You can now video chat from Australia’s most iconic destinations with a series of new Zoom backgrounds from Tourism Australia.
Download these ridiculously beautiful Zoom backdrops from the ‘Australian Great Outdoors’ collection and pretend you’re Down Under on your next conference call, family catch up or class lesson. Head to www.Australia.com/Zoom to download.
Phillipa Harrison, Managing Director of Tourism Australia, said, “Whether you are using video conferencing to speak to colleagues and loved ones, transport yourself to a beautiful Australian location and take a virtual Australian break. While we know you can’t visit us right now, we’ll still be here for when it’s safe to travel again with the same incredible white sandy beaches, vast landscapes, colourful reefs and wildlife.”
Keep dreaming and keep your travel spirit alive
While it’s not advised to travel right now, you can keep dreaming and planning for when it’s safe to travel again. Until then, why not hang with kangaroos on the famous white sandy beach of Lucky Bay in Western Australia or pretend you’re in the heart of Australia’s Outback – Uluru in the Northern Territory? These awe-inspiring Australian destinations should be top of anyone’s travel bucket list. From the outback to the coast, to the icons and undiscovered, there’s still nothing like Australia.
Stay home and plan to travel tomorrow
Travel is proven to be good for your health and wellbeing. Planning a trip can spark creativity and bring with it positivity about the future. So, keep dreaming and start planning for when it’s safe to travel again, and get excited about the vast amount of trips and experiences you can have in Australia. Book flexible fares and rates for later in the year, or next, and you could also assist local Australian tourism operators who are relying on your future business to rebuild and thrive.
There are currently 13 Australian desktop backgrounds to choose from, with more to come in the coming weeks:
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Canberra is fast becoming renowned for its diverse culture and cool new edge. With a flourishing food and drink scene, a multitude of galleries and museums, and easy access to nature activities and national parks, it’s the perfect destination to add to your Australian bucket list if you are looking for a little indulgence and adventure.
Byron Bay, New South Wales
Mainland Australia’s easternmost town is a melting pot of surf culture, alternative lifestyles and hedonistic pursuits. Unwind, relax and be the first to see the sunrise in mainland Australia’s easternmost town. It’s home to excellent beaches, lush rainforests, great regional dining and new-age retreats – perfect for a post isolation adventure.
Uluru, Northern Territory
A bucket list no-brainer, Uluru is the spiritual heart of Australia. You can feel a powerful presence the moment you first set your eyes on Uluru. The stunning colours of this 348-metre high monolith transform with the time of day – and there are over 100 activities and experiences on offer. Spend a night eating a bush-tucker inspired dinner under thousands of stars, before experiencing the Field of Light art installation.
Yulara, Northern Territory
The Red Centre is an extraordinary landscape of desert plains, weathered mountain ranges, rocky gorges and some of Aboriginal Australia’s most sacred sites, including Uluru and Kata Tjuṯa. Take an unforgettable journey through red dune country with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as a stunning backdrop.
While we’re all virtually surfing the internet right now, once it’s safe to do so, the Gold Coast is the perfect place to test out your skills and catch a real wave. The Gold Coast’s star attraction is its beaches, including the world-renowned stretch of sand at Surfers Paradise. Beyond the beaches, discover laid-back neighbourhoods, a booming culinary scene and the Gold Coast’s famous theme parks.
With more than 320 days of sunshine each year, World Heritage-listed national parks and lush tropical gardens, Townsville is home to some spectacular natural landscapes and attractions. A vibrant and bustling city, enjoy al fresco dining, Federation-style architecture and boutique shopping, as well as a cooling ocean breeze and coastal vibe.
Vlasoff Cay, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Vlasoff Cay is a Tropical North Queensland bucket-list attraction just north of Green Island roughly 40 kilometres from Cairns. A picturesque sand bar on Vlasoff Reef, an outer reef of the Great Barrier Reef, travellers can dive and snorkel this incredible site with boat and heli tours offered regularly from Cairns.
The rugged, weathered peaks and rocky gorges of the Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia form some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in the country. Rich in Aboriginal history, follow the scenic roads, 4WD tracks and walking trails that crisscross this wild countryside. Once it’s safe to do so, you can make it a real-life adventure exploring the many 4WD tracks and walking trails that make up this incredible landscape for a remarkable journey of your own.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is arguably the jewel of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage area, and undeniably one of Australia’s most beautiful national parks. If you are looking to restore the soul, plan to stay at Cradle Mountain Lodge and sink into the King Billy Suite outdoor tub, and if you’re lucky, it will be sprinkling with snow.
On Tasmania’s east coast, Freycinet National Park is a place of wild beauty. Towering pink-hued mountains, known as the Hazards, shadow the landscape, and at their foot are the calm, blue waters of Wineglass Bay. Explore the picturesque Friendly Beaches, dine on an abundance of fresh seafood, and spend the night at one of Australia’s exclusive luxury lodges.
Melbourne is a blend of laneways, world-class restaurants and captivating museums. The locals love their coffee, there’s always a sense of excitement here. Attend a sports event, drink a cocktail on a rooftop and uncover the stories hidden within art-filled alleyways.
Three times larger than England and with a population of less than 40,000, the Kimberley region – spread over Australia’s entire north-western corner – is one of the world’s last wilderness frontiers. Here you’ll find wildlife, majestic canyons, freshwater swimming holes, several outback stations and Cape Leveque. Located at the tip of the Dampier Peninsula, north of Broome, find ochre cliffs, white beaches and highlighter blue ocean; for many, this is a special place to retreat from the busy everyday world and get back in touch with nature.
Lucky Bay, Western Australia
Remote and utterly remarkable, the town of Esperance has a coastline that would rival any in the world. Fine quartz sands edged by tumbles of rounded boulders and endless islands. Esperance is also the closest town to the sandy white beach of Lucky Bay, where kangaroos regularly visit.
How to change your background on Zoom – Desktop App
- Download your favourite Australian background images from www.Australia.com/Zoom and save to your computer.
- Log into your Zoom account. Open your “Account Settings” (gear-wheel symbol) in the top right hand corner.
- Select “Virtual Background”.
- Select “+” (plus symbol button) to upload the photo of your choice and you are ready to go!
How to add a virtual background during a Zoom meeting – Desktop App
- While in your meeting, find the pop-up menu next to the “Stop Video” option at the bottom of the video window and select “Choose Virtual Background”. This will take you straight to your virtual background settings.
- Select the backdrop of your choice and you are ready to go!
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