Still on the subject of Fremantle and how its obvious sense of history can jar with other aspects of the place: One very distinctive and highly visible old building is the Flag and Whistle Hotel in Beach Street.

This is very close to the railway line and quite near the station itself. You can see it clearly from the train as you travel in or out of Freo.

It's a beautifully ramshackle old pub. I'm not sure if it's currently being used as such. But it certainly was a few years ago because I went in there for a drink back then.

Anyway, just across the road is this big, solid, gleaming apartment block that's only been there for five years or so. In its look and feel it's the complete opposite of Flag and Whistle.

The stark contrast between the two structures can be seen very clearly when you are on the bridge that goes over the railway line.