The Big Picture

The Big Picture - Bernard Salt

Three Australian cultures shaped by our continent … the bush, the beach and the ‘burbs.

This bold and landmark outlook chronicles Australia from the unique bush culture of the swagman, to today’s heady world of boomers, Generation Xers and Generation Ys.  It looks at the rise of suburbia and maps out likely influences on Australian culture over the early decades of the 21st Century.  Salt’s conclusion is powerful – no less than the rise of a third Australian culture – the culture of the beach.  But what are the implications of such a seachange?  What might Australia look like in 20 years time?  Will the rush to the city centre last?  And how will the boomer push into middle-age and beyond shape our culture?