Posted on 10/09/2015 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
World-first interactive Antarctic experience to open on Phillip Island
The ‘Antarctic Journey’ at the Nobbies Centre on Phillip Island is set to become the world’s first interactive Antarctic experience developed in partnership with WWF-Australia, when it opens in December 2015.
Visitors will be invited to take a virtual journey into the wonderful world of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica as they engage with the many interactive and immersive experiences in this exhibition, a joint venture between Phillip Island Nature Parks and WWF-Australia.
Comprising three levels, Phillip Island is showcased as the gateway to the Antarctic on the uppermost level, finding some interesting links between this temperate island and the frozen lands of Antarctica.
Visitors will then descend into the area known as The Lab, to be entertained and educated through a range of interactive and informative experiences. Visitors will feel the freeze as they enter the Antarctic ‘Chill Zone’, try to sink a bowling ball, compare their thermal image with an Emperor penguin, or check out a sea spider under a microscope. With the remarkable Antarctic landscape as the backdrop, the unique wildlife, ongoing research activities, and the critically important conservation values of this remote continent will come alive before their eyes.
The final level is one of complete immersion in what can only be described as a stunning and breathtaking, state of the art multimedia experience. Visitors will find themselves enthralled by the audio visual spectacle which puts them right in the heart of the action. All thanks to the cutting-edge augmented reality technology, visitors can stand on an ice floe and pat a penguin, stroke a seal or marvel at a whale within arm’s reach.
As the first attraction in Australia to share the WWF brand, this development promises to be a world-class addition to the much loved attractions of the Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm and Wild Oceans EcoBoat tours, all operated by Phillip Island Nature Parks.
About Phillip Island Nature Parks
Phillip Island Nature Parks is a not-for-profit organisation that prides itself on finding the balance between delivering quality ecotourism experiences and implementing world-renowned conservation, social, environmental, research and education programs.
WWF is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organisations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries.
WWF in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
For decades WWF has worked to conserve the natural wonders of the Antarctic, and millions of whales, penguins and albatross that live there.
Working in partnership, WWF helped establish the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and two of the world’s largest marine protected areas – the Heard and McDonald Island Marine Reserve, and the Macquarie Island Marine Reserve. WWF also helped secure a ban on mining under the Antarctic Treaty Environment Protocol, promote sustainable fisheries and substantially reduce illegal fishing across the Southern Ocean.
WWF-Australia’s current work in the Antarctic focuses on building a network of marine protected areas, new initiatives to protect wildlife such as whales and seabirds, securing sustainable fisheries management, and responding to the challenges of climate change.
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