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February 25, 2019

Dive the Great Barrier Reef with Sir David Attenborough at SA Museum

Take a virtual dive in a yellow submarine with David Attenborough by your side in the SA Museum's first VR experience: David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive.

  • Words: Johnny von Einem

Sir David Attenborough – the globally beloved natural historian responsible for millions of hours of Netflix documentary binging, as if you didn’t know – is taking up residency in the South Australian Museum (kind of).

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive is a 25-minute virtual reality tour that will see you explore Australia’s natural wonder in a bright yellow Triton submersible, with Sir David as guide sat by your side.


David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive
South Australian Museum
North Terrace, Adelaide 5000
Friday, 1 March – Sunday, 14 July

“We’ve actually had a long relationship with David Attenborough,” the South Australian Museum’s director, Brian Oldman says.

“Obviously we are a natural history museum, and in fact, in our biodiversity gallery, we exhibit a lot in terms of aquatic life.

“This is the very core to what we do, and of course, with David Attenborough, we have the best communicator of the natural world on the planet.

“If you bring those two things together you have the most potent and exciting package you could possibly have, because the Great Barrier Reef is one of the wonders of the natural world, and I’d argue David Attenborough is one of the wonders of the natural world as well.”

Ride shotgun with a thoroughly chuffed Sir David Attenborough.


The experience will be exhibited from Friday, 1 March until Sunday, 14 July, and is the first use of virtual reality by the South Australian Museum – but it won’t be the last.

“It’s like many things in life, if you’re not moving forward you’re actually going backwards. That’s why we do have a very exciting strategy of bringing new things to the people of South Australia.”

David Attenborough films with a drone. Photo: Mark Tipple, Atlantic Productions

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