The Covid-19 Pandemic has been a trying time for many local businesses across the world, and the Shoalhaven is no exception. Amidst this period of strangeness and uncertainty, however, many small businesses have tackled the situation with creativity. We're seeing people innovate, changing the way they usually operate, and pivot towards serving customers online. It's very exciting to announce these new virtual travel experiences that are now available, letting visitors get a taste of our wonderful South Coast hospitality from the comfort of their own home.

Virtual Travel Experiences - Cupitt's Virtual Wine Tasting

Virtual Wine Tastings

Enjoy Shoalhaven wine online, our local vineyards have started rolling out virtual wine tastings! This is a great experience to share with friends, invite your small quaranteam over to your place (make sure to check current health regulations first) or tune in to the same watch party and enjoy your wine tasting virtually - distanced but still together! Episode 1 was at Cambewarra Estate (the one with the giant pink teacup) where Brett shows around before talking us through a Verdelho and Chambourcin. Episode 2 is off to Cupitt's where you can take a peep at the brewery, fromagerie and kitchen garden after the wine tasting. We have more to come, so be sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest episodes and catch up on the series on our playlist.

How it works

1. Order your tasting pack, direct from the winery. Your order will be delivered straight to your door.

2. Tune into Visit Shoalhaven on Facebook for a Watch Party of a special video tasting conducted the winery.

3. Sit back, relax and sip away whilst being guided by your very own wine expert. 

ZooMeetings with Back2Earth

Many of us are spending more time in online conference calls these days and although it's a great way for teams to connect, these meetings can get repetitive and tiring. But what if you could brighten up your online meetings with something even better than just a virtual background? Back 2 Earth in Berry has just launched their fantastic ZooMeetings experience, where you can enjoy your conversation alongside a furry, feathered and fluffy friend! This wonderful animal sanctuary is offering people and organisations the chance to invite farm animals into your next virtual meeting - what's not to love?! Book your ZooMeeting by calling Jenny on 0420966551 or filling out the contact form on their website. Each time you book one of these sessions, you help Back 2 Earth care for, feed, and shelter all their beautiful animals.

Virtual Travel Experiences - ZooMeetings Back 2 Earth, Berry
Virtual Travel Experiences - Greendale's Covid Canteen

Online Cooking Classes

Cook up a storm in your kitchen with lessons from the experts at Greendale's Cafe in Pyree. The team has started to roll out "COVID Canteen", their free, online cooking classes delivered via Facebook. Learn the art of fermentation with a simple pickling technique or join the current baking revolution and make some yummy jam drops or scrumptious scones. Make sure to 'Like' and 'Follow' Greendale's Cafe and The Mill on Facebook to keep up to date with their latest videos and get notified each time they go live with a COVID Canteen recipe. For more tasty Shoalhaven recipes see our Warming Recipes for Cooler Months.

Health & Wellness

Take a moment for yourself and relax with some at-home yoga sessions, we have plenty on offer! Wandering Yoga has kicked off their virtual lessons with Zoom Yin Yoga and joining the class is easy, simply email Tracy to register. South Coast Soul has also successfully moved their business online and is offering a bunch of virtual yoga sessions. Head to the timetable page on their website and click 'book' to secure your zoom class & receive the link. For Zoom Yoga classes, landing straight into your inbox, make sure that you are on Roaming Yogis' mailing list by visiting their website and subscribing at the bottom of the page. After all these classes, you might actually be all yoga'd out! However, you can still touch base with other yoga enthusiasts through Om Sweet Om in Milton. They are hosting free 'Community Connect' calls via Zoom - these aren't lessons but more of an opportunity to share both teachings and learnings about yoga practices. Just send them an email to register for these calls. If you feel like letting off a bit more steam, Ulladulla Leisure Centre has you covered with tonnes of new, online fitness classes delivered via Facebook Live.

Virtual Travel Experiences - South Coast Soul Online Yoga Classes
Virtual Travel Experiences - This Old House Studio Online Macrame Workshop

Virtual Creative Workshops & Educational Classes

Take on a new craft project or learn a new language, with classes delivered straight to your screen. This Old House Studio in Berry is known for its amazing selection of hands-on workshops and have just recently hosted their first Virtual Macrame Workshop. Stay tuned on their website for updates on whether they'll start offering some more lessons online. In the meantime, you can take a look at the different workshop offerings they have for the future and even partake in a Private Virtual Shopping Experience for free! House of Jules Art Studio is also offering a whole host of online art tutorials including charcoal and acrylic lessons. They'll also be adding some free tutorials to their website soon! For anyone who has ever wanted to learn French, now is the time. Local Shoalhaven resident Leah Wilson is also known as That French Girl and offers online French lessons. Get in touch with her via email to arrange some classes and start speaking the language of love in no time.