Art & Culture

Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney | Sydney

This memorial, to perpetuate the memory of the men and women of New South Wales who served in the first World War, was built from the proceeds of public subscription and a State Government grant. The structure is 100 metres high, its exterior being finished in red granite and the interior in New South Wales white marble. On the main approach is the Lake of Reflections bordered by poplar trees. O...

Australian Museum, College Street, Sydney | Sydney

This collection was commenced in 1830, and contains many interesting exhibits in all departments of natural history. Of particular interest are the specimens of Australian native fauna, rocks and minerals, and exhibits dealing with the life and customs of Australian aborigines.

Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Lyttleton Street. | Castlemaine

The Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum was founded in 1913 and has an impressive collection of Australian artworks and objects from Castlemaine and the surrounding district. The Gallery is housed in a heritage-listed art deco building designed by Percy Meldrum, one of the earliest examples of modernist architecture in regional Victoria. Castlemaine Art Gallery and Museum is considered ...

Justice & Police Museum, Sydney | Sydney

Originally the Water Police Court (1856), Water Police Station (1858) and Police Court (1886), the Justice and Police Museum features a Magistrate’s Court; a Police charge room, a remand cell; a gallery of mug shots of Sydney’s early criminals; and an array of spine chilling weapons; forensic evidence from notorious crimes; displays exploring police history, bushrangers and punishment in socie...

Melbourne Museum, Nicholson Street, Carlton Gardens | Melbourne

Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria, from our natural environment to our culture and history. Located in Carlton Gardens, opposite the historic Royal Exhibition Building, the award-winning Melbourne Museum houses a permanent collection in eight galleries, including one just for children. Highlights include a complete skeleton of a blue whale, the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, a li...

Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sydney | Sydney

The Museum of Contemporary Art (abbreviated MCA) in Sydney, Australia is a museum solely dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art, both from across Australia and around the world. Housed in the Art Deco-style former Maritime Services Board Building on the western edge of Circular Quay, the MCA is one of the youngest of the chief cultural venues in Australia's largest...

Museum of Sydney, Corner Bridge & Phillip Streets, Sydney | Sydney

A modern museum built on the historic site of first Government House, built for Governor Phillip in 1788. The Museum of Sydney takes you on a journey exploring Sydney's people, places and cultures from dreamtime to modern times. It is a place of many layers: from the archaeological remains of the colony's first Government House built in 1788 to the award-winning sculpture 'Edge of the Trees', in...

Observatory, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane | Brisbane

There are few buildings in Brisbane that recall so vividly the early life of the settlement as the old Observatory, which stands in a corner of Albert Park at the top of Wickham Terrace. It was erected by convict labour in 1829 as a windmill, with ponderous wooden sails to provide power to grind the convict-grown maize and wheat. Because of some defect, however, the windmill refused to work. Since...

Powerhouse Museum, Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney | Sydney

This museum, situated within a few minutes' walk of Central Railway Station, contains exhibits related to the applied arts, science, and industry. Also among the exhibits is a working model of the Strasburg Astronomical Clock. Lectures on its numerous and complicated movements are given twice daily at 3 pm and 4 pm when the procession of apostles takes place. There is also a planetarium about whic...

Queen Victoria Museum, Royal Park | Hobart

The most interesting exhibits in the Queen Victoria Museum are the Beattie Collection of Historic Relics, and a collection of Tasmanian native implements. The Beattie Collection contains items relating to the early penal settlement at Port Arthur such as: domestic utensils, furniture, and specimens of convict handicrafts; china, pewter, and brassware used by the early Governors of the colony and e...

Sydney Maritime Museum, Pyrmont | Sydney

The Australian National Maritime Museum, on the western shore of Sydney's Darling Harbour, is in a lively heritage precinct with many attractions. The distinctive main building, with a roofline evoking waves and sails, houses exhibitions that explore Australia's links with the sea and how maritime activities and issues have shaped the lives of people in Australia. The exhibitions are arranged aro...

Bradman Museum | Bowral

In 1926, when the young Don Bradman first commenced his Grade and representative cricket in Sydney, he was affectionately known as "The Boy From Bowral" a title that remained with him throughout his life. For it was the small Australian country township of Bowral, in New South Wales, that the Bradman family moved to in early 1911. At the time Don Bradman was just 2 ½ years old. The Bradman’s ...

Heide Museum of Modern Art | Bulleen

Heide Museum of Modern Art is a unique space - a synthesis of indoor and outdoor environments, a place of modern and contemporary art and design and a rich colourful art heritage and social history. Located just 15 minutes from Melbourne's CBD, Heide is one of Australia's leading public art museums and offers a tranquil surprising and always stimulating place to visit. Website: www.heide.com.au

Hou Wang Chinese Temple and Museum | Atherton

The Century-old Chinese temple dedicated to Hou Wang recently opened to the public. Located in Atherton, about one hour's drive from Cairns, the Temple was built by Chinese pioneers in the early 1900's. To ensure its preservation, a local Chinese family donated the Temple buildings and the site of Atherton Chinatown to the National Trust of Queensland. Built of local materials, rainforest timber...

National War Memorial | Adelaide

The National War memorial occupies a prominent position on North Terrace, almost at the eastern boundary of Government House Domain. The memorial was erected by the State Government in 1931. Unusual in design, the memorial comprises two distinct aspects: the Obverse and Reverse, portraying respectively the Prologue and Epilogue of War. The Obverse, facing North Terrace, represents the Spirit of...

Sydney Tramway Museum | Loftus

Located on the outskirts of Royal National Park south of Sydney is Sydney Tramway Museum. The museum acquired the rights to the old railway line into the national park. On Sundays, Wednesdays and public holidays the museum runs trams through the national park and northwards towards Sutherland.

Bus and Truck Museum | Tempe

Located in the renovated 1912 Tempe Tram Depot Sydney Bus and Truck Museum features a variety of beautifully restored vehicles including buses, vintage trucks, milk floats and London taxis. Enjoy a free ride to Newtown in a vintage bus.

National History Museum | Adelaide

The National History Museum Building, opened in 1895, houses a number of interesting exhibits. Among these is a complete skeleton of a huge pre-historic Diprotodon which was a marsupial as big as a rhinoceros. Its bones, together with those of a giant wombat, several species of extinct kangaroos, and a large extinct bird of the ostrich type, were discovered in 1892 at Lake Callabonna. The ethno...

Queensland Museum, Bowen Park | Brisbane

The Museum will appeal to those interested in animal and marine life. A particularly attractive exhibit is the coral pool, embracing twenty-four different varieties of coral from the Great Barrier Reef, coloured to give a realistic example of what may actually be seen on the reefs of North Queensland. Visitors can reach the Museum, which stands amidst lawns and colourful gardens near the Exhibitio...

Trainworks | Thirlmere

Trainworks is located in Thirlmere, just over an hour from Sydney. It is the home of Australia's newest and biggest rail experience. Trainworks is a comprehensive showcase of New South Wales’ rail heritage featuring the largest collection of rolling stock in Australia, with interactive exhibits and displays of artefacts and memorabilia