Exploring Perth Airport
Resting adjacent to the municipality of Redcliffe in eastern Perth, the busy Perth Airport has grown into a major aviation hub for Australia. As far as airports go, this facility is not overly large, only catering for about 13 million domestic and international passengers each year.The airport is a hub aviation centre for Qantas and Virgin Australia. Internationally, the busiest routes to Perth Airport are from Singapore and Denpasar in Bali. More than two million passengers fly between Melbourne and Perth each year, with the Sydney to Perth route not far behind in terms of passenger numbers. Due to its location some 15 kilometres from the centre of Perth, the airport is not linked with the city’s railway network. However, the city provides efficient public transportation via buses, which regularly run from early morning to late at night. Though there are no hotels on site, there are several accommodation choices within a few minutes’ journey of the facility. The airport is renowned for boasting convenient and easy-to-navigate terminals, and quick access to the downtown heart of Perth. Nevertheless, the old domestic terminals are about five kilometres from the international hub, making journeys between the sites time consuming.
While there isn’t a lot to see at the airport, around 10 kilometres from this busy facility stand numerous Perth landmarks of note.
- Burswood DomeFound in the eastern inner-Perth district of Burswood, this famous indoor arena is one of the largest event venues in Western Australia. Capable of holding nearly 14,000 spectators, the Burswood Dome has become the main site for Perth’s concert and indoor sporting events. The Hopman Cup was held inside this domed arena for more than a decade, but has since moved to the newly-developed Perth Arena. For a memorable stay just minutes’ journey time from this event stadium and the airport, choose the Crown Perth.
- Burswood Entertainment ComplexNo other site in Perth rivals the Burswood Entertainment Complex. This large hotel/casino/convention centre is the entertainment capital of Perth, welcoming thousands of patrons every week. The site is only six kilometres to the west of Perth Airport, so guests can reach the domestic or international terminals in less than 15 minutes. The casino is a major draw card for this landmark. It’s a 24-hour facility with memorable gambling amenities, like blackjack, three-card poker, and more than 1,500 poker machines. A golf course, a nightclub, restaurants, and several bars are also found at this thrilling landmark.
Eating and drinking and shopping nearby
Apart from several nearby hotels, including the beautiful four-star Assured Ascot Quays Apartment, there are few memorable dining and drinking options surrounding the airport. However, within the terminals of Perth Airport, patrons will find a plethora dining options. With sit-down restaurants and fast-food chains, not to mention several bars and sports pubs, operating within the terminals, finding a bite to eat or a place to relax before take-off is easy. The International Terminal is home to First Duty Free Shopping, while a range of other retailers operate throughout the airport’s domestic terminals and international aviation centre.
Transperth, which is the Western Australian capital’s public transportation network, provides bus services to and from terminals 3 and 4. Passengers can hop onboard bus number 37 from Kings Park, Esplanade Bus Port, and the transfer station at Victoria Park to reach the domestic terminals. Getting to the International Terminal is only possible via the Perth Airport Connect service. The journey on Transperth buses from downtown Perth to the airport takes about 55 minutes.