Maverick, multi-tasking MONA Pavilions mixes a serene riverside setting with ultra-contemporary pavilions, original art, a winery, microbrewery, lip-smacking restaurant and alternative festivals – and comes up trumps. With an ambitious private museum also on site, this is one for culture vultures, gourmets, gadget heads and style fiends.
MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, is Australia's largest private museum and the brainchild of MONA Pavilions' owner David Walsh. Carved into the cliffside alongside the accommodation, this sexily lit temple showcases a 'subversive Disneyland' of modern art and rare global antiquities worth over AU$100 million, including works by Brit artists Damien Hirst and Chris Ofili, US sloganeer Jenny Holzer and Australian icon Sidney Nolan. You can even stream highlights of the collection into your room via your TV screen for a more personal viewing.
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