Transperth operates a bus service (route 40) between Perth Airport Domestic Terminals and the city of Perth.
If you need to travel between Terminals 1 and 2 (T1 & T2) 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 Arrivals and 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, lift or stairs to the first floor.
You can also walk through a hallway to Terminal 3, which is used by Virgin Australia, Skywest and Tiger Airways Australia.
Bays 13 – 15 are usable from late morning and best from mid afternoon for photography
Good views of traffic landing and taking off runway 21, but only if you have a telephoto lens of at least 300mm for large aircraft, more for smaller aircraft.
Good views of aircraft parked at Terminal 4; taxying to/from or past the terminal; and landing/taking off at nearest point on runway 21.
Wheelchair access via lift.
Escalator also available.
Under cover with single-layer glass windows.
Arrivals and Departures TV monitors.
Food and drink shops available
Early morning photography will be facing the sun.
Bays 9 – 12 are usually shooting into the sun, depending on angle of sun (e.g. in Winter, the sun is more from the north)
Distortion and reflections from windows can be an issue for photography, though not as bad as Terminal 3.
Heat haze is a problem if aircraft are too far away – more haze at threshold of runway 21, but less at closest point on runway to the terminal.
No restaurants or cafes, unless you go down to the first floor.
Aircraft parked at some bays will be partly or fully obscured by terminal structures and airbridges.
Lighting poles and terminal structure may cause shadows on aircraft in the afternoon.
International terminal is on the opposite side of the airport, too far away for decent photos of international aircraft.
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.
Need to be mindful of parking costs
Photographic Equipment: Canon EOS 80D digital SLR with a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM (telephoto zoom lens) and Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (wide-angle zoom lens), both fitted with UV filters.
Terminal 4 check-in area
Terminal 4 Departure Lounge
Passage between Terminal 4 and Terminal 3
View from left of Gate 11A to Bays 7, 8, 9 and 10
View from right of Gate 11B towards Bay 12
View from left of Gate 12 towards Bays 10 and 12
View from between Gates 12 and 13, towards Bay 13, Runway 21 and Taxiway B
NOTE: At time of these photos, maintenance work was underway near Bay 13, so the Bay was not in use. Aircraft parked there will partly obscure the view of the Runway 21 landings.
View from between Gates 13 and 14, towards Bay 14 and Runway 21
View from between Gates 14 and 15, towards Bay 15, Runway 21 and Taxiway D