AROUND PERTH One of the world’s most isolated capitals, Perth, is the gateway to beaches, deserts, forests, weird geological formations and the best pies in the known universe. And it’s not a bad place itself. Yanchep National Park is on the nrothern outskirts of Perth.Kangaroos are easily spotted in Yanchep.Early morning in Yanchep. Unseen spider webs are an annoyance in forests areound the world.Ring necked parrot, common species at Yanchep.While you will probably see 'roos on the lawns, spotting them on walking trails is more fun.A black cockatoo eating breakfast in Yanchep. I spotted a few cockatoo species while in the west, including the Carnaby's.Not far south of Nambung and The Pinnacles, Lesueur National Park has some interesting flora.A wedged tail eagle, which put on quite a show for me at Lesueur NP one morning.Sunset at Lesueur.Toodyay is a small old logging town east of Perth, with some historical buildings. The Toodyay Bakery makes the best pies between here and the sun: the Madras Curry Goat Pie has won Australia's best pie a few times. I haven't had one better since.Dryandra Forest.There is a small camp nd cabin set up in Dryandra, run by bird lovers.More scenery from Lesueur.I didn't see any.Just under 200kms north of Perth, The Pinnacles are one of the west's most famous attractions.And remember, if it's not on Instagram, it didn't happen.Don't forget to keep an eye and ear out for critters and creatures.I'd been coming to Perth for about 40 years before I finally made it here. Don't wait that long!More of those you'll have to share The Pinnacles with.Black swans are common in Perth.Cockatoos, corellas and these guys, galahs, are common in Perth, too.I was in Perth for about 3 months working for Cirque Du Soleil, and it was the best job I have ever had.Western Australia has some awesomely good beaches, with clear water and squeaky clean sand. Busselton is about 5 hours south of Perth.