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Perth, Western Australia

October 2016

Jump to : Airport Muslim Prayer Room,  Airport 380 Bus

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 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. 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 list was not even out of my pocket.

Perth, Western Australia

MAS A330-300 2-4-2 seating configuration.

Perth, Western Australia

Generous leg room.

Perth, Western Australia

Lunch is served.

Australian Declaration Form

Australian Declaration Form.

Perth, Western Australia

Duty Free outlets before passport control.

Perth, Western Australia

You will exit arrival hall in-front of Optus & Vodafone outlet. (The arrival & departure is on the same level.)

Perth, Western Australia

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.

Perth, Western Australia

The prayer room (not segregated for males or females).

Perth, Western Australia

Taps inside for ablution.

Perth, Western Australia

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 take the ‘Connect‘ shuttle van from T3 for $15 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.

For inter-terminal shuttle bus or Bus No. 380, you can wait at bus stand ‘N’.

Perth, Western Australia

Free inter-terminal shuttle bus to T3 & T4. You can then take the ”Connect” shuttle van to Perth from T3 for $15.

Perth, Western Australia

Bus stand ‘N’ is where you’ll want to wait for the Inter-terminal shuttle bus as well as Transperth Bus 380 to Perth.

Perth, Western Australia

The Aussie currency notes.

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Pensione Hotel, Perth

Pensione Hotel, Perth

October 2016

Pensione Hotel is conveniently located in the CBD area at the intersection of Murray & Pier Street. Check-in for bookings made through Hotels.com was straight forward and fast. The staffs are friendly, helpful, efficient and cheerful.

Pensione Hotel, Perth

Pensione Hotel at the intersection of Murray and Pier street. This is as far you may want to wonder on Murray street. Beyond our hotel, there are mainly office buildings.

The room is comfortable, clean and tidy but a little compact and restricted for couples. You have about a foot or so around each side of the bed which poses a problem if two suitcases are opened. The room comes with hair dryer, tea/coffee making facility, iron & mini iron board, safe and a large flat CTV. Noise from loud talking guest in the hallway is evident but the double glazed window kept outside noise, well outside. Free Wi-Fi is stable but not strong. For a nominal fee you can upgrade to a higher speed. No in-house breakfast nor room service is available.

Pensione Hotel, Perth

Double bed with large window. The double glazed window effectively kept the noise out.

Pensione Hotel, Perth

Jug kettle for tea/coffee hidden by the cabinet.

Pensione Hotel, Perth

Hallway to the rooms.

Pensione Hotel, Perth

708, our room.

The hotel is a few minutes walk to shopping areas like Hay Street and Murray Street and within 10-15 minutes walk to Perth train station, Barrack Jetty or Elizabeth Quay. Free Red CAT bus stops outside the hotel. Halal eateries along Murray & Pier St is an added convenience for Muslim guests.

We check-out from the hotel for a few days for our road trip and upon returning to Perth, we check-in again. Whatever that was not required during our road trip, was kept in the hotel’s luggage storage (for free).

On our return, there was two chocolate bars and a greeting card on the bed welcoming us back duly hand signed by the General Manager. Nice touch. In total, we stayed seven nights.

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If you drive, get cheaper parking by making an online ‘book a bay’ for overnight parking with Wilson Parking for $7. You’ll need to park at Kings Complex at Hay Street nearby, a 3 minutes walk away.

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Way to Wilson Parking, King’s Complex, Hay Street.

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Useful Perth CAT bus routes. Click to enlarge.

Pensione Hotel, Perth

Power socket used in Australia. Output 230 Volts.

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Charcoal Chicken Express Cafe Dianella, Perth

Halal Food, Perth

October 2016

Jump to : Charcoal Chicken Express Dianella

Obtaining halal food in Perth is not difficult. There are many restaurants to choose from. By coincidence, Pensione Hotel where we stayed has several halal restaurants nearby. Middle Eastern restaurant Sahara, is just a couple of doors from our hotel on Pier street. A little further down, you’ll find a Malaysian cafe, Love & Care. Two more Malaysian restaurants are close-by namely D’Angkasa on Hay street and Insan’s Cafe on Murray street. Of course there were several more we noticed but not sure the exact location.

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Halal food outlets, Perth. (Click to enlarge.)

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Sahara – Middle Eastern cuisine along Pier street.

Halal Food Perth

Malaysian Love & Care Cafe along Pier street.

Halal Food Perth

Seems a favorite, Malaysian Insan’s Cafe on Murray street.

Halal Food Perth

Malaysian D’Angkasa Restaurant on Hay street. Lots of customers too.

A little further away, still within walking distance, you’ll find Labanese restaurant Levant on Barrack street and Ispa Kebabs on William street close to the Perth Underground.

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Lebanese Levant restaurant at Barrack street.

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Ispa Kebabs across Perth Underground on William street.

Else, if you are shopping at Watertown Outlet Centre, there are two halal outlets on the ground floor. Another branch of Ispa Kebabs can be found here and a Turkish stall specialising in flatbread and pastry is there as well.

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Another Ipsa Kebabs branch at Watertown Outlet Centre.

Halal Food Perth

Nenem’s Turkish stall at Watertown Outlet Centre.

Much further away from CBD, at Lakeside Joondalup mall, there are two halal eateries on the ground floor food court. They are side-by-side one selling Kebabs and the other Indian dishes.

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Two halal eateries side-by-side at Lakeside Joondalup foodcourt.

The best for last …. Charcoal Chicken Express Dianella located at 100, Grand Promenade Dianella, 6156 Perth is about 9km from CBD. Me and wife who are not fond of lamb (probably eating once a year), were blown away with their BBQ lamb ribs. Just fantastic and delicious. Now back in our country, we continued eating lamb but none of our local dishes match Charcoal Chicken Dianella so far. If you don’t eat lamb, they also serves chicken as the name suggest. .

Charcoal Chicken Express Cafe

The restaurant located between two Caltex petrol stations.

Charcoal Chicken Express Cafe

Make your order from the counter.

Charcoal Chicken Express Cafe

This is what lamb should be all about.

Charcoal Chicken Express Cafe

Biriyani rice, salad and ½ ribs. Initially thinking it’s too much for the two of us, eventually we cleared the plate.

Charcoal Chicken Express Cafe Dianella, Perth

Charcoal Chicken Express menu. They are open 7 days 10:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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