Cultural Attractions in Australia
Marvel at the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts in the South Australian Museum and a comprehensive collection of Australian colonial art in the Art Gallery of South Australia. Further along North Terrace, visit the State Library, Parliament House and Government House. See the art collection in the Adelaide Festival Centre, the home base for the State Opera, State Theatre, Australian Dance Theatre and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Watch artists and sculptors in action in the West End or follow a gallery trail from the elegant city center streets to neighbouring Kent Town and Norwood. Hit the streets for outdoor theatre, art, music, dance and film at the month-long Adelaide Fringe Festival in late February. Listen to world music at WOMADelaide, held every second March in the city’s lush Botanic Park. Watch fabulous performances at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June or celebrate ‘queer’ culture at the Feast Festival in November.
Perth, Western Australia
View Aboriginal art in the Art Gallery of Western Australia and visual and performing arts in The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. Explore the state’s geological origins, rich Aboriginal history and European settlement in the Western Australian Museum. All sit within the sprawling Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge. A few blocks away, watch the Western Australian Ballet, Opera or Symphony Orchestra perform in Australia’s only remaining Edwardian theatre. See a play at the Playhouse and Perth Theatres or hear soul singers and symphonies carry through the superb acoustic architecture of Perth Concert Hall. Visit the Aboriginal Art Gallery in Kings Park before exploring Fremantle’s museums and artistic enclaves. Wander between the Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle Museum and the neo-Gothic Fremantle Arts Centre. See Aboriginal and contemporary art in galleries along High Street, in Mosman Park and Cottesloe. Each summer the Perth International Arts festival offers a jam-packed program of theatre, music, dance and visual arts.