|Airport City||Sydney Airport, Melbourne International Airport, Adelaide Airport, Brisbane Airport, Perth International Airport|
|Offical Languages||English, Mandarin , Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese|
|Food||Chicken parmigiana, Barbequed snags (aka sausages), Lamingtons|
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Summer : Dec - Feb
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Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most popular city in Australia and Oceania.Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and extends about 70 km (43.5 mi) on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west. Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as "Sydneysiders". As of June 2017, Sydney's estimated metropolitan population was 5,230,330 and is home to approximately 65% of the state's population.
Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Its name refers to an urban agglomeration of 2,080 km2 (800 sq mi), comprising a metropolitan area with 31 municipalities, and is also the common name for its city centre. The city occupies much of the coastline of Port Phillip bay and spreads into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. It has a population of 5 million (19% of the population of Australia), and its inhabitants are referred to as "Melburnians".
The scene: It may be one of the most isolated cities on earth, but that hasn’t stopped Western Australia’s youthful capital from stepping ahead of its competitors. This frontier-town-made-chic tempts with slick wine bars and restaurants, sweeping parkland, achingly cool festivals, excellent markets, glittering beaches, and a skyline to rival Manhattan. Equally thrilling are the rejuvenation projects that are changing the face of the city; most significantly the $2.6-billion Elizabeth Quay development (a plan by the State Government to return the city's focus to the Swan River).
The sights: This up-and-coming part of WA offers endless things to do; from taking a morning power run at the inner-city Kings Park to lazing on the glistening white sands at Cottesloe Beach. Further must-dos include admiring one of the best collections of Aboriginal art on the planet at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, visiting the historic seaside Port of Fremantle for its famous markets housed in a grand Victorian-era heritage building, and working out your weight in gold (really) at the Perth Mint. Another highlight is Rottnest Island, the idyllic island playground just a 30-minute ferry ride from the city that’s filled with dazzling marine life, secluded beaches and bays, great cycle paths, and up to 12,000 curious quokkas.
The out-of-town daytrip: Just 20 minutes east of Perth, the Swan Valley and Darling Range is a world away from city life. It can be reached easily by road, but it’s far better to take the scenic route aboard a Swan River cruise from Perth's Barrack Street Jetty (a short stroll from the CBD).
The Gold Coast is a coastal city in the Australian state of Queensland, approximately 66 kilometres (41 mi) south-southeast of the state capital Brisbane and immediately north of the border with New South Wales. With a census-estimated 2016 population of 569,997, the Gold Coast is the sixth-largest city in Australia, making it the largest non-capital city, and Queensland's second-largest city.
Cairns, considered the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, is a city in tropical Far North Queensland. Its Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park tells the stories of indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with music and dance. Cairns Esplanade, lined with bars and restaurants, has a swimming lagoon. Northwest of the city, Daintree National Park spans mountainous rainforest, gorges and beaches.
The scene: Founded in 1803 as a penal colony, Hobart is the high-impact Tasmanian capital (and Australia's second-oldest city, after Sydney) that’s shaken off its sleepy reputation and emerged as one of the hippest southernmost hotspots. Dominated by Mount Wellington, it comes with a dynamic and daring art scene (most famously David Walsh’s incredible Museum of Old and New Art, known as MONA), picturesque waterways, rugged mountains, award-winning gourmet experiences, world-class festivals, and a whole lot of wilderness.
The sights: Most wide-eyed visitors will be drawn to Hobart's iconic waterfront before visiting the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, joining a guided walking tour of the profoundly historic Battery Point, and taking a ferry up river to MONA for an arty fix (the Madonna room and Sidney Nolan snake mural are both amazing). Other city essentials include climbing to the 4,265-feet-high summit of Mount Wellington for city and harbour views, shopping at the outdoor Salamanca market (Saturdays only), stopping for fish and chips at Constitution Dock, and stocking up on fresh Tasmanian produce at the Farm Gate Market held on Bathurst Street on Sunday mornings.
The out-of-town daytrip: Australia's most notorious penal site, the UNESCO-listed Port Arthur is just 90 minutes drive east of Hobart. Here you can take a cruise to the Isle of the Dead, take a trip to Point Puer Boys' Prison, and scare yourself silly on a spooky lantern-lit ghost tour.
