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Spotting In PER/YPPH

Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:29 am

I'm planning to go to Perth in June, and I will have a lot of time to do some spotting there. I found some info at but I would like to know if the information there still current. I will rent a car so hopefully I could reach the spots mentioned.

Can anyone chime in? What are the best spots there? any tips?

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RE: Spotting In PER/YPPH

Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:45 pm

Since you will have a car........on the ring road between domestic and international, there is now a dedicated viewing area with car parking. haven't had a chance to look at it up close yet but if you google up perth airport viewing decks on youtube, you should find several clips of what you could get from that location.

You can access airside at Domestic without a ticket which will get you access to the glass windows over looking gates 9 to 14. That will cover the Qantas gates and you will probably also see other airlines taxi'ing past. Gates 15 to ? will give you window access to Virgin, Skywest etc and you might, depending on the lens and exactly what is in the way, you might also get views of the Toll and other carriers usually further out.

I am unsure about other spotting / parking locations around Perth that will get you good angles on planes coming and going but as you have a rental car, use your current information and explore.
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RE: Spotting In PER/YPPH

Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:50 pm

As mentioned, there is a new viewing area on Dunreath Avenue, which is the ring road between the domestic and international terminals. Drive along Dunreath and watch for the brown coloured signs. It affords great views of heavies taking off from RWY03 where, if you're lucky, they'll taxi right past the viewing area before turning off Mike onto the end of RWY03. Alternatively, you get to see planes rotate from RWY21.

The down side, however, is that it's not open 24 hours. During the winter months, it closes at 1730. Night shots, therefore, would be quite difficult, which is a shame.

There is also a viewing deck at the International Terminal, but parking there is expensive, and you're stuck behind a glass window, which may be quite dirty. The other option is to go airside at the Domestic Terminal - which is still permitted even if you're not travelling. You just have to pass security like everybody else. Parking, again, is expensive.
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