29 Sep 2020 - 5 Oct 2020
Tourism Australia has launched a new series of immersive videos that explore Australia’s unique sights, sounds and textures with 8D audio. The six videos are themed by colour – blue, red, magenta, green, black and white – to evoke a range of feelings and emotions and showcasing the visual diversity found in Australia.
8D audio is a sound engineering treatment that, when the viewer wears headphones, makes the music and effects sound like they’re coming from different places for an immersive experience.
Viewers should wear headphones for maximum effect. 8D audio fools the brain into believing it’s hearing and experiencing the sounds firsthand in three-dimensional space, increasing the credibility of the virtual experience.
Watch the videos
- Blue: A moment of joy for water lover
- Red: A moment of escape for adventurers
- Magenta: A moment of freedom for romantics
- Green: A moment of relaxation for nature lovers
- Black: A moment of inspiration for creatives
- White: A moment of calm for minimalists
In case families wanted to ‘travel the rainbow’ across Australia, here’s some inspiration for planning their next trip with the kids when the time is right:
Blue: Girt by deep blue seas, there are seemingly endless ways to enjoy a moment of joy with the colour blue in Australia
According to colour psychology, blue calls to mind feelings of calmness or serenity (Cherry, 2020). From the deep blue ocean, and the contrasting blue skies and red desert, the calming nature of blue landscapes leave travellers feeling peaceful, tranquil, and secure.
- See bright turquoise waters in Western Australia’s Esperance: A beach and nature-lover’s dream,
Esperance is blessed with squeaky-clean white sand, turquoise waters and untouched islands. Here you will find Australia’s whitest beach, Lucky Bay, set against a stunning blue seascape of 110 islands of the Recherche Archipelago – even the kangaroos can’t resist hanging out here. In town, stop in at Taylors St Quarters for lunch and gaze out to sea, then take a short drive along the Great Ocean Drive to the calm, clear waters of Blue Haven Beach which are perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
- Dive into the blue world of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland: The 2,300km (1,430 miles) Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. Giving visitors the opportunity to swim, snorkel, dive or sail the living masterpiece. Agincourt Reef is home to over 16 different dive sites, making it a popular destination for divers and snorkelers. Quicksilver Cruises will take you on a journey to the renowned jewel-like ribbon reef on the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef. From the spacious activity platform, you can snorkel, dive and helmet walk in an underwater world filled with a kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance.
- Spot whales in the deep blue seas of Queensland: Hervey Bay is the whale-watching capital of the world! Between July and November each year, up to 25,000 humpback whales cruise along the Queensland coast and many visit the calm waters around Hervey Bay. Join one of the whale-watching boats that depart from the marina each day to view these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Feeling brave? Pull on a wetsuit, strap on a snorkel and jump into the water with them at Hervey Bay Dive Centre. The centre runs tours daily from July to October. If you’re there outside of whale season, join a snorkelling tour with Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours to see coral reefs, fish, turtles and dolphins in the Great Sandy Marine Park.
- Swim with dolphins and sea lions in South Australia: In the calm waters of Baird Bay, 284 kilometres (176 miles) from Port Lincoln towards Streaky Bay, Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience will take you swimming with resident pods of bottlenose dolphins and inquisitive sea lions in their natural environment. Swimming with the sea lions takes place in a safe shallow area, while the dolphins swim in deeper ocean.
- Chase waterfalls in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales: Govetts Leap is one of the tallest falls in the Blue Mountains region, dropping 180 metres in a single drop that overlooks the Grose Valley. There are two lookouts for the waterfall, the first being Govetts Leap for panoramic views of both the waterfall and the surrounding lush valley, the second is the Govetts Leap descent which allows adventure seekers to walk down a steep 1.2 kilometre track to the base of the falls where there is a picnic area. Or be met with a series of waterfalls, creeks and spectacular views along the challenging Grand Canyon track which sets out from Evans lookout near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains.
Red: A moment of escape for adventure lovers, experience the colour red across Australia
Red is one of the most stimulating colours, known to be associated with feelings of excitement and increased energy (Cherry,
2020). From the fiery red earth of the Red Centre, to the vast outback, blistering sunsets, and ruby red merlots, to be surrounded by red allows travellers to experience the power of a destination, and the passion of the people.
