Don't let COVID-19 stop you: let the Virtual Traveller show you National Parks around the world

No one can travel at the moment, but that doesn't mean you can't travel virtually. This week, we've complied a list of immersive virtual tours you can take in National Parks around the world.

Warning: you can fall down a rabbit hole and lose hours of time doing this, which is the point; we all have time to kill during this pandemic and what could be finer than exploring the world's finest National Parks from the comfort of your own home?

Australia

Great Barrier Reef - Go on an interactive and immersive virtual tour of the Great Barrier Reef with Sir David Attenborough.

Kakudu, Northern Territory - You can explore Australia's largest National Park virtually including Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls, Maguk, Burrungkuy, Ubirr, Nawurlanddja, Bardedjilidji and Gunlom. All without the flies and heat.

NSW Google trekker - Google has partnered with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to develop 50 virtual tours of National Parks in NSW.

Mt Kosciuszko trail - virtually hike the 13km from the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift to the summit of Australia's highest peak, taking in Rawsons Pass, the Snowy River headwaters and Ramshead Range. Wonderful!

Uluru - Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory - Qne of Australia's most famous icons, you can explore various story spheres including Mutitjulu waterhole and Kuniya walk.

International

Croatia - Explore 19 spectacular national and nature parks around Croatia, including the famous Plitvice Lakes.

Everest, Nepal - explore the world's highest peak in this virtual tour.

Giant's Causeway, Northern Island- these beautiful tours come with local sounds heard in the landscape, making it feel like you are really there.

Grand Canyon National Park, USA - Explore one of the world's deepest and most famous canyons using this Google Earth tour; follow the mighty Colorado river through the canyon and watch out for hot spots along the way.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, USA - take a tour around the world's most active volcano. Explore the rainforest, lava tubes and take a bird's eye view over the crater.

Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska - climb into a crevasse, watch a glacier melt over 14 years and kayak through icebergs. Watch out for interactive hotspots as you go.

Loch Ness, Scotland - keep an eye out for the world famous monster, Nessie, on this virtual tour of the Loch.

Yellowstone National Park, USA - take a virtual wander around one of the world's first national parks. Includes Upper Geyser Basin, Norris Geyser Basin, Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hotsprings, Fountain Paint Pot and Fort Yellowstone.

Yosemite National Park, USA - You can explore the stunning Yosemite valley and also the spectacular views from Half Dome, Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. You'll also avoid the 4+million visitors who come to the park every year.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia - Take an aerial tour over this natural wonder. There are six 360 degree panoramas taken at different times of the year. Watch out for hotspots along the way.

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