During these uncertain times, to help stop the spread of COVID-19, many of us are spending an unprecedented amount of time at home. So, we’ve found the best virtual tours to bring your favourite spots in South Australia straight to your living room. From stargazing up at some of the clearest skies in the Southern Hemisphere, to catching up with Giant Pandas, to taking a stroll through Adelaide and touring South Australia with SATV, here’s our guide to the top virtual tours in South Australia.
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1. Explore South Australia with SATV
Take a family staycation throughout South Australia, from the comfort of your couch. From professional stargazers to gin distillers, world-class chefs and shark cage divers, travel online throughout South Australia with SATV. The perfect family-friendly way to virtually escape your home and explore South Australia for a few hours, at SATV you’ll find fresh, weekly video content filmed throughout the COVID-19 lock-down period so you can learn new skills from our tourism folk, ask questions (as if you were on tour), or sit back and listen to the sounds of nature, somewhere in the great outdoors. Tune in to SATV for happy hour, to get home cooking tips from our pantry chef’s or go into the wild, from home.
2. Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park
Self-isolate at home… with Giant Pandas, lions and giraffe? Go wild at home with Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park. Keeping you connected to nature during the Coronavirus situation, your family can catch up with their wild family, from home, with live keeper talks and live-stream web cams. If you’re looking for something to do with kids, take a virtual visit to the zoo and catch a live keeper talk and Q&A, filmed live from Adelaide and Monarto with your favourite animals and their carers during the zoo’s Coronavirus closure period. You can even live-stream to the home of Adelaide Zoo’s Giant Pandas, Wang Wang and Fu Ni, stop in to say hi to Monarto Zoo’s Southern White Rhino Ibutho or see what family time is like in the Chimpanzee household. Who knows, maybe you’ll even pick up a few ideas for keeping the kids entertained?
3. Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
Take a guided tour of the universe from the comfort of your couch with Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Join Doug Sprigg from Arkaroola’s Astronomical Observatory – one of the clearest places to see the stars in the Southern Hemisphere – as he takes you on an out-of-this-world tour, at home. Tucked deep in the South Australian outback, Arkaroola is home to one of Australia’s largest privately-owned Astronomical observatories and your front row seats, from the couch, await to one of the most spectacular lightshows on earth.
The University of South Australia’s MOD is on a mission to inspire young adults (aged 15+) about science and technology, showcasing how research shapes our understanding of the world and influences the future – and we think that’s relevant now more than ever. While we can’t visit the museum in person for the time being, virtual tours of two of MOD’s newest exhibitions, Seven Siblings From The Future and Life Interrupted, are available as fully online, interactive virtual exhibitions. If you’re looking for things to do at home to encourage teenagers away from Netflix for a few hours, Life Interrupted could be the answer. The virtual online exhibition includes activities pertinent to the current Coronavirus situation, like Bad News Game to immunise against fake news, a community-built, lush virtual garden in Minecraft and soundscapes by Adelaide-based musicians and artists to provide respite from the news.
5. Virtual Tours of Adelaide
Wander down Adelaide’s city streets, take a stroll through the lush Botanic Gardens, get a birds-eye-view of Adelaide Oval or tour some of the city’s most iconic buildings, all without leaving home. The City of Adelaide have just made touring Adelaide even more accessible with virtual tours of some of the most iconic attractions, so we can all get better acquainted with Adelaide without even walking out our front door. With an interactive online map to plan out your Adelaide adventure and more than 37 virtual tours to choose from, it’s one of the best things to do at home while still feeling like you’ve escaped your four walls for a while.
Things to do at home
Looking for more things to do at home with your family while self-isolating? Explore beyond the four walls of your home, without stepping outside the front door with our guide to the top family-friendly things to do at home in South Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic.