Although Australia is renowned globally for its pristine natural spaces, it’s also garnering a reputation as an artistic and cultural nexus. From operatic performances to beautiful modern art, it’s never been a better time to explore the Great Southern Land’s captivating culture.
Melbourne is the undeniable cultural heart of Australia. As the sun goes down, rug up, get out and experience the city’s effortlessly hip bars, multicultural events, and bustling laneways. Immerse yourself in Melbourne’s cultural precincts for an unforgettable, artsy expedition.
Melbourne Street Art
As you explore the ins and outs of Melbourne’s trendy laneways and arcades you will be immersed in an urban gallery of spray painting, stencil art and paste up art. Gain insight into the street art scene by taking a tour with passionate and creative tour guides.
After exploring the streets, head to the stage and experience the energy and elegance of ballet with the Australian Ballet’s Art Centre Melbourne performances. These range from renditions of fairy tales to more contemporary productions that still capture ballet’s hallmark grace.
The Harbour City is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Parklands, sun-drenched beaches, breathtaking views and a bustling CBD define its youthful spirit. Captivating art, theatre, and festivals are all yours to enjoy, so start planning!
Art Gallery of NSW
The Art Gallery of NSW offers an extensive collection of art from various cultures. Aboriginal art sits proudly alongside European works, Asian treasures and local and international contemporary pieces. Free daily guided tours are offered in a variety of languages.
Sydney Opera House
Its white-washed concrete shells might be a national icon, but the real magic occurs inside the Sydney Opera House. It regularly features a suite of incredible performances, ranging from musical theatre to opera and classical performances.
Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar
Inspired by Andy Warhol’s 1960s New York Factory, The Oxford Art Factory showcases exceptional talent in a multifunctional venue. Visit their website to see a range of upcoming gigs, exhibitions and events during your next stay in Sydney.
The sub-tropical beauty of this riverside city provides visitors with a relaxed, all-rounded cultural and creative experience. The Queensland Cultural Centre houses one of Australia’s finest art galleries, the awe-inspiring Queensland Museum and the Queensland Performing Arts Complex, making it easy to satisfy your cultural cravings in one convenient location.
A hub of science and history, the Queensland Museum is perfect for both young and old. In addition to a bewildering array of cultural, historical, scientific and geological collections, the Museum regularly hosts events and exhibitions designed to both entertain and educate visitors.
The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
As the name suggests, GOMA showcases the best modern art from Australia, Asia and the Pacific. Its events and exhibitions are designed to put a spotlight on both established and upcoming artists, so, if you’re a connoisseur of fine visuals, a visit should definitely be on your itinerary.
Pack up for a swim at Cottlesloe Beach, dine in winding alleyways lined with art or enjoy a picnic by the tranquil Swan River. Perth boasts a number of public art walks, thriving craft markets and an outdoor cinema that goes perfectly with a glass of local wine.
Catch a new release or a much-loved cult movie at a kitsch outdoor cinema sitting on the lawns of Perth’s Kings Park. Moonlight Cinema runs over the summer months from December to March, so be sure to include a moonlit flick when planning your next Perth getaway.
Perth Cultural Centre
The cultural centre in the heart of Perth is home to the Western Australian Museum, Institute of Contemporary Arts and The Blue Room Theatre. There are exhibitions, events and festivals held all year round, and the Centre is also a beautiful place to just enjoy a stroll while taking in the sights of Perth. Take a break in the Urban Orchard, a thriving community garden, or take the kids to the Play Space where they can enjoy interactive nature play.
Wander through the harbourside city of Hobart to appreciate its historic charisma and cutting-edge art scene. From intimate artist-run spaces to world-class museums and contemporary galleries and festivals, there is a wealth of creativity crammed into the island’s capital city.
Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
Renowned for its thought-provoking collections, MONA is one of Tasmania’s cultural treasures, located at the Moorilla winery on Hobart’s Berriedale Peninsula. MONA also hosts the annual MOFO and Dark Mofo festivals, which are a fantastic platform for live performances, public art and food and drink. Check the website for 2016 dates.