- Experience Australia’s ochre landscape in the Northern Territory’s Red Centre: The colours used by Aboriginal ochre painters are a unique set of colours that come straight out of the Australian earth, made from the warm colours of iron oxides. Further your knowledge of the local Aboriginal communities of the Red Centre on the Cave Hill day tour with SEIT Outback Australia. Gain insights into everyday Aboriginal life over a six-hour fully guided 4WD tour into the heart of the Pitjantjatjara Lands of Central Australia.
- Witness the warm tones of sunset as you soar over, or sail across King George River, The Kimberley: Not accessible by car, to experience the best of the river and falls at sunset try a luxury Kimberley cruise with Great Escape Cruises, or scenic flight with Aviair to explore the red gorges, ancient sandstone cliffs, plunging waterfalls and the Buccaneer Archipelago (a paradise of hundreds of tiny islands and secluded beaches). The river itself is culturally significant to the local Balanggarra people to whom the falls are the male and female Wunkurr (Rainbow Serpents).
- See the burnt outback in contrast with the deep blues of the Horizontal Falls, Western Australia: One of the Kimberley’s most unusual natural attractions are the Horizontal Falls, where powerful currents squeeze through two narrow red rock gorges and produce waterfalls tipped on their sides. Located in the far north of the state, the only way to reach these aquatic anomalies is by boat or plane. There are plenty of cruises and airplane tours to suit every budget and schedule, with half-day, full-day and overnight adventures available, such as Horizontal Falls Adventures.
- Dine under the canopy of the desert night at Uluru, Northern Territory: Sounds of Silence is a four-hour dining experience served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. After one of Australia’s most spectacular sunsets, guests dine as a storyteller shares the tales told in the stars above. Then visit Bruce Munro’s Field of Light, crafted from more than 50,000 solar-powered stems crowned with glass spheres lighting up the night’s sky. The spheres illuminate the red deserts night sky with changing colours from brilliant violet, ochre, blue and white.
- Wander through the red wine vines in the Barossa, South Australia: The Barossa is one of the world’s great wine growing regions, with more than 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors. Home to the biggest names in Australian wine, including world-renowned Penfolds, Henschke Cellars, Wolf Blas and Jacob’s Creek; along with a host of emerging boutique and artisan winemakers producing the next generation of Australian wines. Stroll through the vines of one of the country’s oldest, Seppeltsfield, the only winery in the world to release a 100-year-old single vintage wine each year. The Taste Your Birth Year tour allows visitors to sip a fortified wine made the year they were born. The winery also allows visitors to taste wine made during important moments in history.
Magenta: A moment of freedom for romantics, be tickled pink with these experiences
As magenta is a rarely occurring colour in nature, finding environments soaked in the purple pink tones allow for a rare and intriguing experience (Cherry, 2020). Australia is home to some of the most magnificent sunsets, that allow this hue to invoke a delicate balance of soothing mystery to ensure any getaway is unforgettable.
- Drive past the rose-coloured Hutt Lagoon, Western Australia: Sometimes bright bubble gum pink, sometimes lilac, and occasionally even red, the waters of Hutt Lagoon can be an extraordinary sight on the drive on the Coral Coast Highway between Port Gregory and Kalbarri. Head out before sunset and watch the colours transform. Visit between July and September to see the countryside blanketed in wildflowers.
- Fly over the Great Ocean Road, Victoria for an otherworldly sunrise: The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, along the south-west coast of Victoria. It begins a 90-minute drive from Melbourne‘s city centre. It spans 400 kilometres (249 miles) from the town of Torquay to Nelson on the South Australian border. Join a scenic flight with 12 Apostles Helicopters to see the Bay of Islands, London Bridge or the entire Shipwreck Coast all the way to Australia’s oldest lighthouse at Cape Otway.
- Witness the shell-pink sunset reflected on The Gibb, Western Australia: The Gibb River Road – or “the Gibb”, as locals call it – is a 4WD-only track stretching 660 kilometres (410 miles) from east to west through the middle of the Kimberley – making it one of Australia’s most epic road journeys. You can hire 4WD vehicles at Broome and Kununurra.
- Experience the magenta glow surrounding Hinchinbrook Island National Park, Queensland: Hinchinbrook Island is just a boat ride away from Cardwell, with Hinchinbrook Cruises offering daily tours and transfers for hikers. Discover Zoe Bay and the famous Zoe Falls, Ramsay Bay, George Point, the Haven and other local islands – and spot dugongs and estuarine crocodiles along the way.
