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Fremantle Railway Station (6332571198).jpg
Station front in April 2006
Location Phillimore Street, Fremantle
Coordinates 32°03′07″S 115°44′44″E / 32.051826°S 115.745451°E / -32.051826; 115.745451
Owned by Public Transport Authority
Operated by Transperth
Line(s)      Fremantle line
Distance 18.7 kilometres from Perth
Platforms 2 (1 bay, 1 side)
Tracks 4
Bus routes 21
Bus stands 13, 11 currently in use
Structure type Ground
Disabled access Yes
Architectural style Federation Free Classical
Other information
Station code FFE
99351 (platform 1)
99352 (platform 2)
99353 (platform 3)
Fare zone 2
Opened 1 July 1907
Electrified Yes
Preceding station Transperth Transperth Following station
North Fremantle
towards Perth
Fremantle line Terminus

Former services

Preceding station Transperth Transperth Following station
North Fremantle
towards Perth
Fremantle line The Esplanade
towards South Beach
Type State Registered Place
Designated 21 September 2001
Reference no. 974

Fremantle railway station is the terminus of Transperth's Fremantle line in Western Australia.


The first Fremantle railway station
The first Fremantle railway station, 1881
OIC transperth 2005 fremantle railway station train
North-east view with an A series train at Platform 3 in December 2005

The original Fremantle station opened in Cliff Street on 1 March 1881 as the terminus of the Eastern Railway to Guildford via Perth. As the Eastern Railway was extended its importance grew, becoming an important hub for gold miners arriving in Western Australia via ship and then travelling to the Yilgarn and Eastern Goldfields when the line opened to Kalgoorlie in 1896.

In 1907, a new station and marshalling yards were established 300 metres to the north-east on the site of the former Fremantle Railway Workshops to better service the newly constructed Fremantle Harbour.

The station was designed by William Dartnall, Chief Engineer of Existing Lines of the Railway Department in 1905. The construction contract, at an estimated cost of £80,000, was awarded in May 1906 to S.B. Alexander and completed on 20 April 1907, with the official opening on 1 July 1907.

Originally, the station had three 150 metre platforms, one side and one island, with a subway connection and an overall roof. This had been taken out of use by the 1960s and was later demolished. Until the 1960s, passenger services continued south of Fremantle to Kwinana. A signal cabin was relocated from the eastern end of the platform to the Bennett Brook Railway in 1985.

The station closed on 1 September 1979 along with the rest of the Fremantle line. Following much public outcry and a change of government, it re-opened on 29 July 1983.

Opposite the station once lay an extensive yard. Today, only a stabling siding and dual gauge freight line that is served by trains from Cockburn to the container terminal at North Quay remain.


The station features Donnybrook stone construction on the façade with red face brick infill panels on a Donnybrook stone plinth, in Federation Free Classical style featuring a rare example of a large train hall roof. The facade remained unpainted (except for metalwork and timberwork) until it was painted in 1950.

The station was classified by the National Trust in 1974 and entered into the Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places in 2001. A rationalisation of the rail reserve in 2004 was part of a plan to revitalise the precinct. In 2005, a program of staged conservation and restoration works in line with a conservation plan prepared in 1999 commenced. This included paint removal and restoration of the main entry façade, refurbishment of most of the internal areas and an electrical upgrade to bring the station up to modern standards. In August 2011, the project was completed with the restoration of external facades of the station building.

In popular culture

Fremantle station featured in the 2006 film Last Train to Freo.


Fremantle station is the terminus of Transperth's Fremantle line, with frequent services to Perth that continue through to Midland via the Midland line.


[2773] Fremantle station platforms
Stop Platform Line Stopping pattern Destination Notes
99351 1 Fremantle All stations, +s Perth
99352 2 Fremantle All stations Perth No longer used, now an extension of platform 1
99353 3 Fremantle All stations, +s Perth Only used early at morning and early at night on weekdays

Bus routes

Stands 1–5

Stop Route Destination / description Notes
[10428] Stand 1 906 Rail replacement service to Perth station
[10429] Stand 2 659 to Optus Stadium via Canning Highway, Special Event Service
[10430] Stand 3 548 to Rockingham station via Cockburn Road & Patterson Road
[10431] Stand 4 549 to Rockingham station via Rockingham Road, Thomas Road, Gilmore Avenue, Kwinana Hub bus station & Dixon Road
[10432] Stand 5 530 to Cockburn Central station via Rockingham Road, Yangebup Road, Osprey Road & Hammon Road
531 to Cockburn Central station via Soutwell Crescent, Edeline Street, Marvell Avenue, The Grange & Beeliar Drive
532 to Cockburn Central station via South Terrace, Clontarf Road, Hamilton Road, Mayor Road & Beeliar Drive
520 to Cockburn Central station via Hampton Road, Forrest Road, Adventure World & North Lake Road

Stands 6–10

Stop Route Destination / description Notes
[10433] Stand 6 Set down only
[10434] Stand 7 999 CircleRoute anti-clockwise via South Street & Southlands Boulevarde Limited stops
[10435] Stand 8 511 to Murdoch station via Lefroy Road, Winterfold Road, McCombe Avenue, Lesouef Drive & Somerville Boulevard
513 to Murdoch station via Lefroy Road, Ralson Street, Cordella Avenue, Coolbellup Avenue & South Street
[10436] Stand 9 103 to Terrace Road, East Perth via Stirling Highway, QEII Medical Centre, Kings Park Road & St Georges Terrace
107 to Elizabeth Quay Bus Station via Stirling Highway, Mosman Park & Claremont station
[10437] Stand 10 998 CircleRoute clockwise via Stirling Highway, Stirling station, Morley bus station Limited stops

Stands 11–13

Stop Route Destination / description Notes
[10438] Stand 11 111 to East Perth via Canning Highway, Canning Bridge station, Kwinana Freeway & Elizabeth Quay Bus Station
910 to Perth Busport via Canning Highway, Canning Bridge station & Victoria Park transfer station
[10439] Stand 12 160 to Hale Street, East Perth via North Lake Road, South Street, Booragoon bus station & Reynolds Road
148 to Applecross via Bicton & Attadale
158 to East Perth via Bicton & Attadale
[25947] Stand 13 502 to Bull Creek station via Amherst Street, Watkins Street, Sainsbury Road & Leach Highway
915 to Bull Creek station via Marmion Street, Booragoon bus station, Riseley Street & Leach Highway
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