Live stream ideas for your next Aussie holiday

Enjoy a Bondi brekkie bowl with Guy Turland at 9am on Saturday, May 16.
Enjoy a Bondi brekkie bowl with Guy Turland at 9am on Saturday, May 16.

We may not be able to travel all that far at the moment but many Australians are itching to take a break from home as soon as coronavirus restrictions allow.

With international travel likely to be off the agenda for some months, it's the getaways on our doorstop that will be the first choice holiday destination.

Tourism Australia is about to make planning for your next Aussie-based vacation even easier with the launch this week of a series of live stream programs highlighting fabulous travel experiences across the country.

The Live From Aus program will highlight the best that Australia has to offer, from our unique culture to our stunning natural beauty, world class food and drink and exceptional wildlife.

The program kicked off on Friday, May 15, with a one-hour broadcast at 7.30pm on The Project on Network Ten.

Then, from 7am on Saturday, May 16, Tourism Australia will be streaming special travel experiences live on its website across the entire weekend.

The sessions will be hosted by some of Australia's favourite entertainers and personalities.

There'll be Chris Hemsworth-inspired morning workouts in Byron Bay, croc encounters with the Outback Wrangler Matt Wright and dance parties with The Wiggles.

Take a break on Phillip Island and enjoy front-row seats at the Penguin Parade; be captivated by the underwater world on a virtual tour of the Great Barrier Reef; learn the best-kept secrets behind the ultimate Aussie barbecue from chef Hayden Quinn, and soak up the serenity of an Uluru sunset - all from the comfort of your couch.

Sunday's streaming line-up has something for everyone, with kangaroo feeding from 4pm, a Kangaroo Island tour from 5pm, bedtime stories from Phillip Island at 6pm, Dreamtime stories with Darren 'Capes' Capewell at 7pm, A Night at the Sydney Opera House at 8pm and then Sunday sessions with Sounds Australia from 9pm.

An ongoing streaming program from Monday, May 18 will reconnect Australians with our country's unique wildlife, landscapes, food and drink, Indigenous, arts and cultural experiences through Tourism Australia's digital and social media channels.

Aussie fashion icon and wildlife-lover Laura Brown with zookeeper Chad Staples. Join them for an Aussie wildlife Q&A at 8am on Sunday, May 17.

Aussie fashion icon and wildlife-lover Laura Brown with zookeeper Chad Staples. Join them for an Aussie wildlife Q&A at 8am on Sunday, May 17.

Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison said that even though demand for travel was currently on hold and the timing of the recovery was still uncertain, it was important that people could keep dreaming and planning for the holidays to come.

Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said that restarting the tourism industry once restrictions were eased would be crucial to Australia's overall economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

"The international border controls and restrictions that have helped to keep Australians safe are sadly inflicting enormous pain on tourism businesses all over Australia," Mr Birmingham said.

"Australians may not be able to travel across our wide brown land at present, but those who can should definitely be dreaming and planning to tick off some bucket list items when it's safe do so.

"Those able to take breaks once restrictions are eased should do so knowing they can enjoy the time of their lives while also helping to save the businesses or jobs of fellow Australians.

"COVID-19 may have taken some of the fun out of life right now, but soon Aussies will be able to experience the sumptuous food and wine, thrilling adventures, rich culture and beautiful nature that usually make us such a favourite destination with international visitors."

Tourism Australia's Chief Marketing Officer, Susan Coghill said the campaign was all about bringing a little bit of Australia to people while they're spending time at home.

For details of the Live from Aus live-streaming schedule go to www.australia.com.

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