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  • Client

    Phillip Island Nature Park
  • Project Name

    Nobbies Interpretive Centre
  • Location

    Phillip Island, Victoria
  • Construction Start Date

    September 2015
  • Construction Completion

    November 2015

Rutledge AV was commissioned to help bring an interactive and interpretive audio visual experience to the redeveloped Nobbies Ecotourism Centre.

Mental Media was engaged on behalf of Phillip Island Nature Parks and needed a bespoke AV integration solution – including supply and installation – to provide an informative and interactive facility that would engage and entertain children and adults alike.


The system needed to integrate an array of audio and visual hardware, from large screen projection to touch screen interactives. It also needed to integrate with special infrared (IR) detectors within the Centre, that trigger pre-recorded whale songs when prompted by visitors.

Watchout by Dataton was the selected software for the project, to allow for the personalisation of the visitor experience within the Centre. Panasonic projectors and Samsung screens were chosen for displays; and 3M touch screens for the visitor interface. The IR beams are set-up with simple trigger relay – that are integrated via a Medialon Control system – to play the various pre-recorded sounds of local fauna, providing an interactive aspect with the Centre’s other AV components.



Panasonic projectors display large images of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica on an ‘Augmented Reality’ area – which allows visitors to see themselves standing on the ice in a virtual reality Antarctic environment. Their image is placed on a backdrop of ice, with virtual whales, penguins and seals interacting with them.

This is accomplished via bespoke software, allowing seamless image and audio output to create this highly interactive and personalised virtual experience for the visitor.