Virtual vacations are starting to compete with the real thing. But Qantas is hoping that by giving you a virtual taste Australia’s offerings, you’ll put get on a plane and go see for yourself.
Qantas first experiments with virtual reality last year, when it offered a virtual reality visit to a couple of Australian destinations on Samsung Gear VR headsets in its First-Class cabin and Lounges.
Now the carrier has released a virtual reality app with 13 videos showcasing a wide variety of Australian landscapes and events, with more promised in the next few weeks.
The app offers two modes: split screen for those who have a compatible headset or Google Cardboard and 2D landscape for viewing directly on a smartphone.
And if you like what you see, you can book flights to these destinations directly from the app.
Here are a few samples.
The first is a helicopter flight offering an aerial view of Uluru, one of the great natural wonders of the world.
Other videos offer a hot air balloon ride of Alice Springs and the Australian outback, a helicopter ride to Hamilton Island and a swim in the Great Barrier Reef, a climb on the Sydney Harbor Bridge and a wide variety of other you-are-there experiences.