SYDNEY - Australia may have closed its borders but its tourist attractions are still open to the world through virtual tours and experiences.
“And once it's safe to travel again, make sure you go and check them out in real life,” says Tourism Australia.
Virtual attractions include the National Gallery of Victoria's art collections on the new NGV Channel.
At the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Tasmania, virtual visitors can live stream Tim between 10am–4.30pm AEDT daily. Since 2011, Tim has sat at Mona for over 3,500 hours and with the museum now closed to guests, Tim is clocking up some additional hours while also practicing social distancing.
A former tattoo-parlour manager from Zurich, Tim Steiner has an elaborate tattoo on his back that was designed by a famous artist and sold to a German art collector. As part of the deal, Tim spends his days sitting in galleries so people can admire his work of art.
Explore Uluru in the Northern Territory via Story Spheres, which offers 360-degree images and storytelling, while another of Australia’s icons, the Sydney Opera House, provides a 360-degree tour of the site plus a number of online exhibits and performances by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
For music-lovers, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is hosting live streams of its scheduled performances, including the works of Beethoven, Bach and Mendelssohn.
National Gallery of Victoria's art collections can be seen on the new NGV Channel.
Australia’s zoos are closed but virtual visitors can check out how the animals are coping without the crowds.
Zoos Victoria has set up live streams at some Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo enclosures, including snow leopard cubs. And it’s showtime with koalas at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Queensland.
For a wild journey to Australia's outback, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a 1994 classic movie that will put you in the mood to explore Australia once it’s safe to do so.