Queensland is one of the most diverse states in Australia and boasts a rich cultural heritage – from the stunning World Heritage areas of the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef to the wide breezy verandahs of Brisbane’s suburbs and the hot dusty plains of the outback’s cattle stations. The vastness of the landscape in this part of the country and the astonishing range of climates, flora, fauna and habitats (human included) continue to inspire artists across all disciplines.
For thousands of years Queenslanders have created; Indigenous rock art was the beginning, then came more complex painting, carving, burning and binding. Today the state has a thriving arts and cultural scene that is a powerful expression of its Indigenous and multicultural population. The state’s Indigenous cultural history is preserved and protected thanks to organisations such as the Yugambeh Museum Language and Heritage Research Centre.
Queensland boasts prestigious cultural centres and galleries, many of them housed in Brisbane’s South Bank Cultural Precinct, which includes Australia’s largest gallery for modern art, QAGOMA, and QPAC, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, home to the Queensland Theatre Company, Symphony Orchestra, Ballet and Opera Queensland. Nearby is also the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.
There is a vibrant live music scene in Queensland with many of Australia’s greatest rock and indie bands coming out of Brisbane and people travelling from across the country to attend the annual Woodford Folk Festival. A passion for country music is part of being a Queenslander – a fact evidenced by the quintessentially Australian Bachelors and Spinsters Balls held throughout rural Queensland.
Queensland is unique in that tourism is an inherent part of its culture. The culture of the state is defined by its world-class attractions – both natural and man-made, that thrill and inspire locals and tourists alike.