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6 Culturally Diverse Areas In Australia You Have To Check Out

With a landmass of over 7.6 million kilometre square feet, there are plenty of culturally diverse areas in Australia. Australia’s population of over 25 million is one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse populations in the world! In fact, one in four Australians were born overseas; 46 percent have at least one parent who was born overseas and nearly 20 percent of Australians speak a language other than English at home. Since 1945, almost 7 million people have migrated to Australia.

If you’re one of those people who made the jump to relocate to Australia, congrats! Don’t start missing home just yet, as you might just be able to find a little piece of where you came from in one of these culturally diverse areas in Australia. We’ve broken down the major cities in Australia for you here by cultural diversity and ethnicity, as well as one or two interesting cultural sights you might find along the way!


Melbourne is a culturally diverse areas in Australia.
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Currently, the population of Melbourne’s metropolitan area stands at over 5 million! Melbourne has attracted the largest proportion of international overseas immigrants and is on track to outpace Sydney’s international migrant intake on percentage alone. Given the affordable housing prices and cost of living, this city has become an increasingly popular choice for immigrants to relocate to.

Did you know that Melbourne has the 10th largest immigrant population among world metropolitan areas? The 2016 Australian population census revealed that 63.3 percent of Melbourne’s residents were born in Australia. The city is also home to residents from over 200 different countries and territories, who speak over 233 languages and dialects and adhere to 116 religious faiths. This multicultural ethnic breakdown makes Melbourne a vibrant and culturally diverse area in Australia that is rich in culture and art.

In fact, Melbourne is home to many of Australia’s best-known landmarks, such as the National Gallery of Victoria and the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building. Recently, the city has even been recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature and a global hub for street art, live music and theatre. It’s no surprise, then, that so many immigrants choose to relocate to Melbourne!

For more information about the different culturally diverse areas in Melbourne, check out our guide to the top 5 culturally diverse areas in Melbourne and what you can do there!

Sights to explore

Speaking of culturally diverse areas in Australia, Blak Dot Gallery is the leading gallery for contemporary First Nations art in Australia. Established in 2011, this artist-run space showcases contemporary artworks from Indigenous cultures and a network of First Nations artists from all over Victoria and Australia. Blak Dot hosts regular community events and workshops, where you are able to learn more about Indigenous cultures, art and how these artists integrate non-traditional artistic mediums into contemporary works.

Blak Dot Gallery
Address: 33 Saxon St., 3056 Brunswick Victoria, Australia
Tel: +61 474 328 370
Opening hours: 12 to 4 p.m. (Thu. to Sun.); Closed Mon. to Wed.

Chinese Museum

The Chinese Museum or Museum of Chinese Australian History is an Australian history museum located in Melbourne’s Chinatown. Established in 1985, the museum also functions as a Chinatown Visitor Centre where you can learn more about this culturally diverse area in Melbourne. With a wide range of permanent exhibitions relating to the Chinese experience in 19th Century Australia Goldfields, this museum is sure to have an attraction that will delight you.

Chinese Museum
Address: 22 Cohen Pl., 3000 Melbourne Victoria, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9662 2888
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Daily)

Admission: $9 (Child); $11 (Adult)


Sydney is a culturally diverse areas in Australia.
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Nicknamed the ‘Emerald City’ and the ‘Harbour City’, Sydney is the capital city of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia. For over 30,000 years, indigenous Australians have inhabited the Sydney area, leaving behind thousands of engravings in the region, making Sydney one of the richest Aboriginal archaeological sites in all of Australia!

Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, Sydney frequently ranks amongst the top 12 most liveable cities in the world. With an advanced market economy, Sydney is a rich landmine for economic opportunity – making it an ideal place for expats to relocate to. In terms of being a culturally diverse area in Australia, Sydney is a multicultural hot spot.

Over 42.9 percent of people living in Sydney have been born overseas, which means that the city ranks above other major metropolises like New York (37.5 percent), Chicago (20.7 pecent) and even Los Angeles (37.7 percent)! In terms of migrants, Sydney is home to a number of diverse communities such as the Lebanese, Fijian, Koreans and Nepalese. Fun fact: 7 out of ten Lebanese migrants in Australia live in Sydney!

Other prominent communities include the ethnic enclave of Assyrian Christians at the suburb of Fairfield, the Romani community and the rising number of Ghanaian churches amidst a growing number of Ghanaians in Australia! This multiculturalism makes Sydney an exciting option for you to relocate to – whether to explore new cultures or just to feel at home, thousands of miles away from where you came from.

