Australia is a treasure trove of cultural delights, perfect for exploring during your next winter getaway. Looking for inspiration? We've curated a list of some of our favourites for you to sink your teeth into.
If you’re heading to Canberra it’s definitely worth a trip to Parliament House. It’s a fascinating space, and the guided tours will reveal all kinds of fun and quirky facts. The National Gallery of Australia is home to Australia’s national art collection, featuring everything from the famous Jackson Pollock piece to ancient aboriginal art - and everything in between. It’s easy to lose a few hours in this gorgeous space, as you wander from room to room.
While Victoria is off limits temporarily, as one of the best places to get your cultural fix we couldn’t miss it off our list. Meander through the galleries and museums of Melbourne for hours and if you’re looking for something really different Sovereign Hill (just an hour and a half by car from Melbourne) will take you back in time to the gold rush era, horse drawn coaches and all!
Tasmania is renowned as a foodie paradise, but MONA is a huge drawcard too. Australia’s largest privately-owned gallery and museum, it should definitely be part of any roadtrip round this fascinating part of our country. The site is also home to the Moorilla Winery and Moo Brew, Tasmania’s biggest craft brewery. Any history buff shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit Port Arthur, the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia. A World Heritage-listed site, it’s one of the most fascinating insights into our prison history.
While the South Bank in Brisbane is known for its beautiful gardens, inner-city beach, and restaurants, it's also a fantastic place to peruse museums and galleries. There’s always something interesting happening at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Museum and Sciencentre and Queensland Maritime Museum, all just a hop and a skip from one to the other.
A visit to the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park should be a mandatory element of any Northern Territory road trip, just an hour and a half out of Darwin. Aside from it’s breathtaking natural beauty there are several incredible Aboriginal tourist operations offering a genuine insight into the spiritual home of one of the oldest civilisations in the world. Tours, cultural centres, rock art discoveries all guarantee a fascinating time.