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Australia’s 10 Best Autumn and Winter Festivals

See what’s on in Australia this year with our cultural calendar of the best traditional festivals and celebrations from Canberra to Darwin.

Sydney Cultural Calendar 2014: 10 Best Art and Culture Events

See what’s on in Sydney with our selection of the best exhibitions, art and culture events and festivals taking place in the sunny Australian city in 2014.

Perth’s 10 Best Cultural Restaurants: Great Australian Eats

Find out where to eat out in Perth with our guide to the city’s ten best cultural restaurants serving succulent meats, refined treats and great local wines.

The Stories of Shaun Tan: Making Children of Us All

Read about Shaun Tan, an Australian writer and illustrator of children’s books, whose creative talent is matched only by his originality.

Taxidermy on a Mind-Blowing Scale: Cai Guo-Qiang’s Falling Back to Earth

Discover the artist behind immense, astonishing experiments in taxidermy, Cai Guo-Qiang, and see his newest works displayed at the Queensland Art Gallery.

Laneways Life: Exploring Melbourne’s Street Art Scene

The urban art scene in Australia’s counter culture capital, Melbourne, is a thriving testament to the city’s unique spirit and creativity.

Sydney’s Top Contemporary Art Galleries: Emerging and Established

Ten art galleries in Sydney that stand out for their artistic excellence, commitment to contemporary movements and dedication to emerging practitioners.

Brisbane’s Best Cultural Restaurants: Welcome to BrisVegas

Brisbane’s best cultural restaurants that highlight the city’s vibrant cultural identity through creativity, gastronomy, design and atmosphere.

Sydney’s Best Coffee: Leading the World from Down Under

We take a coffee pilgrimage around Sydney, investigating its booming cafe culture and the best brews the city has to offer.

Jørn Utzon: Designing Sydney’s Iconic Opera House

Few buildings in the world have as much national significance as the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Yet for Danish architect Jørn Utzon, who designed the Sydney Opera House, the iconic structure left a bitter taste that persisted for decades.

The Best Documentaries Exploring the Asia Pacific Region

From Japan to Papua New Guinea, Aperture Festival is an Australian ethnographic documentary film festival shining a light on the cultures of the Asia Pacific region. We recommend ten outstanding films from the festival’s official selection.

We recommend ten outstanding films from the festival’s official selection.

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Australia Galleries

White Rabbit Collection

The White Rabbit Collection in Sydney is one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art. The Gallery has four floors of exhibition space as well as a theatrette, a library and a teahouse.

Roslyn Oxley9

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery was established in 1982. Today its exhibition program focuses on artists from the Asia-Pacific region. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery also maintains a dynamic international program that brings top International artists to Australia.

Catherine Asquith Gallery

Catherine Asquith Gallery represents artists’ work that demonstrates a thematic and technical cohesion inherent to their individual art practices; acknowledges the legacy of art history; and reflects an intelligent and unique interpretation of a particular subject.

Helen Gory Galerie

Helen Gory Galerie has gained a strong reputation for supporting emerging talent and exhibiting premium contemporary artists and for having the initiative to exhibit unknown artists whose careers continue on to become an important part of the Australian art scene.

Gertrude Contemporary

Gertrude Contemporary opened in 1985 in a large converted warehouse in Fitzroy, Melbourne and led the way as Australia’s first combined gallery and studio complex.

Australia Museums

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Located in New South Wales in a former 1950s power station, Casula Powerhouse hosts the Liverpool arts collection, with 30,000 artefacts that reflect the diversity of cultures that make up the City of Liverpool.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Located on the edge of Sydney Harbour, the MCA opened its doors to the public in November 1991. Housed in the Art Deco-style former Maritime Services Board Building, the museum’s collection focuses on contemporary art from Australia and around the world.

Powerhouse Museum

This museum is located in an old tram power station in Sydney. Its collection spans science and technology, encompassing design, decorative arts, space exploration. Its artefacts include the oldest operational rotative steam engine and the Strasburg Clock Model.

