From the mainstream to the off-beat and avant-garde, the cultural possibilities of Australian travel have never looked more exciting than in 2011.
The arts movement began to disperse from its traditional capital-city-centric base back in December 2006, when the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) opened in Brisbane, much to the chagrin of the arty set further south. The space signalled a growing maturity in the northern capital.
But the most important new cultural centre for 2011 will be the Gallery of Old and New Art in Hobart (MONA for short). MONA is the largest private collection of art on public display in the southern hemisphere (worth $100 million). The gallery is about the same size as GOMA and is on the site of sister ventures Moo Brewery, Moorilla Estate cellar door, The Source Restaurant and MONA luxury pavilions. Quite honestly, it’s The Place to go next year. Say you knew about it first.