Australia is a culturally rich country filled with a diverse geographical culture. That has had an impact on the range of music found in the country, one that embraces multiple styles and genres. Some are steeped in tradition, while others are based on experimentation and innovation.

The range of music is quite vast and as such, understanding the different sides to the music culture will help you if planning a trip down under. Let’s take a look at what you can expect?

Indigenous Music


Music is a big part of Indigenous culture and it dates back thousands of years. It is found within their ceremonies, and c community activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island tribes. Most songmen of aboriginal tribes are considered custodians on those songs and tasked with preserving them within their tribal customs. They are not only sacred but are integral to the lifestyles they live.

Folk, Bush and Country Music

Folk music is a large part of the traditional music scene in Australia and is handed down from generation to generation. It has been part of the music culture of Australia since the colonial days and continues to be part of the fifty folk festivals held each year. This includes multipole migrant folk music such as those from Gaelic, Celtic, Macedonian, Greek, Pacific Island and African, cultures.

Contemporary Popular Music

Contemporary music is cemented in the younger generations and began its infestation during the late 50’s. The contemporary category includes folk, grunge, funk, alternative, country, hip hop, rock, and others. Within each, there are multiple sub-categories and different genres to satisfy each unique style and taste.

Classical and Art Music

Australia has always had a love of classical and art music. It is a rich tradition that has orchestras in every capital. While some are professional, others are smaller or are community based. They often will include both adult and youth choirs.

Blues, Roots and World Music

This style of music, or should we say, genre, is rooted and steeped in tradition. A large majority of the songs are distinctly unique to each culture and sung in native languages. World music is more geared towards combining other forms of music with western music and can include Spanish Flamenco, Portuguese Morna, American Bluegrass and American Salsa.