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Perth: arriving and leaving

Western Australia is, quite simply, huge. Any trip to its fair shores requires planning, as you are likely to cover a great distance to reach the sights you hope to see. The operators listed here will be happy to help with your planning.
Perth Airport is situated east of Perth city. Terminals 1 and 2 are located on Airport Drive, accessed via Tonkin Highway approximately 35 minutes from the CBD. Terminals 3 and 4 are accessed via Great Eastern or Tonkin Highways approximately 25 minutes from the CBD. Trains, shuttle buses, hire cars and taxis operate to and from the Perth city centre. Virgin Australia's interstate services are located at T1’s domestic pier and most of their regional services are located at T2. T3 is home to Jetstar’s interstate and regional services and T4 is home to Qantas international, interstate and regional services. All other international flights operate from T1. Check your itinerary carefully or contact your airline to ensure you go to the correct terminal. A free transfer bus service operates between the terminals; the journey takes approximately 10 minutes. A free bus service operates between the airport car parks, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Transperth trains travel on the Midland line from the Perth CBD to the airport. Redcliffe Station, the closest station to Terminals 3 and 4, is 15 minutes from the CBD and Airport Central Station, located at Terminals 1 and 2, is 18 minutes from the CBD. Trains operate every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes at night.
Fremantle Ports’ Passenger Terminal is located on the Victoria Quay waterfront in Fremantle. The heritage-listed terminal building was constructed to cater for the large number of passenger ships bringing migrants to Australia. The terminal is easily reached by walking about 250m from the Fremantle railway station.
The Indian Pacific, Australia’s famous transcontinental rail journey, arrives and departs regularly from the Rail Terminal in East Perth. Transwa operates regional rail and coach services to approximately 240 destinations in WA arriving and departing from either the East Perth Terminal or the Perth Railway Station.
Everyone travelling to Australia must present a valid and approved travel document as evidence of their identity and nationality. Whether you are visiting Australia for less than 72 hours, passing though on your way to somewhere else or planning a stay of a few months or even years, you must have a valid Australian visa. In most cases visas must be applied for before you arrive in Australia. This can be done either online, through a migration agent, a travel agent or at an Australian Visa Application Centre which are located throughout the world. New Zealand citizens who hold a valid New Zealand passport can be granted a Special Category visa on arrival in Australia subject to them meeting health and character requirements.
Perth is a vibrant multicultural city boasting many world-class educational institutions. International students are required to have access to sufficient funds to cover their expenses for the first one or two years in Australia in order to be granted a student visa. Many students take advantage of homestay accommodation, a more personal taste of Australia than just a hotel room or self-contained unit. Working holiday visas can be obtained by citizens of countries including the UK, Republic of Ireland, France, Italy, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Canada, USA, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Sweden and Germany. These arrangements allow people aged 18 to 30 years with no dependent children to holiday in Australia and supplement their funds through incidental work. Visas must be organised before arriving. For enquiries contact the Department of Immigration at www.immi.gov.au
This scheme enables international visitors to claim a refund of the GST and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) paid on goods bought in Australia with a total value of $300 or more. The refund applies only to goods taken as hand luggage when leaving the country, after going through passport control. You cannot claim a refund for GST which has been paid on items such as transport, food and accommodation. Contact Customs on 1300 363 263 (translator service available on 13 14 50) or visit www.abf.gov.au.