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Top 10 Restaurants in Cairns, QLD: Local Eats & Fine Dining

We head to sunny Cairns to check out the best places to dine, from unique Balinese cuisine to Australian classics.

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.

Geelong's 10 Best Restaurants & Local Eats

Watch out, Melbourne—this Victoria seaside city is coming for your foodie crown. Here is our list of the 10 best local restaurants in Geelong, Australia.

The Open Road: 5 Awe-Inspiring Aussie Roadtrips

We check out the five best road trips to really discover yourself – and discover the unparalleled beauty of Australia along the way.

Top 10 Restaurants in Wollongong | Local Eats & Fine Dining

With its beach-town charm, stunning views, and laidback atmosphere, Wollongong, Australia is the perfect place to enjoy a meal. Here are the ten best restaurants to try.

10 Australian Fashion Designers to Watch

We check out the top ten designers that are redefining Australian Fashion.

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.

Marc Newson | Australia's Design Superstar

We discover more about one of Australia’s most talented and prolific designers – Marc Newson.

Hobart's 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries

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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.

What's On in Sydney | 10 Unmissable Events this Spring

Things are hotting up in Sydney, so we investigate the ten best events to welcome in the new season, from outdoor excursions to cultural exhibitions.

Australia's Top 10 New Art Galleries You Should Know About

Read our guide to Australia’s up and coming contemporary galleries, and stay abreast of the most exciting artists and exhibitions from Melbourne to Perth.

The Six Australian Sculpture Parks You Should Visit

Discover the beauty of art and nature in these ten stunning sculpture parks and gardens in Australia, from Melbourne to Perth.

Brisbane’s Top 10 Contemporary Art Galleries You Should Visit

Visit Brisbane’s ten best contemporary art galleries and museums with our handpicked guide to this Australian city’s cultural scene.

Adelaide’s 10 Contemporary Art Galleries You Should Visit

Discover Adelaide’s thriving cultural scene and take a tour of the best contemporary art galleries and exhibition spaces in the city.

Australia Food + Restaurants

Top 10 Restaurants in Cairns, QLD: Local Eats & Fine Dining

We head to sunny Cairns to check out the best places to dine, from unique Balinese cuisine to Australian classics.

Geelong's 10 Best Restaurants & Local Eats

Watch out, Melbourne—this Victoria seaside city is coming for your foodie crown. Here is our list of the 10 best local restaurants in Geelong, Australia.

Top 10 Restaurants in Wollongong | Local Eats & Fine Dining

With its beach-town charm, stunning views, and laidback atmosphere, Wollongong, Australia is the perfect place to enjoy a meal. Here are the ten best restaurants to try.

A Foodie's Guide to Adelaide | Top 10 Local Restaurants

Discover the unique flavours of Australia’s sunny South coast with our insider’s guide to 10 great places to eat out in Adelaide.

Weekend City | Sydney's 10 Best Brunches and Late Breakfasts

Enjoy a lazy Saturday or Sunday brunch in Sydney and try one of these 10 late breakfast spots, where Australian cuisine meets excellent coffee.

Sydney's Best Cafés | Nurturing Australia's Coffee Culture

Find the best cup of coffee in Sydney with our curated guide to independent coffee shops in Australia’s coffee haven.

Hobart's 10 Best Local Restaurants: Eating out in Tasmania

Eat out in Hobart with our foodie’s guide to ten of the best restaurants showcasing Tasmania’s cultural and culinary heritage.

Brisbane's Must-Try Restaurants | Dining in the Sunshine State

Eat out in Brisbane with our culture lover’s guide to ten of the best restaurants in the city, from French fine dining to Indian curries and local eateries.

Sydney’s 10 Favourite Brunches for Lazy Weekends

Explore Sydney’s world famous brunch scene with our guide to the Australian city’s ten best breakfast places, serving classic eggs or innovative fare.

Adelaide’s 10 Great Restaurants: Local Eats and Fine Dining

Read our guide to eating out in Adelaide and pick your favourite cultural restaurant in the city, be it a local eatery or a gourmet venue.

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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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