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Australian culture is founded on stories of battlers, bushrangers and brave soldiers. It's all about a fair go, the great outdoors and a healthy helping of irony. Today Australia also defines itself by its Aboriginal heritage, vibrant mix of cultures, innovative ideas and a thriving art scene. 

 

Discover Australia's unique culture

With a rich indigenous history and relaxed way of life, Australia has one of the most unique cultural environments. Learn from the locals and experience our remarkable country the Australian way.  

Aboriginal Australia

Aboriginal Australia

Immerse yourself in Australia's Aboriginal experiences, places and journeys. Aboriginal people of Australia have a rich, living culture stretching back at least 50,000 years. Get a snapshot of the diverse experiences on offer when you immerse yourself in Aboriginal Australia.

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Australia's cultural attractions

Australia's cultural attractions

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.

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The History of Australia

The History of Australia

Australia’s Aboriginal people were thought to have arrived here by boat from South East Asia during the last Ice Age, at least 50,000 years ago. At the time of European discovery and settlement, up to one million Aboriginal people lived across the continent as hunters and gatherers. They were scattered in 300 clans and spoke 250 languages and 700 dialects. Each clan had a spiritual connection with a specific piece of land. However, they also travelled widely to trade, find water and seasonal produce and for ritual and totemic gatherings.

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Australian art

Australian art

Learn more about Australian art, from ancient Aboriginal artwork to Australian sculpture and contemporary Australian photography.

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Australia's heritage attractions

Australia's heritage attractions

Connect to Australia's history, from ancient Aboriginal traditions through to convict and colonial eras. Learn about Sydney's traditional owners and see the colony's beginnings in historic sites stretching from the harbour to Parramatta. Check out Melbourne's grand gold boom architecture and dine, wine and shop in Brisbane's heritage-listed buildings. See Aboriginal and colonial art in Adelaide, near the historic German village of Hahndorf. Trace the Aboriginal lineage of Kings Park in Perth and walk with the ghosts of convicts, whalers and sailors in Hobart. Read Australia's first constitution in Canberra and learn about Darwin's dramatic World War II history.

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Circle Australia

Experience Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, and Sydney – a full circle for a one-of-a-kind Aussie adventure.

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Discover Australia's Cultural Locations

Explore Australia’s multicultural cities, vibrant arts scenes, sundrenched beaches and the rugged outback imbued with Aboriginal culture and heritage. 

Melbourne

Melbourne

Explore stylish Melbourne, a city in love with fashion, the arts, food and wine, café culture, sports and major events.

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Sydney

Sydney

Discover Sydney, Australia's famous harbour city and capital of New South Wales. Plan your Sydney holiday with beautiful sundrenched beaches and much more.

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Tiwi Islands

Tiwi Islands

Known as 'the islands of smiles', the Tiwi Islands, are located 100 kilometres north of Darwin, where the Arafura Sea joins the Timor Sea.

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Arnhem Land

Arnhem Land

Bordered by Kakadu National Park, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria, Arnhem Land is a vast unspoiled wilderness, rich in Aboriginal culture. The Yolngu people are the owners of Arnhem Land and have occupied the region for at least 60,000 years. The Yolngu retain strong cultural and spiritual links to the land and you will find authentic indigenous experiences. This is the land where Australia's famous musical instrument, the didgeridoo, originated.

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Red Centre

Red Centre

Discover Australia's Red Centre, where Alice Springs offers access to the awe-inspiring landscapes of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, the MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon. Soak up Aboriginal culture and rugged natural beauty on classic outback journeys; drive the Red Centre Way, hike the Larapinta Trail, ride a camel in the Simpson Desert or take the Ghan train journey from Darwin or Adelaide.

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7 Day 6 Night Top End Discoverer

Explore the adventure, wildlife and Aboriginal culture of Darwin and the Top End.

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