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Australia Travel Guide
While largely remembered as a British colony used for exiled prisoners, Australia’s history and culture goes far beyond that. Centuries of waves of migration combined with an indigenous population dating back tens of thousands of years have lent it a unique patchwork of different traditions and cultures from all around the globe. From the sacred sites of Uluru and Baiame’s Cave to ancient archaeological finds such as Devil’s Lair and Quinkin Country to the abandoned grounds of Port Arthur and Wiebbe Hayes Stone Fort, Australian culture and history is as diverse as its landscape.
Australian culture is also intrinsically linked with artistic expression. From vibrant street art to world-class music performances and renowned galleries, art is celebrated every which way. Melbourne is often coined the art and culture capital of Australia as it encompasses the nation’s very best in terms of art, food, literature and music. It is also home to some of the best galleries and exhibitions in the entire country and is known for its multi-cultural background.
Things to do
It’s no secret that Australia is a mecca for those who love the Great Outdoors. It boasts a stunning variety of landscapes from lunar-like deserts, tropical rainforests, rugged mountain ranges and so much more just waiting to be explored. If all that weren’t enough, Australia is home to one of the world’s seven natural wonders, too. Stretching over 1,4000 miles, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world and is a huge item on anyone’s Australian bucket list.
If you’re more into history, there’s tons of that too. Australia is home to the oldest indigenous population in the world with a history spanning back more than 50,000 years. It’s given way to not only a distinctly beautiful culture that’s stood the test of time but a plethora of mind-boggling ancient sites.
If you’re more the city type, Australia has plenty of options on that front, too. From the thriving art and culture scene of Melbourne to the idyllic architecture, landmarks, and gorgeous harbour of Sydney, Australia is home to some of the world’s most iconic metro areas.
Food & Drink
When most think of Australian food, images of barbecue, vegemite and fresh seafood are usually the first things to come to mind. While Australia can definitely throw down a great barbecue and vegemite is indeed a breakfast staple, the Australian table is much more diverse than that. From chicken parmigiana to pavlova, many Australian faves perfectly sum up its kaleidoscope of cultures. Thanks to its large population of Chinese and Indian people, there is also a vibrant Asian food scene.
Whether you’re looking to try Aussie classics like grilled kangaroo or barbecued snags (sausages) or are looking to taste the world through ethnic dishes that Aussies have made their own, there is something for every type of eater. Melbourne is a huge magnet for foodies as it is known for its wide variety of restaurants from award-winning fine dining spots to cosy hole-in-the-walls. Melbourne is also renowned for its Greek food and is home to the largest Greek population outside of Greece.