You could claim that Fremantle is a suburb of Perth, but you'd be wrong. It is a city in its own right, deliciously different from Perth in its location, people and style.
You could arrive in Fremantle via cargo ship or cruise liner. That way, you would, after a long journey, arrive at a long flat sandy coastline dotted with trees and make for the obvious port.
By car Take Leach Highway west, Stirling Highway south-west or Canning Highway west. From the south, take Rockingham Road. From the north coast, West Coast Highway and the Curtin Avenue lead to the port. From Perth city, Fremantle is about a 30 minute drive.
There are lots of TransPerth buses that arrive and leave Fremantle. Routes 98 (clockwise) and 99 (anti-clockwise) are quick and frequent services that lead to Fremantle. They terminate at the Fremantle Railway Station.
Frequent commuter trains from Perth leaves from Perth's City Station, and makes the 25 minute trip to Fremantle via Perth's western suburbs, culminating in a breath-taking view of beach, ocean and port before arriving at Fremantle station.
See the TransPerth Journey Planner for more info on trains and buses.
You can get around most of central Fremantle for free on the CAT Bus which runs every ten minutes during daylight hours. It is orange with a large black cat on the side. Look for the CAT symbol at bus stops, and maybe even paw-prints on the footpath. The CAT Bus is wheelchair and pram accessible, including kneeling and ramps.
Alternatively, you can user your feet, most of Fremantle is fairly flat and good for walking or rent a scooter from Scootabout in Cliff Street.
For a local car hire, try Baywater Car Rentals. They rent nice little cars at good prices. 13 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle. Telephone 08 9430 5300.
There is a lot to see in Fremantle.
There are lots of shops in Fremantle. There is pretty much one or two of every type of store, including budget souvenir shops and boutiques.
Don't miss the Fremantle Markets for a different shopping experience.