Although the world is slowly opening up again, global travel restrictions are still very much in place. But while we wait for the borders to open up and flights to start, why not take an aural journey this weekend through Australia or the wilds of Africa?

New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service’s (NPWS) have shared their inaugural Nature Sounds recording – 60-minutes of nature soundscapes evoking a soothing pocket of rainforest within the beautiful World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park.

There are more soundscapes on the way from across the state’s diverse national parks, with future tracks earmarked for outback and coastal settings. The recording is immensely peaceful, comforting and gentle, perfect for work, meditation, yoga or even drifting off to sleep. 

Nature lovers can accompany the soundscape with a virtual hike of the Cliff Top walking track on Google Street View Trekker, a newly launched initiative led by NSW National Parks and Google, using Google’s special backpack-mounted trekker.

Transport Yourself To Africa By Immersing Yourself In The Sounds Of The Wilderness And Some Of The Continent’s Most Loved Artists 

Luxury safari operator Singita plays a selection of popular songs from a variety of bands and singers at each of their fifteen lodges and camps. Available for you to listen on Spotify, some of Singita’s most loved tracks include South African all-male choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the incredibly talented Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi.

Or transport yourself to the vast African plains with the calming sounds of the African wilderness by listening to the enchanting bird song through Sounds of Singita.