The new arrivals to Australia discovered an indigenous population that had lived for nearly 50,000 years with survival skills conveyed from generation to generation in secret ceremonies, desert artworks and a grand «Dreamtime» storyline. While the Aboriginal people of Australia were dismissed as slow to learn (they had thrived in the wild without a written alphabet), in the past four decades their artistic skills have brought about a great awakening of respect and curiosity about the symbolism and pattern repetition in large canvases executed by the current keepers of the Dreamtime. An exploration of the “red center” of Australia invariably includes time in an outback indigenous village art center, discovering the mystery of a gifted race living in the 21st century while embracing the core teachings of their forefathers.
Australia is a country of beaches, and its grand cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide are all coastal. Nearby to these international gateways lies a rich, green, verdant landscape growing some of the world's finest grapes, fruits and vegetables. Regional dining in Australia has risen to world-class standards, driven by talented and energetic young chefs taking advantage of flavorful ingredients growing all around them. Visitors to Australia invariably visit the Opera House, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, swim the Great Barrier Reef, but when asked what they remember best, it is often a fine Barossa wine paired with a memorable degustation meal served in a warm and welcoming restaurant with a view of a beach or vineyard. Contemporary paradise.