Perth, capital of Western Australia, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Sandy beaches line its suburbs, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mount Eliza offer sweeping views of the city. The Perth Cultural Centre houses the state ballet and opera companies, and occupies its own central precinct, including a theatre, library and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
The scene: Much closer to Asia than its ‘down south’ neighbours, Australia's only tropical capital city appeals with a balmy year-round climate, cultural attractions galore, and a rather smart waterfront precinct that has transformed the look and luxe of the place. There’s also a harbour to trump Sydney’s, two incredible nearby national parks (Kakadu and Litchfield), sunsets so famous that entire events are based around them (the Mindil Sunset Markets are held only when the sun dips into the glassy Arafura Sea), and a vibe that’s way less frontier town than you’d expect.
The sights: There’s no shortage of adrenaline-charged adventures; from swimming with crocodiles in an enclosed cage at Crocosaurus Cove to meeting their wilder mates on a two-and-a-half-hour cruise of the Mary River Wetlands - home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world. Further must-dos include checking out the Defence of Darwin Experience at the Darwin Military Museum (the city was bombed in two separate raids during WWII), staking out the rare Rufous Owl in the 130-year-old Darwin Botanic Gardens, and learning about the Top End’s heritage at the splendid Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
The out-of-town daytrip: The gorgeous Tiwi Islands (Bathurst Island and Melville Island) are a ferry-ride away and an essential part of any Top End tour. Home to the Tiwi Aboriginal people, they offer aboriginal art, excellent fishing, and animals and plants found nowhere else on the planet.
The scene: Once a penal colony for British convicts sent from Sydney, the sunny state capital of Queensland is one of the country’s most up-and-coming cities. Much here is focussed around the Brisbane River - the glittering waterway where you can abseil the Kangaroo Point cliffs, scale the iconic Story Bridge, and rollerblade over floating walkways. But away from the water, it’s obvious that this city is loving its Brisvegas label; not least for a new surge of glossy new hotels, creative spaces, swanky shops, and excellent music venues to rival those of its southern cousins.
The sights: The scope for outdoorsy thrills is huge; from taking a paddlesteamer or ferry down the Brisbane River and relaxing in the lush riverside parks of South Bank, to cycling through the City Botanic Gardens. Further must-dos include gorging on art at GoMA (Australia's largest gallery of modern and contemporary art), meeting cute and cuddly animals at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, chilling out at the inner-city beach, and browsing for artisan goodies at the Stanley Street Plaza weekend market. Make time to take one of the city’s craft beer tours for a behind-the-scenes look at Brisbane's best breweries as well as obligatory tasting sessions.
The out-of-town daytrip: A 40-minute drive from Brisbane followed by a short boat ride, North Stradbroke Island (known as Straddie) is a great out-of-city hub for 4WD tours, kayaking, fishing, whale-watching, sandboarding, swimming in a tea-stained lake, and hanging out with local wildlife.
The scene: It’s all stunning vineyards, amazing eco-adventures, outstanding festivals, and a strong urban arts and foodie scene in Adelaide - South Australia’s elegant capital named in honour of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, queen consort to King William IV. The vibe is more like a big country town than a buzzing metropolis, with most making a beeline for the gorgeously green hills, the lovely ocean beaches, and the refurbed 50,000-seater Adelaide Oval that has been hosting summer Test cricket matches and winter football matches since colonial times.
The sights: An Adelaide fixture since 1969, the giant Central Market is spot-on for stocking up on farm-fresh fruit and veg, smoked meats, artisan cheeses, and seafood (better still, join Mark Gleeson’s interesting early morning tour). Further must-dos include visiting Port Adelaide for classic Aussie pubs and old wharves, the North Terrace for the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum, and Adelaide Zoo for its 1,800 animals (including koalas and kangaroos). Try to spend some time in Rundle Street - the heartbeat of the East End District that’s packed out with edgy boutiques and some of the city’s best restaurants, cafés, and bars.
The out-of-town daytrip: There’s three delightful wine regions (Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, and McLaren Vale) within easy reach of the city. You’ll also be just a 45-minute ferry ride from Kangaroo Island - one of the best places on the continent to see native antipodean animals in their natural habitat.
