AN immersive underwater experience will be part of Sydney’s newest tourist drawcard to open mid-November at the harbourside Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) at Chowder Bay.
The interpretive marine science centre, complete with a virtual scuba dive exhibit, covers two large rooms at the SIMS campus, which occupies part of a heritage building that was once a submarine miners’ depot.
“We want to try and give folks a sense of the science around urban marine environments,” SIMS director and chief executive Peter Steinberg says.
In one room, a model of Sydney Harbour will show marine habitats, the ways humans use the harbour and the impact of urbanisation.
Visitors will be able to don virtual goggles and “swim” through a 3-D underwater version of the harbour and its coastlines.
“You can do some amazing things using 3-D virtual environments, and people will […]