Fremantle Tour's Lucy and Michael

Profile Bike Friendly Business: Fremantle Tours

We love finding bicycle friendly businesses and were giddy to spot Fremantle Tour’s vintage bicycles (and cafe). The business tucked along South Terrace isn’t just bicycle friendly, it consists of bicycles – tours around town to be specific. We’ve invited Michael from Fremantle Tours to tell us more about himself, why he and his partner Lucy started their business and what it’s all about. Have a read:

‘G’day, I’m Michael. I am a 3rd generation Fremantlian and passionate Fremantle resident. I love cycling, restoring old bikes (with help) and the simple joy riding a bike brings. A love of travel has seen many adventures overseas and domestically, with Lucy and I loving a good camping and road trip. We have previously lived in Margaret River and the East Kimberley where I worked as a tour guide.  A strong pain for the environment and hospitality saw me take the step from my conservation biology degree to tour guiding 4 years ago and I’ve never looked back.’

‘From taking gorge walks and 4 wheel drive tours in the north of the state, swimming with whale sharks, manta rays and turtles on our beautiful Ningaloo reef to hiking the 135 km Cape to Cape track in the south west to fishing, the work has taken me to some amazing places.  But Freo is certainly home and we are excited to be showing off our port city to visitors and locals alike through our new business Fremantle Tours.’

‘I started riding as a child, but when my training wheels broke, I refused to ride my bike and then sold it to our neighbour. I didn’t start riding again until I learnt how to ride without training wheels in year 7. Riding to school from then really started my enthusiasm. This really escalated when I began university and was commuting further and further and wanting to go faster and faster. That’s when the Lycra and cleats came in and I never looked back.  When my wife and I started living in central Freo we ditched the car and just had our bikes for 4 years.’

‘At the moment I do all my commuting around town on my bike.  To the shops, beach or work. I have ridden longer distances in the past with groups as well as solo. Plus I ride all around Freo showing off our great city on BIKE tours by our business Fremantle Tours.’

‘Riding a bicycle makes just the perfect pace. Fast enough to cover a bit of great whilst slow enough to really experience your commute. You can hear, smell and see so much when on your bike than in a car. It still makes me feel like a kid: a mix of joy, child like wonder and mischievousness. There is a simple joy in powering your own transport.’

‘I think that bikes could save the world! Imagine if everyone rode their bikes to work. All of a sudden we live closer to our workplaces, limiting urban sprawl and habitat loss and destruction. People are happier and healthier plus no pollution from cars. It’s inspiring how passionate the people of Fremantle are about bikes and I feel that we could be an even more bike-centric city.’

‘In November 2017 my wife Lucy and I began Fremantle Tours. A local tour business offering bike and walking tours of Freo plus bar tours and progressive dinners. We cover the amazing history of our port city, giving some context to what’s made Freo Freo whilst pointing out all the latest cafés, restaurants, shops and street art. We love showing off a different side of Freo, a local side taking in the backstreets, allys and best spots to eat and drink.’

‘We are certainly spoilt for choice in Fremantle from history, great stories and fantastic venues. As a result, no two of our tours are the same and we are constantly updating our routes to take in new spots. We are finalising a few new tours including a South Freo DRINK tour, both a central and South Freo shopping tour plus changing up our current DRINK tour to enjoy the new venues Fremantle has to offer.’

‘Our WALK and BIKE tours, for a maximum of 10 people, run twice a day from Thursday to Monday and cost $25 and $55 respectively, which includes a coffee along the way. Our DRINK bar tour runs every Thursday, visiting 3 local venues plus a cheeky ice cream along the way. They cost $70, including a drink at each venue and snacks along the way. The progressive dinners are by booking only and are completely customisable.’

‘Anyone interested in more information about the tours or is keen to book can visit our website. We’re also on Instagram and Facebook.’


  1. Bryce Poulier says:

    Fantastic way to be introduced to lovely Freemantle. Well worth the experience and time and Michael was a great tour guide. Recommend this to visitors to your city.

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