Have you been planning to visit Melbourne, Australia in the near future and your plans are on hold? Or has this creative city been on your wish list for some time? Here are 8 Online travel experiences in Melbourne to explore, while we remain in lock down.
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Enjoy the online world while we wait for our next overseas adventure travel experience.
Yes, it’s not the same as being there in person.
You want to use all the senses, including the food smells, tastes, sounds and surrounding sights.
I compare this to my first trip to Thailand, where prior to, we watched an incredible, natural video of the resort were would be staying in. Once at the resort, we had the most memorable and personal stay, which far outweighed only experiencing by the video.
BUT, watching the resort video ahead of our trip, gave us a taste of what to look forward to, and our excitement grew and grew before we departed for our holiday.
To get inspired:
I have listed some of the less obvious online and virtual ideas to get a taste of travelling in Melbourne. When else do we have time to really sit down and take our time to view online all aspects of new destinations?
1. ART GALLERIES
The big ones:
National Gallery of Victoria:
Until 30 June 2020 view the NGV Collection from the comfort of your home.
Until 30 Jun 2020 NGV Channel provide virtual guided exhibition tours, interviews and documentaries.
Flinders Lane Gallery:
Until June 2020 change up the walls at home during isolation. Flinders Lane Gallery are currently providing a virtual hanging, to see how an art-filled space could look.
The smaller ones:
ART ALMANAC provide a listing of current exhibitions. While the Covid 19 restirctions are in place they also provide those galleries which are holding online exhibitions.
ARTS PROJECT support artists with intellectual disabilities, promoting their artwork and advocating for their inclusion within the modern art realm.
2. MELBOURNE ONLINE FOR KIDS
Until Jun 2020 interactive online games are designed for kids to promote active thinking and creativity.
3. VIRTUAL CITY TOURS
Walking Tours of Melbourne, Australia:
4. VIRTUAL GARDEN TOURS
A popular travel experiences in Melbourne, The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, Australia are hosting virtual tours on their site.
Uploaded to YouTube, an up close stroll through various aspects of gardens in Melbourne provides an intimate experience with some of the gardens’ most popular or unique collections.
Peaceful and natural, these videos provide a taste of the real thing!
5. THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Also uploaded via YouTube there are many Great Ocean Road virtual tours to view to have a taste of this spectacular coastal experience, and regional travel experiences in Melbourne. View one of the tours here.
6. FIRST NATIONS’ VIRTUAL HISTORY
Until 26 June 2020 Affirmation is a major exhibition that explores the truth through the eyes of the First Nation people.
7. VIRTUAL WINERY TOURS
Visit Melbourne have uploaded a tonne of videos of Melbourne, Australia, including videos of the wine regions to explore online.
The resources in this post can be found on Amazon and come with free 2 day shipping with an Amazon Prime membership.
Don’t have Amazon Prime yet? You can grab a free 30 day trial here!
8. ONLINE LIVE MUSIC
Melbourne is known round the world for its huge number of live music gigs round the inner city to the outer suburbs. While the 2020 restrictions are in place there are plenty of live online gigs to check out. Here are some starting places:
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What better way to really explore a city before you visit some time in the future, by accessing the online options which are currently being updated and better than ever.
Getting a taste of a city like Melbourne, straight from the lounge room has never been easier, with our available time and resources. I’d love to hear from you with other unique online tips to experience Melbourne 😊