5.7 out of 10

Fremantle

Ranked 173rd best suburb in Perth (Greater)
-32.0578935102023 115.745786017563
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Medical Facilities
  • Resale or Rental Value
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Retirees

Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Oct 05, 2017

"a dump. another reason why tourists dont visit WA"

Great to go when I was young. The place only looks good when your drunk at night. Its pathetic how most people have to catch a train to Perth first and then a train back to Fremantle. No wonder its dying, its such an effort to get there. I used to like it but now its shameful it still exists. Council is corrupt and have spent no money. to little to late. Tourists stay away, dirty, high crime, expensive and public transport to get there is a sham.
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Meh"

Can't see what the fuss is all about. This place is pretty dirty. They have a cafe strip but the one in vic park is more authentic. If you just want pizza, pasta, steak and ice cream cooked 1980's style plain and safe fremantle is where it's at! Haha

But seriously Victoria park kicks the living crap out of Fremantle for food. Perth night markets. Hell... Even Hillary's boat harbour is better than Fremantle. I think if anyone from Fremantle actually went to vic park they would die from real flavour, diversity and multiculturalism.

The Fremantle markets are a stock standard feel good exercise in fake organics. If you love being able to tell your friends you 'shop local and organic' it's where to be. Never mind the majority of sellers sell made in china garbage and they sell fruit and veg they get from the spud shed by the airport in bulk ripping off local farmers lol. Again people more concerned with how others perceive themselves rather than actually doing something about it.

Housing and rentals are insanely expensive. Unless you have $$ or live there already you have zero chance of moving in. But then again why would you want to.

Seriously though I see a couple of other reviews that sum the place up nicely. Underdeveloped, time wasting council who spends 2 hours arguing over 12 bike stands rather than trying to solve the crime or garbage problem. I was at that council meeting. Don't even bother

The towns been dying for 30 years and it'll be another 30 years before something good comes of it.
Pros
  • Very white australian
  • 'Fk off were full' attitude
  • Cafes & bars
Cons
  • Crime
  • Drunks/noise
  • Lot of dodgy characters
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Just move away"

Just moved out of Freo.

Sick of the traffic. Stupid designs. They didn't use a town planner at all.

Was thinking about buying into the Knox apartments until they did a sly 'P.S. 25% of them are state housing....'
$600k for a studio flat when the guy beside, in front and under me pay 20% of their wage, $80 while they deal drugs out of the place. While I'm paying $900 p/w... No thanks.

Sorry Fremantle town council but I'm not paying for your stoner kids to own the unit next to me at 1/10 the cost causing me to foot the bill. You can look after your own kids.

After we got over the initial excitement of moving in we are so so glad we are moving out.

We noticed developers seem to get shown around with a carrot on a stick but once the money has been spent Fremantle pulls the wool out from over your eyes and you can see it for what it really is.

There are much much MUCH nicer suburbs than this one with half the price tag. Also, I'd have to agree with the below comment. The council seems pretty corrupt.

I'd suggest if you want the coast head to Rockingham or Mandurah. You'll spend about the same time on the freeway getting to the city in peak traffic and you wont have to deal with 'locals' and drunks wondering around looking for somewhere to relieve themselves. You can get a whole house with its own jetty for the same price as a unit in Fremantle. And the suburb scores higher.

Its got an ok dining scene. We also walked around kings square? that one with no lights. On a Friday night and got robbed. We couldn't ID the people and the cops didn't seem to care. First thing they asked was if we could ID them and when we said no they said 'well did you want to file a report? because honestly probably nothing will happen...'

Maybe we just had a bad experience here. Who knows. All I know is we are so so so glad we left. I would recommend this suburb to maybe stoners, hippies, old people looking to land bank, beggers.

Theres no jobs unless you want to work for $16 an hour cleaning tables. Then try to pay your $400 p/w rent from your $600 pay.

Just a suburb gone horribly wrong.
Pros
  • Caffe and restorants
Cons
  • Crime
  • Drunks/noise
  • Lot of dodgy characters
Recommended for
  • Hipsters
  • Beach Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Fremantle - If I could give it Zero stars I would"

Constant bikers and muscle cars.

High crime.

Zero improvements in 30 years...

Myers is gone.

Targets going...

Fremantle dockers are going...

City is dying because council is corrupt. They don't want to raise or use taxes, rezone or allow development without the council and central city residents getting their 'handout - wink wink nudge nudge'

Tin shed granny flats are popping up everywhere. Bad bad idea. Cheap nasty housing will only attract cheap nasty workers.

Walk 5 mins from the cafe strip in any direction and the place turns into derelict and dilapidated housing.

