Fremantle BeerFest 2015

This November head down to the Esplanade Park to get involved in this year’s Fremantle BeerFest for all things brews and cider!

There will be 350+ brews and ciders available at the iconic festival for you to explore and plenty of amazing entertainment throughout the day to keep the whole family happy!

With live music, comedy, food and ‘Beer Education Masterclasses’ this is a festival not to be missed! Your ticket even includes an official BeerFest cup for you to use throught the course of the festival!

Dont forget to enter this years competitions run by Gage Roads Brewing co. and Fremantle’s own Sail and Anchor Premium Brew.

Click here for more information on the Festival and to purchase your tickets!



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Melbourne Cup Day 2015

The Iconic Melbourne Cup Races are almost here, time to dress in your most elegant outfit, surround yourself with fabulous food, extravagant fashion while in the colourful atmosphere that Melbourne Cup promises.

Come down to Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges and join us as we watch the race that stops the nation on the multiple screens allocated around the restaurant. We have an amazing day planned with sweepstakes, raffles, prize’s for best dressed and a flamboyant fashion parade put together by The Fremantle Fashion Collective.

For more information on the event or tickets click here! We can’t wait to see you there!

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Fremantle Festival Fun

Australia’s longest running festival has come a long way since its inception in 1905. Presented by the City of Fremantle and brought to life each year by the community, the Fremantle Festival will light up the port city from 23 October – 1 November, with a program of over 100 cultural events that will run alongside annual festival favourites. This year the hub of the Festival will be located at the Fremantle Town Hall, where you can find the Pegleg Bar, programs and a range of shows.

New to the Festival for 2015 will be a program of performances at WA’s oldest public building, the Round House, featuring world-class musicians responding to the evocative location. Over at the Fishing Boat Harbour, a fleet of sculpted vessels, made from sea drift materials, will be installed by artists Sandy McKendrick, Emma Washer and Cara Ratajczak.

Other highlights include an extensive program of theatre in unexpected places, a unique showcase of Fremantle’s leading design talent and you can try your luck  in a volleyball competition!

“There are so many great events as part of this years Fremantle Festival, the hard part will be deciding what to see first! Whatever your interests, get down to the Town Hall to find out all you need to know and celebrate everything that makes Fremantle great.,” said City of Fremantle Mayor. Dr. Brad Pettitt. 

This year will also see the return of annual festival favourites including the Blessing of the Fleet, Children’s Fiesta,  Norfolk Lanes Youth Festival and the Street Parade.

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Aussie Muscle Coming to Fremantle

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges has signed on to be a state sponsor of the first annual Western Australian Aussie Muscle Car Run in support of the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia.

This exhilarating event is celebrating cars from the 60’s and 70’s era which brought some of the most outstanding vehicle competition in the world. The cars that raced you could buy. It spanned an era of famous and exciting drivers that became household names then, and remain so today – Moffat, Johnson, Brock, Goss, Firth, Grice, Manton, Geoghan; the list goes on.

On Saturday 24 October 2015, teams will start their 2000km journey around Western Australia from the Hotel. The Run will take entrants on an exciting adventure on all bitumen roads to enjoy the hospitality, scenery, mixing with like-minded enthusiasts and of course, the sheer pleasure of the drive. Events along the way include drags and circuits at the some of the state’s best racing venues.

The 2015 Aussie Muscle Car Run will roll back in to Fremantle on Friday 30 October for a fun farewell dinner and well deserved rest at the Esplanade Hotel.

If you have a beautiful machine and would like to participate in the 2015 WA Aussie Muscle Car Run for the Leukaemia Foundation visit or find them on Facebook.

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School Holiday Fun in Fremantle

School’s out and you’re ready to have some fun with the family right?! Fremantle is the perfect place to bring your family these school holidays with plenty to keep them busy from spooky Fremantle Prison tours, beautiful beaches and parks, the new Escape Hunt experience, Adventure World just 20 minutes away and of course the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle’s fantastic Kid’s Bucket List family accommodation package!

For only $249 per night, you’ll get overnight accommodation and RISE buffet breakfast PLUS your kids can choose from a Ferris Wheel ride, Toyworld voucher or a Fremantle Tram Tour! Book now.

You can also check out the Fremantle Story website for everything that’s on during the September School Holidays, it’s a great tool to plan your stay.

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Hotel Award Success

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges celebrated great success at the Australian Hotels Association 2015 WA Accommodation Industry Awards at Crown Perth. On 10 August 2015, the 4 ½ star Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges proudly accepted the Marketed Accommodation Hotel Award and Management Team Award.

The Hotel’s staff also enjoyed success in the Management Employee Awards. Belle Johnstone, Wedding Sales Coordinator, was the recipient the Conference and Events Award, and Eliza Caldwell, Ball & Chain Bar Manager, won the Food and Beverage Award.

