Want to explore the world, but stuck at home for now? There’s never been a better time to explore the beauty of this beautiful blue dot in the universe we call home - from our couches with a glass of mindful wine in hand! No need to pack your bags or pay the airfare. Sate your wanderlust with our top five virtual tours of natural wonders!
The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
World-famous documentarian and natural historian Sir David Attenborough has launched a guided virtual tour of The Great Barrier Reef. Virtual adventurers will be privy to a plethora of information while seeing stunning views of the 1,500 species of fish and hundreds of species of coral from the comfort of your (dry) couch. Would you prefer to peruse the reef solo? The Great Barrier Reef has been mapped by the Catlin Seaview Survey project with Google Street Maps, so you can take a virtual dive from the top dive sites, while submerged in your comfiest blanket.
Mount Everest, Nepal
Let’s be honest, no matter how much of an adventurer you are, the highest peak on this planet can be a little out of reach for many. Quite literally. Well, not any more thanks to technology! An intrepid group of Googlers embarked on the climb to Everest Base Camp in 2011 and captured the trek. You can virtually climb with them - without lifting a foot - thanks to Google Street View.
Climb even further and reach the peak of the planet with a complete Virtual Reality experience “Capturing Everest” with the Life VR app.
Uluru, Northern Territory
Pay respect to the traditional owners and custodians of the land and explore the sights, sounds and stories of Uluru in your web browser thanks to their collaboration with Google Story Spheres. Each of these “Story Spheres” combines 360-degree views with audio clips of stories from elders and guides and even desert birdsong. Creating an immersive and interactive experience.
Yosemite Park, California, USA
Yosemite National Park is in California’s majestic Sierra Nevada mountains. The park is renowned for its towering ancient sequoia trees, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. Discover these sights for yourself without having to organise a visa to the states thanks to a gorgeous virtual tour. Best enjoyed with a glass of Chardonnay - the most planted grape varietal in the state!
Antarctica and/or the Arctic
The Antarctic is the coldest and windiest continent on the planet, where temperatures have dropped as low as nearly -90 °C and winds raging in excess of 100 mph. This extreme environment can put off many, but the scenery is simply spectacular. Unique, remote, hostile and yet beautiful. Alternatively, you could go North and explore the Arctic circle with a research team in collaboration with The Guardian. Get ready to learn about our planet and visualise extreme temperatures and stunning vistas… without even needing to put your shoes on.