Back when the world was in the throes of the pandemic and travel was a distant memory, my nature and wildlife tour guide business, based on the edge of Berowra Valley Regional Park, took a nosedive. With no visitors allowed into Australia, I had to think outside the box to make ends meet.
A Pandemic Pivot: Becoming a Virtual Tour Guide
Fortunately, my background in video production and a deep love for Australia's natural wonders inspired a new idea: becoming a virtual tour guide. Equipped with just a mobile phone, a gimbal for steady shots, and a Bluetooth headset to chat with my global audience, I set out on virtual adventures through the Berowra Valley Regional Park.
It became my full-time gig. I'd find a quiet spot in a cave to recharge my phone, then take my audience on a one-hour hike, showing them the wildlife and landscapes I encountered in real-time.
Surprisingly, my virtual tours became a hit, even earning a spot on Forbes' list of the top ten virtual tours worldwide. But the real magic was the sense of connection it brought to people during those tough times.
Into the Heart of Berowra Valley: A Virtual Adventure
My audience hailed from all corners of the globe, eager to explore the hidden gems of Berowra Valley. We'd follow wallabies as they hopped through the bush, spot lizards in the underbrush, and even peer inside bird nests, all together from afar.
One of my favorite stops on our virtual journey was the "painted cliffs." This enchanting place has no official name, and I've chosen not to disclose its location to protect its natural charm. Some secrets are best left untouched, preserved for those who seek them out.
The Mystery of the "Painted Cliffs": Protecting Hidden Wonders
The "painted cliffs" are a sight to behold, a testament to the raw beauty of the Australian landscape. I believe in letting the imagination run wild and embracing the element of surprise in discovery.
For those curious about the gear that made these virtual tours possible, I've put together a video to share more about my equipment. It's a peek behind the curtain at the technology that brought Berowra Valley's magic to the world.
In a time when we were all feeling a bit lost and isolated, the secret cliffs of Berowra Valley Regional Park provided a window into the natural beauty we craved. As the pandemic fades into memory, my virtual tours remain a reminder of how technology can bring us closer to the untouched beauty of the world. After an exhilarating chapter as a virtual tour guide, I've returned to reality – back to real tours with real people. While the virtual experience had its charm, there's something special about connecting with visitors in person and revealing the secrets of Berowra Valley Regional Park. I must admit, I do miss the days of sharing the hidden gems of Berowra Valley Regional Park with guests from all corners of the world.
For more information on walks within the Berowra Valley, please visit the Berowra Valley National Park website.