Attention incentive travel planners! Are you ready for an evening at Uluru? Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef? Breakfast on Bondi Beach?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions be sure to tune in to Live from Aus this weekend.
An initiative of Tourism Australia, this curated program of live virtual travel experiences in the Land Downunder runs May 15-17, from Friday at 5:00 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time) to 7:00 a.m. CST (Saturday) and from 4:00 p.m. CST on Saturday to 7:00 a.m. CST on Sunday.
Offering a glimpse of what’s possible for future incentive events in Australia, the weekend will include a range of exclusive travel experiences, highlighting the country’s unique culture, stunning natural beauty, world-class food and drink, exceptional wildlife, and the Australian personality.
Tourism Australia managing director, Phillipa Harrison, said the broadcast and digital activation hopes to keep event planners inspired and engaged for when it’s safe to send groups to Australia again. “Even though demand for travel is currently on hold and the timing of the recovery is still uncertain, it’s important that we continue to engage with business event planners around the globe,” she explained.
Live from Aus will be hosted by an array of Australian personalities, advocates and industry operators who will present a range of interactive experiences, including cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, exercise classes, cultural immersion sessions, Australian wildlife encounters, and a live music program presented by Sounds Australia.
Here are five experiences The Incentivist will be getting up early or staying up late to enjoy.
Bondi brekkie bowl with Guy Turland
Live from Sydney’s famed Bondi Beach, chef Guy Turland will cook up a storm inspired by simplicity, sustainability and his favourite Australian flavours. He’ll also be sharing hot tips on where to find the best breakfast in Bondi.
Underwater reef tour with Citizens of the GBR
Keep a lookout for brightly-coloured fish, turtles and many other sea creatures as Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) take viewers on a tour of Moore Reef, off the coast of Cairns, Queensland.
Dreamtime stories with Darren ‘Capes’ Capewell
Award-winning indigenous tour guide Darren “Capes” Capewell shares stories of his people—the Nhanda and Malgana people of Sharks Bay, Western Australia— and how they relate to the land, ocean and spirit of the country.
Aussie wildlife Q&A with zookeeper Chad Staples
Ever wondered how far a kangaroo can hop, or how long a koala sleeps, or the name of the animal in the photo below? Zookeeper Chad Staples and Aussie fashion icon and wildlife-lover Laura Brown from New South Wale’s Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, home to the largest collection of Australian animals in the world, have the answers.
Watch the sunset at Uluru with music curated by Sounds Australia
Witness the wonder of sunset at Ulutu-Kata Tjuta National Park. This spectacle will be accompanied with a streaming soundtrack of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, inspired by the Central Australian desert region and curated by Sounds Australia. Note: Each Aboriginal nation has their own language, customs, art and music. The music being played in this segment comes from across the nations of Australia and is not intended to be representative of Anangu culture at Uluru.