Speaking of a green oasis, Kings Park is the world's largest inner-city park - even bigger than famous Central Park in New York City! At just over 4 square kilometers and located next to the Perth CBD, there's no reason to get that 'enclosed big city' feeling.
A must-see destination is Rottnest Island, located just off the coast from Fremantle. It's a major tourist attraction, so you'll definitely want to book your hotel in advance. You'll probably hear the locals refer to it as 'Rotto'. You know us Aussies, we love to shorten the names for everything! The best way to get there is by ferry from either Fremantle or Perth. There's plenty to keep you busy on the island. It's one of the few areas where you can find a quokka. For those not in the know, a quokka is a small, mostly nocturnal marsupial. It looks like a cross between a wallaby and a rat (which is how the island got its name - it means Rat Nest in Dutch).
Back on the mainland, wine connoisseurs will want to travel southwest to the Margaret River wine region. You won't be disappointed by the coastal scenery on the way. There are plenty of hotels in Margaret River so that you can spend a few days enjoying the vineyards and surrounds.
|Margaret River Vineyard|
If you have the time, continue southeast to Albany, a historic port city surrounded by national park lands. From here you are truly looking towards the bottom of the earth, as there's nothing between you and Antarctica.
There are a lot of other places to see if using Perth as your 'jumping off point' so to speak, but I'll cover those in another post.
I hope you get a chance to discover this great, isolated gem of a destination.