By Air, Perth
Perth International Airport isn't a large airport but contains the essentials needed for air travelers.
A card is needed to be filled in for custom clearance. This is, preferably, done whilst on the plane. This form is, also, available at the arrival before immigration.
Going through immigration, visitors arriving from certain countries, can be easy through the Smart Gate thus avoiding the long queue. The Smart Gate system scan your passport and issues a ticket. You then move forward to the camera section, insert your ticket and look ahead while your picture is being taken. After the picture has been, successfully been taken, you are cleared through immigration.
I didn't take the ticket at the passport scan and had to return to scan passport again to get a new ticket. Other then that, the process was smooth going. My wife, however, had alot of issues at the camera section and after numerous tries, she managed to get through.
Once pass immigration, you present the ticket and custom form to an officer who rate you and thus decides which queue you would need to go through custom and quarantine.
After clearing customs, I proceed to Optus counter to purchase the pre-paid data plan. There are $2 per day with 500MB and other pre-paid data plan available. I purchased the $30 with 3GB data plan, even though I was going to stay only for 5 days. Should have purchased $2 x 5 days instead, which would give 2.5GB for $10. The data plan was also activated at the counter without problem.
Getting a taxi was easy and there are plenty of taxis waiting. Taxi fare to Victoria Park area, which is nearby the airport, was $20+ dollars.
The Quantas Lounge at the airport was a big dissapointment. The Lounge was only made available an hour before our boarding time which forced us to sit out by the gates with hordes of other passenegrs waiting for flights to Asia.
When we got into the lounge I was alread ticked off and further so at the lack of service in this lounge. Food was meager, beverages were of small variety and the lounge was tiny. We basically came in, had some drinks/snacks, used the restroom, checked some email and high tailed it out of there to our gate.
The cheapest way into Perth from the Domestic Airport is by public transport bus. Catch a number 37 into Perth and you'll pay around $5AU. Just look for a green & white bus.....can't go wrong ;o)
Same thing when you travel back....just catch the same buses from anywhere in St Georges Terrace, Perth to the Domestic Airport.
Easiest way to get to Perth from the International Airport is by Taxi....but if you want to save a few dollars then the Perth Bus Shuttle Service is the way to go. For full details & price, click the link below.
Perth, Western Australia is unique for many different reasons, but in particular, this city's airport is truly the most isolated international city on Earth. It is very difficult to reach Perth by Air, although it is constantly being made easier through multiple international carriers creating flights here.
Western Australia's airports are actually equal flying time to Singapore as Sydney. Each being a 5 hour flight from this isolated city!
Perth however is a major launching pad for alot of Southern Hemisphere Australian travel, housing the international legs of Air New Zealand, Air Mauritius and South African Airways. Perth also serves Asia with Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Royal Brunei, Garuda, Singapore, Thai, Tiger Airways and of course Qantas.
Perth CBD is located 12km away form the CBD and takes approx 20-25 minutes to get to by car.
A taxi will cost approx AUD$21.00
Aiport City Shuttle is AUD $11.00 adult and AUD $9.00 for a child.
Parking at the aiport is AUD $3.70 -AUD $14.00 (5mins-24Hours)
These prices are correct as of 19/01/07 and are subject to change. If in doubt add on a few more dollars, never seen taxi or parking cost go down!
It takes time to complete immigration and you must have a visa, but it takes longer to complete custom checks, because they are thorough. Everything is scanned, and the machine can identify organic material.
Every arrival must complete a customs declaration form. If in doubt, ask or put yes. Do not try to bring any organic material, including cheese, wood carvings or drugs, into Australia without declaring it to customs on arrival.
They have these cute beagles who sniff out the best hidden contraband, and then customs give you a real going over, but really politely. The possible fines are humongeous.
2 airlines offer this route. Singapore Airlines & Qantas.
The direct route takes about 5 hours. This is the shortest route from Singapore to anywhere in Australia.
A few other airlines also fly this sector, with a transit stop. They are Malaysian Airlines (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Garuda Indonesia (Denpasar, Bali) and Royal Brunei Airways (Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei).
By Air :
Perth International Airport is 12 km North East of the city centre. Perth has two separate terminals one for International and one for Domestic flights. Airport-city shuttle buses are available to transfer between the international and domestic terminals.
Jandakot Airport is just south of Perth. It opened in 1963 and is one of the busiest airfields and largest aviation training base in Australia. The are three major flying schools which operate at Jandakot, The Royal Aero Club, China Southern West Australian Flying College and Singapore Flying College along with a further nine training organisations. Jandakot also provides access for services such as the Royal Flying Doctor Services, CALM Forest and Bushfire Patrol and the WA Police Air Support. There are three runways and the airport has excellent flying conditions for most of the year.
Location : 16 Eagle Drive, Jandakot Airport
TO GET DOWN SOUTH - an option would be by charter plane operated by air Australia 9414 1199.
Prices to either Busselton or Margaret river are between $130 to $140 AUD. Of course arriving into Busselton you can catch the bus to neighbouring towns such as Dunsborough
One of the easiest airports in the world to get in and out of, plenty of space, good roads and friendly staff. This is the sunniest state capitol on earth, there really should be more people here.
Qantas Airways - the National Australian Carrier of course... :)
Just a little trivia tidbit and for those who may not be aware,
QANTAS stands for Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services