Australian sacred sites captured in stunning VR for the first time

Try out this helicopter ride around Uluru, before you actually do it.
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There’s often a sense of trepidation when booking a visit to a tourist destination you’ve never been to before. A new virtual reality app from Australian airline Qantas is here to help.

Would-be travellers, bored daydreamers and anyone with an appreciation for the beauty of nature can now experience some of Australia’s most-loved natural wonders from the comfort of their phone.

Qantas VR features iconic destinations captured in 360 degree video. There are 13 different experiences to choose from, with more to be added progressively.

The airline was granted permission to capture aerial views of sacred sites at Uluru and Kata Tjuta for the first ever, working in partnership with Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board and the Film and Photography Consultative Committee.

You can hop on a helicopter to see ancient Uluru, explore Kakadu National Park, or climb up the Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you like what you see, you can book a flight in-app.

Qantas Group Executive Brand, Marketing, Corporate Affairs head, Olivia Wirth said the app is an innovative way for travellers to plan a trip Down Under.

Our aim with the new virtual reality app is to connect with travellers by showcasing parts of Australia they may not be familiar with…” she said.

The Qantas VR app is available for iPhone, Android, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive devices.

Users can also view the VR footage with Google Cardboard, or just stick to 2D mode.

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