ngaro underwater SCULPTURES Whitsundays
The Ngaro Underwater Sculptures Trail is an art installation that has been placed around the Whitsunday Islands. These spectacular Underwater Sculptures are the newest addition to the Whitsundays, providing new experiences for travellers to the region.
what are the ngaro Underwater sculptures?
The Ngaro Underwater Sculptures Trail is an incentive that was developed by the Whitsunday Reef Recovery and Public Art Project. Designed to support the socio-economic and ecological values of high value tourism destinations throughout the Whitsundays Region.
WHY THE SCULPTURES WERE INSTALLED?
The motivation for installing the sculptures is to support and improve the growth and health of the reef fringing the Whitsunday Islands. The sculptures are also supporting the in-water tourism activities such as snorkelling and diving in the Whitsundays. The project was introduced as part of the Cyclone Debbie recovery action plan.
HOW WILL THIS IMPACT THE GREAT BARRIER REEF?
The Ngaro Underwater Sculptures not only provide a new and exciting attraction to visitors in the Whitsundays. But the scultpures are also a foundation to support reef health and resilience. In time the sculptures will intergrate into the natural underwater environment. By providing a habitat for marine life and organisms to attach themselves to. The underwater artwork installations have been placed at select locations where there has been substantial damage from Cyclone Debbie.
There are 6 underwater sculptures placed at 4 different locations within the 74 Whitsunday Islands. In conjunction with this is the Reef Restoration Project. This project currently has 401 corals growing in raceway nurseries. Out of those nurseries, 357 of those corals have been out planted onto the reef at 2 locations. One of the locations of the out-planted coral screens has been placed with the ‘Manta Ray’ and ‘Migration of the Mantas’ underwater artwork installations, by Adriaan Vanderlugt and Brian Robinson.
HOW CAN I VISIT THE NGARO UNDERWATER SCULPTURES?
The Ngaro Underwater Sculptures are spread across various locations throughout the Whitsunday Islands, but this doesn’t mean you can’t visit the sites. In fact all of the sculptures placed within the Whitsunday Islands are very accessible for all levels of swimmers, snorkelers and divers, as they are placed in relatively shallow waters.
Freedom Exclusive Charters and Boundless Marine Group are proud to have been a part of the promotion and media day for the Ngaro Underwater Sculptures Trails. Just ask our friendly team to include a trip to some of the Underwater Sea Sculptures as part of your customised private charter itinerary.
The Ngaro Sea Sculptures Trail and the Reef Restoration Project would not have been possible without the ongoing support and efforts of Reef Ecologic, Tourism Whitsundays, Whitsunday Regional Council, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services. All images and media were captured by Riptide Creative with the vessel support of Boundless Marine Group and Freedom Exclusive Charters.