Experience the Wonders of Australia From Home
“Travel” to a land down under where beauty, fun, and adventure awaits — without suffering through the 20+ hour flight.
Maria Bailey · 5 months ago
Home to beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, the Outback, and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia encompasses the world’s most beautiful landscapes, attracting thousands of visitors from all corners of the globe. While tourism has been brought to a standstill, that doesn’t stop us from exploring the wonders of this beautiful country from our living room. As the only country in the world that’s also an entire continent, there’s a lot of ground to cover — so watch out for those venomous creepy crawlies as you embark on your adventure to the Down Under!
Explore the Great Barrier Reef
There’s nobody more qualified to explore the Great Barrier Reef than the one and only Sir David Attenborough. Now the largest and most famous reef in the world can be witnessed from the comfort of your couch. Take a virtual tour with the man himself, and learn about the real threat of coral bleaching that puts this beautiful living wonder at risk of dying off.
Study Aboriginal Australian Art
Australia is also home to the oldest civilization in the world. Evidence suggests Aboriginal Australians arrived in Australia about 65,000 years ago and established the world's oldest living culture. An integral part of Australian indigenous culture is Aboriginal dot paintings. Recognized as one of the country's most notable art forms: on the surface, dot paintings are beautiful pieces of art, but they also conceal symbols that are sacred in Aboriginal culture. Discover the cultural significance of these paintings, and explore the dot painting method in a way that’s culturally sensitive. Learn the do's and don'ts of creating dot paintings at home while remaining respectful to Aboriginal traditions.
Uluru is a spectacular natural formation in the heart of Australia’s Outback, and a profoundly spiritual and sacred place to the local indigenous tribes. Now you can explore the sights, sounds, and stories of this natural wonder for yourself. Tour Uluru virtually via Google Story Spheres, which provides a 360-degree view with audio clips for a truly immersive interactive experience.
Jam Out to “Down Under”
Men At Work
Considered by many to be the unofficial national anthem, “Down Under” by Men at Work captures the carefree, fun-loving spirit of Australia. Packed to the brim with Aussie references, you’ll be well-versed in Aussie slang, such as Kombi (Volkswagen) and tucker (slang for food), like the quintessential Aussie snack, the Vegemite sandwich. Prepare to start head-bobbing to this feel-good song on repeat!
Get Wild at Australia Zoo
Founded by everyone’s favorite crocodile hunter, Australia Zoo is still as wild as ever since Steve Irwin’s family carried on his incredible legacy. Experience wildlife encounters with Australia’s unique native species, such as kangaroos, koalas, and wombats. But crikey, a tour of this amazing zoo wouldn’t be complete without checking out their famous crocodiles! Keep up-to-date with Bindi, Robert, and Terri and their incredible conservation work at Australia Zoo’s website.
Tuck Into Australian Snacks
You can’t “travel” to Australia and not try their iconic snacks! Start by making yourself a Vegemite sandwich — yes, the iconic Aussie snack referenced in “Down Under.” The thick brown spread made from brewers yeast has been an Australian favorite since 1923. Be warned, the spread is an acquired taste and might not be very appetizing for those who are unfamiliar. Try it out for yourself to see if your tastebuds agree. Now for a sweet treat — you can’t go wrong with Australia’s favorite chocolate biscuit, the Tim Tam! However, you can go wrong with your approach to eating them. There’s only one way to eat a Tim Tam, and that’s by doing a Tim Tam Slam! First, prepare yourself a hot drink, bite off two opposite corners of the biscuit, then place one bitten end in your mouth before dunking the other bitten end into your drink. Submerge the Tim Tam and drink your beverage using the Tim Tam as if it were a straw. Brace yourself for an explosion of chocolate gooey goodness in your mouth!
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