Sights to explore

Sydney Chinatown

Historically, the first group of Chinese labourers from Xiamen embarked for New South Wales as far back as 1848. As time passed, the number of Chinese immigrants reached over 17 thousand in 1855 and has reached over 200 thousand today. Sydney’s Chinatown is in fact Australia’s largest Chinatown and is situated in the southern part of the Central Business District. Here, you can find an exciting array of unique foods (especially during their Friday Night Markets!) and cultural exports ubiquitous to various parts of China.

Sydney Chinatown
Address: 82/84 Dixon St., 2000 Haymarket New South Wales, Australia
Opening hours: Open 24 hours (Daily)


Brisbane is a culturally diverse area in Australia.
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With a population of over 2.6 million, Brisbane is the most populous city in Queensland. One of the oldest cities in Australia, Brisbane was founded upon the traditional lands of the Turrbal people, and subsequently has a rich and complex cultural history.

Of all inhabitants born outside of Australia (which makes up 32.2 percent of Brisbane’s population), the four most prevalent countries of birth are New Zealand, England, Mainland China and India. In addition, Brisbane also has a large Spanish-speaking community, as well as the largest Taiwanese-born populations of any city in Australia!

The suburb areas of Sunnybank, Stretton, Robertson and Macgregor are home to a large proportion of Brisbane’s Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong-born populations. If you’re Vietnamese, you can find large enclaves of Viet migrants in the suburbs of Inala, Darra and Richlands. These cultural enclaves have resulted in plenty of authentic food options and interesting cultural exhibits popping up all over Brisbane.

It is no wonder, then, that Brisbane has been ranked tenth in the 2021 edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (The EIU) Global Liveability Rankings – making this city a great option for expats looking to relocate.

Sights to explore

QAGOMA is the largest museum of art in all of Australia, and a leading institution in all of the Asia-Pacific. The museum holds a collection of more than 20 thousand artworks from Australia and around the world, with a significant international collection of contemporary Asian and Pacific art. In fact, the gallery’s Asian collection spans from the neolithic period through to the modern-day and highlights the artistic developments as influenced by social change, philosophy and various techniques.

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art
Address: Stanley Place, South Brisbane, 4101 Queensland, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)7 3840 7303
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Daily)
Admission: Free

Caboolture Historical Village

Fancy a return to a simpler time? Travel back to an era before computers and air conditioners at the Caboolture Historical Village. Immerse yourself in Australia’s rich history and explore more than 70 historical buildings, including the Glenowen House, Caboolture Council Chambers and the first Caboolture Hospital. This 12-acres village is filled with remnants of Australia’s rich cultural history, just waiting to be explored.

Caboolture Historical Village
Address: 280 Beerburrum Rd., 4510 Caboolture Queensland, Australia
Tel: +61 7 5495 4581
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Daily)
Admission: $15 (Adults); $11 (Concession); $7.50 (Children)


Perth is a culturally diverse area in Australia.
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The capital, and largest city, of Western Australia, Perth was historically home to the Whadjuk Noongar – the Aboriginal people of the southwest of Western Australia. The Noongar people, who refer to Perth as Boorloo, have lived in the area for over 50 thousand years! Today, Perth is one of the most culturally diverse areas in Australia.

Since the end of the White Australia policy in 1973, the city has seen increasing growth in immigrants, especially from Asia. Communities comprising of immigrants from Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Mainland China and India are now all well-established within Perth. Over 11.2 percent of Perth’s population comprises of individuals of Chinese descent. Other immigrants from Middle Eastern countries such as Iran, Israel and Yemen; as well as immigrants from Latin American countries such as Brazil and Chile are also growing in numbers.

Here’s a fun fact you might not know, Perth is the closest Australian city to India! Given this fact, it’s only natural that individuals of Indian descent take up over 3.6 percent of the city’s population breakdown. There is a substantial Anglo-Indian population in Perth, who settled in the city following the independence of India. Like its sister-states, this multicultural city constantly ranks within the top ten of the most liveable cities in the world.

Sights to explore

Chung Wah Hall

The Chung Wah Association was established in 1909 to meet the needs of Chinese people in Western Australia, and to represent the community in the face of increasingly oppressive policies against immigration. Today, although the policies have been relaxed greatly, the hall remains a key centre of activity for the Chinese community in Perth. It is primarily used for meetings, social functions as well as being a library stocked full of books from China. You can even find a range of services, such as Chinese language classes, here!

