Have WiFi, will travel: take the kids on a virtual roadtrip around Australia these school holidays

Sellicks Beach, South Australia. Photo: YouTube 360
Sellicks Beach, South Australia. Photo: YouTube 360 

Easter school holidays normally see many of us pack up the car and head on an adventure, but this year we'll be spending much of it at home.

But that doesn't mean you have to miss out on the amazing things Australia has to offer.

Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison said families can have an Australian adventure while at home.

"Families across Australia have had to put their Australian holiday plans on hold until it is safe to travel again," Ms Harrison said.

"Until then why not immerse yourself and your family in some of the most iconic and incredible destinations and experiences our country has to offer - all from the comfort and safety of your home."

And when the time is right, families can take holidays together again in our beautiful country. 

Until then, Tourism Australia has come up with a list of fun and interactive ways to explore Australia from home:

Animal fun for the whole family

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SeaLife Livestreams

Sydney's Taronga Zoo has launched Taronga TV where you can tune in for your daily dose of animal antics including 24/7 live animal streams like Tiger Cam, Seal Cam and Elephant Cam.
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Or you can tune into live streams of cute and cuddly koalas alongside other Australian native animals with Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Zoos Victoria has set up live streams at some Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo enclosures, CaPTA Group Wildlife Parks in Queensland are also sharing a daily dose of cuteness on their Cairns ZOOM Facebook page and the Australian Reptile Park has a new series called Animal Tales With Tim Faulkner on YouTube and there are also daily live streams on their Facebook page.

And SEA LIFE Melbourne, SEA LIFE Sydney, Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Reef Tracks by Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef also have you sorted.

Try something new

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Dancing with David McAllister

To keep budding ballerinas moving – use the Australian Ballet's free morning classes, hosted by artistic director David McAllister via live stream or watch Ballet TV.

Or you can experience aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures from your own backyard, by learning and playing some Yulunga Traditional Indigenous Games with the kids which are free to download from Sport Australia.

Get creative

Check out the Museum of Contemporary Art's activity resources, which include learning how colours mix together in different solutions and art journaling, and try the Adelaide Art Gallery's online art program

Iconic Australian artist Ken Done has also shared free educational resources which are available for download on his website. And you can try the Thinking About Jimmy Pike visual arts program.

If your kids like drama, you can sign them up for acting classes with Marian Street Theatre for Young People. 

Science at home 

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Home made ice-cream Photo: Questacon

Run a variety of experiments and activities in your own home with guidance from the experts at Questacon. Their at home resources for kids of all ages, provide hours of entertainment with experiments from how to make salt crystals and slime to bottling clouds.

Or take an at-home voyage with the Maritime Museum through the fun-filled online games, and a specially curated selection of online exhibits available here.  

While, ABC Education provides access to more than 4,000 free videos, interactive resources and fun, including BTN educational resources, growing a bush tucker garden, and what it's like being a kid koala carer. 

Have a backyard adventure

Set up a camping trip in your own backyard with the kids. Relax and recharge to the soothing sounds of Australia's unique wildlife or if you're located in a city, why not try Calm app and listen to the sounds of waterfalls, calm islands, distant ocean waves or its selection of calming sleep stories.

And download the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences' Australian Monthly Sky Guide podcast to learn about the southern night sky narrated by experts from the Sydney Observatory.

Take a virtual excursion

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Rottnest Island, Western Australia. Photo: YouTube 360

Tourism Australia has a huge collection of 360-degree videos so you can explore some of Australia's most iconic landmarks, from the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House or snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef and more.

For all the adrenalin junkies, Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures is offering a live stream of a virtual zipline tour via their Facebook page or you can take a virtual ferry on Sydney Harbour with Webcam Sydney.

You can also transport yourself to the Outback in the Northern Territory and explore the iconic Uluru via Story Spheres, which provides you with 360-degree images and storytelling.

Take a trip around Australia on screen

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Babe

There are heaps of movies that feature some of Australia's most iconic landscapes so even if you can't visit these places right now, you can definitely be inspired for future holidays. 

Pop on Babe to see the lush green pasture lands of the Southern Highlands of New South Wales or watch Finding Nemo and witness the animated magic of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. And you can't go past, Red Dog set in the Australian Outback or Storm Boy set in South Australia.