Melville and Booragoon, top 5 perth suburbs are a stones throw away and are much much much much nicer than this worn out under developed greedy little 70+ ranked district. On par with midland rockingham, clarkson for rankings...

The only thing it has going for it is the cafe strip and the coast. Other than that late night noise, high crime, and everyone voting against any development unless it raises house prices in the area makes this suburb, Perths once bright and expanding sister city, into the nightmare uncle you wouldn't leave alone with your children...

Its council and jobless hippy 50's+ residents are the sole reason Canning bridge district and Rivervale/Belmont are now becoming Perths Sister Hubs. Vibrant, alive, clean and with a sense of community.

Fremantle had 50 years of opportunity to maintain the roads and encourage its young to strive and achieve but they are happy to keep as many people as they can out. Reminds everyone that no matter what you do, if someone got their first you're screwed even if they didn't deserve it life's not fair. In 50 years they will be dead and real progress can be made. Until then all we can do is avoid the Fremantle area like the plague unless you want to spend your years living in sub standard living with hostile neighbours and drunks walking up and down your street like most the streets have thurs-sun.

So many misleading reviews. Rent in Fremantle for 6 months prior to buying and you'll see exactly what I mean.
Pros
  • Beaches
  • Cafes & bars
Cons
  • Crime
  • Drunks/noise
  • Lot of dodgy characters
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live, just remember to bring earplugs"

I rent an apartment in the town centre. I love Fremantle as a place to live, being able to walk into town for coffee or a beer, and having so many attractions and eateries on my doorstep. The markets are an absolute must, and I am delighted to shop there every weekend and stick two proverbial fingers up at Coles & Woolworths. The downside is that the noise from drunks can be VERY wearing, as it is not confined to weekends. I am regularly woken up at 2am by some pissed idiot shouting in the street outside my window. Also, I have seen that the legions of beggars and panhandlers that now line the cafe strip and marina area make people nervous, with some of them being pretty aggressive and/or off their heads on something.
That said, if you can afford Freo property prices, you will love the ambience, sea breeze, going for a sunset beer at Little Creatures, walking along South Beach etc.
Pros
  • Cafes & bars
  • Beaches
  • History
Cons
  • Lot of dodgy characters
  • Drunks/noise
  • Crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Place to be"

Love the feeling of the surrounding. Always a fresh sea breeze. Great diverse people and you think you are at a Mediterenian Reviera. Love it.
Pros
  • Friendly
  • Shops
  • Caffe and restorants
Cons
  • Expansive to park
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Such a Treat!!!"

I was on my travels through Australia and spent a week and a half in the town of Fremantle. After spending all my time and money on my travels my hair was looking pretty shabby. I walked into Cafe Styles on Cantonment street in freo and was blown away. The girls were a breath of fresh air, made me feel so good about myself, and did the best job i have ever had done on my hair!!!! Makes me wish i could live in perth just so i can have Cafe Styles as my regular hair salon.
Thankyou girls! You made my week in fremantle so much more !!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+
5/5
2yrs+
4/5
2yrs+

"Important Port City with High Price Tage"

With a population of over 26,000 Fremantle is about 20 kms from Perth and is at the mouth to the swan River. Fremantle is an important port city used for large exports of commodities to overseas buyers. Fremantle has everything you would expect in a city of this magnitude, large fully air conditioned shopping centres, preschools primary and secondary schools including state, catholic and private and is the main campus for the University of Notre Dame. There are many galleries, museums and historic heritage listed buildings to see. There is sporting clubs and venues of all descriptions to suit most and is home to the Fremantle Dockers AFL Football Club. There are many good medical centres and allied health professionals and Freemantle is well serviced by the Fremantle Hospital which is also a teaching hospital. Fremantle has a local bus service, a service to Perth as well as rail services. The Fremantle Airport Shuttle Service ferry people from Fremantle to the airport in Perth. As with any large city so close to the capital property prices tend to be higher than other more regional centres and Fremantle is no different and the WA prices are fast catching up with the eastern states.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

Best Streets in Fremantle

"Down-to-earth, friendly neighbourhood off the beaten track with easy access to all Fremantle amenities"
-32.04938885 115.779479187

Unranked Streets in Fremantle

"not for the old and boring!!!!!"
-32.05932 115.75208

Beach Street

3.5/5
-32.0423161891 115.7543987324
-32.0540914352 115.7475139017
"Beautiful street - great central location"
-32.04678 115.75396

Parry Street

3.5/5
-32.056755209 115.7494809962

Beach Street

3.5/5
-32.0449902082 115.7519808454
-32.0600336998 115.7484701282

Alma Street

2.5/5
"On the doorstep of Fremantle Hospital"
-32.0586710771 115.7520081662
"A great street to make a home life with family."
-32.0534630578 115.7568576005