All of Us Photographic Exhibition by Michael Lawrence, Federation Square, VIC
From national monuments to boutique galleries and open-air festivals, Australia's cities have a rich and thriving creative culture. Attend a full-scale performance at Sydney's iconic Opera House and discover Canberra's treasure trove of national attractions. Contrast epic exhibitions with laneway art in Melbourne, home to the national opera and ballet companies. Soak up Aboriginal and European culture along Adelaide's North Terrace and browse Aboriginal art or celebrate at an outdoor festival in Darwin. Explore Brisbane's sprawling cultural spaces, from the Queensland Cultural Centre to the futuristic Powerhouse. See a play in Australia's oldest theatre in Hobart and amble from Perth's galleries and museums to Fremantle's seaside art strip.
Sydney, New South Wales
See a lavish production of theatre, symphony or ballet at the iconic Sydney Opera House, where glittering harbour views enhance the experience at intermission. Catch a performance by the Sydney Theatre Company or Bangarra Dance Theatre at elegant Walsh Bay, or visit the independent theatres in Surry Hills and Kings Cross. Cut a cultural trail from The Rocks to Hyde Park, taking in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Australian Museum. Browse art galleries from big to boutique in Paddington, Surry Hills and Redfern, also home to the futuristic performance space of CarriageWorks. Enjoy jazz at the Basement in Circular Quay, a high-energy musical at Pyrmont’s Lyric Theatre or a concert at the opulent State Theatre. In the inner-west, Enmore and Newtown host a range of edgy live music venues. Experience the buzz of the Sydney Festival in January, Sydney Writers’ Festival in May and Sydney Film Festival in June.