Experience the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet


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Great Barrier Reef Legacy (GBRL) are giving attendees of Carnivale the chance to experience diving on the reef without getting in the water.

The sugar wharf will be transformed into a marine biology wonderland for three days over Carnivale.

Experience the wonder of the reef with a 360-degree Virtual Reality Tour of the rainforest and reef with the new immersive and interactive headsets

Dr Dean Miller, Director Science and Media for GBRL, said the experience is great for people of all ages and there are more activities to boot.

“We have a range of activities for visitors of all ages from making PlayDough reef animals, to taking part in visual displays to exploring our Virtual Reality 360 Rainforest to Reef immersive educational experience,” he said.

“It’s all about getting together to create an incredible opportunity for us all to experience the reef in a new and exciting way.”

Dr Miller said the GBRL team is really excited to bring the experience to the people of Carnivale.

“So few people get to experience the rainforest and reef as we do, so this is an opportunity for us to bring these incredible ecosystems to them, and that’s what this technology is all about,” he said.

“On top of that, it’s an educational experience and we hope people will come away with a better understanding of these two world heritage areas, why they are special, and also why they are fragile.

“GBR Legacy is all about providing unique learning and engagement opportunities for a global audience and, just like nature itself, we believe the best things in life are free.

“But we must thank all of our sponsors that allow us to make this available to everyone, especially in this case the Douglas Shire Council for awarding us with a community grant to provide the headsets, and for making the Sugar Wharf available so we can offer this incredible experience.”

He encouraged people who already have diving experience to give the Virtual Reality headsets a go.

“I guarantee that anyone that puts on a virtual reality headset will have a "wow" experience, whether you have been diving all your life, or whether you have never been diving before.

“It's as close as you can get to diving without getting wet.”

The free event is on at the Sugar Wharf in Port Douglas from 10.00am to 4.00pm for three days on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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