The Co-Op Fremantle – A Short History

The Co-Op Fremantle was named as a recognition of the significance of the building having been the former home of the very important Fremantle Fishermans Co-Operative Limited.

After the Co-Operative moved out of the building it was home many successful ventures including The Sicilian restaurant and Sails Seafood restaurant.

Many people from Fremantle have stories of their connection to the Co-Op building, even if it was remembering younger days enjoying Macca’s at probably the McDonalds restaurant with the best view in the world.

After a series of minor renovations and exterior paint jobs, the building changed hands in 2013 to the current owners, the Bathers Beach Property Group.

A significant renovation was undertaken to the entire property with careful attention given to improving the exterior of the building whilst taking care to ensure a striking and unique look whilst being respectful of the history of the building and it’s Fremantle surrounds.

Renovations completed at the very end of 2014 with tenants Bathers Beach House opening and Sweetlips Fish & Chips re-opening before the Christmas of that year.


About Fremantle

Fremantle is a port city in Western Australia that’s part of the Perth metropolitan area. It’s known for its maritime history, Victorian architecture and remnants from Australia’s days as a British penal colony. Fremantle is also known for it’s unique characteristics, laid back attitude, quirky shops and retailers and multitude of eating, drinking and socialising spaces.
Fremantle is home to iconic buildings and locations such as:

  • Fremantle Prison, which housed convicts from the 1850s to 1991, now features re-created cellblocks.
  • The Round House, a landmark 1831 building, also briefly functioned as a jail and is the first permanent building built in the Swan River Colony and the oldest building still standing in Western Australia.
  • Fishing Boat Harbour, the only working fishing boat harbour in Australia today, now also a mecca for locals and tourists as one of the state’s prime hospitality destinations.
  • Fremantle Markets, has a history dating back to 1897, was fully refurbished in 1975 s is Western Australia’s original and most popular market.


More recently Fremantle has also become home to the University of Notre Dame, attracting thousands of students to the area during semesters and providing a youthful energy to the city.


Visitors to Fremantle

Fremantle is the most visited tourist destination in WA.  This is set to increase with the general upturn in international tourism as the Australian dollar drops.

Fremantle is also finding a prominent position as a port to cruise to/from, with over 60 days of cruise ships visiting and berthing in the port of Fremantle in the 2016 calendar year and even more scheduled for 2017.

This table shows top places visited in Western Australia by % of total visits.