The scene: Having spent the last century living up to its moniker as a dull politician’s playground filled with boring bureaucrats, Canberra is suddenly experiencing a Capital of Cool moment. Of course, history fanatics will still get their fix of stately government institutions, heritage buildings and eminent museums and galleries that are undeniably the best in the country. But there’s also an exciting new wave of game-changing hotels, high-profile restaurants, unique boutiques and pop-up stores, and amazing crafts markets - all of which have reshaped the city in recent years.
The sights: The remarkable Parliament House, Opera House, and Australian War Memorial all fit the bill for visual thrills. Must-dos include walking the ‘bridge to bridge’ path around Lake Burley Griffin (named after the Chicago-born architect who designed the capital in 1913), visiting the National Gallery of Australia for some 166,000-plus works of art, and checking out Captain Cook’s 1770 logbook at the National Library. Further highlights include shopping for curios at the Old Bus Depot Markets, watching an art-house movie at the NewActon cultural precinct, and working your way through the pleasing array of brunch cafés and bars on Lonsdale Street.
The out-of-town daytrip: The countryside surrounding Canberra has 140 vineyards and more than 30 cellar doors. It’s also worth venturing six miles out of town to Gold Creek Village - home to the National Dinosaur Museum, Australian Reptile Centre, and Cockington Green Miniature Village.
Experience the wonder of the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House on a guided tour. You’ll explore the famous building and its ingenious shape, and you can also savour delicious food and enjoy world-class performances. Discover the stories behind the building and its Danish architect Jørn Utzon on the multimedia Sydney Opera House Tour. The one hour tours operate daily, from 9am to 5pm, and are in English, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, French, Spanish and German. The two-hour Backstage Tour is daily at 7am and will take you behind the curtains to the hidden world of the backstage. You’ll also enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the Green Room, the exclusive domain of the performers.
The Tour and Tasting Plate combines a tour of the Opera House with three-tier gourmet tasting plate of the freshest produce and ingredients from the Opera Kitchen, home to some of Sydney’s most innovative chefs. The Tasting Plate is available from 11am. Indulge your senses with a tour, performance and dining. The Red Carpet Package allows guests to indulge in fine dining options and the Starry Nights Package has casual dining options. Or take a tour and performance only with the Showcase Package. Enjoy pre-show cocktails and spectacular views at the Opera Bar. At the helm of Bennelong Restaurant under the white sails of the Opera House is one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, the internationally acclaimed Peter Gilmore.
Taronga Zoo, with spectacular views of beautiful Sydney Harbour, is a great destination to see native wildlife and rare exotic animals. A range of tours are offered, from the keeper-led Wild Australia Experience to the VIP Aussie Gold Tour of native animals.
You’ll be delighted with the daily bird and seal shows too. The Nura Diya Aboriginal Discovery Tour explores the connection between Australia’s animals, plants and landscape and Aboriginal Dreamtime. You can even camp the night at the zoo on the Roar and Snore tour.
The largest steel arch bridge in the world, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is an iconic landmark spanning one of the finest natural harbours known to mankind. Opened in 1932, the bridge is fondly nicknamed the Coathanger by Sydneysiders. You can walk and cycle across the bridge or climb to the top for stunning views.
The iconic bridge took eight years to build using 53,000 tonnes of steel and six-million hand-driven rivets. During construction, the two steel halves of the towering arch met in the middle of the span on 19 August 1930 at 10pm.
What do you want from a beach? Golden, pristine sand surrounded by lush parks? Bondi’s got lots of that. Perfect surfing conditions? No problem. Plenty of bars and eateries nearby? Bondi ticks that box too. In fact, if you asked someone to design the perfect beach, this crescent-shaped bay would be what they came up with. You can see why it’s one of the most popular stops on our Sydney Bus Tour.
Water safety and sun protection is important at Bondi – we don’t want a spot of sunburn or a ride on the infamous ‘backpacker express’ current to get in the way of a fantastic day out at this beautiful beach. Don’t feel worried about sharks either. The underwater shark net enclosing the bay keeps swimmers protected from any curious predators. If you’re confident in the water you’ll enjoy a great afternoon splashing in the waves or learning to surf.
The Blue Mountains get their name from the natural blue haze created by vast eucalypt forests in this World Heritage area. Tiny droplets of oil released from the trees mix with water vapour and sunlight to produce the distinctive colour.
