Originally Posted by ninathena
Hello, there is something I'd like to know more about places in Australia, is there a place where visitors can learn more about Australia's cultures and values? I mean, more like a place focused on culture learning instead of just a tourist attraction.
Here are a couple of sites that may be of interest to you. Alice Springs is a major center for indigenous culture and an interesting city in it's own right. Some of the sites of interest are ANZAC Hill, Telegraph station, the Ghan train, The Kangaroo Sanctuary, Pine Gap (joint US/AUS spy station that is instrumental in US drone strikes among other things), the long road trains and Lasseters Casino (of the The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert fame), to name a few. There are also many scenic geographical sites of importance to indigenous people around AS as well as the more famous Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock).
Ballarat VIC, has several museums on the gold rush era, Chinese immigration, Australian democracy and a recreated historical mining camp & town called Sovereign Hill
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The immigration museum in Melbourne has some fascinating exhibits as does the Shrine of Remembrance of Australia's armed forces and wartime contribution. The dawn service on ANZAC day at the Shrine is a very solemn experience.
Torquay has the National Surfing Museum
Australian National Surfing Museum
In Tasmania, the MoNA is one of the most unique and visited museums in the world.
Port Arthur is a former penal colony and more recently the site of Australia's worst massacre.
and a lovely automotive museum in Launceston
National Automobile Museum of Tasmania
There are many more but these are a few that were memorable that cover different aspects of Australian life and history. For a relatively young country in terms of colonization, (obviously very old indigenously), there are plenty of cultural institutions. And of course there are the large established art galleries/museums in the major cities that have changing exhibits.
And if you drive around, you come across the coolest stuff, like this little town in country Victoria called Shepherd's Flat, home of the Australian cricket ash trees and lavender farms.