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. 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.
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.
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’.