Marvel at this wilderness region from cliff top lookouts. Explore waterfalls, valleys and rugged sandstone tablelands, and learn about the region’s ancient Aboriginal heritage. Deep inside the Jenolan Caves you’ll discover limestone crystals and underground rivers.
Sydney Tower is Sydney's tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere. The name Sydney Tower has become common in daily usage; however, the tower has been known as the Sydney Tower Eye, AMP Tower, Flower Tower, Glower Tower, Westfield Centrepoint Tower, Big Poke, Centrepoint Tower or just Centrepoint.
The Sydney Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.
The tower stands 309 m (1,014 ft) above the Sydney central business district (CBD), located on Market Street, between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets. It is accessible from the Pitt Street Mall, Market Street or Castlereagh Street and sits above the Westfield Sydney (formerly Centrepoint) shopping centre. The tower is open to the public, and is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the city, being visible from a number of vantage points throughout town and from adjoining suburbs. Auckland's Sky Tower is taller but Sydney Tower's main observation deck is almost 30 m (98 ft) higher than the observation deck on Auckland's Sky Towe
Come with Bunyip to see The Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s premier scenic coastal roads & along the way visit spectacular locations like the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and the Otway Ranges. As you pass through the iconic seaside villages of Anglesea, Lorne & Apollo Bay you will gain an insight into the laid back lifestyle the Australian Surf Coast has to offer.
Be awestruck by the majesty of the Twelve Apostles and intrigued by the tale of the shipwreck at Loch Ard Gorge.
Affectionately called “Puffing Billy”, this steam train operates on a narrow gauge heritage railway in the beautiful Blue Dandenong Ranges. It was also one of four experimental lines used to develop rural areas in the 1900s. These days, “Puffing Billy” enjoys a more leisurely life taking visitors for a scenic ride through the rainforest. Its preservation is one of the finest made possible by hundreds of dedicated volunteers. Gray Line are the experts for Puffing Billy tours.
The Twelve Apostles were originally known as the “Sow and Piglets”, the mother pig and her little offspring. The early settlers renamed this amazing rock formation after the disciples of Jesus Christ.
The Twelve Apostles, like the other rock formations of the Port Campbell National Park, have been gouged away from the towering limestone cliffs over thousands of years.
The cliffs’ foundations were laid down some 10 to 25 million years ago at a time when this area was covered by an inland sea. Within that sea, over millions of years, countless numbers of marine creatures died, and as they died, their bodies would drift to the bottom of the sea and mix with the other sediment. The marine creatures’ skeletons and shells were of course rich in calcium and as the sediment compacted over the centuries, calciferous clay, or tertiary limestone, was formed.
Want to explore hidden lanes and arcades? Then check out the Melbourne Lanes & Arcades Walking Tour in Australia. On this tour visitors will see local designers and specialty retailers, wander through the Royal Arcade & Hosier Lane and sample some local food and wine.
Take a trip to Australia and take on the Melbourne Lanes & Arcades Walking Tour where you can enjoy a magnificent walking tour of hidden treasures of Melbourne’s lanes and arcades. Explore and discover local designers and specialty retailers, cafes, restaurants and a whole lot more. Later on after the tour, you can go back to these places and enjoy a fantastic shopping and dining.
Melbourne Lanes & Arcades Walking tour is a half-day adventure in which you’ll get to enjoy amazing architecture, unique shops, and cafés. Also, being a tour of Melbourne, a paradise for foodies, you’ll get to sample some of the delicious local foods and refreshing wines. You will be accompanied by a friendly and knowledgeable guide to give you interesting facts and histories. Also, being a small group tour, you will get to have a more personalized experience making the tour even more memorable.
The Mornington Peninsula has been a captivating visitor experience for more than 100 years. So much to see and do! Attracted by the gentle hills, kilometres of sparkling bay beaches, rugged surf beaches and stunning coastal scenery, people flock to the peninsula to enjoy all it has to offer, not least the tasty local food and wine.
On the Mornington Peninsula, a favourite gateway from Melbourne, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Italy with the Mediterranean climate, olive trees and similar hilly coastal topography! Only an hour from Melbourne, the peninsula offers everything from breathtaking beaches and historical national parks to vineyards and hot springs.
