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Published on : Thursday, June 16, 2016
Antarctic Journey – the newest attraction on Phillip Island invites Indian visitors to immerse themselves in a spectacular multimedia wildlife experience. The interactive and sensory entertainment allows visitors to embark on an exciting, virtual journey to the world’s most extreme continent. Opened at the Nobbies Centre, it is as close as one can get to Antarctica without actually setting foot on the frozen continent.
The interactive wildlife experience is bound to be a highlight of any visit, as visitors will see themselves on a giant screen, standing on an ice floe, patting a penguin or stroking a seal, all thanks to a cutting-edge sensory entertainment experience. The augmented reality technology is world-class and really puts visitors right in the heart of the action, getting up close and personal with spectacular Antarctic wildlife.
The Antarctic Journey made history when it opened as it became the world’s first interactive Antarctic experience developed in partnership with WWF-Australia. As a joint venture between WWF and Phillip Island Nature Parks, the attraction showcases the wonderful world of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, and highlights the need to work together to protect our natural world.
As the first attraction in Australia to share the WWF brand, the Antarctic Journey is 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. With the stunning Antarctic landscape as the backdrop, and interactive wildlife experiences to enjoy, visitors will learn about the need for conservation of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, and that by working together we can all play a part in protecting our natural world.
Phillip Island is showcased on the first level of this new three level attraction, and features a fascinating interpretive display on the successful conservation of the island’s penguin colony. Even though Phillip Island is almost 4,000km away from Antarctica, there are hints of the frozen continent all around. The Southern Ocean’s violent weather drives wild swells against the island’s shores which are home to penguins and seals, and whales from Antarctica visit Phillip Island’s waters as they migrate north. Entry to this level, the gateway to Antarctica, is free.
The Lab takes up the second level, and is jam packed with fun-filled hands on activities designed to both entertain and educate. Visitors will be able to ‘feel the freeze’ as they enter the Antarctic Chill Zone and experience the same sort of conditions as an Antarctic researcher. The Sound Lab and Research Station offer a marvellous insight into the sights and sounds of Antarctic wildlife, complete with animal calls, microscopes and fascinating specimens.
The final level is known as The Chamber, and 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, surrounded by creatures of the deep like whales, seals, sharks and more.