Isolation Entertainment Ideas


To keep you entertained and active during isolation, we have put together the following list of links.

We will be continually adding to these so make sure you check back here regularly.


Enter via Laundry at home 

Open House Melbourne running until 31 August 

IKEA’s mid-season sale happening until 10 August  

Journey of Something Puzzles  

Yarra Valley Chocolatery is holding a chocolate festival

Relive the Sydney Olympics for it’s 20th anniversary

Cook along with Teage Ezard from Gingerboy

Cook along with the Carlton wine bar, Henry Sugar

Watch In My Blood it Runs: An inspiring documentary about the youngest person to address the UN

APY Gallery Online Shop

That’s Amore: Virtual Cheese Aperitivo 

Cooks and Chefs Series: The best food from cooks and cookbooks delivered

Melbourne Writer’s Festival goes digital (7-16 Aug)

Brew bubble tea at home

DIY Cannoli Kits

Ralph’s Mean Cuisine: 80s cooking show

Audiocraft online podcast festival

Mass Isolation Australia: A lockdown photography exhibition 

NGV Teens: Broadsheet 

MoMA is running free online courses during July 

Puppy games! An Olympic Games style event to raise money for Seeing Eye Dogs Australia 

Urban Gardening: Online Workshops 

Melbourne International Jazz Festival 

Judith Lucy and Denise Scott are teaming up again over Zoom 

Self Bingolation 

Arts Centre Melbourne: Vault Sessions 

ACMI: Behind the Scenes 

Nillumbik Shire Arts and Culture are offering free workshops all through July

The Monday Morning Cooking Club have two virtual cooking classes coming up

Australian Ballet digital season is still running

Indigenous art from the NGV 

Cinemas unite to create a streaming platform called At Home

Online cooking classes with some of Melbourne’s best chefs

Open House Melbourne goes virtual from 16 July

Six pasta recipes from Australia’s best restaurants that you can make at home

Decameron 2.0; storytelling through theatre in the digital age

EdiAt home workouts

World Nomads runs travel writing scholarships each year. Check out the winning stories here

25 books for escapism

Edinburgh Fringe cancelled for 2020, but artists are rallying to bring entertainment to fans 

Build your own mini 

Chapter One: Live Author Events by Dymocks 

Archaeologists discover 7000-year old Aboriginal artefacts underwater 

Private dining at the Melbourne Aquarium

Soup recipes from some of Australia’s best restaurants 

Open House Melbourne has gone virtual (July & August)

A one man, award winning play streamed live 

Award winning musical Hamilton coming to Disney+ on Friday 3 July  

The best treks in the world…Australia makes the cut

Go to the edge of space in a balloon 

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is on from 30 June 

James Halliday is selling some of his most prized wines from his cellar

Aussie cinema classics on ABC iView 

Wellread book subscription 

FBi Radio digital art auction 

3 historic maritime port towns 

Snow season opening with restrictions 

Flemington Racecourse is turning into a drive in concert venue 

Finders Keepers Market at Home (June 19-21)

 ABC Radio National Big Weekend of Books (June 20-21) 

Sydney International Film Festival (June 10-21) 

St Kilda Film Festival (June 12-20) 

Sydney Film Festival Goes Virtual 

Cook with Maggie Beer 

Free Audio Books from Audible 

SBS on Demand presents the Sydney Film Festival

Hear from the American Author who’s memoir inspired the Unorthodox miniseries  

MSO Marathon 

Melbourne Jazz Festival goes virtual this weekend

CERES Winter Webinars 

The Finders Keepers Market comes to you 

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Goes Online 

A G&T Festival goes virtual 

The We are One Film Festival kicks off on 29 May

Walking trails less than 40 minutes from the CBD 

An Australia Post Project 

Best towns to visit in Victoria 

Top Melbourne Cinemas have Developed an On Demand Film Streaming Platform

The famous Rutherglen Winery Walkabout is going virtual….Walkabout the House!

Virtually hike National Parks in NSW 

BIAV Update – video

Online Interactive Experiences from Victoria’s High Country

Can’t Finish the Jigsaw Puzzles You’ve Bought in Iso? Don’t Worry, Broadsheet Asked One of Australia’s Best Competitive Puzzlers for the Ultimate Solving Strategies

Check out a different Aussie Travel experience every hour this weekend 

MoMA Virtual Tours 

Young Gun of Wines Virtual Events 

Sneak Peek at the Melbourne Art Fair 

Victorian Seniors Festival has gone live 

Virtual Escape Rooms

Virtual tour of the Botanic Gardens 

Mother’s Day concert 

Discover the Great Ocean Road with an SBS doco  

Head On Photo Festival has gone online. 100s of exhibitions to explore

Some of the World’s most famous film festivals are joining forces for a one week event. It will run on YouTube from May 29 to June 7, with a free program of films, shorts, documentaries, music and conversations. Subscribe to the YouTube channel to receive notifications.

An online art shop, where all prints are $100. A collaboration of over 200 artists 

The Wine Show @ Home
Join us at home (well, in Joe’s attic) to find out how Britain’s local wine merchants are lifting spirits across the country. Joe will be tasting three wines each day and answering your wine questions.

It could be said that wine expert, Joe Fattorini is the heart and soul of The Wine Show. His knowledge and humour make wine accessible to everyone and his passion about the wonderful world of wine is addictive. In bite size YouTube videos Joe shines a spotlight on a different winery or wine merchant each week. An enjoyable watch while you’re cooking dinner or enjoying a glass of vino on the couch.

