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Perth is quite an isolated city—the nearest metropolitan area is over a thousand miles away. This has led to Perth being not only an city surrounded by natural beauty, but it has long been a hidden jewel of Australia. Come explore these five sights that highlight the splendor of the area.

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Kings Park & Botanic Garden

King’s park, at a little more than a thousand acres, is the largest inner-city park in the world. Over 5 million visitors come each year to admire the beautiful wildlife. It has over 300 native plant varieties and 80 bird species. A notable attraction is the Lotterywest Federation Walkway, which lets you walk across a bridge constructed in the treetops, providing you an fresh perspective of the park. In September, come to the Kings Park Festival, when the wildflowers are in full bloom.

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Rottnest Island

For a wonderful day trip away from the city, Rottnest Island is an oasis. Since it’s a car-free island, rent a bicycle and go in search of the secluded beaches. The beaches here are supreme; teal waters, white sands, coral reefs, and an abundance of aquatic life. The history behind the island is interesting—it used to be an Aboriginal prison and remnants of the past including underground tunnels and colonial buildings still remain.

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Cottesloe Beach

Another premium beach spot, Cottesloe Beach is made for soaking in the sun. Besides the clear waters and bleached sand, Cottesloe is known for its famed pine trees. Come for a ‘Sunday Session, ’ when beach frolickers are beckoned into the pubs for cold brews and live music. With it being only a 15-minute drive from many of the Perth hotels in the city center, it makes for the perfect afternoon getaway.

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Fremantle

About 13 miles from Perth is Fremantle, a port city with a lot of character. It has a village vibe and is filled with eclectic cafes, eateries, and markets. The coastal city is also within the Aboriginal cultural region of Beelair, making it an important spot for the Nyoongar people for trading and celebrations. If you’re there at the end of March, go to the Fremantle Street Arts Festival, where the roads are transformed into 10 stages for busking, circus, cabaret, and much more.

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Penguin Island

Penguin Island is 45 minutes south of Perth and is located in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. This reserve is home to penguins as well as dolphins, stingrays, sea lions, and more. With it being host to West Australia’s largest colony of little penguin, they’ll be plenty of these adorable creatures to observe playing and getting fed by the rangers. Make sure to take a glass-bottom boat cruise to get an exciting different look at the marine life.

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