Despite being a relatively small country in population numbers, Australia is one of the world’s most culturally diverse countries. The origins of what is now the Aussie national identity often lie in immigrant communities who fell in love with their new home as much as with the land itself.
To explore this cultural and geographical richness, we’ve compiled a list of some beautiful, must-see places to visit while you are living in Australia or travelling here.
Known as La Serenissima to the locals, Venice is a beautiful melting pot of cultures and a city steeped in history. Choose from beachfront views or an evening at one of the city’s opera houses.
View Lisbon, Portugal
The capital of Portugal may not be exceptionally beautiful, but what it lacks in beauty it more than makes up for in culture. Explore the city’s sights and spend a lazy afternoon watching street performers at the Alfama plaza.
The Vatican City, Rome, Italy
A visit to the Vatican is a must for any traveller visiting Rome. Stroll through the gardens of the Borgia apartments or climb up to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel to see one of history’s most iconic pieces of art.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Southeast Asia’s cultural capital has been steeped in history for centuries. Home to the world’s largest single collection of Buddhist sculpture, the city is an eclectic mix of Malay and Chinese influences.
Cape Town, South Africa
With breathtaking vistas and a vibrant cultural scene, Cape Town is as charming as it is beautiful. See the Table Mountains from a cable car or opt for long walks across the dramatic coastline.
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
Built in 1973, this iconic building has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Australia. If you’re visiting the city, be sure to make a reservation to see the main performance hall – its structure is as beautiful as the performances inside.
The Great Wall of China, Beijing, China
No list of cultural wonders would be complete without the Great Wall of China. Be prepared for an exhausting hike across miles and miles of a single structure, but also be prepared to leave with some incredible photos.