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What an experience!
PHILLIP ISLAND NATURE PARKS...
About the Antarctic Journey attraction
• The Antarctic Journey attraction at the Nobbies Centre is an Australian-first partnership between WWF-
Australia and Phillip Island Nature Parks.
• The $6.9M project announced in March 2014 included $1.2M Regional Growth Funding provided for a new
Scenic Boat Experience Tour (launched in December 2014) and the Antarctic Journey. The balance was provid-
ed by Phillip Island Nature Parks – a not-for-profit ecotourism organisation that includes the Penguin Parade.
• The attraction was the result of three years of planning between the two leading not-for-profit conservation
organisations: WWF-Australia and Phillip Island Nature Parks. Both share conservation values with education
as a core component.
• For nearly 30 years WWF has been engaged in Antarctic policy and science, and have brought expertise and
educational resources to this project.
• A proportion from each Antarctic Journey ticket sale will go towards WWF-Australia’s conservation work
including vital Antarctic whale research.
• The existing Nobbies Centre currently attracts over 310,000 visitors per year and Phillip Island Nature
Parks received a record 1.2M visitors in 2014/15 – with 58 per cent being from overseas. The Antarctic Jour-
ney will extend the visitor experience and engage visitors with the environment, wildlife and its conservation.
• The Antarctic Journey main gallery contains over 159 square metres of digital high-definition screens
showing stunning footage.
• The world-class ‘Augmented Reality’ utilises the same interactive software that was used by the BBC to
bring their ‘Frozen Planet’ documentary to life across the US. This part of the exhibition is also social media-
friendly, allowing visitors to produce their own sharable content.
• The oceans around Antarctica are some of the most pristine in the world and the last place on Earth still
relatively untouched by human activity. They are also home to nearly 10,000 highly adapted species, most of
them found nowhere else on the planet. A key outcome will be to influence and change the behaviour of visitors
towards protecting these species and special areas for future generations.
• The penguin colony on the Summerland Peninsula was threatened with extinction in the 1980s prompting
the government to commence a land-buyback scheme that was completed in June 2010. A subsequent three-
year $3.4 million habitat restoration program was funded by the State Government.
• The program included making the area fox-free and there have been no recorded deaths of penguins by
foxes for the past five years. Today the Peninsula is home to an estimated 30,000 adult little penguins (around
20 per cent of the Victorian population.)
IN AN Australian-first, WWF-Australia and Phillip Is-
land Nature Parks launched a spectacular and fully-im-
mersive ‘Antarctic Journey’ attraction at Phillip Island
earlier this week.
The new visitor experience is located at the Nobbies
Centre and complements the range of visitor experienc-
es at Phillip Island Nature Parks, especially the nearby
world-famous Penguin Parade.
The exhibition tells a powerful story of the magnificent
landscapes and wildlife along the journey from Phillip
Island via the Southern Ocean to Antarctica, providing
guests with a rare opportunity to experience up close
one of the world’s last untouched wildernesses.
Large, breathtaking images and video footage of key
iconic wildlife including whales, penguins, albatross
and seals guide visitors through the attraction that also
includes exciting interactive exhibits.
The impressive main gallery transports visitors to
sub-Antarctic and Antarctic landscapes via over 159
square metres of digital high definition screens show-
ing stunning footage.
A highlight of the experience is the world-class ‘Aug-
mented Reality’ area. The incredible technology allows
visitors to stand on the ice in a virtual reality Antarctic
environment. They can then ‘interact’ with key wildlife
species and be amazed by their size and beauty. They
may find themselves with penguins waddling at their
feet and whales swimming by.
“We are delighted to be launching this experience in
partnership with WWF-Australia,” said Phillip Island
Nature Parks Board Chair, Jeff Floyd.
“This new attraction completes the vision of conser-
vation excellence for Phillip Island’s Summerland Pen-
insula which has been reclaimed for wildlife and con-
servation over the past thirty years,” Mr Floyd said.
WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman said he hoped
the exhibit would inspire guests to learn more about
the awe-inspiring wilderness of the Southern Ocean
and Antarctica, and what they can do to protect this
important part of the planet.
New 'Antarctic Journey' opens to visitors
Large, breathtaking images and video footage of key iconic wildlife including whales, penguins, albatross and seals guide visitors
through the new Antarctic attraction at the Nobbies, which also includes exciting interactive exhibits.
A spectacular and fully-immersive 'Antarctic Journey' attraction has opened at the Nobbies this week.
“Antarctica is our last remaining mystical
wilderness. Its infinite beauty reminds us of
how nature nourishes the soul, and its vul-
nerability demands that we act powerfully to
conserve it,” Mr O’Gorman said.
“With the launch of this exhibit, guests can
now experience for themselves the majesty
of this pristine natural world, as well as the
need to protect Antarctic wildlife and habitats
for future generations.”
The ‘Antarctic Journey’ is a permanent ex-
hibition and open seven days a week.
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