Fancy watching a few planes take off from close up? Well, the Public Viewing Platform at Perth Airport is the place for you and yours then! The recently opened outdoor viewing area on Dunreath Road is very nicely designed to give you good adjacent views of a variety of planes taking off. There is also a handy and informative noticeboard that shows visitors what types of planes to look out for, from smaller private planes to larger boeing passenger planes and huge cargo planes. Plus, it's FREE!
The area is neatly decorated with local flora and there is some wooden seating, and plenty of rail space to lean on. There is also a nicely designed sheltered area with and without seating to give some relief from the sun while waiting for the next plane to take off.
The platform is easily accessed by a wheelchair and pram friendly wooden boardwalk, with handrail, on a gentle incline from the adequately sized parking lot. There are also a couple of neatly placed triangular corner seats on the way up, providing rest areas for the elderly or just another place for anyone to sit for a different viewing experience. Interactive noticeboards are also scattered along the board walk and around the viewing area, providing interesting info about the history of the airport and regarding the land, with respect to indigenous culture.
I was surprised by the number of people there this morning – it is obviously quite a popular spot, and it seems to be very family friendly. The people who seemed to get the most out of it were the young families, who enjoyed waving at planes as they take off; although I'm not exactly sure if anyone from the plane was waving back or even looking. Still, good fun.
I personally think that it would have probably been a bit more enjoyable if there were more planes taking off. Gaps between planes were not exactly filled with anticipation and excitement, although when the plane started on the runway, the whole viewing area buzzed with good feelings. Next time I go, it will be when there are more frequent flights; maybe one afternoon at peak hour for a bit more excitement (although I'm not sure if excitement is really the word).
Personally, I really enjoyed the sound of the planes taking off too, and could feel the rumble of the low engine noise as it eagerly rolled up the runway. A cheeky experimental concrete music recording session may well have to be done here too at that next visit.
I suggest bringing food / drinks with you as there were no refreshment areas or drinks machines, and I didn't see a water fountain. However, it was a nice start to the day for a half hour, where we saw three planes take off!