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges General Manager David Bornmann said, “I was overwhelmed with the Hotel’s success at the AHA Awards and very proud of my team with their achievements!  The Hotel has been trading strongly albeit with the mining downturn; Fremantle remains an excellent destination for both corporate and leisure travelers and the work we have been doing at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle over the past two years is certainly showing with this recognition.”

The prestigious Australian Hotels Association Accommodation Industry Awards recognise accommodation business excellence and management success in accommodation hotels throughout Western Australia.

Located in vibrant Fremantle, the Hotel offers 300 guest rooms and suites, resort style facilities, restaurants, bars and WA’s third largest convention and exhibition facility. Since purchasing the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges in January 2013, owners Primewest and Management Company Rydges Hotels & Resorts have committed to engaging with the Fremantle community in its marketing, events and fundraising initiatives.

A full event’s calendar including Fremantle’s Chilli Festival, Fremantle Street Arts Festival, Fremantle BeerFest and many more, Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges is at the heart of Fremantle’s festival culture. This is also reflected in the Management Team’s fundraising initiatives including Movember and the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.

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Cruising Fremantle

Are you cruising to or from Fremantle, Western Australia? We can’t wait to welcome you to our unique, port city – one of Australia’s most popular cruising destinations. If you’re looking for pre or post cruise accommodation, you can view all of our rooms and packages at

Want to know what you can do with your time in Fremantle? The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges is right in the heart of the city within walking distance to fantastic tourist attractions, beaches and public transport to get into Perth City, check out our Things To Do In Fremantle page for details. PLUS we have fantastic restaurants and bars right here in the Hotel.

See you soon in Fremantle.

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Circus Oz is touring

Circus OzThe wonderful Circus Oz is touring NSW and ACT and you can catch the show in Canberra, Parramatta and Bathurst in September and October. Dates and venues are:

Canberra Theatre Centre from Wednesday, September 23 to Saturday, September 26

Parramatta Riverside Theatre Thursday, October 1 to Saturday, October 3

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, October 7

But Wait…There’s More is the name of this show, which recently played to standing ovations across America and wowed Melbourne audiences.

Circus OzThis show features a creative bunch of fabulous weirdos… there are graceful men, strong women, intricate and innovative jugglers, lyrical and virtuosic unicyclists, brazen hula hoopers, hilarious flying trapeze artists, booty shaking hip-hoppers, highly musical acrobats, highly acrobatic musicians and all the performing animals are 100% human!

But Wait… There’s More is two hours of pure entertainment for all ages – punchier and gutsier than ever with exuberant circus performances presented at increased velocity and electrifying original live music.

This is that rarest of beasts: a performance that everybody can enjoy.”  Brisbane Times

Here is a link to the Circus Oz website. If you are travelling to see Circus Oz and need accommodation, Rydges can look after you at Rydges Capital Hill in Canberra, Rydges Parramatta and Rydges Mount Panorama in Bathurst.

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The Queenstown Jazzfest

The 38th edition of the Queenstown Jazzfest promises to deliver an exciting four days of live musical entertainment when it happens from October 23 to 26.   Some events will be free and some ticketed and will be in various venues around Queenstown.

The Queenstown JazzfestThe festival has grown from humble beginnings back in 1978 to become one of Queenstown’s most popular music events, featuring world class musicians from throughout the country and around the globe.   The Festival Organisers are currently planning a stunning line-up of international, national and local artists who will showcase their talents across all genres of jazz. From smooth blues to big band swing, Dixieland to funk bands, traditional jazz to ground breaking contemporary concepts, there will be something for everyone, young and old.

There’ll also be outstanding dinner shows for dining and listening pleasure and some fantastic concert events that will appeal to all ages.   There will be over 40 different free events and ticketed concerts keep checking the official Jazzfest website for the full program.   There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved, to be inspired, and most importantly, to be thoroughly entertained.

If you are visiting Queenstown, Rydges Lakeland Resort can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Kiwi Birdlife Park

A lot of visitors to New Zealand never actually get to see a Kiwi – the bird that is, not the locals – and the Kiwi Birdlife Park can get you up close to this wonderful iconic bird.

The main reason no one sees this elusive bird in the wild is that they are nocturnal, so during the day they are curled up underground having a sleep in their burrows.

Kiwi Birdlife ParkYep, they live in burrows. They are also the only birds in the world with nostrils at the tip of their beaks. The friendly and professional staff at the Kiwi Birdlife Park will fill you in on all things to do with Kiwis, including what they have for breakfast.

The great thing about the wildlife park is that they have reversed time for the critters – they live in enclosures that simulate night during our daytime so visitors can see them while they are actively foraging, grooming and going about their usual business. There are Kiwi feedings every day at 10:00am, midday, 1:30pm and 4:30pm.

The Kiwi Birdlife Park has 30 species of animal including some of NZ’s most endangered birds and reptiles (like the tuatara, right) and the Park is easy to get to – set on five acres, it is located at Brecon Street in Queenstown. Here is a link to the official Kiwi Birdlife Park website.

If you are visiting Queenstown, Rydges Lakeland Resort can look after all your accommodation needs.

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