June 7, 2020 / By Rebecca Francis
Not everyone can make the most of the easing travel restrictions. Work commitments, school terms, and financial considerations can mean that some of us are staying at home for longer than we would like. So we were delighted to find out that researchers at the Australian National University have shown that looking at photos and videos of nature can improve our mood almost as much as being there in real life. Don't believe us? Check out these top virtual experiences for South Australia and see how you much better you feel afterwards.
The South Australian Tourism Commission recently launched their #SATV video series to help everyone enjoy the beauty of South Australia from the comfort of their couch. From professional star-gazers to gin distillers, world-class chefs to shark cage divers, you can travel online with your favourite tourism operator.
Go Oyster shucking with Coffin Bay Oyster Farm Tours, take a tour of Kangaroo Island’s Seal Bay with Exceptional Kangaroo Island, join Doug Sprigg from Arkaroola’s Astronomical Observatory on a guided tour of the universe, or visit some of the best vineyards in Australia, all from the safety and comfort of home. It’s the perfect family-friendly way to virtually escape your home and explore South Australia for a few hours.
A day at the zoo
Isolate at home with pandas, giraffes, and even chimpanzees. Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park are bringing the animals to you with their web cam live streams. If you’re looking for something to do with kids, take a virtual visit to the zoo and catch a live keeper talk and Q&A with your favourite animals and their carers. Drop in and meet the Aldabra Giant Tortoise or live stream Monarto Safari Park’s Southern White Rhino bull Ibutho.
Renowned for its world-class natural history and cultural collections, the Museum is home to the world's largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural material, with over 3,000 artefacts on display, and the culturally significant Yuendumu Doors. Take a moment to see all that the South Australian Museum has to offer from anywhere in the world and explore at your own pace.
Take a virtual hike through SA’s National Parks
Now’s the time to take a virtual visit to some of South Australia’s most beautiful natural environments. Thanks to a collaboration between the state government and Google you can take a virtual trek along 126 trails in 30 of South Australia’s national park, including in the Mt Lofty Ranges, the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Flinders Ranges, the Outback, Kangaroo Island and the Limestone Coast
Park rangers, using Google’s backpack-mounted trekker, spent five months capturing 360-degree imagery for more than 600km of walking trails, park roads, waterways and campgrounds in 30 national parks across SA. And what better time to view it from the comfort of your lounge room.
Mount Lofty House
Superbly positioned high in the sky and overlooking the breathtaking Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills wine region, Mount Lofty House is known as one of Australia's premier boutique hotels. Their virtual tourgives you one of the best 360-degree aerial views in South Australia and will certainly make you want to visit when you’re able to do so.
Hahndorf Interactive Tours
Hahndorf is the oldest Germanic Village in the Southern Hemisphere and is visited by a million visitors a year. To help others experience this historic town from home, Hahndorf Walking Tours has put together two interactive tours filled with engagement, history, and storytelling linked with the sensory experience of your choice.
You may not be able to walk the streets and back lanes of the village at the moment but you can experience what Hahndorf has to offer. Choose between two options ‘Tastes of Hahndorf’ or ‘Health of Hahndorf’. Prices start from $56 and an experience box will be dispatched to you containing the items required for each experience.
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