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Perth: Discover the Secret Wilderness of City Life

Why go? Closer to Asia than Sydney or Melbourne, Perth’s isolation is one of its greatest lures. Now, its remote wilds are a kangaroo hop away as Qantas launches the first direct Heathrow-Perth flights from March, transforming what was once a multi- day, multi-stop route into one 17-hour journey.

Perth has amazing views for you that will fill your soul with good vibes.

Many will eye the connection possibilities to Australia’s east coast, but Perth deserves more attention. It’s a city that blurs nature with its urban sprawl like few others and a case in point is Kings Park – one of the planet’s largest city parks. Its bushland trails are more like leafy wilderness than a city centre, affording fine views of the Swan River and brushtail possum sightings.

Elsewhere, Mettam’s Pool affords fine reef snorkeling. Gaze out to sea and you’ll spy the care-free (and car-free) Rottnest Island, a mix of heath and scrubland webbed with cycle trails and ringed by limpid-blue bays and reefs. Make sure you say hello to its chirpy resident, the quokka. Perth isn’t just wild thrills.

You could enjoy an impressive staying at Terrace Hotel.

Its Art Gallery of Western Australia boasts a collection of Aboriginal works, nearby Fremantle has rich convict history and the sprawling Swan Valley is Western Australia’s oldest winelands: the perfect place to toast unsung Australia.

Where to stay? The 19th-century Terrace Hotel is on Kings Park’s doorstep.

 Get there now! Qantas will fly from London Heathrow to Perth 14 times a week from 25 Mar.

Or how about this… Easyjet will launch twice-weekly flights from London Luton to Reus, Spain, from 27 Mar.

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