite surf around Freo. They are Daniel Anderson, Damian Gough, Ryland Blakeney, Simon Wichtermann, Chrissy Gaudieri, Shannon Ducker, Fabienne Bosiger.
Wind and Surf Gear:
Kitesurfing, Surfing & Kiteboarding, Windboarding gear can be found at
SOS Surf Co, Fremantle
Wind Direction in Fremantle:
Want to know the Wind in Fremantle? Try this great tool from Windfinder. Fremantle Wind Forecast
Seabreeze is another good side to check out the wind www.seabreeze.com.au
Fremantle Leisure Centre
10 Shuffrey Street, Fremantle WA 6160
(08) 9432 9533
"We offer a range of aquatic programs for all ages and abilities, including lap swimming, squads, swim school, adult classes and aqua fitness classes. We have four heated swimming pools that cater for a variety of uses."
Website: Fremantle Leisure Centre Website