- Enjoy a sunset camel ride to a flushing sunset backdrop in Broome, Western Australia: The Kimberley region’s major gateway is the outback beach town of Broome, famous for its 22-kilometre (14-mile) long Cable Beach, and the daily camel trains that trail along it at sunset. Red Sun Camel’s sunset tour is a relaxing and informative experience that combines the white sands of Cable Beach with the blushed sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Green: A moment of relaxation for nature lovers, green experiences are in abundance across Australia’s lush and varied landscapes
Getaways to green environments help relax and revitalise travellers. Research shows that the colour green allows people to feel refreshed, healthy and tranquil (Cherry, 2020). Travellers can immerse themselves in a green getaway in the depth of Australia’s rainforests or as they explore remote island paradises.
- Witness the otherworldly spectrum of green in the Daintree Rainforest, Queensland: The World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest is so beautiful that its ancient ferns, emerald green vines and lush canopy provided inspiration for the movie Avatar. It’s a two-hour drive north of Cairns, or about an hour north of Port Douglas. At the Daintree Discovery Centre you can learn all about the origins of the ancient rainforest before heading out onto the series of aerial walkways and viewing platforms connected to the centre.
- Explore the lush wetlands of Arnhem Land, Northern Territory: One of Australia’s last true areas of wilderness,
Arnhem Landis one of the Top End’s most spectacular natural destinations. Climb to the top of Injalak Hill, a site rich in Aboriginal rock art, on a cultural tour with
Injalak Arts and Craftsin Gunbalanya, three hours east of Darwin. Take an adventure with Davidson’s
Arnhemland Safaristo remote Mt Borradaile, a one-hour flight from Darwin. Guests stay in comfortable safari huts surrounded by natural bush land. By day, explore lily-covered billabongs and lush wetlands, or fish for barramundi in the lodge’s private billabong.
- Spot one of Australia’s cutest animals in the deep green brush of Rottnest Island, Western Australia: Rottnest Island is 18-kilometres (11 miles) off the coast of Western Australia, known globally as the home of the cutest and most photogenic animal in the world, the quokka. The island is just a 90-minute ferry ride from Perth, making it a great day trip destination. The best time of day to see these nocturnal marsupials is mid-to-late afternoon – take one of the free daily guided walks to try to spot one.
- Walk through the vibrant green housing the wondrous Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains, New South Wales: Take the easy 1.8-kilometre (1.1-mile) Princes Rock Walk to a lookout over Wentworth Falls, Kings Tableland and Mount Solitary. Or you can creep up the sheer cliffs around Wentworth Falls on the challenging National Pass. If you want to make preparation easy, let Overnight Adventures deliver all the equipment you need to camp out under the stars.
- Tiptoe through Floriade at Canberra’s community-led floral festival: In 2020 Floriade has been reimagined, with the annual spring celebration moving from its traditional home in Commonwealth Park to bloom across Canberra. One million bulbs and annuals will create a tulip trail through the ACT’s suburbs and city, ready for exploration by visitors. With floral plantings by the Floriade horticulture team and over 90 Canberra community groups, this year’s festival allows the community to connect safely while public health restrictions are in place. If you are planning for 2021 and beyond, Floriade will be back celebrating in full bloom.
Black: A moment of inspiration for creatives, explore Australia’s depths with the colour black
Black absorbs all light in the colour spectrum and is associated with the water element in Feng Shui which evokes power, mystery and calm (Cherry, 2020). Visitors can immerse themselves in Australia’s expansive night skies, and hidden museum rooms to fuel their creative inspiration.
- Delve into the elegance and mystery of the art scene in Melbourne, Victoria: The centre of Melbourne is threaded with cobbled laneways, which have become a mecca for coffee shops, cafés and unique shopping boutiques. The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest gallery (founded in 1861) and hosts an exciting range of international and local exhibitions and events, and a collection of more than 70,000 works. Visit the Australian Centre for the Moving Image to immerse yourself in the world of film, television and digital culture or take a taxi to the Heide Museum of Modern Art at Bulleen for an insight into Australian artists. In the evening, catch a performance at one of Melbourne’s many theatres, which host everything from musicals to comedy and cabaret.
