I was approached by Split Spaces and Facebook to create a 360 VR experience as part of the STEAM Festival event, that was to follow the week long Facebook Pop-up Hub workshops.

All part of the Facebook Boost North Queensland initiative to support local business and communities to have the digital skills to engage successfully and safely online.

Behind the Scenes

After a bit of brain storming the idea of the experience was taking shape. Then it was onto planning the timeline to get it done. We only had a little over a week before the event.

We spent a good solid weekend traveling to some of Mackay’s best attractions that are a little out of the way, ones we thought would make great 360 video experiences and we’d be able to bring closer to audiences through the 360 Virtual Reality app.

Below are the four locations we went to. We had great support from the local operators at each stop and couldn’t have produced such a great app without their help.

The final app was installed on four Samsung phones and setup in the Oculus Gear VR headset. Since these don’t have controllers, navigation through the app was done with gaze detection, basically you look at the button for a short time to activate it and move you to the next scene or video.


Explore Mackay 360


Split Spaces & Facebook

What We Did

Design and produce a GearVR interactive app with 360 Video, showcasing some of the Mackay’s attractions and sights.

Kangaroo’s and Wallabies at Dawn

Cape Hillsborough Beach

It was an early 4am start in order to beat the sunrise and get to Cape Hillsborough Beach in time to setup and capture the Kangaroo’s and Wallabies. Once the sun comes up, they slowly make their way down from the treeline to the beach.

Forest Flying

The Ultimate Rainforest Experience

in Finch Hatton Gorge

We strapped Jarryd (Split Spaces) to the flying fox, for a unique ride 25 metres above ground that allows you to travel 340 metres through the rainforest canopy.

Mackay’s Tiger Moth

High Flying over Mackay City

The team at Mackay Tiger Moth gave us a very different perspective of Mackay with their rare vintage DH82A Tiger Moth. We got some fantastic views from the air which were a highlight of the final app.

Breathtaking Views from

The Eungella Chalet

Hang-Gliding Ramp

We got some magnificent views from the, ever changing, Pioneer Valley. There was no better perspective than on the Hang-Gliding ramp (except for maybe from a Hang-Glider… next time).