Travel insider with Choice Hotels: culture hit

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Are you keen to discover some of the best cultural destinations in Australia ? Leading hotel group, Choice Hotels Asia-Pac, has revealed its top under-the-radar arts and culture hot spots.

From amazing sculptures in both the outback and in one of Australia’s prominent wine regions, vibrant festival celebrations in Sydney, the gorgeous colours of Brighton’s famous beach boxes, these must-see sights are sure to get you culture hit to travel.

Get inspired: ‘Inside Australia’ by Antony Gormley, Lake Ballard WA.

Sculpture art installation on the western end of Lake Ballard in Western Australia. The horizon is flat for most of its 360 degrees. There is an ironstone mound 120 feet high that allows a vantage point from where you can see for over 30 kilometres in any direction.

As people move across the work, they leave a tracery or drawing of connecting lines between the works across the sharp whiteness of the lake. This is a sign of the viewers’ participation in the work which changes, as does the sky, throughout each interval of the year.

Stay: Quality Inn Railway, Kalgoorlie, WA

Located in the heart of Kalgoorlie, directly opposite the train station and only a few minutes from historic Hannan Street, the Quality Inn Railway Motel is an excellent choice for the business of leisure traveller. Kalgoorlie is the biggest and most prosperous gold mining city in Australia and has a fascinating history.

Get inspired: Point Leo Estate Sculpture Park, Mornington Peninsula VIC

The Pt. Leo Estate Sculpture Park houses an ever-evolving outdoor gallery of over 50 Australian and international pieces. Beyond that, the 19-acre Sculpture Park filled with it’s amazing art of many shapes, sizes and interests allows the visitor an opportunity to escape within an escape.

Experience the breathtaking work of Australian artists such as Deborah Halpern, Bruce Armstrong and Dean Bowen, as well as international artists including Tony Cragg, Jaume Plensa and Zadok Ben-David to name a few. The diversity of context does not only apply to the art but also the native flora and fauna that links the sculptures to the building, the vineyard and the sea.

Stay: Quality Hotel Manor, Mitcham VIC

Quality Hotel Manor is a boutique hotel offering Melbourne accommodation with style, space, luxury and comfort. This Melbourne accommodation is located in Mitcham and 20 minutes’ drive east of Melbourne CBD. Spend a day stepping back in time aboard “Puffing Billy” chugging through the majestic Ranges or sampling a crisp chardonnay in one of the many delightful wineries close by.

Get inspired: Brighton bathing boxes, Brighton VIC

Dive into Port Phillip Bay under the watch of 82 distinctive bathing boxes, a row of uniformly proportioned wooden structures lining the foreshore at Brighton Beach.

Built well over a century ago in response to very Victorian ideas of morality and seaside bathing, the bathing boxes remain almost unchanged. All retain classic Victorian architectural features with timber framing, weatherboards and corrugated iron roofs, though they also bear the hallmarks of individual licencees’ artistic and colourful embellishments.

Stay: Comfort Inn Dandenong, VIC

Located just 30 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD and easily accessed from Melbourne Airport via the Monash and Eastern Freeways. Close proximity to a number of local sporting hubs including Sandown Raceway, Sandown Racecourse, Dandenong Basketball Stadium, Kingston Links and Waverley Golf Club. You’ll also find the Drum Theatre, Dandenong Markets and enroute to Phillip Island, famous for its fairy penguins, or just a short trip away from the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula, home of some renowned wineries.

Get inspired: Grafton Jacaranda Festival, Grafton NSW

From the last weekend in October (25 October – 3 November) to the first weekend of November every year the longest running floral festival in Australia, the Grafton Jacaranda Festival, is held under canopies of purple blossoms.

The festival commences regally with the crowning of their Jacaranda Queen and Princesses. Local arts, crafts and sporting groups take the week long opportunity to showcase their work. The city of Grafton comes to a standstill on Jacaranda Thursday with the main street lined with market stalls, rides and entertaining skits performed by local businesses. The mighty Clarence River is a spectacular backdrop for the Riverlight event on Friday evening where spectators line the riverbank to watch local performers before a fantastic finale of fireworks. The festival culminates with a float parade of enormous proportions on Saturday afternoon followed by a sunset family concert on the Riverbank.

Sunday morning, for one last chance to tread the Jacaranda blossom carpeted streets, there is a Fun Run which includes a run across the famous bendy bridge.

Stay: Quality Inn City Centre, Coffs Harbour NSW

Coffs Harbour is located on the north coast of New South Wales, 540km north of Sydney and 440km south of Brisbane. Nestled between mountains to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. The Quality Hotel City Centre is Coffs Harbour accommodation located only 300m from the town’s shopping precincts, business areas, pubs and clubs. With its sunny climate, beautiful beaches, national parks and marine wonderland, Coffs Harbour has grown to become one of the most popular Australian destinations for business and pleasure.

At the Quality Hotel City Centre, you’ll be accommodated right in the heart of this ocean paradise, close to sand and surf, whilst experiencing the very best Coffs Harbour accommodation. Nearby attractions include wildwater rafting, jetty and beach, botanical gardens, Solitary Islands marine park, the Big Banana, horseracing and Dorrigo National Park.

For further travel advice and itinerary suggestions, visit needabreak.com or choicehotels.com.au

Cover image by Phan Minh Curang An
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