Cultural Attractions of Australia is an industry-led collective of iconic Australian cultural venues.
Cultural Attractions of Australia is an industry-led collective of iconic Australian cultural venues. Each attraction has curated pre-bookable, premium experiences, ensuring unrivalled access for their guests. CAOA celebrates the diverse ethnic, cultural, and sporting influences that have defined Australia as a nation and a world-renowned travel destination. From UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites to the heart of our democracy, and from boundary-pushing art galleries, museums and performance spaces, to hallowed sporting grounds, these are the places, people and stories that have shaped Australia.
Cultural Attractions of Australia is part of Tourism Australia’s Signature Experiences program. They provide an opportunity for Australians to explore the historic, cultural and sporting gems right here on our doorstep. Exciting Cultural Attractions are offered across Australia. Below, are some of the exclusive experiences offered for NSW.
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Sydney Opera House Architectural Tour A fascinating historical tour where you will learn how in the mid-1950s in Australia, a man from Denmark, Jorn Utzon, created a sculpture on Sydney Harbour that changed the course of twentieth-century architecture. To quote US architect Frank Gehry, “(it) changed the image of an entire country.” This tour experience highlights the collaborative efforts of visionaries, idealists, architects, engineers, pragmatists and artists who together realised this architectural and engineering masterpiece that was at the cutting edge of what was possible at the time.
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
Sailing Through Australia’s Maritime History This private VIP tour takes visitors on a journey through Australia’s early history from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and their first encounters with Asia’s Macassan fishers, through to the European era of Dutch, French and British explorers and Australia’s colonisation. The tour begins with a 45-minute cruise on Sydney Harbour on board John Louis, a pearling lugger from the 1950s. As you sail through the harbour, one of the museum’s expert guides will share Indigenous stories of the Gadigal people who lived in Sydney before European settlement. On return to the museum, you will enjoy a private VIP tour of the museum where you will experience its rich collection of objects from Australia’s First Peoples and early explorers.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA
In, Above and Behind the Scenes Experience the best scenery that Canberra has to offer from a privately flown hot air balloon, accompanied by a Museum expert who will provide an aerial tour of the Museum and the surrounding region. This tour will explore the unique building, its architecture, the hidden stories of the design and its place in the landscape. Touchdown to explore the National Museum of Australia before it opens to the public on an exclusive bespoke curator-led tour highlighting Australia’s social history, followed by a leisurely champagne breakfast overlooking the beautiful Lake Burley Griffin in the Museum’s cafe.