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Published April 24th 2013
Parking in and around Perth is expensive, in fact Perth is one of the most expensive places to park in the world and apparently the price of parking is on the rise again. However, parking is a fact of life, and at some stage you need to park your car, whether it's for work, shopping, evenings out or a million other reasons.
Parking Sign - Wikimedia Commons
So here is a small selection of parking available in and around Perth and what you are likely to have to pay.
Metered street parking in the City of Perth is now standardised and will cost $3.60 per hour.
There are fourteen Wilson Parking areas around the CBD and there are a range of parking fees - Casual, Night, Weekend and Early Bird rates are available. Depending on which car park you use the fees vary, the cheapest being at the Corner of Pier and Wellington Streets, which is $3.00 per hour and the dearest being at 378 Murray Street where the fees start at $9.00 for half an hour.
Parking in Fremantle is a little cheaper than in the city but can still cost you a packet. Parking on the side streets is a good option, some streets are completely free and some are free during certain hours, but watch out for the parking inspectors.
Metered parking in Fremantle is about $2.60 an hour.
There are four Wilson Parking areas in Fremantle and fees are $4.00 for 30 minutes, or in the Woolworths Supermarket carpark on Adelaide Street it will cost $2.00 per 90 minutes.
City of Fremantle has about thirty two car park areas of various sizes and parking fees start at $1.60 per hour.
The Queensgate Multi Storey Carpark on Henderson Street offers Early Bird Parking for $7.00 per day. Casual parking is $2.00 per hour and the first hour is free.
Transperth provides a limited amount of parking spots at train stations around Perth and the surrounding areas.
Lock 'n' Ride car parks are fenced car parks with free parking. Pay 'n' Display car parks charge a flat fee of $2.00 whether you park all day or just part of the day.
Most shopping centres in and around Perth have car parking available and in most cases it's free.
Perth Airport has lots of short term and long term parking at both the International and Domestic terminals.
Short Term parking starts at $4.00 for 30 minutes and Long Term parking starts at $20.00 per day.
Looking for Parking
If you are looking for parking in any area try the CarParking.info website. Use it on your laptop or tablet or there is a great, free, phone app that you can download called Cheap Parking.
Input your destination, arrival and departure information and you will be given a list of car parks in the area and an estimate of the cost. Then simply choose where you want to park.
Parking can be a real headache, so if you know of any good parking places or cheap car parks please let us know - where is Perth's cheapest parking?
This article was intended as a list of parking options, and prices, around Perth, not as an advertisement.
Just offering people general information about car parks in places they might be going - parking at train stations for commuters, parking at the airport for airport patrons, parking at shopping centres for shoppers, etc, etc.
Be very aware, that numerous councils, including Perth City Council, Subiaco Council, Cottesloe and Claremont Councils, and possibly others that I'm not aware of, now utilise the Pinforce Sentinel, "Parking Overstay Detection System" (PODS).
This system utilises sensors in the road surface in the middle of the bay, and these sensors record your vehicles time of arrival and departure.
In the event of an overstay, the sensor sends a wireless signal to a mobile device carried by a parking inspector, who will arrive in less than a few minutes to issue a parking infringement.
Parking fines today are savage. The minimum parking fine is usually $60 - parking in a loading zone is $150 - parking in a clearway is $250 (plus you can get your vehicle towed away, and incur more horrendous charges) - and parking in a disabled bay without a disabled permit will cost you $1000.
To add further insult - if you dispute a parking fine - and it is withdrawn, most councils charge you a "withdrawal fee" anyway, to cover administration costs. This withdrawal fee can be up to $18.
There's very little need to take your car into the CBD with motoring congestion as it is today, anyway.
Park on the outskirts of the CBD where parking is much cheaper, and take the CAT bus. The CAT buses have high frequency and cover a big area. A little bit of a walk is beneficial to your health, anyway, if you don't have walking problems.
The parking inspectors of Perth City and Subiaco are the worst of all the councils. They're like hawks, they hover and swoop mercilessly, and there's little hope of avoiding them. They seem to be able to smell a parking overstay.
There's a phone app called Park Patrol that tracks the movement of parking inspectors. I haven't tried it, and don't know how effective it is (it relies on other people inputting info on the whereabouts of parking inspectors) but it is one way of combatting the merciless attacks of councils on our parking infringements.
Be sure to check out the app Parkhound.com.au
You can easily find cheap parking at peoples unused parking spaces for half price of standard car parks.
You can also rent out your own unused parking space real easily and make some serious cash.
Be aware when parking in Wilson Parking in Perth, if there money machine has run out they issue you with a Credit Ticket which you then have to post back to there Perth Office to claim your money back, which is then only issued by cheque and they have so far taken up to two weeks to refund my $32.00.... Besides that the Lifts are very dirty and the whole experience has been unplesant...
Usually cities make parking expensive to force people to use public transport for environmental reasons. But our metro transport sucks! From everywhere I live it involves kilometres of walking.
It annoys me how people go on about how great Perth is as a place to live, when it clearly has many massive problems making us all stay at home and watch TV every night. Go and travel the world a bit and see how cities CAN work.
Pam...commuters ARE the general public. As a mum who has to sometimes go into to Perth I also "park n ride" sometimes with my kids and sometimes just me ergo I "commute" via these. Those carparks are for ANYONE to use if using Transperth.