Chung Wah Hall
Address: 128 James St., 6003 Northbridge Western Australia, Australia
Tel: +61 8 9328 8657
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.)


Adelaide is a culturally diverse area in Australia.
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If Perth was known as Boorloo, then Adelaide was known as Tarndanyangga (we know, it’s a mouthful) – the place of the red kangaroo. Adelaide has preserved a part of its Aboriginal past by retaining a fragment of its former name: Victoria Square, which is in the middle of the city, is also known as Tarndanya.

The city has been noted for its leading examples of religious freedom and progressive political reforms, being known as the “City of Churches” due to its large diversity of faiths. Undoubtedly, this openness has attracted immigrants from far and wide, making Adelaide one of the most culturally diverse areas in Australia.

The foreign-born population of the city ranges around 30 percent, with large Italian and Greek communities settling down in the east and west suburbs of Fulham, West Lakes, Newton, Campbelltown and Torrensville. There are also substantial Vietnamese enclaves in the northwest and northern suburbs of Athol Park, Mansfield Park and Woodville. Increasingly, immigrants from Sri Lanka and India have been recorded to concrete in the inner suburbs of Enfield, Kilburn, and Park Holme.

In terms of quality of life, Adelaide has been consistently ranked as one of the highest in the world. In fact, at one point, the city was ranked the most liveable city in Australia, taking the top spot away from Melbourne.

Sights to explore

Tjilbruke Spring, Kingston Park Coastal Reserve

Located along the Kingston Park Coastal Reserve, the Tjilbruke Spring site is an area of great cultural and spiritual significance to the Kaurna people (the original inhabitants of Brisbane) and to the wider Aboriginal population as a whole. For thousands of years, permanent freshwater springs have been bubbling away in the sand to eventually form this freshwater coastal lagoon. Soak in the beauty of this natural site and learn about Australia’s cultural history along the way.

Kingston Park Coastal Reserve
Address: Burnham Rd., 5049 Kingston Park South Australia, Australia
Opening hours: Open 24 hours (Daily)

Adelaide Chinatown

Located on Moonta Street within the Adelaide Central Markets is Adelaide Chinatown, a cultural enclave originally set up by Chinese labourers from Singapore. The entrance of Adelaide’s Chinatown comprises of two large Paifang, a traditional style of Chinese architectural arch or gateway structure, and is guarded by a pair of Chinese guardian lions. Aside from Chinese cuisine, you can also find an array of Asian restaurants offering cuisines from India, Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Adelaide Chinatown
Address: 18 Moonta St., Central Market Flowers, 5000 Adelaide South Australia, Australia
Opening hours: Open 24 hours (Daily)


Canberra is a culturally diverse area in Australia.
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Whilst many often (wrongfully) attribute Australia’s capital city as Melbourne or Sydney, Australia’s capital city is actually Canberra! Unlike many other Australian cities, Canberra is an entirely planned city, meaning that it was carefully planned from inception and is constructed on previously undeveloped land.

With a population of over 400 thousand, Canberra may not be one of the most populous cities, but it definitely ranks as one of the more culturally diverse areas in Australia. Like many of Australia’s cities, Canberra has a foreign-born population of around 30 percent. Of this percentage, the most prevalent countries of birth are England, China, India, New Zealand and the Philippines.

Canberrans as a whole are relatively young, highly mobile and well educated. The median age is only 35 years old, and 12.7 percent of the population is aged over 65 years. There is also a great deal of internal mobility within Canberrans, given that between 1996 and 2001, over 61.9 percent of the population either moved to or from Canberra.

This high income and educational level average reflects Canberra’s status as the capital city of Australia and makes it an exciting place for expats to consider relocating to.

Sights to explore

National Museum of Australia

Designed by architect Howard Raggatt, the National Museum of Australia’s building is based on a theme of knotted ropes, symbolically bringing together the stories of Australians. The museum itself holds the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal bark paintings and stone tools, as well as profiling over 50 thousand years of Indigenous heritage. Key Australian events, such as the formation of the Federations and the Sydney 2000 Olympics have also been memorialised here.

National Museum of Australia
Address: Lawson Cres., 2601 Acton Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Tel: +61 2 6208 5000
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Daily)
Admission: Free

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