Transperth operates a bus service (route 935) between Perth Airport’s Domestic Terminals and the city of Perth.
If you need to travel from the International Terminal (Terminal 1) to/from the Domestic Terminals (T3 & T4), there is a FREE Terminal Transfer bus service. The trip takes about 8 minutes. To catch the Terminal Transfer bus, the bus stop is located at the front of the in front of Qantas Terminal 4 at the Domestic Terminals and the International Terminal Stop is near the Arrivals area.
The Departures Lounge viewing areas can be accessed by entering the terminal, then walking to the left side. You will be required to undergo security checks (just like passengers) and can then proceed to the escalator or lift to the first floor.
You can also walk through a hallway to Terminal 4, which is used for domestic flights by Qantas, QantasLink and Jetstar.
Photographs should not be taken of any staff or other members of the public without their express permission.
Some windows are better than others for photography due to differing levels of window tinting, cleanliness and obstructions (e.g. aerobridges).
Suitable for late morning and afternoon photography
Lift and escalator available
Under cover – sheltered from weather
Arrivals and Departures TV monitors
Snack and drink vending machines
Restaurants (Sumo Salad and Red Rooster) and cafes.
Some views of traffic landing on runway 21 and taking off runway 03, but need a telephoto lens of 300mm or above.
Can get photos of aircraft taking off runway 21, but only during the initial part of take-off run.
Reasonable views of *some* aircraft parked at Terminal 3 or taxying to/from or past the terminal.
Early morning photography will be facing the sun.
Double-layer glass windows, so reflections can be an issue for photography.
Windows have differing levels of cleanliness, tinting and transparency – some windows are tinted, others are not.
Aircraft parked at some bays will be partly obscured by terminal structures, aerobridges and ground equipment, such as aircraft stairs.
Lighting poles and terminal structure may cause shadows on aircraft in the late daylight hours.
International terminal is on opposite side of airport, too far away for decent photos.
Photographing aircraft on runways requires a telephoto lens of at least 300mm.
Aircraft taking off runway 21 or 24 will usually be obscured by terrain, trees or structures at rotation – the same applies to aircraft touchdown point for landings on runway 03 and 06. Heat haze is another problem.
Need to be mindful of parking costs
Photographic Equipment: Canon EOS 80D digital SLR with a Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM (telephoto zoom lens) with UV filter, Canon EF 18-55 mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS STM USM (wide-angle zoom lens) with UV filter.