Fremantle generally recognises the needs of travellers with disabilities, with ramps and lift access at most major sites. Nonetheless, plenty of old Freo buildings weren't built with wheelchairs or ramps in mind: it's a good idea to contact attractions in advance to confirm facilities and access details.
For info on accessible travel on Perth's Transwa public transport network, see www.transperth.wa.gov.au/about/accessibility.
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia has possibly the largest databases of accessible accommodation in Australia for the mobility-impaired, very usefully overlaid onto Google maps: see http://scia.intersearch.com.au/kohamapdistance.php.
Dangers & Annoyances
Beyond the usual beery-blokes-in-bars issues, Fremantle doesn't pose any specific dangers and annoyances.
Emergency & Important Numbers
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For free wi-fi, try Moore & Moore, or the COF_Public hotspot in the vicinity of the Town Hall and library; see www.visitfremantle.com.au/plan/practical-information/wifi-and-internet-access for a map.
Fremantle City Library Free wi-fi and internet terminals. Temporary location; will be returning to the central Kings Sq precinct when redevelopments are complete.
There are no dedicated gay and lesbian bars here, but Fremantle – as per Perth in general – is generally welcoming to LGBTIQ+ travellers.
Note that nearly all Fremantle attractions close on Christmas Day; many also close on New Years Day and Good Friday.
Banks 9.30am–4pm Monday to Friday
Pubs and Bars pubs 11am–midnight (food service typically noon–2pm and 6pm–8pm); bars 4pm–late
Restaurants lunch noon–2pm; dinner 6pm–9pm (often later)
Shops 9am–5pm Monday to Saturday, 11am–5pm Sunday
Supermarkets 7am or 8am–9pm.
Visitor Centre Accommodation and tour bookings, and bike rental.
See also www.fremantlestory.com.au for visitor information; and www.lovefreo.com for info on local openings and events.
Travel with Children
You can let the littlies off the leash at Esplanade Reserve (skate park, playground, lots of lawn); watch buskers at the Fremantle Markets; make sandcastles at Bathers Beach; or have a proper splash about at South Beach in South Fremantle. The Fremantle Arts Centre is also a fabulously engaging spot for kids, with a great program of events and activities. Older kids might appreciate the creepier aspects of Fremantle Prison, the innards of the submarine at the Maritime Museum, or the hard-to-believe tales of depravity and survival at the WA Shipwrecks Museum. Adventure World is nearby for funfair rides. Finish up with fish and chips at Fishing Boat Harbour, and/or in the sandpit at Little Creatures.