The Perth Airport Viewing Platform is located about 3-4 kilometres from the Domestic Airport, and is a great location for plane spotting. It is located near runway 03 and with a free carpark and access for prams and wheelchairs it is a great activity for anyone who enjoys the thrill of plane spotting.
The Perth Airport Viewing platform
Here are some tips to make the most of your experience:
• Perth Airport is not Heathrow, and at quiet times of the day there can be lengthy waits between take-offs, especially if the weather if not in your favour (when the wind blows in certain directions, they will use the other runway). Arm yourself with flight tracking app or make sure you have the flight status website bookmarked in your smart phone so you can have an idea of when to expect flights to arrive and depart. The busiest times for flights are in the mornings and mid-afternoons.
• There is very little shelter, so if it is very hot or wet, consider dressing appropriately or reschedule for another day. It is also quite a hike to the car in the event of a sudden downpour. The platform is elevated and quite exposed, so a jacket or jumper (or sun screen) might be a good idea.
The platform is quite some distance from the terminals
• Bring your camera – it is quite exciting to see a plane take-off up close, and a photo of the kids’ faces when they see the plane is equally exciting.
• There are no toilets, drinking fountains or food stalls, so pack a picnic if you plan on making a day of it. While there is some seating, it is limited and people occasionally bring a camping chair to sit in while they wait.
It can be a tad boring without planes
• Bring something to entertain the kids in between flights. We waited almost thirty minutes before we saw our first plane take off, and there is very little to do for a small child otherwise. There are signs around the perimeter (including one warning of snakes) that are interesting for history and aviation buffs, but they are not suitable for kids.
• Warn your kids they might need to wait. Or don’t even tell them why you’re there until you see your first plane.
• If you pull into the large carpark which has a runway running perpendicular to it, you’re in the wrong place. That is the holding area for emergency services. You will need to get back in the car and go for another few kilometres until you reach a small roundabout at a dead-end. The runway is parallel to the viewing platform.
• As you’d expect, there are nods to aviation all around the viewing platform, including the fact that the shelter is built to the same dimensions as the fuselage of a Boeing 747.
Finally, a plane
Essential Information Perth Airport Viewing Platform
Dunreath Drive, Perth Airport (turn right at the big roundabout)
Opening Times: Apr-Sept 7.30am-5.30pm