To track trends in Fremantle visitor numbers, the City of Fremantle and key stakeholders have created an index to monitor changes in visitor numbers over time.
The index combines data from 12 different sources at key attractions in Fremantle. The operators of the attractions share their visitor data with the City each month, it is averaged and compared against the baseline index of ‘100’ in July 2015.
Data from each attraction remains confidential. The data sources are:
- Fremantle Markets - door count
- Fremantle Prison - number of visitors on paid tours and event attendees
- Quest Fremantle - total number of guests
- WA Maritime Museum - total number of general, school and function visitors
- WA Shipwrecks Museum - total number of general and school visitors
- Esplanade Hotel by Rydges - total number of guests
- Fremantle Visitor Centre - door count
- Public Transport Authority - Fremantle Station boarding and alighting
- Fremantle city centre pedestrian count
- Round House - door count
- Pirates Backpackers - occupancy rate
Additional data sources can be added to the index as they become available.
COVID-19 restrictions commenced on 23 March 2020 and were progressively eased throughout the year. Lockdowns were in place in February, April and June 2021.
Public Transport Authority have provided summary data only from March 2020 and no data provided since October 2021. Some pedestrian data was unavailable between April 2021 - September 2021.
How to interpret this graph
The graph above shows the visitor trend from July 2017, which is used as the benchmark month (i.e. 100). This means that a visitor score of 116.6 in November 2015 is a 16.6% increase in overall visitor numbers to Fremantle compared to the baseline month of July 2015.
Conversely, a visitor score of 94.6 in August 2015 is a 5.4% drop compared to the baseline month of July 2015.
The graph also shows the visitor numbers by month for different years. The 2015/16 financial year is shown in blue and the 2016/17 financial year is shown in orange.
This allows comparison of the visitor numbers in the same month of different years. Using the month of October for example, visitor numbers were greater in 2016 (index score of 112.3) compared to 2015 (index score of 107.7). As time goes by, the graph will be updated to show figures for each future year.
Information on data sources
The data from the WiFi based system was used in this index from July 2016 - July 2017 until is was discontinued.