Two of Warrnambool's top tourist attractions, including one that closed nearly 15 years ago, can now be explored from anywhere in the world.
Flagstaff Hill and Middle Island can now be enjoyed using two new digital escapades.
The Middle Island experience uses augmented reality, including new photogrammetry technology that pieces together hundreds of high-resolution drone photographs.
This means the island can be viewed through a smartphone with people from the region and all over the world being able to explore the many caves, find penguin huts and hangout spots of the guardian Maremma dogs.
As users physically move around the island with their device, more of the island will be revealed and more details uncovered.
It's an exciting insight into the island which closed to the public in 2006.
Meanwhile, the Flagstaff Hill virtual tour was filmed using 360-degree cameras.
Users can navigate their way around the village and learn more about life in the 19th century from the virtual tour guide.
Those with a smart phone and a virtual reality (VR) headset can enjoy an experience that is more immersive.
Warrnambool Mayor Tony Herbert said while both experiences were timely given the current COVID19 restrictions, both had the potential to be well used for years to come.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that individuals, businesses and other organisations have embraced digital technology in new and creative ways," he said.
"Middle Island is one of the first complete landmasses to be mapped using this technology, so this project is really on the cutting edge."
Mr Herbert said the model could be used in the future for "experiential website design, virtual reality tours and gaming applications".
"One day we will be able to add birds, dogs and even foxes to the experience to make it even more exciting," he said.
"Both the Middle Island augmented reality project and the Flagstaff Hill virtual tour went from concept to completion in less than three months, so I'd like to congratulate council's visitor economy staff for their hard work to get them up and running so quickly."
The Middle Island augmented reality model can be found at at visitwarrnambool.com.au/middle-island, while the Flagstaff Hill virtual tour is at flagstaffhill.com.
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