Virtual excursions enable Educators to use digital technology to immerse children in a range of learning opportunities from the comfort of the service. Children can explore and visit many destinations throughout Australia, rain hail or shine to learn about what makes Australia a unique place to live. The following provides a list of virtual excursions through Australia.
Animal Encounters - Virtual animal encounters Sit down and enjoy being transported to Healesville Sanctuary for the Wade with the Platypus or Werribee Open Range Zoo for a Giraffe Encounter! Meet Yami the Platypus Giraffe Feed encounter at Werribee Open Range Zoo!
Aurora Australis - Aurora australis (also known as the southern lights, and southern polar lights) is the southern hemisphere counterpart to the aurora borealis. In the sky, an aurora australis takes the shape of a curtain of light, or a sheet, or a diffuse glow; it most often is green, sometimes red, and occasionally other colours too.
Australian Museum - Through the new portal ‘Australian Museum Inside Out’, the nation’s first museum, the Australian Museum (AM) has opened its ‘virtual doors’ to ensure science and culture remain accessible by curating virtual tours, online exhibitions, school resources, podcasts from scientists and other experts and even more for curious visitors
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Cairns - soar high above it with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Thanks to a series of virtual tours, you can embark on a 7.5 km journey, gliding above the canopy with incredible views of the rainforest, the Coral Sea and Cairns Highlands.
Fraser Island - A vast, natural wonder, brimming with crystal clear lakes, centuries-old rainforests and seemingly endless coastline. A haven that draws you in from your first encounter, captivating you with it's untouched landscapes and rugged beauty. Until you can feel the silica sand beneath your feet, or dive into the cool freshwater depths, we invite you to take a virtual tour of the diverse destination that is Fraser Island.
Snorkel Great Barrier Reef - Attenborough will take you from Lady Elliot Island up to the wreck of the SS Yongala. While you snorkel along, Sir David will teach you about this natural wonder giving you a chance to spot some of the reef’s 1500 species of fish, 600 coral species and 30 different whale and dolphin species.
HMB Endeavour - The Australian-built replica of James Cook's HMB Endeavour is one of the world's most accurate maritime replica vessels.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - you can hike their famous Aboriginal Heritage walk thanks to this Google street view. On the walk, you’ll discover historic rock engravings and art of the traditional owners of this land—locally The Darramuragal or Darug people. Be sure to look out for Red Hands Cave, found just 1km into the walk, filled with incredible rock art.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary with 130 koalas. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary opened in 1927 as a safe refuge for sick, injured, and orphaned koalas, at a time when the species was being culled for the fur trade
Mungo National Park - Spanning over 110,000 hectares the park is full of beautiful spots, but our favourite are the Walls Of China. There’s a 10 kilometre trail that you can check out via Google Street View and takes you over the ancient Mungo lakebed to the Walls. You’ll spot jaw-dropping age-old formations, where rain has washed away the soft sand and mud of the lunette, creating their characteristic ridges and cracks.
Melbourne Museum - The Melbourne Museum offers six virtual exhibitions that you can learn and have fun from. You can choose from the ‘First Peoples’ exhibition that tells the story of Victoria to ‘Dinosaur Walk’ which has Australia’s prehistoric past.
Powerhouse Museum - The Powerhouse Museum has a diverse collection encompassing all sorts of technology, including decorative arts, science, communication, transport, costume, furniture, media, computer technology, space technology, and steam engines.
Philip Island Penguins - Phillip Island is home to approximately 32,000 penguins, which can be seen by tourists at sunset every day of the year. The island is recognised as having some of the most consistently reliable and varied surf conditions in the country.
Pumpkin Island - Nestled in the Great Barrier Reef, just 14 kms off the coast of Yeppoon, this tiny gem span just six hectares and every inch is gorgeous. The eco-friendly island is full of coral reefs, secluded beaches and wildlife.
Science Works - Scienceworks is bursting with things to challenge curious minds of all ages. In just one visit, you can stroll among the gigantic machines that kept the city running, enjoy electrifying theatre in the Lightning Room, let your little ones roam safely in enclosed spaces, wander through our immersive exhibitions and drop into deep space in the Melbourne Planetarium.
SEA Life Sydney Aquarium - At the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, you'll be exposed to the diverse species of aquatic creatures, sharks, dugongs, penguins, platypuses, and more.
Shrine Of Remembrance - The Shrine is Victoria's national memorial honouring the service and sacrifice of Australians in war and peacekeeping.
Sydney Opera House - know the Sydney Opera House as Australia’s most famous landmark. The opera house along with Google Cultural Institute launched 50 online exhibits that anyone can experience and enjoy anywhere as long as they have access to a computer and internet. This 360-degree tour will allow you to explore the mesmerizing quarters of the iconic landmark.
Shark Diving In Eyre Peninsula - Raise your heartbeat from the safety of your own home with a dip with Australia’s Great Whites. You’ll hold your breath as they make a beeline for you in this incredible video. But it’s not all about the adrenaline, there’s a soothing soundtrack that will see you become entranced by these magical beasts of the ocean.
Taronga Zoo - One of Sydney's most famous attractions, the award-winning Taronga Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, including Australian native wildlife, as well as rare and endangered exotic animals.
Twelve Apostles Victoria - Created by constant erosion of limestone cliffs starting around 20 million years ago, we’ve been left with these magnificent rock stacks that rise majestically from the ocean, soaring to 45 metres high. Seeing these beauties should absolutely be on your bucket list, so now is your chance. This stunning virtual tour offers incredible 360-degree views. You can even switch between land and sea views, as well as morning and sunset.
Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park - Combining 360-degree visuals with audio clips translated to English, you can discover key sites, hear the desert birdsong and listen to traditional owners sharing important cultural knowledge and stories.
Whale Watching WA - . You can virtually hop a tour to Perth Canyon to see a family of blue whales hanging out or check out some friendly Humpbacks in Augusta. The videos are narrated by the team so you’re learning about these magnificent creatures as you go.
Umoona Opal Mine and Museum - Umoona Opal Mine first worked in the 1920s… and today we take people through the mine to see (and understand) how opal is formed and mined.
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