Virtual nature experiences

Victoria is full of beautiful places a short drive from Melbourne. While physical access to the state's nature and wildlife is restricted during this time of social-distancing, many remain open to the public via live-stream.

Check in with the animals of Melbourne's zoos, find local conservation projects in our forests and bays, and gaze out upon our stunning coastline, via local surf cams.

Be inspired and start planning your next day trip out to Victoria's regions, for when the time is right to go.

1. Penguin Burrow on Phillip Island

Phillip Island's Penguin Parade may be shut, but the island's cutest residents can still be viewed, via an onsite Penguin cam. This live-stream feeds directly from a burrow, where the Little Penguins like to congregate for a bit of R&R, after a hard day's swimming and fishing.

2. Parks Victoria

Head to the Parks Victoria YouTube channel, to see what they've been up to and experience Victoria's diverse natural environment, from the comfort of your home. Learn about local conservation projects and future volunteer activities. Discover wild locations and tag along with park rangers on location.

3. Animal House at the Zoos

While you may not be able to visit the animals of Melbourne and Werribee Zoo in person, you can tune in to see what they're up to, via the Animal House. Both zoos have set up live-stream cameras in the enclosures of several of their star residents. See the very cute snow leopard cubs snooze in their nesting box. Catch the giraffes and zebras going about their daily business of mainly munching on breakfast, lunch and dinner. Watch the mighty lions laze around in the sun. Or tune in to see Ed the Fiordland Penguin strut his stuff across the screen.

4. Surf cameras

Surf cameras allow visual access to Victoria's spectacular coastline. Check in for the daily conditions of beaches and surf spots on Phillip Island, within the Bellarine and down the Mornington Peninsula. Bookmark for a future day of fun in the sun when the time and the weather is right.

5. Underwater cameras along the coast

The Nature Conservancy Australia have set up two webcams, monitoring the residents of the rocky-reefs of Port Phillip Bay. An above-reef camera streams a live-feed from Pope's Eye, which has been claimed by Australasian Gannets and Black-faced Cormorants. Dive down deep with the Reef Cam's underwater camera, to keep up with the daily activities of Port Phillip Bay's marine life. You'll see many types of fish, seals and maybe even dolphins.

6. Mt Burnett Observatory in the Dandenongs

You don't have to travel far from Melbourne to have a clear view of the night's sky. Thanks to the Mt Burnett Observatory, located within the state's Dandenong Ranges, you don't even need to leave your house. The observatory has a live, fish-eye camera set atop their "chook shed", offering 360 degree views of the sky, during both the day and night. Settle in front of your computer or phone on a clear night to enjoy nature's greatest show.

7. Birds in your backyard

There are plenty of ways you can help our feathered friends, without having to leave your house. Find tips on creating a bird-friendly space in your backyard, then get out in your garden and observe any unusual birds you see, as part of a seasonal survey. Get the kids involved, with activity books containing puzzles, stories and board games. Read stories and join campaigns, to help protect the birds you love.

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