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Perth has two main air ports: Perth International, and Jandakot
Perth International is for International flights, and was done up in 1986 for the Influx of travellers with the America's Cup, and normally has 15 to 25 flight a day, serviced by more than 15 airlines. Most flights going overseas from perth go to Hong Kong, Singapore, Africa where passengers transfer, but more recently there have been direct flights to Europe (UK, France) and places such as Mauritius.
Also using the same runways, but a different terminal bulding is the Perth Domestic Terminal. It is the same building as the original International Airport, but has been greatly renovated. The companies that operate this market, Qantas and Ansett Australia each have separate lounges and use opposite ends of the building to each other.
Jandakot is a light aircraft airport, and is often one of the busiest in Australia. It is the primary place for flight schools for people to attain their PPL's (private pilots license) in W.A.
Australia's roads are a vital link for produce and industry to move stock around. Strikes by truck drives over the last decade have literally broght the country to a halt and instantly caused prices to shoot up. Adelaide is about 2 days drive from Perth. Highways (they are really just a road: one lane each way) extend north, south and east from Perth (west is the water!).
The Indian-Pacific (it runs from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific) train runs from Perth to Sydney and back twice a week talking passengers and their freight, plus some other cargo. The journey takes just less than three day provided the track is clear (there have been several incedents of cattle and other obstacles being hit).
Lines extend north and south to accomodate for the mining industry of the state. Some of the trains are more than 3 kms long, and take up to 5 kms to stop.
The only flights are out to Rottnest, a holiday island situated 12 kms west of Perth. It is deserted during the school terms, and packed out up to 9 months in advance of school holidays. There are no cars over there except for support vehicles and the odd bus: if you want to get around, you ride your bike. This has helped to preserve the island, and make it very relaxing.
The roads are in quite good condition, thanks to the Main Roads Deptand there is no where near as much traffic as in Europe. There are freeways connecting north (Mitchell) and south (Kwinana), linking all major roads.
The bus system is complex! Basically, all buses connect to trains (see 'Rail' below). Together the two systems cover the metro area in some way!
There are several taxi companies in Perth, such as Swan Taxis, Black and Gold. Most of them have got catchy phone numbers, like 9333-3333 or 9444-4444 (this is for real!).
This I do know about! The trains (and buses) are all run by TransPerth. There are only four lines, all starting from the city centre. One goes north, up to Joondalup, one south-west to Fremantle, one north-east to Midland and one south-east to Armadale.
The trains are all less than 3 years old. They are called 'Fasttrack', and are sleek, electric (ie: pantograph) trains that are very quiet. They only get up to a top speed of 110 kph between stops. Although this seems slow, it used to be too fast for wet conditions when the trains were new, as they sometimes slid right past stations! So much for these expenseive new trains! :)
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