- Watch the march of the penguins along pebbles on Phillip Island, Victoria: Phillip Island offers visitors the chance to see incredible Australian wildlife amongst spectacular landscapes. The Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm and Nobbies Centre are just a few of the island’s unique attractions. As the sun starts to set, one of the area’s most popular events, the Penguin Parade allows visitors to catch a glimpse of the island’s native little penguins. Watch as they wattle back ashore after a day of fishing before the sky turns dark. With over 32,000 little penguins living on the island, you’ve got a good chance of spotting a few.
- Experience the serenity of the dark waters of Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory: Brimming with waterfalls, wetlands and ancient Aboriginal culture, Kakadu National Park is one you don’t want to miss. Located about two hours from Darwin, Kakadu offers the opportunity to cruise through billabongs full of wildlife and view ancient rock art. Take a rough and rugged 4WD track to get to Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls, or join a tour with Kakadu Tourism. The falls really thunder in the wet season (November to May) when the only way you can see them is on a scenic flight with Katherine Aviation, but during the dry season (June to October) you can hop your way across super-sized boulders to the plunge pool at the base of the falls.
- Stargaze in the night skies of the Little Sandy Desert, Western Australia: One of Australia’s hidden gems, the Little Sandy Desert, is south of the Great Sandy Desert and west of the Gibson Desert. It is named because it is close and looks like the Great Sandy Desert, but it is much smaller. Both deserts are crossed by the Canning Stock Route, and are perfect for a moment of serenity while searching for creative inspiration.
- Sit back with a long-black as you watch the Rosny flow in Tasmania: The privately owned Mona (Museum of Old and New Art) is a short and scenic ferry ride from Hobart. Much of its collection is underground, with staircases, tunnels and towers making it feel like Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole. For another unique experience, head across the river to Rosny on the eastern shore and take in contemporary and performing arts in the 1800s stone Rosny Barn.
White: A moment of calm for minimalists
Experiencing a white environment allows travellers to embark on a blank slate, symbolising a new beginning or fresh start (Cherry, 2020). Visitors can experience a fresh start across Australia from Snowy Mountains in winter, to the salt plains of Lake Eyre.
- Fly over the blinding white salt plains of Lake Eyre, South Australia: The white pale pinks, oranges and yellows of Lake Eyre epitomise the vast landscapes of outback South Australia. Located a six-hour drive or 1.5-hour flight from Adelaide, the lake is usually a salt pan, its blinding white salt plains glistening in the Australian sun. This desert oasis is best experienced from the air; book a scenic flight with Wrightsair to witness this unforgettable natural wonder.
- Take a leisurely float in the undisturbed waters of Fraser Island, Queensland: No visit to Fraser Island is complete without a long leisurely float in the beautiful blue waters of Lake McKenzie, a perched lake fed only by rainwater, encircled by pure white sand. Lake Wabby, at the edge of the Hammerstone Sandblow, is the deepest lake on the island and when the sun shines it’s hard to resist plunging into its cool, emerald depths. And Eli Creek is a clear freshwater creek – you can walk along its boardwalk then float with the current all the way to the beach.
- Immerse yourself in the winter wonderland of Mount Kosciuszko, New South Wales: In the snow season a pristine white blanket falls on the Kosciuszko National Park, home to Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko and four ski resorts – Perisher Valley, Thredbo, and Charlotte Pass. Take a leisurely summit walk to experience the natural beauty of the snow covered landscape.
- Take in Sydney’s vast vistas in New South Wales: Take a casual stroll along the Bondi to Coogee coastal trail – one of Sydney’s most scenic treks, or spend a night on Cockatoo Island, in the middle of Sydney Harbour, and wake up to one of the world’s greatest views, to experience a calmer side to Sydney. Even take a guided tour through the lush Royal Botanical Gardens to learn about the use of plants, taste bush foods and try your hand at an art class. Or visit Sydney Harbour to watch the white sails of the Sydney Opera House glisten in the harbour.
- Squish your toes in the white sand of Whitehaven Beach: People travel from all over the world to see the white sands of Whitehaven Beach. The sand is 98 percent silica, and so white that it can appear surreal. It is on the uninhabited Whitsunday Island, and only accessible by seaplane, helicopter or boat. Visitors should not miss the Hill Inlet at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach, a stunning, shallow inlet where the shifting tide creates a beautiful fusion of white sand and aqua water.