A Cultural Foreigner’s Guide to Australia

The world is so vast, it is sometimes overbearing to consider getting on a plane and sitting for 14 hours to go to Australia. A cultural traveler has to be really passionate about seeing Australia before getting on that plane. On the other hand, there is much to do outside of the typical things to see and do in Australia. As an example, the museums alone are worth the trip. A cultural foreigner’s guide to Australia should include the incredible museums along with the architecture they are housed in. In addition to the museums, the indigenous culture is extremely rich in story. In the United States, people have skewed perceptions of the land down under. Ben Groundwater writes a wonderful article in the about western perceptions of Australia.

Everlastings on Mt. Hotham Victoria

Everlastings on Mt. Hotham Victoria

Travel around the world a bit and you meet plenty of people, some who’ve already been to Australia, some who’ve always dreamed of coming to Australia, and those who have no intention at all.

I’ve spent the last three weeks in the USA, and it was interesting to hear different people’s perspective on our country.

First there was the guy on the San Francisco cable car who heard my accent and wanted to know where I came from. “Australia,” I said. The guy smiled. “Wow, you speak really good English.”

So awareness of this little country – that’s almost the same size as his – may not be spreading quite as quickly as we’d hoped.

Still, most of the people I spoke to there had the same thing to say: “Australia? Man, I’d love to go there. But it’s just so far, you know?”

A cultural foreigner’s guide to Australia could include not only the wonders of the cities, but also a view of the outback, and the land that is so vast and wonderful. Perhaps Australia is on your list. If not, then consider it as a place that holds a lot of diversity in cultural richness. It is expensive, however, so be prepared. Read the whole article by Ben Groundwater here.

Australia, Culture and Travel to the Land of Arts

Australia is experiencing some good things in light of the other economic woes of the world. Australia, cultural and travel to the land of arts can be transformative when considering the rich diversity of the arts that exist there. Take for instance Gurrumul Yunupingu from the Gumatj nation. Gurrmul is a musician who has been blind from birth, and is an outstanding acoustic guitar player and singer. In addition to Gurrumul, there are other well known artists, (and not so well known artists) who come from the land down under.



We all know artists such as Cate Blanchett, and there are so many new museums in Australia that are extraordinary. Take for example the “Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania.”

Consider the new Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania (MONA) which the New York Times called “the best museum you’ve never heard of”. The bunker-like structure, which opened in 2011, looks like it emerges from the banks of the River Derwent outside of Hobart and exhibits more than 400 artistic works across three floors of gallery space. It was the brainchild of Tasmanian millionaire and professional gambler, David Walsh, who wanted to display his private collection in what he called a “temple to secularism” and a “subversive Disneyland”. (From BBC-Travel).

Australia, culture and travel to the land of arts is one trip you had better star for your list of places to go. The diversity of people, culture, art, and place, is to be appreciated right now.  You can choose to wait, but you might miss everything that has grown up in the past decade that embraces the talent, and treasure of Australia’s Artists. Go here to read the entire wonderful article in the BBC’s travel section.




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