Virtual travelling experiences on offer
Although Covid 19 virus restrictions rule out touring Western Australia just now, Tourism WA has compiled a great list of opportunities to sample the natural wonders of our State without leaving home. Here are some of the virtual travelling experiences and highlights:
Wildlife encounters – up-close and behind the scenes encounters with wildlife including the entertaining orangutans and numbats at Perth Zoo. At Peel Zoo, Ranger Red is taking followers behind the scenes with daily videos on the zoo’s Facebook page, and is also running an animal adoption program. Caversham Wildlife Park is featuring a Closure Chronicles series on its Facebook page, with daily updates of the animals ranging from koalas to quokkas.
Watch the whales – WA is well-known for its ‘humpback highway’ and having one of the longest whale watching seasons in the world. Local tour operator Whale Watch WA is bringing the giant and gentle creatures into homes with the launch of virtual tours on its Whale Watch TV channel. Whale lovers can hop onboard a free virtual tour to the Perth Canyon to see a family of blue whales or spot some friendly humpbacks in Augusta, with more videos to come.
Aboriginal culture – Postcards from our Backyard is a series of stories about the lifestyle of Aboriginal tour operators from around WA. Developed by the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC), viewers can learn to make fire with Josh Whiteland from Koomal Dreaming in the Margaret River region, go on an adventure with Darren Capewell from Wula Gura Nyinda Eco Adventures in Shark Bay, and catch bush tucker with Johani Mamid from Mabu Buru Broome Aboriginal Tours in the Kimberley.
Talented artists from the Waringarri Arts Studio in Kununurra in WA’s Kimberley region, continue to produce beautiful works inspired by their country and culture from three outstation communities. Shop for artworks, including those created during the On Country program, at waringarriarts.com.au/shop.
Warmun Art Centre, also located in WA’s Kimberley region, and Aboriginal Contemporary are presenting their first virtual exhibition – browse the gallery, and purchase art, all from home. The Badem Mawoondool virtual exhibition can be viewed here.