Listening Underwater: Self-guided Tour

Listening Underwater: Self-guided Tour

Immerse yourself in a world of sound with this self-guided augmented reality experience.  Download the free mobile app ‘Aurality’ and select ‘Listening Underwater’ to discover more than 100 aquatic soundscapes across the Sunshine Coast.

Take a walk through Cotton Tree and Mooloolaba anytime during the festival, where you will hear various aquatic sounds triggered by location and movement.

Download the Aurality app from Apple iTunes Store
Download the Aurality app from the Google Play Store

Don’t miss the accompanying Immersive Performance.

The sonic discovery explores aquatic ecosystems that cover more than 70% of Earth's surface - drawing on a decade of Leah Barclay’s hydrophone (underwater) recordings. From the smallest micro-crustaceans to the largest marine mammals on the planet, Listening Underwater explores the diverse sonic properties of water to reveal the acoustic ecologies beneath the surface of oceans, lakes and rivers across the planet.

Looking at the surface of a river or marine ecosystem, it is virtually impossible to detect environmental changes. The impacts of climate change are often visible in terrestrial environments, yet dramatic changes in aquatic ecosystems can go unnoticed simply due to visibility. Listening to hydrophones (underwater microphones) provides access to a non-invasive way of understanding changing aquatic ecosystems.

The featured locations include coastal mangroves in Mexico, frozen rivers in Norway, the iconic Great Barrier Reef and the coastline of Queensland including K’Gari (Fraser Island), a major transitory point for humpback whales on their southern migration.


The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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