In these new and confusing times, one of the things we miss the most is being able to travel! Exploring new regions and sites, discovering the wonders of the world, making memories around the globe.
Unfortunately, the current state of our world sees us homebound for the foreseeable future, but why should that mean we can’t still see the world?
As technology improves and develops at an unbelievable pace, people across the globe have been creating incredibly virtual experiences so that you can explore the world from home. We’ve done the hard part of compiling these great experiences so you can jump right into exploring Australia from home!
If you’re lucky enough to be the owner of a Vive or Oculus Rift then you have access to one of the best virtual tours on the market, Google Earth VR. Google has cleverly taken their satellite imaging to transport you across the globe from the Colosseum to the Sydney Opera House!
Walk the base of Uluru, soaking in your bright red surroundings or fly over the Great Ocean Road, because with VR you can do that now! Google Earth is a great way to explore the world and start to add a few more places to your bucket list!
VR isn’t for everyone and sometimes it’s not just the outdoors that we miss by the indoors too. That’s why some of Melbourne’s best attractions have opened their digital doors to the public.
Explore the National Gallery of Victoria, one of Australia’s premier art galleries. Their breathtaking exhibitions are leaving the NGV walls for the first time, making their way onto the internet to satisfy all your self-guided museum tour needs.
Show your respect for fallen Australian’s in a tour of the Shrine of Remembrance. Learn about Australia’s wartime experiences and the people who gave their lives in battles near and abroad. Each year on April 25th, ANZAC Day, the Shrine hosts Victoria’s biggest ANZAC Day Dawn Service. The spread of COVID-19 means that the service will not be open to the public but will be live-streamed for all to attend. This is a great opportunity to see the Shrine in real time doing what it was always meant to do, honouring the fallen.
Meet the creatures of the sea through the SEALife Sydney virtual aquarium. Learn all about their residents and if you’re lucky to catch a few of them on Livestream! The aquarium regularly holds Q&As with their keepers, so keep an eye out and get ready to have all your marine life cancelled.
If you’re dreaming of visiting the Sydney Opera House, then we’ve got you covered. You can take a trip through their free exhibits on Google Streetview. They were even well and truly ahead of the curve, adding an awesome 360° tour of the Opera House to their YouTube channel way back in 2016. Join the virtual guided tour and you’ll even be treated to a special musical performance. What more could an isolated person ask for!
Uluru Story Spheres
Be guided through Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by Traditional Owners through Story Spheres. Use your mouse to walk through the park, clicking on musical notes to hear stories and information about your surroundings. This interactive experience is as close as you can get to being in this sacred place. Commissioned alongside Traditional Owners, you’ll gain a meaningful understanding of the deep significance this place has.
Desperate for a trip to the beach? Satisfy your tropical desires with a virtual trip to Fraser Island. Explore the champagne pools and gaze out over the perfect turquoise waters. We might struggle to get you on a virtual 4WD expedition, but we can at least promise a feast for your eyes. We’re just sorry you’ll still be in your lounge room when you look up!
As you can see there is a plethora of virtual tour experiences all around Australia for you to enjoy during your isolation time. Hit up your favourite spots, or head somewhere new, let us know where your favourite place to journey is!
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