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David Attenborough VR experience

Join David Attenborough as he travels back through time to see the first glimmerings of life on earth, and dive into a breathtaking underwater tour of the Great Barrier Reef, all using the latest in virtual reality (VR) technology.

Note: The VR experience is not recommended for children under the age 13 and people with certain medical conditions. Glasses cannot be worn under the headset, but the focus can adjust to most vision types. Please read the health and safety notice before you book.

A man participating in a virtual reality experience.


Weekends, public holidays and ACT school holidays

Tickets: $20 (booking fees apply)

Select your date and session time at Eventbrite

Allow up to 60 minutes for the experience in our Circa theatre. Plan your visit and arrive well in advance of the session starting time, especially during school holidays.

First Life

In David Attenborough’s First Life VR, visitors travel back 540 million years as Attenborough reveals the dawn of life on Earth and introduces us to its earliest inhabitants, exploring ancient oceans and interacting with extinct sea creatures.

Long-extinct animals such as the whimsically built Opabinia, the fearsome-looking Anomalocaris and the spiny, worm-like Hallucigenia will be brought vividly alive in a fully immersive VR experience.

‘Breaks new ground in storytelling’ The Guardian, UK

Great Barrier Reef

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive VR uses real-world footage and pioneering technologies to shed new light on this magnificent habitat. Visitors will take a 360-degree, VR tour through the vibrant coral, darting fish and majestic sharks in this great natural wonder of the world. In a state-of-the-art submersible, Attenborough guides us through the reef.

Visitors come face-to-face with the diversity and abundance of the Great Barrier Reef, and see how researchers are using historic corals to predict how the reef will react to environmental changes. This is a feast for the senses!

‘We found ourselves jumping in surprise ... we were actually holding our breath’ The Londonist, UK

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