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With borders opening up and Australians fleeing their home state in search of an adventure, look no further than the country's best kept secret, Perth.
The Western capital includes all the perks of a big city with a bustling nightlife and decadent dining options without the crowds that come with the more densely populated parts of the country.
Walking the line of modern city and beachy town, Perth truly is a hidden gem.
Enjoy a ritzy stay at the Ritz Carlton Perth
It's hard to live up to a name like "The Ritz" but The Ritz Carlton Perth manages to do it.
Whilst there are many lavish hotels out there, this one enjoys a truly opulent appearance, with the unique ability of ensuring a quality of tailored to you service that is usually reserved for smaller, more boutique hotels, making it a must stay.
The Ritz Carlton opened in late 2019 and towers over the new waterfront precinct, Elizabeth Quay.
Here you are situated in a position where you can literally see Perth and all the beauty it has to offer.
This sought after location places you on the edge of the CBD where you are simultaneously amongst the excitement, yet far enough away to enjoy a quiet, calming stay, exactly what is needed on a holiday.
A short walk away from public transport, means you are a moment away from Perth's best eats and drinks; The Reveley and Gusto Gelato are not to be missed.
There is truly something for everybody when it comes to Perth Hotels, so the fact that the Ritz Carlton Perth stands out amongst this scene is a testament to just how unique it is.
This stunning stay is a must if you're wanting an intimate, luxurious holiday with the perks of city life, minus the noise. Whether you're enjoying a romantic weekend or a sumptuous spa trip, this is a hotel not to be bypassed.
Sea the food for yourself
Perth boasts an impressive cuisine scene, with seafood being a particularly impressive part of the western state. Your plate will always be fresh, be it scallops from Rottnest Island or oysters from Albany either way, you've never had seafood quite this fresh before.
With the warm weather being an enviable aspect of the location, Perth has truly taken advantage and boasts the title of having the most rooftop bars and outdoor eateries in the country.
But warm weather is not all the state has to offer, with thanks to several chefs with Aboriginal roots, a handful Perth's delicious dining advocates for, and uses indigenous ingredients.
Create memories with Quokkas
Rottnest Island is one of Australia's most stunning holiday destinations. It houses some of the most beautiful beaches, wondrous walking routes and an extensive grid of bike trails.
So, If you're looking for a picturesque day trip, look no further. The island is located a short 19 kilometres away from the mainland and is easily accessible via a pleasant ferry ride.
It is uniquely car free so if you want to save yourself some time, hire a bicycle to tour the sunlit sites.
Whilst it is easy to be caught up in the natural beauty of the nature preserve, the island has to be most well known for being home to the criminally cute Quokka.
The mammal is native to Rottnest island and currently there are around 10,000 to 12,000 of them known to be happily wandering around.
Easily recognisable for their adorable appearance, the Quokka stands up on its hind legs and picks up food with its front paws, leading to some of the cutest creature feature selfies, you'll be the envy of your friends and family with these happy snaps.
Face your fears and swim with whale sharks
By far, one of the most popular attractions, unique to Perth, is swimming with whale sharks. Each year the world's largest fish gather along the Ningaloo reef and very kindly allow us to snorkel amongst them.
Although the sharks can appear outwardly intimidating, as they can grow up to 12 metres long, they are actually entirely harmless.
The gentle creatures often swim close to the surface so your only requirement is ensuring you've got your doggy paddle, and maybe breaststroke down and you can join in on this thrilling afternoon of fun.
Typically whale shark season runs between March and August, however it has been known to extend onwards to September and October, and with Ningaloo Reef being one of the only places in the world with mass whale shark congregation, this is a true bucket list item that is not to be missed.
Whether you're looking for a city style trip, or a beachy getaway, Perth has you covered.
With opulent hotels, delicious dining and enviable beaches, the state is no longer the shy younger sister of Melbourne and Sydney and is quickly becoming one of the country's best kept secrets.
So in a post-covid world, it's time to go check out what's in your own backyard, see you there.