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Exclusive tours at iconic Australian attractions with Cultural Attractions of Australia

Cultural Attractions of Australia unites 18 of Australia’s most legendary arts and cultural attractions.

In today’s travel world, real luxury is defined by exclusivity. And when it comes to elevated insights – one-off encounters and thrilling behind-the-scenes experiences – nobody does it better than Cultural Attractions of Australia.

This collective unites 18 of the country’s most legendary arts and cultural attractions, from the NGV to Sydney Opera House, the Adelaide Oval to Parliament House. And, at each, it offers bespoke, VIP experiences that give unrivalled, behind-the-scenes insights.

National Gallery of Victoria: Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto

Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria is hosting Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto. The exhibition is an extraordinary coup for the NGV. The glam show debuted in Paris in 2020, and Melbourne is the first international viewing. The exhibition runs until 25 April 2022

Visitors can immerse themselves in Coco’s design drawings and fashion creations, some of them never seen before in a public space.

Then Cultural Attractions of Australia will organise a lavish Coco-inspired high tea or a multi-course lunch in the gallery’s Tea Room or Garden Restaurant.

For international guests, a private dinner after the crowds leave, in a room housing Giambattista Tiepolo’s famed The Banquet of Cleopatra, also awaits. Goosebump-inducing doesn’t begin to describe having the gallery to yourself, gazing at this masterpiece while enjoying an epic meal accompanied by live music.

Discover the works of Coco Chanel at the National Gallery of Victoria
Discover the works of Coco Chanel at the National Gallery of Victoria

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art:  First Artists Exceptional Art and Dining Experience

It’s an exclusive affair at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane’s wondrous riverside museum heroing Indigenous art.

This is also the focus of the ‘First Artists: Exceptional Indigenous Art & Dining Experience’, which begins with a Welcome to Country before you’re guided through the gallery by an Aboriginal storyteller and artist.

The conversation continues over dinner – native ingredients prepared in elaborate dishes by Koori chef Chris Jordan. The evening is made all the more memorable thanks to live music and dance performances by Indigenous artists.

Installation I, Object, GOMA, by Alair Pambegan (Wik-Mungkan people)
Installation I, Object, GOMA, by Alair Pambegan (Wik-Mungkan people)/Kalben (detail) 2016-17 © Joe Rucki/Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

Sydney Opera House: Taste of Opera: Private Recital

Are there any buildings in Australia more recognisable than the Sydney Opera House? But do you know the story behind its design, or how it hosts 1,800 performances a year?

These are the details revealed on a backstage tour, taking you to where the magic happens on a ‘Taste of Opera – A Private Opera Recital’.

As its name suggests, the experience doesn’t end there – the curtains sweep back, a soprano steps onto the stage, and your evening unfolds with an operatic recital, just for you. Cocktails, canapes and dinner complete the memorable moment.

Opera House veiw from the GFX Suite

Australian Parliament House: More than Politics

Not only do you go behind the scenes at Canberra’s most arresting building, discovering architectural ingenuities and hearing political secrets, but you’ll also sit down to high tea paired with Canberra region wines, beers or a G&T made using Parliamentary Librarian’s Gin – plus, you get to take a bottle home.

Parliament House Australia
Parliament House © Shutterstock

Adelaide Oval: RoofClimb Day

See the South Australian capital from new heights when you traverse the legendary Adelaide Oval’s dramatic roofline. This is a breathtaking perspective of the city, with your guide revealing some of the historic moments the oval has witnessed, as well as the stories behind notable landmarks.

Adelaide Oval: RoofClimb Day
Adelaide Oval: RoofClimb Day © Cultural Attractions of Australia

Mona: Tea for Two

High tea and high-society hobnobbing? It’s a thing in Mona’s Ladies Lounge. Within this extraordinary Hobart gallery sits an opulent space created by artist Kirsha Kaechele. It’s for ladies only – when you sign up for the Tea for Two experience, you and your bestie are served fancy tipples and decadent nibbles, your private butler as entertaining as the art.

Tea for Two Ladies Lounge curated by Kirsha Kaechele
Tea for Two Ladies Lounge curated by Kirsha Kaechele

Melbourne Cricket Ground: Australian Sports Museum

The MCG attracts the world’s greatest sportspeople. Discover remarkable moments while touring the Australian Sports Museum. You also get to step out onto the hallowed MCG turf, access cricket viewing rooms and visit the prestigious Melbourne Cricket Club.

Melbourne Cricket Ground: Australian Sports Museum
Melbourne Cricket Ground: Australian Sports Museum © Cultural Attractions of Australia

National Maritime Museum: Sail on Duyfken

Did you know the first European ship reached Australian shores in 1606? The Duyfken is a stunning replica of this beauty, and is one of the rarest ships in the world.

Your Sydney Harbour backdrop is dramatic, taking you under the Harbour Bridge, past the Opera House and beside Barangaroo. The drama is elevated by the stories your crew tell about your chariot’s unique history and also how tall-ship sailing technology has evolved.

Sail on Duyfken
Sail on Duyfken

Sovereign Hill: A Night in the Museum

Ballarat’s biggest attraction – recreating Victoria’s goldfields – Sovereign Hill is fun whenever you visit. It’s particularly enchanting, however, after the sun goes down, when you have the opportunity to become part of the action.

Don an 1850s costume and explore the township by lamplight, with the exclusive experience also including overnight accommodation and dinner with those who ‘live’ here.

Sovereign Hill: A Night in the Museum Experience
Sovereign Hill: A Night in the Museum Experience © Cultural Attractions of Australia

National Museum of Australia: In, Above & Behind the Scenes

Australia’s cool little capital, Canberra is home to some of the world’s greatest galleries and museums. Case in point the wonderous National Museum, its vast collection preserving and interpreting the country’s rich history.

You’ll discover its secrets with a curator – because who knows the portfolio better? – then learn how its architecture was inspired. From the air. Your hot-air balloon drifts over Lake Burley Griffin offering a bird’s-eye view of the city. Toast the sunrise with a champagne breakfast.

National Museum of Australia: In, Above & Behind the Scenes
National Museum of Australia © Paul Chapman

Fremantle Prison: Art Tour

Art might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think about life in prison. But many incarcerated Australians find the best way to express their creativity when locked up is through painting and drawing. Fremantle Prison has a collection of works that span 140 years. Join a guide to glimpse this extraordinary portfolio, covering everything from convict-drawn frescoes to Aboriginal landscapes and religious works, graffiti and tattoos.

WA Museum Boola Bardip: Long Table Dinner Under the Blue Whale

There’s nothing quite like visiting a museum after the crowds have gone home – it’s just you and millions of years of history. And plenty of stories, as you’ll discover with VIP access to the WA Museum Boola Bardip, where your evening includes a sumptuous feast under the skeleton of a 124-year-old blue whale called Otto. After-hours tours are complemented by the meal, showcasing Western Australian produce at its finest.

About Cultural Attractions of Australia

Cultural Attractions of Australia celebrates the diverse ethnic, cultural, and sporting attractions that have made Australia a world-renowned 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.

Comprising of eighteen members in all states and the ACT, each experience is bespoke, pre-bookable, VIP and include behind-the-scenes experiences, ensuring unrivalled access for guests. Exceptional guides and curators bring these experiences to life and make them truly memorable.

Cultural Attractions of Australia is part of Tourism Australia’s Signature Experiences of Australia program.

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