The land down under may seem like a world away, but it’s a dynamic destination that caters to music lovers and fashionistas, urban adventurers and discerning gastronomes, the nature-intrigued and seasoned outdoors explorers. Two disparate aspects of Australia⎯its heavily multicultural character and a mineral resources boom has bolstered the economy—have enlivened the food and cultural scenes. It has snow, extreme heat, beaches, deserts, tropical rain forestsand a very great barrier reef.