Perth is the perfect getaway for those who want to get away from it all, but couldn't possibly begin to consider sacrificing the comforts of city living for Mother Nature's rough love. This city is unique in the way it mixes modern conveniences with the peace of "getting away" in one of the world's most isolated cities.
One hundred and thirty years ago, miners were heading for Western Australia during the Gold Rushes. The isolation meant hardship and it was often dangerous. These days the isolation means beautiful open spaces, peace, quiet and relaxation. Making Perth your base for day trips out into the countryside and nearby islands is the perfect way to wind down.
Gallivant around the city: the guided tours of the Perth Mint in the heart of the city give an idea of how rich in history this state is. Check out Fremantle (where the Perth cappuccino elite head en masse on the weekend) and commune with the cute furry side of nature on a day- trip to Rottnest Island. Not the most attractive name for an island, but the quokkas (little kangaroo- rat things with a penchant for your peanut butter sandwiches) and the gorgeous beaches make this a brilliant side trip.
But if history isn't your thing, and a smooth glass of wine or pint of beer is more your cup of tea, you can't look any further than the Perth wine region. Margaret River, located only four hours south of Perth city, is leading the way in the Australian wine industry. This place is also world- renowned for its great surfing.
Along with the amazing wine, the micro- breweries popping up around Perth are worth a look. The Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle provides a great day of beer tasting and food experience, before you can head to one of the many beaches only a short drive from anywhere in Perth.
Because you're dealing with unending spaces and sprawling landscapes, you're going to find it almost impossible to operate without a car. Should you need to rent one, you can save time and money by organising your booking through Carhire.com.au. You'll be able to get a great car rental Perth deal through CarHire, as this site pools together all of the latest deals and specials of Australia's most popular car hire companies. CarHire has negotiated special contracts with Avis, Thrifty, Europcar, Budget and Hertz and sometimes has offers which are not available anywhere else on the Internet.