Claremont is located 10 minutes' drive south west of Perth's centre. Claremont covers an area of 4.9 square kilometres and is nestled around Freshwater Bay on the Swan River, in the midst of beautiful parks with an abundance of mature trees. It is an attractive and sought after residential suburb, noted for its village atmosphere, shopping and entertainment precinct, educational establishments and facilities such as golf, swimming and yachting.The area developed mainly due to increased traffic when Fremantle Traffic Bridge was opened. Later the railway line from Perth to Fremantle was built through the area. Claremont Railway Station, built in 1881, is the oldest railway station surviving in Western Australia that is still intact. Good shopping includes the upmarket retail area of Bayview Terrace, particularly in clothing and designer boutiques, home ware and designer gifts, jewellery, collectibles, arts, crafts and bookshops. Claremont also has a number of parks including: Claremont Park, a first class playground with magnificent old trees; Foreshore Reserve; Claremont Jetty, with links to the foreshore reserve, facilities for berthing vessels, and excellent fishing. Other favourites are Stirling Road Park, Moulder Park and Rowe Park, which has a playground, tennis courts and cricket nets. Cafes, restaurants and pubs offer quality dining, from cafe style to full restaurant service, with a variety of international speciality eateries. Resorts, hotels and bed and breakfasts provide accommodation for visitors to Claremont. All this and more makes Claremont one of the most sought after residential areas within the Perth metro, nestled as it is in the heart of the western suburbs' 'Golden Triangle'.