A bit of fun from the US Newsletter, Scuttlebutt. The 10 Commandments of Beer Can Racing

An interesting article about time perception during lockdown

Retro Sweat 80’s Inspire Workouts

Broadsheet Book Recommendations – The team behind share what they are reading to relax during the pandemic.

Virtual Gallery and Museum Tours from around the Globe

MTC Now – A look behind the curtain at the Melbourne Theatre Company, plus recommendations, recordings, quizzes and so much more!

Virtual train journies

NGV Drawing Classes

ACMI are doing a Wednesday night double feature movie club – Follow them on Facebook for details 

Australian Chamber Orchestra digital season

Many sites are offering their paint and sip classes live streamed or on demand with the choice of using your own materials or ordering a painting pack.  Click here 

MoMA (Museum of Modern Art in NYC) – Courses 

MoMA (Museum of Modern Art in NYC) – Virtual Views 

Bunjil Place presents the New Black Vanguard. Presented as part of the PHOTO 2020 International Festival of Photography, ‘The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion’ features vibrant portraits and conceptual images that fuse the genres of art and fashion photography in ways that break down long-established boundaries. Virtual Tour 

Old Melbourne Gaol Tour 

Free courses from around the world including Ivy league schools 

Virtual wine tasting

Visit Australia’s Beaches virtually

Live stream animals


Staff  Suggestions for Podcasts

8 True Crime podcasts to keep you up at night

MTC Audio Lab: Theatre for your Ears

Travel related podcasts

Clear and Vivid with Alan Alda

This is so interesting. I’ve always loved Alan Alda (Hawkeye from M*A*S*H), but listening to him interview big names in every industry about how they communication is fantastic. Genuinely clever and funny conversation ensues. Alan Alda has a foundation that focuses on teaching professionals in the STEM fields how to communicate better with the general public and thos creating public legislation, so that everyone is as informed as possible and has all the correct information when making decisions.

Ear Hustle

This podcast is about the lives of the men in San Quentin prison in America and is incredibly eye-opening.  Heartfelt, funny and very honest, this podcast is recorded on site between the inmates, particularly Earlonne Woods and a local visual artist Nigel Poor. Episodes offer a nuanced view of people involved with the American prison system and those reintegrating into society after serving time.


Australian Comedian, Em Rusciano has created “Emsolation, you can’t lock down glitter”, with her best friend Michael Lucas and her husband Scott.

True to form, Em in her feminist and outrageously funny, open and honest manner talks through life in isolation and how she and her family are coping. Hubby Scott is there to answer listeners burning life questions and to solve all their problems.
*course language warning.


Movie and TV Reviews

Sour Grapes (Netflix)
This documentary shines a light on a dizzying chronicle of excess and deception, dissecting a fascinating case of fine-wine fraud and the con man who cheated investors out of millions.

As the lead investigator says, “the motivation of the investigator is to show the elegance of the hustle”…and what a hustle it turned out to be.

Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix)

Follow Phil Rosenthal, creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond” as he explores different cuisines in cities around the world.
From street food to fine dining, Phil’s infectious, childlike joy of discovering new foods and meeting new people makes this show one of the most enjoyable in the genre of food & travel documentaries.
There are currently 3 seasons available including stops in Bangkok, Saigon, Venice, Lisbon, New Orleans and Buenos Aires.

Nadiya’s Time to Eat (Netflix)

Nadiya Hussain shares a mouth-watering selection of stress-free recipes that will save you time in the kitchen. Her down to earth and realistic approach to simple, yet tasty cooking doesn’t shy away from instant noodles, garlic powder, or tinned goods. Tune in and be inspired. It’s time to eat!

The Great (Stan)

From Oscar-nominated writer Tony McNamara (The Favourite) comes the wildly comedic rise of Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great, in a genre-bending, anti-historical ride through 18th century Russia. Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult are fantastic in this strange, but intriguing modern re-telling of  Catherine the Great in a way that no one has ever seen before. I’ve been looking forward to this series for ages and I don’t think it is going to disappoint.

Normal People (Stan)

Based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel, Normal People tracks the tender, but complicated relationship of Marianne and Connell, in an exquisite, modern love story that shows how two people can profoundly impact each other’s lives. Poignant and heartbreaking, Normal People is an emotional rollercoaster of the best kind. Never has a TV series left me feeling so empty, yet so satisfied.

Encore! (Disney+)
Former high school classmates are reunited from around the US to re-stage the musicals of their youth, year’s after they originally performed them.

Watch alumni share old memories, reflect on life and attempt to get back into their old stage roles. Through it all, these unlikely groups of friends, along with the help of Broadway’s best, just might pull off standing ovation performances of beloved musicals including Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma and The Sound of Music.

Heartfelt, hilarious and brave, this show will have you cheering from the side lines and maybe even joining in a standing ovation…

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Disney has knocked it out of the park with this gorgeous live action version of the classic 1991 animated movie.

With a mix of songs from the original animation, as well as the Broadway show and some new songs specific to the movie, Alan Menken really proves why the soundtrack will stand the test of time.

Emma Watson leads an all star cast including Dan Stevens (the Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gad (a hilariously camp le Fou), Ewan McGregor (Lumiere), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth) and Emma Thompson (Mrs Potts).

A firm family favourite. Watch it today on Disney+