Fremantle makes the top 10 list in Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2016 .

Today is a day for Freo people to feel proud. While we know we live in an amazing place it was fantastic to read Lonely Planet’s celebration of Freo:

The world washes in and washes out in ‘Freo’, a raffish harbour town in Western Australia that attracts free spirits from far and wide. Visitors come here to enjoy the live-music rooms, hipster bars, boutique hotels and craft-beer breweries alongside the Notre Dame University students who have helped to underpin the process of Fremantle’s reinvention from a town stuck in the economic doldrums to the bustling, artsy, counter-cultural capital you see today.

The world-renowned travel publication went on to describe Fremantle as “a raffish harbour town with sea-salty soul to burn… The Freo vibe is liberated, free-wheeling, engaging and infused with good music.”

Fremantle was the only Australian city on the list and came in number 7 ahead of Manchester (UK), Rome (Italy) and Nashville (USA) as cities that were ‘unmissable’ places to visit in 2016.

The Best in Travel publication is Lonely Planet’s biggest trade publication and has a simple premise: what destinations are going to be hot in the year to come and why?

This is a huge boost for Freo and reflects the ongoing transformation of our historic port city into one of the most vibrant and liveable cities anywhere in the world.

There’ve been a number of new hotels, restaurants and bars coming online in recent years that have really added to the appeal of Fremantle. I’m sure these and the many other exciting projects in the pipeline have contributed to Lonely Planet selecting Freo on this list.

It is also of course about the people who live here and make the place. Thanks for being part of this.

I have no doubt being a Lonely Planet top 10 city will translate into real benefits for the local economy by creating jobs and providing a big boost to the local retail and hospitality industry that is the lifeblood of the city.

 Here is the West’s report on it


About Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel’

Each year, Best in Travel’s recommendations are drawn from hundreds of ideas submitted by Lonely Planet’s staff, authors and extended community of travellers, bloggers and tweeters. Their suggestions are then refined by a panel of in-house travel experts, based on topicality, excitement, value and that special X-factor. Lonely Planet’s focus is on the merits of each destination and the unique experiences they offer travellers

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