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48 Hours In Melbourne: Top 10 Things To See And Do

Discover ten iconic activities to do when strapped for time in Victoria's capital.

Top 5 Alternative Adventures In Melbourne

Looking for something a little different? Then try our pick of Melbourne's five best offbeat activities.

Pink Diamonds: Australia's World Renowned Pedigree

Western Australia is home to the deepest pink diamonds in the world. Their beauty is matched only by the landscape of the Kimberley.

Top 10 Things To Do And See In Richmond, Melbourne

Read our guide to explore the ten best things that Richmond has to offer.

Melbourne's Top 5 Gardens And Parks For Indulging In Spring's Beauty

Spring is the symbol of new life, so read our guide to discover our top five places to experience the beauty of spring in Melbourne.

The Man Booker Prize: 10 Must-Read Booker Winning Authors

The Culture Trip looks at 10 must-read Booker winners in the run-up to Man Booker 2015.

7 International Musicians Not For The Mainstream

Meet seven international musicians with a unique sound you need to hear.

The Top 5 Most Photogenic Places In Melbourne's CBD

Read our guide to discover the top five photo-worthy places in Melbourne to capture with your camera or smart phone.

A Literary Tour of Melbourne

Find out why Melbourne is one of few cities worldwide to be designated as a UNESCO City of Literature.

Top 10 Operas To See This 2015/16 Season

Our pick of the 10 operas not to miss this season, from La Traviata to Anything Goes!

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Australia Art + Artists

The Best Aboriginal Art Galleries and Art Centres in Sydney

Read our guide to the best Aboriginal art galleries and art centres in Sydney, showcasing the best traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art and design.

The Dandenong Ranges And Their Inspiring Artists | Sculptor Jordynn Oakley

We feature talented sculptor and illustrator Jordynn Oakley of Victoria's Dandenong Ranges.

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.

Australia Food + Restaurants

Brisbane’s Best Coffee In Fortitude Valley: 5 Places For An Unforgettable Cup

Discover five places for the best cup of coffee in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.

Where To Get The Best Curry In Canberra

Check out the five best Indian restaurants in the vibrant Australian capital, and start your search for the best curry (and all the extras!) in Canberra!

The 5 Best Japanese Restaurants In Canberra

If you're in the mood for some delicious Japanese cuisine, check out this article for the best Japanese restaurants in Canberra, because why settle for anything less?

The 10 Coolest Bars in the City, Melbourne

The City of Melbourne - located in the central city area of the Australian capital - has some of the coolest bars around, with secret entrances, themed private rooms and speciality bars.

The 5 Best Places For Brunch In Tamarama, Sydney

For a healthy brunch with a view, look no further than Tamarama: Sydney's hip and trendy beachside district.

The 10 Best Coffee Spots in Canberra

Canberra boasts some of Australia's best coffee; read our guide on where to get the best cup of joe in the city

The Top 7 Brunch Spots In Fremantle, Perth

Discover Fremantle's top seven brunch hotspots.

The 10 Best Restaurants in the Cross, Sydney

Locally known as Sydney's very own red light district, the Cross is renowned for its excellent night life. Here are our pick of the 10 best restaurants in this district that never sleeps.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Glebe, Sydney

If you find yourself in Glebe, Sydney, make sure to check out these 10 fantastic restaurants, serving every cultural dish you can think of from Polish to Nepalese!

The Best Restaurants in Paddington and Rosalie, Brisbane

Paddington and Rosalie are some of Brisbane's most in-demand suburbs, with their leafy hills and Queenslander-style cottages. Read our guide to the best places to eat in this up-and-coming area.

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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.