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Old May 16, 17, 10:02 am
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Down Under to Perth via SQ

With the many public holidays these couple of months, I had been making short trips around to take advantage of them and the latest over the Vesak holiday was to Perth, the Western Australian city which I had not visited before, even though it is a very popular destination for Singaporeans. Flights on SQ were booked early at very reasonable prices.

Checked in at T3 and had to get the boarding passes manually printed due to the ETA requirements.




Departure gate was at the A16-20 cluster.








Would be flying SQ's A330 on this red-eye to Perth





06 May 2017
Singapore Airlines
SQ 225
Singapore (SIN) - Perth (PER)
A330-300
9V-SSH
Economy Class
Flight Time: 4H43M



Boarding was called and we boarded the aircraft. Earphones and newspapers were available at the door for self-service. Greeted during boarding and directed towards the rear of the aircraft. A pillow and blanket was already placed on each seat.






Crew assisting with the boarding process.




Was seated at 59A tonight. Legroom was pretty decent without the footrest obstruction.




Hot towels being distributed. Wonder how long more this will last with the rumours that hot towels may be cut in Economy. Surprisingly the flight was not full considering the upcoming mid-week holiday, probably about 70% filled in economy. Guess it was the examination season for the kids.




Inflight magazines and stuff. For this month, SQ is celebrating its 70th anniversary.




The cheapo quality earbuds.

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Hot towels for whole Economy seems generous and costly. Could imagine they cut it.
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Old May 16, 17, 10:28 am
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Slightly less than 5hrs to Perth tonight.




Doors closed and safety video played.




Taxied to Rwy02C for departure. We were apparently the first aircraft to use Rwy02C for departure as the ATC switched the runway directions. There were still a couple of arrivals on Rwy20C during our taxi.




Departure from Rwy02C.








Amenity kit comprising of socks and toothbrush set was handed out.




Menu was also provided. Celebratory theme on the menu cover.




For the frequent SQ flyers, you would have noticed that the beverage listing and descriptions has been condensed. I wonder what the crew's reply would be if I asked them what are the "Other Cocktails" available.




Breakfast would be served before arrival into Perth.




Breakfast menu for the return sector SQ224.




Peanuts and a round of juices/water was offered before lights off.




Over Indonesia.

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Old May 16, 17, 10:46 am
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Visit to the lavatory. All the usual amenities remains.




View of the cabin before lights off.




A bottle of drinking water was offered, compliments of a senior crew who is an acquaintance. Settled for the night and managed to get slightly more than an hour's nap on this very short red-eye.




About 1h45m before arrival, cabin lights were switched on and hot towels were distributed, followed by breakfast service.




The 2 meal choices were Singapore Fried Carrot Cake or Cheese Scrambled Eggs. I would have liked the carrot cake, but chose the eggs instead due to my slight allergy to crustaceans. The meal came with cut fruits, yoghurt, and roll with butter and jam. Also, it seems that SQ has reverted back to the use of glass tumblers instead of the flimsy plastic ones it introduced in economy a while back.






Fruits were fresh, and the portion of the main was sufficient. Tasted of the typical aircraft breakfast though.






The Singapore Carrot Cake option was generously filled with plump prawns though. Tried a bit and it was tasty!




Caught "Bridget Jones's Baby" during breakfast.




Soon we were already descending and approaching Perth in the dark for an early arrival.






Landing on Rwy21 slightly ahead of schedule.

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The carrot cake dish does look yummy. Thanks for sharing!
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Parked beside a Garuda A330.




Disembarking.




A very comfortable flight with the usual excellent SQ service on this red-eye. It definitely helped to make this short red-eye flight much more bearable.

We were the first international arrival in the morning, and hence immigration, baggae delivery and customs was swift and painless. A vast difference from arriving into Melbourne or Sydney during the peak hours.




Perth International arrival hall.




We took the Airport Bus 380 on the 20min ride to the city for a mere AUD$4.60 per person, right almost to the hotel doorstep. Reached CBD in the early morning during dawn.





Stayed at Citadines St Georges Terrace ApartHotel and fortunately was allowed early check-in. Dropped our luggage and went to the Subi Farmers Market, which was only opened till noon, before returning to the hotel to rest.













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Looks like a great trip

Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for posting. Great report
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The CBD area in the early evening. Typical of Australian CBDs on weekends, it was almost deserted.




Grabbed a simple dinner at a Japanese eatery.




Headed towards Elizabeth Quay during sunset. Nice view of the CBD at dusk.




Bell Tower.




Ending the day with sinful desserts at Koko Black!




On a Sunday morning




Heading to Fremantle by train.




At Fremantle








Trying the best Fish and Chips in Perth at Kailis.




They even have Fish and Chips flavoured gelato!

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The ice-cream sounds perveet
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There was a May Day Festival and March.












Fremantle Market.






Having a break at Gino's.




Dinner at Grill'd back in Perth. The burgers are fantastic!




Day trip out of Perth. First stop, Cavesham Wildlife Park.






Quokka!

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Brief stop at Lobster Chack for tour and lunch.








The main highlight, Pinnacles.


















Facing the Indian Ocean.

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Thanks for sharing

Those picture of the Lobster Shack at Cervantes brought back some happy memories of a trip last summer to Jurien Bay, just a little further up the coast.

It's great fun getting up close with the roos and wallabies at Caversham.
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Last stop of the day, Lancelin sand dunes for some sandboarding.




It was a beautiful sunset at the dunes.






Dinner at a popular chinese restaurant at Northbridge.




Night street sights




Warm bowl of pho at Mama Tran on a cold morning.




View of the shopping street.




Delicious Bahn Mi at Le Vietnam.




Back to the airport via bus 380 again to Terminal 1. The SQ check-in counters were deserted as we reached the airport only slightly more than an hour before departure since the airport is rather small and not too busy.




Boarding pass issued.




FIDS. Perth definitely is a much quieter airport than Sydney/Melbourne, in terms of international flights.




Quick immigration and security later and we were airside. Our aircraft was parked at a distance away at the newer pier.

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Nice report! Brings back memories of our trip to Perth last year. Did you take public transport up to the Wildlife Park?
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