Qantas has this week launched a new app which is based on VR technology and allows users to experience little bits of Australia thwt you might not have seen, or might want to explore.
The app, which is free for both Android and iOS users, showcases Australia’s distinctive landscape through a series of immersive videos, including never before seen aerial footage of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
The app offers two modes which users can choose from. The first mode enables users to split their screen should they have a compatible headset or Google Cardboard with the second mode being 2D landscape for viewing directly on a smartphone. Users of the app also have the ability to book Qantas flights to the featured destinations directly from within the app.
Qantas Group Executive Brand, Marketing, Corporate Affairs, Olivia Wirth has said that the app is a very innovative way for travellers to plan their trip to Australia:
“Our aim with the new virtual reality app is to connect with travellers by showcasing parts of Australia they may not be familiar with.
“Customers loved our trial of VR headsets last year, but we wanted to take it to another level and make it more accessible. Anyone with an iPhone or Android phone can take a virtual tour of Kakadu National Park, for instance, then book a flight directly from the app and see it in person.” said Mrs. Wirth.
The Qantas VR app was created by the Australian virtual reality company, Start VR. CEO and Creative Director of Start VR, Kain Tietzel, has said the app opens up new opportunities for prospective travellers researching destinations:
“The app allows us to share the story of Australia to an international audience in a way that is more intimate, engaging and interactive than we have been able to tell it before. The amazing audio and visuals offer international travelers coming to Australia a new insight into our culture, heritage and local stories,” said Mr. Tietzel.
The app launched on Wednesday with 13 videos initially available, with more content to be made available progressively the coming weeks.
Here is a list of video’s you will see within the Qantas VR App:
Tourism Northern Territory and Voyages were key tourism partners for the development of the Northern Territory content, which includes videos of Field of Light, Ormiston Gorge in Alice Springs, Kata Tjuta, and a bike ride around Uluru. Working in partnership with Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board and the Film and Photography Consultative Committee, Grainger Films captured a rare glimpse of one of the most recognisable natural rock formations in the world – the first time a drone had ever been allowed at the site. Additional videos include:
- Kakadu National Park – Relax on a sunset river cruise at Yellow Water Billabong, experience a guided tour of Australian Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and swim in the water holes at Maguk and Gunlom Falls in the outback.
- Field of Light – Uluru – Experience Bruce Munro’s internationally acclaimed Field of Light art installation at iconic Uluru.
- Helicopter Flight – Uluru – Experience an aerial view of Uluru – one of the great natural wonders of the world. Take a seat and enjoy your access to all areas with this scenic helicopter flight.
Indigenous Dance – Uluru – Experience an indigenous dance from Anangu –traditional owners of the land.
- Hot Air Balloon – Alice Springs – A hot air balloon ride is a fun way to experience the marvellous landscape of Alice Springs and surrounds. Come and join the ascent and enjoy the panoramic landscape of outback Australia.
- Ormiston Gorge – Ormiston Gorge showcases the spectacular geology and wildlife of the West MacDonnell ranges. Experience the native fauna and flora and the waterhole – all which form to create a unique experience.
- Hamilton Island Escape – Fly with the pilots in the cockpit of a Qantas jet as it lands at Hamilton Island airport, relax at Qualia resort, swim in the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy a helicopter tour and sail to Whitehaven Beach.
New South Wales
- Experience Sydney Harbour – Stand on the shores of Circular Quay, enjoy the iconic sights of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, fly above Sydney Harbour and along the Sydney coastline.
- Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge – Take in the sights and sounds of the city as you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Watch as the traffic and boats pass below you and celebrate the view with your fellow climbers at the top.
- Experience Vivid Sydney – Vivid Sydney, the festival of Lights, Music and Ideas illuminates Sydney each winter. See the Sydney harbour Bridge and other icons become an outdoor gallery of lighting sculptures
If you would like to check out the app for yourself, you can download it via the link below: