Take a (virtual) trip to Aus this weekend

i By May 13, 2020 No Comments

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.

The Live from Aus schedule is available on www.australia.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SeeAustralia/events/.

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.

Image of chef Guy Turland for Bondi Beach brekkie bowl segment on Live from Aus. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia.
Lisbon looking forward article: Image of numeral two in a red circle.

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.

Image of Sea Turtle, Lady Elliot Island, QLD. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia.

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.

Dreamtime Stories with Darren ‘Capes’ Capewell - Wula Gura Nyinda Eco Cultural Adventures. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia.

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.

Echidnahttp://www.featherdale.com.au. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia.

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. 

2019 Content Images - Northern Territory. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia.