Discover Australia’s cultural attractions

Travelling Well | RACV | Posted on 09 June 2020

Explore the best cultural attractions Australia has to offer with a new virtual collection.

As restrictions ease and businesses begin to reopen, the temptation to get out, go everywhere and do everything is almost overwhelming. However, things aren’t back to normal just yet. While Melbourne offers a plethora of amazing cultural activities and experiences, social distancing guidelines remain in place so it might be difficult to get back to your favourite museum or performances. For fans of attractions in other states, the timelines are even less certain as many borders remain closed.

Cultural attraction

Thankfully, Cultural Attractions of Australia, an industry-led collective of iconic Australian arts and cultural attractions, have joined forces to present the best of Australia’s cultural offerings to the world by creating a Virtual Travel page.

Including submissions from Adelaide Oval, Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian National Maritime Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian Parliament House, Fremantle Prison, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Mona (Museum of Old and New Art), National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, National Museum of Australia, Opera Australia, Port Arthur Historic Site, Qantas Founders Museum, Sovereign Hill Outdoor Museum, Sydney Opera House and WA Maritime Museum; regardless where your interest lies, there’s a showcase for you to explore online. Some features this week to check out include:

Australia’s Sea Museum

Dive deep into the Australian National Maritime Museum’s rich collection of artefacts, stories about significant events and remarkable people, and browse their diverse range of vessels. Whether you visit for research, curiosity or to explore their online resources for students, teachers and parents, their online exhibitions including a virtual, curator-led tour of the Elysium Arctic exhibition and Wildlife Photographer of the Year virtual exhibition will help shed some light on some of the deepest, darkest mysteries of our oceans. 

Find out more here.

Opera Australia

The perfect introduction to this theatre classic, Opera Australia’s newly launched OA | TV, a free streaming service, brings the best content from their collection direct to your home. With the world’s most comprehensive collection of Dame Joan Sutherland performances and the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour productions, as well as chat-show style interviews and behind the scenes footage, you may discover a passion you never knew you had. 

New films will be uploaded every week, with titles such as The Merry Widow (1988), La Traviata (2012) and Lucrezia Borgia (1977), just to name a few. Find out more here.

Fremantle Prison

Built by convicts in the 1850s and operating as a maximum-security gaol until 1991, Fremantle Prison in Western Australia’s haunting past has captured the interest of travellers for decades and has even been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although currently closed, the prison has opened up its fascinating Convict Database to the public, containing the names of all those who were transported to the Swan River Colony between 1850 and 1868. Browse through the extensive list and who knows, you may even find a namesake…

Find out more here.

Cultural Attractions of Australia is also currently running a series to tell the stories behind some the great storytellers who have brought its experiences to life. For new news and an insight into some of the great personalities that make our cultural attractions so memorable, visit the news and storytellers page. This unique new series, combined with many other world firsts, has proved immensely popular both with Australians and those overseas. 

So, go ahead, dip into an interview; watch an opera; visit a gallery; check out memorabilia from great sporting heroes – it’s all in the one place, keeping us connected when we need it most.

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