Museum of Sydney

This museum explores colonial and contemporary Sydney through objects, pictures and new digital media techniques. Exhibits include panoramic views of Sydney from 1788 to present stretch across walls and video screens and explorations of Sydney’s convict era.

Ian Potter Museum of Art

The Ian Potter Museum has major holdings of Australian art in all media from the early 19th century to the present, as well as holdings of European art, indigenous art and archaeology.

Heide Museum of Modern Art

Heide Museum began life as the home of John and Sunday Reed and has since evolved into one of Australia's most important cultural institutions. The museum offers an inspiring experience of modern and contemporary art and architecture.

Immigration Museum

The Immigration Museum tells the stories of people from all over the world who have migrated to Australia. The museum re-creates the stories of coming to Australia with a rich mix of moving images, personal and community voices.

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Queensland's premier visual arts institution, QAGOMA connects people and art through a dynamic program of Australian and international exhibitions that showcase works from a diverse range of historical and contemporary artists.

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Founded in 1895, the Art Gallery of Western Australia places particular emphasis on the arts of Australia and arts from the Indian Ocean Rim.

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Australia Tours

Kangaroo Island Tours

Take a tour to Kangaroo Island, a pristine natural landscape that protects a substantial population of native Australian animals. See sea-lions basking on white beaches, koalas dozing in lofty eucalypts, pelicans soaring over shimmering lagoons.

Uluru Cultural Tours

Through this guided tour, learn more about indigenous Australian cultural by learning about indigenous art making, traditional bush cuisine, or venture to the desert of the Pitjantjatjara Lands of Central Australia to visit the magnificent cave paintings on Cave Hill.

Great Barrier Reef Tours

The Great Barrier Reef Tours offers visitors a wide range of tours to select from, including cruises, outback tours, Daintree Rainforest tours, island day trips, hot air ballooning excursions and much more.

Australia Hotels

The Hughenden

The Hughenden, known as Sydney's premier Art and Literary Hotel, features wrought iron balconies, marble fireplaces and unique staircase that retain the craftsmanship of last century. In addition to its Victorian flair, the hotel also hosts art and literary events.

Blue Sydney

Blue Sydney is a boutique hotel located on Sydney’s Wharf Woolloomooloo. Part of the area’s redevelopment plan, Blue Sydney now offers guests an elegant stay with spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour foreshore, city skyline and The Royal Botanical Gardens.

The Victoria Hotel

One of Melbourne’s landmark hotels, the Victoria combines the grandeur of the late 1800’s and contemporary comfort. The hotel’s Temperance League founders opened the hotel as an alternative to the bawdy pub accommodations on offer during the late 19th century.

Sails in the Desert Hotel

At Ayers Rock Resort, the mystery, colour and wisdom of the local Anangu people is interwoven into every facet of the hotel’s modern design. Guests can also visit the hotel’s Mulgara Gallery to learn about the unique styles and breathtaking stories of Indigenous art.

Australia Restaurants

Vegie Bar

Opened 20 years ago in Melbourne, the Vegie Bar is quirky, eclectic and uses only organic and biodynamic ingredients. Serving rustic home-cooking, The Vegie Bar operates under the belief that ‘food should not be over-worked and should have minimal human involvement’.

Madame Sousou

Sousou uses only local, seasonal produce to create a fresh menu that is classically French. Diners can be charmed by the restaurant's atmosphere of French music, eclectic art contemporary pieces, cane and marble furnishings and copper and parchment chandeliers.

Glass Brasserie

Glass Brasserie in Sydney combines the internationally acclaimed interior design of Tony Chi and the culinary expertise of local restaurateur Luke Mangan. The restaurant features a 13 metre floor to ceiling glass wall.

360 Bar and Dining

Featuring modern Australian cuisine with unsurpassed 360 degree revolving views of the Sydney skyline, 360 Bar and Dining is the preeminent space in Sydney. With dark mahogany wood finishes and soft ambient lighting, the restaurant provides a breathtaking setting.