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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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Guide to Tiwi Islands

Guide to Tiwi Islands

With a thriving indigenous arts culture, secluded fishing lodges and a passion for football, the Tiwi Islands promise a holiday like no other.

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Guide to Arnhem Land

Guide to Arnhem Land

Bordered by Kakadu National Park, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria, Arnhem Land is a vast, unspoiled wilderness area of more than 97,000 square kilometres (37,452 square miles). Rich in Aboriginal culture, Arnhem Land offers unique indigenous experiences, rock art and some of the best fishing in the world.

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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

Australia Day
January26

Australia Day

Australia's national day celebrates everything that's great about being Australian.

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Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth
January20 - 29

Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth

The annual Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth is Australia's largest music festival, attracting around 50,000 visitors per day.

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Tunarama Festival
January25 - 29

Tunarama Festival

Family fun is in store at Tunarama, with entertainment including a street parade and the popular tuna toss.

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MONA FOMA
January

MONA FOMA

Mona Foma is an innovative and experimental music and arts festival held in collaborations with Hobart’s impressive MONA art gallery.

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Festivale
February10 - 12

Festivale

Festivale is one of Tasmania’s premier summer events celebrating Tasmanian food and wine alfresco style in Launceston's historic City Park.

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