Last Minute Day Tours offers winery and hot springs day tours from Melbourne that will take you to experience the quaint townships, boutique wineries and natural hot mineral spring and spa of the Peninsula, that will suit everyone’s budget and time.
The Yarra River or historically, the Yarra Yarra River, is a perennial river in east-central Victoria, Australia. The lower stretches of the river are where the city of Melbourne was established in 1835 and today Greater Melbourne dominates and influences the landscape of its lower reaches.
Attracting over 1,900,000 visitors annually, Melbourne Gardens is a treasured part of cultural life and a valuable asset to the heritage rich city. With its stunning vistas, tranquil lakes and diverse plant collections, the Gardens are a place of continual discovery and delight.
Enjoy the Aboriginal Heritage Walk, a Free Guided Walk, a ride on the Garden Explorer or Punting on the tranquil Ornamental Lake, all set against a beautiful backdrop and just moments from the city.
These beautiful Gardens are home to amazing and diverse plant collections such as camellias, rainforest flora, succulents and cacti, roses, Californian species, herbs, perennials, cycads and plants from Southern China. Guilfoyle's Volcano offers visitors a fabulous precinct to explore. The Gardens are also a natural sanctuary for native wildlife.
The Children's Garden has everything that children could want to help them discover the natural world, with plant tunnels that they can crawl through, rocks that they can climb and a bamboo forest in which they can hide.
Visitors can unwind at one of two cafés, The Terrace or Jardin Tan. Or find botanical-inspired souvenirs and gifts at the Gardens Shop.
During summer, the lawns come alive with outdoor cinema, theatre performances and exhibitions.
Only four kilometers from the heart of Cairns City, the Flecker Botanical Gardens are a tropical oasis. 38 hectares of native Australian gardens are maintained to lush standards, and many plants found here cannot be seen elsewhere in the world. Admission to the Cairns Botanical Gardens is free, however collection boxes are placed around the gardens for people to make donations and help the park exist into the future. This is an affordable family friendly holiday attraction for those vacationing in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland Australia.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest and longest coral reef system, stretching for 2,300km from the tip of Cape York in the north to Bundaberg in the south. Comprising 3,000 separate reefs and some 900 continental islands and coral cays, it’s one of the world’s great natural wonders. Home to over 1,500 species of fish, abundant marine life and over 200 types of birds, it’s also one of Australia’s greatest conservation successes. A World Heritage Area since 1981 (the world’s first reef ecosystem to be recognised by UNESCO), it is highly protected and one of the best-managed marine areas on Earth.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a well known Cairns attraction that may be enjoyed as a half day activity, complete day tour or combined as a package with Cairns other leading tour attractions to create the perfect ancient rainforest itinerary.
Far North Queensland’s World Heritage-Listed rainforest, The Wet Tropics, are amongst the oldest on earth and home to an incredible array of plants and animals.
Twelve hundred species of flowering plants, eight hundred different rainforest trees, spectacular orchids, strangler figs, exotic palms and hundreds of unique creatures inhabit this lush green world.
Now imagine all that natural wonder so close that you can almost touch it, your senses alive with the heady organic fragrance and untamed sounds of the dense rainforest. That’s what it’s like aboard Kuranda Scenic Railway as you unwind your way through a tropical paradise framed by rugged mountains with waterfalls tumbling forever into deep ravines.
Being one with the rainforest as you undertake an unforgettable journey is what makes Kuranda Scenic Railway such a must-do experience.
Tjapukai (pronounced jab-u-ki) is a unique Indigenous Aboriginal cultural experience in Cairns that allows you to meet and interact with the local Tjapukai Aboriginal people as they demonstrate their ancient techniques and share their knowledge about the world.
This cultural park offers day tours, night tours and combination tours with Kuranda train and Skyrail. This tour is also a great option for cruise ship passengers looking to enjoy shore excursions.
These enthusiastic people have been rehearsing for 40,000 years to showcase their culture to you.
Since the early 20th century, tourism has been the main activity on the island. A guest house was originally built in the 1930s and an underwater observatory was installed in 1954. The current resort, Green Island Reef Resort, was opened in 1994.
A seawater desalination plant was commissioned to supply water to the resort in 2001. The plant supplies 55 kL/d of potable water, and returns waste brine to the sea.
