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The Top Things To Do and See in St Kilda, Melbourne

Explore the best things to see and do while in St Kilda, Melbourne's grungy, bohemian seaside suburb.

Melbourne's Best Kept Secrets

Some of the best things about Melbourne are hidden away. The Culture Trip journey's through the city to discover its best-kept secrets.

The Best Independent Bookshops in Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia's literary hub is home to a diverse group of writers and has a strong culture of independent booksellers. We take a look at some of the best bookshops in the city.

The Best Parks in Melbourne

As the cultural hub of Australia, Melbourne is hot and tiring to explore. We discover some of the best parks to chill out and relax in before you go on to discover more of the city.

The Best Cinemas in Melbourne

We discover the best cinemas in Melbourne, Australia's cultural capital.

The Best-kept Secrets in Sydney

Sydney is one of the most popular (and crowded) vacation spots in the world - so here is a list of its hidden gems.

The 10 Best Restaurants in New Farm and Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Both New Farm and Fortitude Valley are full of award winning, delicious cuisine. Explore our guide to the best restaurants in Brisbane's premier areas for eating out.

The 10 Best Bars in St Kilda, Melbourne

We discover the ten best bars in Melbourne's coolest sea-side suburb, St. Kilda.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Surry Hills

We look at the top restaurants in Sydney's trendy and tranquil neighborhood, Surry Hills. Whether you're after sushi or a spicy curry, look no further than this hip inner-city foodie paradise.

The 10 Best Brunches and Late Breakfasts in Brisbane

Explore the best breakfast and brunch spots in Brisbane, a city renowned for it's great coffee and café culture.

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Australia Art + Artists

The World's 12 Most Important Female Painters

Around the world, women are pushing the boundaries of painting. Here are 12 female painters that every art lover has to know.

The 10 Best Australian Photographers You Should Know

We profile 10 among the best contemporary photographic artists working in Australia today, from those working with the more traditional medium to those testing its boundaries.

Top 9 Street Artists From Around The World

Street art has become a recognized and respected form of art over the past ten years. A subversive medium, street art is often social and political, yet vibrant and dynamic. Here is a list of the top 9 street artists that will blow your mind.

Top 10 Australian Contemporary Artists & Where To Find Them

The contemporary Australian art scene is rich and diverse, with artists drawing influences from their diverse cultural backgrounds. We check out ten of the best artists in Australia.

The 15 Most Expensive Photographs in History

Find out whose photograph sold for a staggering $6.5 million with our list of the most expensive photographs ever sold.

12 Astonishing Award-Winning Photographs in 2014

A picture can say a thousand words – particularly through the medium of photography. We take a look at the award-winning photos of 2014.

Melbourne's 10 Stunning Outdoor Sculptures

We explore the creative passion and energy of Melbourne, discovering ten of the most beautiful and unusual outdoor sculptures in the city.

The 5 Best Melbourne Street Artists and Where to Find Them

We find out more about the top five Australian street artist’s filling the streets and alleywas of Melbourne with colour and design.

Hobart's 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries

We take a look at the ten best places to see contemporary art in Hobart, the historic, beautiful waterfront capital of Tasmania.

Melbourne Contemporary | The 10 Best Galleries & Art Spaces

Come take a journey into Australia’s contemporary art scene with Melbourne’s 10 best galleries and innovative art spaces.

Australia Food + Restaurants

The 10 Best Restaurants in New Farm and Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Both New Farm and Fortitude Valley are full of award winning, delicious cuisine. Explore our guide to the best restaurants in Brisbane's premier areas for eating out.

The 10 Best Bars in St Kilda, Melbourne

We discover the ten best bars in Melbourne's coolest sea-side suburb, St. Kilda.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Surry Hills

We look at the top restaurants in Sydney's trendy and tranquil neighborhood, Surry Hills. Whether you're after sushi or a spicy curry, look no further than this hip inner-city foodie paradise.

The 10 Best Brunches and Late Breakfasts in Brisbane

Explore the best breakfast and brunch spots in Brisbane, a city renowned for it's great coffee and café culture.

The Foodie Guide to Bondi: The Best Restaurants and Cafés

Have a look at the best food on offer in Sydney's most famous beachside suburb.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Brisbane's West End

Brisbane's inner-city suburb West End buzzes with alternative and eclectic charm. We take a look at the best restaurants in the area.

The 10 Best Bars in Brisbane | Australia Travel Guide

The Culture Trip explores Brisbane's diverse and lively bar scene.

Melbourne's Top 10 Brunches and Late Breakfasts

Whether it's brunch, late breakfast or early lunch, we find the best places to enjoy your late morning meal in Melbourne.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Brunswick: Eating Out in Melbourne

We explore the top 10 restaurants in Brunswick, on of Melbourne's coolest suburbs.

The Best Coffee in Melbourne: The Top 10 Cafés

We find the best cafés in Melbourne, home of the world's best coffee culture.

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The sixth largest country in the world, Australia had been inhabited for over 40,000 years by indigenous people before the arrival of British settlers in 1788. Today, Australia is renowned for its economic, political and cultural stature within the Commonwealth world and locally within the Pacific and South East Asian sphere. Due to its geographical location, ties with Indonesia and China remain high priorities on Australia's foreign policy agenda. In 2008, the Australian government formally apologised to indigenous Australians for past wrongs inflicted upon them by the government, however Australia's indigenous people still suffer from high rates of unemployment and other forms of social inequality.

Australia has a rich artistic tradition, with the earliest examples of art said to be the cave and bark paintings of its indigenous peoples. Well-known modernist artists include Sidney Nolan, Fred Williams, Sydney Long and Clifton Pugh.

Australia has also produced many internationally-renowned writers. Peter Carey is the Man Booker Prize winning author of novels Bliss and Illywhacker. With ties to Sydney, Patrick White is one of the nation's greatest playwrights, novelists and poets. Mudrooroo is known as the most ambiguous novelist in Australia. He writes Aboriginal fiction, which is fitting, as his name can be translated to mean paperback in the language of Bibbulmun. Tim Winton is another widely-acclaimed contemporary Australian writer, his sensitive storytelling and breathtaking depictions of the Western Australia landscape having earned him numerous awards. His novels include Cloudstreet and Dirt Music. The iconic works of poets Banjo Paterson, Henry Lawson, and Dorothea Mackellar and their romanticised visions of Australian life are regarded as emblematic of Australian identity.

Australian filmmakers have sought to cover a wide range of social, political and cultural topics pertinent to Australian life. Baz Luhrmann's blockbuster Australia captures the adventure and magic of the outback and is the second-highest grossing Australian film ever. Philip Noyce's critically-acclaimed Rabbit Proof Fence deals with the still-sensitive topic of the Stolen Generation of indigenous Australian children who were forcibly removed from their families by the then-government for the purposes of assimilation. Peter Weir's Gallipolli depicts the ill-fated WWII battle in Turkey which remains a symbol of Australia's national identity.

Bands like Sydney-born AC/DC and INXS have influenced the world of rock for over thirty years. The main sound in traditional indigenous music comes from the didgeridoo which is one of the world's oldest instruments. Some of the greatest didgeridoo players include Djalu Gurruwiwi and William Barton. Contemporary Aboriginal musical artists include Jimmy Little and Yothu Yindi.

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