The Crawley Edge Boatshed also known as the Blue House Boat, a Perth icon, is on my wish list of places to visit while in Perth. Situated on Swan River, on the banks of Matilda Bay, it is to your left while driving along Mounts Bay Road heading towards Fremantle. You can also take the Transperth bus no. 950 from Elizabeth Quay bus station and drop-off a few meters from the timber boardwalk of the boatshed.
Transperth bus no. 950 stops nearby the boatshed.
Built in the 1930s, to house and shelter boats, it has changed ownership numerous times, as well as undergone various repairs and renovations over the decades after storms and floods. It was restored it to its former glory in 2004.
The boatshed as seen from Mounts Bay road.
Crawley Edge Boatshed is just by the road. No place for you to park.
Another view from the road side.
The boatshed is about 5km from the CBD and takes about 15 minutes to drive. It is just by the roadside of Mounts Bay road and there is no parking bay for you to stop. To park your car, drive ahead for about 500m and turn left into the Perth Dinghy Sailing Club. There are paid parking lots (free on weekends) there and then you’ll have to walk over to the boatshed.
Parking at Perth Dinghy Sailing Club.
Someone sneezed and the dinghy tumbled.
Despite simply being a boatshed painted blue, it is one of the most photographed location in Perth. On our visit, we had to queue to take photos of the boatshed and ourselves. We also read about the place being usually occupied with wedding photographers taking bridal shoots. So do be patient for your turn.
View from along the footpath from the parking bay at Perth Dinghy Sailing Club to the boatshed.
Another view from the footpath.
Getting closer to the boatshed.
The boatshed all by itself.
Front view of the boatshed with its timber broadwalk. The water in October is chilly.
Perth is a 5 hours hop from Kuala Lumpur. Our flight was on Malaysia Airlines A330-300 with economy seating configuration of 2-4-2 and we were lucky to be assigned the middle row with 2 vacant seats. The flight departed @ 9.50 a.m. arriving Perth T1, 10 minutes late @ 3.00 p.m.
For Malaysian, you do require an advanced authority to enter Australia. You can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) that provides the required authorisation to travel to and enter Australia here. It cost AUD20 and is a multiple entry authorisation for one year. Else, there are independent agents providing similar services for only MYR20. Once you obtained an ETA, nothing is stamped on your passport but the Australian immigration computer system will be updated with the approval.
Before passport control in Perth airport, you do need to fill up a custom declaration form (distributed in the plane), among others to declare any food items you’re bringing in. Knowing Australia’s strict customs regulations and heavy penalty in respect of item 6 (food items) in the declaration form, we dutifully declared. We’ve also prepared in advanced a list of canned, instant and other dry food items we bought along.
Once passed passport control, custom officers will direct you for the food items to be inspected. We were questioned what we brought, and the officer knowing roughly what the items are, asked us to pass thru a different inspection lane, in a different section. Arr, only we through a different lane? OMG, this is not good.
As we passed through the other inspection lane, a dog stationed there sniffed from a distance and we were allowed to exit. The officers here didn’t even inspect our luggage nor asked about our food items. It’s just a hello, hi, good-day. We guess, the dog would have detected any prohibited food items if we had tried to bluff. The meticulously prepared food list was not even out of my pocket.
MAS A330-300 2-4-2 seating configuration.
Generous leg room.
Lunch is served.
Australian Declaration Form.
Duty Free outlets before passport control.
You will exit arrival hall in-front of Optus & Vodafone outlet. (The arrival & departure is on the same level.)
Towards the left of Optus & Vodafone, you’ll find rental car counters. You exit the terminal here for bus to Perth.
The terminal exit at Thrifty car rental counter will take you to the bus stands outside the terminal for buses to town, as well as shuttle buses to T3 & T4. For Muslim visitors, there is a prayer room available at the airport. Take the lane beside Thrifty which is also the way to the restrooms. The prayer room has taps for ablution but the prayer space is not segregated for males & females.
The prayer room (not segregated for males or females).
Taps inside for ablution.
Perth ATC away from the main terminal building.
You have a choice of transportation to get into Perth CBD (Central Business District). You can take a taxi for about $45-55 or Transperth Bus No. 380 at T1 for $4.60 (payable to the driver – please provide small notes). There will be 17 stops before Bus No. 380 reaches Elizabeth Quay Bus Station in Perth CBD. The journey takes about 45 minutes. There are luggage racks in the bus. More information on route and timetable here. Airport shuttle vans are also available, you can google them.
For inter-terminal shuttle bus or Bus No. 380, you can wait at bus stand ‘N’.
Free inter-terminal shuttle bus to T3 & T4. You can then take the ”Connect” shuttle van to Perth from T3 for $15.
Bus stand ‘N’ is where you’ll want to wait for the Inter-terminal shuttle bus as well as Transperth Bus 380 to Perth.