Rugged rainforest-clad mountains and gorges, tumbling waterfalls, varied wildlife, easy access and a fascinating history make Barron Gorge National Park one of Queensland’s most popular parks. The park extends from the coastal lowlands (Lake Placid) to the elevated regions of the Atherton Tableland (near Kuranda), and lies within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
The Barron River dominates the park. Rising from the rainforests of Mount Hypipamee, the river winds 60 kilometres across the Atherton Tableland and enters the deeply-incised Barron Gorge, and falls 250 metres onto the coastal lowlands before flowing into the Coral Sea. During the wet season, floodwaters often create a spectacular sight at Barron Falls, best viewed from the Din Din Barron Falls lookout near Kuranda.
Rottnest Island is renowned as an A-Class Reserve measuring 11 km in length and 4.5 km in width, perfect to explore by bike, under your own pedal power or with one of the great tour packages listed below! Book now and discover all that Rottnest Island has to offer.
The weird but wonderful formations of the Pinnacles are made from limestone and are contained within Nambung National Park. A major natural attraction in the Coral Coast, the park is located approximately 200kms north of Perth. The structures of which some stand as high as five metres, were formed 25,000 to 30,000 years ago after the ocean receded and left deposits of sea shells, gradually leaving the Pinnacles exposed to the elements.
The Swan Valley is a region in the upper reaches of the Swan River between Guildford and Bells Rapids, Western Australia. It is bordered to the east by the Darling Scarp. Both Ellenbrook and Jane Brook lie within the region and discharge into the Swan River. There are eight suburbs within the region: Baskerville, Belhus, Caversham, Henley Brook, Herne Hill, Middle Swan, Millendon and West Swan. It is part of the City of Swan local government area.
Margaret River is a town in the South West of Western Australia, located in the valley of the eponymous Margaret River, 277 kilometres (172 mi) south of Perth, the state capital. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.
Margaret River's coast to the west of the town is a renowned surfing location, with worldwide fame for its surf breaks including, but not limited to, Main Break, The Box, and Rivadog. Colloquially, the area is referred to as Margs, or Margie Rivs.
The surrounding area is the Margaret River Wine Region and is known for its wine production and tourism, attracting an estimated 500,000 visitors annually. In earlier days the area was better known for hardwood timber and agricultural production.
Perth Cultural Centre has become a popular meeting place for locals and visitors. Sitting between the city centre and Northbridge, it’s the cultural heart of the city with a vibrant mix of arts, music, food, entertainment and festivals.
The Perth Cultural Centre is one of our proudest success stories – a precinct that was once in decline with serious safety and security issues now transformed into one of Perth’s most popular destinations.
Founded in 1895, this excellent gallery houses the state's preeminent art collection as well as regular international exhibitions that, increasingly, have a modern, approachable bent. The permanent collection is arranged into wings, from contemporary to modern, historic to local and Aboriginal. Big-name Australian artists such as Arthur Boyd, Russell Drysdale and Sidney Nolan are there, as are diverse media including canvases, bark paintings and sculpture.
1 ) Adelaide Feast Festival
Festival Month - November
Feast Festival is a LGBTI Festival held annually in the South Australian capital of Adelaide. The event is one of Australia's four major queer festivals, alongside Perth's Pride Festival, Melbourne's Midsumma and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
2 ) Melbourne International Arts Festival
Festival Month - October
An international festival that seeks out all forms of art that are out there – dance, music, visual arts, theatre as well as the lost art of the circus – this is the epitome of Australian festivals and celebrations. Held in the metropolis of Melbourne, the festival is attended by over 400,000 people. The festival has been noted for epic art performances. It is one of those rare, but popular festivals that still have performance art events or art installations. This Melbourne festival is one of Australia’s most high profile festivals and offers an insight into the evolving cultural dialogue that takes place between the artists and their audience all around the world.
3 ) Adelaide Festival
Festival Month - March
First held in 2017, one of the arts festivals in Australia, this gem has emerged as one of the biggest celebrations in Australia of art, capturing the imagination of audiences world over. It has a plethora of events, but most are centered around visual arts, dance forms, opera, cabaret, literature, classical and contemporary music, as well as new media. The festival has grown so huge that it has subsumed other cultural fests of the city – WOMADelaide and Adelaide’s Writers Week also now happen during this festival.