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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 Cultural Locations

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

Guide to Melbourne

Guide to Melbourne

Melbourne’s exciting mix of style, sport, culture and dining means you’ll never want to leave.

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Guide to Sydney

Guide to Sydney

Relax on sun-drenched beaches, dine at award-winning restaurants and take in some shows on your trip to Sydney.

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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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Guide to the Red Centre

Guide to the Red Centre

Experience Aboriginal culture, desert adventures and the changing colours of Uluru in Australia's Red Centre.

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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

Learn about the history of Australia, including aboriginal history, British settlers and Australian history and politics from the 20th century onwards, including WWI, WWII.

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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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UPCOMING CULTURAL EVENTS

Woolworths Carols in the Domain
December17

Woolworths Carols in the Domain

Sydney New Year's Eve
December31

Sydney New Year's Eve

Sydney Harbour is the stage for an unforgettable end-of-year party.

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Parkes Elvis Festival
January11 - 15

Parkes Elvis Festival

Australia Day
January26

Australia Day

Across the country, there are thousands of events in cities and town held to mark the country's annual national day, Australia Day. Celebrations in cities such as Sydney include concerts by the harbour as well as the annual Ferrython ferry race, a fun run and gala ball in Darwin or the parade, concerts and fireworks in Adelaide.

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Port Lincoln Tunarama Festival
January25 - 29

Port Lincoln Tunarama Festival

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