Backstage with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/digital/season.html  (Photo by Keith Saunders) Backstage with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/digital/season.html (Photo by Keith Saunders)

Keeping Australia top of mind

Tourism Australia is promoting a number of ways agents can encourage their clients to experience different sides of Australia while travel is restricted.

‘Storytelling is embedded in Australian culture. Thanks to our creative industry, there are many different means of soaking up our rich culture – even from the comfort of your couch,’ says Phillipa Harrison, managing director of Tourism Australia.

The Sydney Opera House has launched a digital season of weekly broadcasts and premieres alongside podcasts and other features. From Wednesday to Sunday each week, clients can tune in to see performances, interviews, behind-the-scenes tours and never-before-seen footage from the harbourside landmark. There are insights from Opera House staff who share the memorable moments from the backstage. 

Victoria Together is a new online hub created to support locals in Australia’s second most populous state through the coronavirus response. Global audiences can tune into ‘The State of Music’ – free online gigs often filmed in iconic Melbourne and Victorian locations. Popular bands and musicians include Tim Minchin, Archie Roach, Paul Kelly and The Temper Trap with the Australian Children’s Choir. Each episode can also be watched on Facebook and YouTube.

One of Australia’s favourite food podcasts, The Pass, is an insider’s guide to the best food, restaurants and eating experiences, locally and around the world, chosen by the experts themselves.  

The Australian Museum’s Lunchtime Conversation Series features a selection of distinguished Australians sharing insights into their ground-breaking contributions, which have helped define the nation across science, politics, sport and the arts.

Clients can gain a different perspective by reading Down Under by Bill Bryson (2000). 

Another ‘Aussie fix’ can be gained by watching The Adventure of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, a classic film of the 1990s featuring Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving and Terence Stamp. One of the most iconic scenes is atop King’s Canyon, between Alice Springs and Uluru, when the trio perform at the summit in full drag.

 

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