This augmented reality webAR experience was developed by the ABC and Phoria with experts from Australia’s national science agency CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and 35 of Australia’s leading minds in climate and resilience research. Narrated by Ursula Yovich and ABC News Breakfast Weather presenter Nate Byrne, Mt Resilience features over 20 minutes of interactive content all about showing people that there’s a way to survive what’s coming.
Discover how communities can plan for and respond to the impacts of climate change with Mt Resilience.
This is Mt Resilience!
A 3D town thats built to survive bushfires, extreme storms and the impacts of climate change.
You can either play it on your computer or explore in augmented reality on your phone.
For AR, grab your mobile or tablet, clear some space on a table top and turn up the volume!
It's like an at home exhibition, so you’ll need 15 minutes or so to explore this virtual town.
In the years to come, we’re ALL going to be facing more extreme weather.
Explore how we can adapt and make changes to the way we live,
And incorporate First Nations knowledge to manage the land.
It was built with the help of CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and 35 of Australia's leading minds in climate and resilience research.
Go on a virtual field trip now with Mt Resilience.
Discover what is inside Mt Resilience
Learn about Australia's history and how we got to the climate crisis.
Move through time and listen to survivors talk about their experience with extreme weather events in Mt Resilience.
How do residents prepare, respond and recover from a severe storms in Mt Resilience?
Thunderstorms, high winds, rain and hail are a dangerous combination. Learn about developing an emergency plan and the actions of local businesses in Greendale.
Learn about planning resilient houses and issues such as insurance and coastcare in the era of climate change.
This household in Mt Resilience is prepared for severe storms, strong winds and flooding. Find out how they did it.
Find out about jobs, zoning and water management planning in Mt Resilience.
Moving communities to higher ground is one solution, but how else does Waterdown in Mt Resilience avoid the full impacts of water damage during flooding events?
Discover Greenzones plus the Community Centre, communication and emergency plans of the residents in Greendale.
Drought, dust storms and soaring temperatures are a recipe for disaster. How do residents prepare, respond and recover from a bushfire in Mt Resilience?
What driveway, sprinklers and sustainable materials should you consider in bushfire prone areas?
This household has put time and effort into defending their house against extreme weather, especially bushfires. Learn how they did it by playing Mt Resilience.
Learn about cultural burning by First Nations people in Mt Resilience.
These residents know about the value of looking after their own backyard, as well as fire management and cool burn practices to care for country.
How important is planning North-facing properties and public spaces in a cool, resilient community?
It’s not just greenery that makes a suburb sustainable. How does Greendale keep their community cool and safe from smoke?
How to best explore Mt Resilience
Playing Mt Resilience - FAQs
Mt Resilience presents an innovative, interactive webAR experience where users discover how an everyday Australian town can survive intense bushfires and severe storms.
WebAR is short for Web-based Augmented Reality as it does not require a unique mobile App to function. Users can instead access AR experiences directly from their smartphone using the native camera and mobile web browser, such as Safari or Google Chrome.
If you have an Android mobile device, you can play Mt Resilience in Google Chrome.
If you have an iOS device, you can only play Mt Resilience in Safari.
Both Android and iOS devices support Mt Resilience webAR, unless they are more than 5 years old. It will work on both phones and tablets.
- Mt Resilience on mobile works best with a clear playspace and good lighting. We recommend that you find a table or clean surface around table height.
- Open Mt Resilience on your mobile device. You can also copy and paste the URL into your compatible mobile browser directly: https://www.mtresilience.com/
- Wait for the loading page to finish before clicking 'yes' to the two permission questions. This gives Mt Resilience the ability to use your camera feed and other phone sensors for AR Tracking, while you are viewing it.
- When you see your camera feed appear, raise your phone as if aiming to take a photo of the nearest flat, clear surface, like a table. Then go through the setup options on screen one by one.
- Time to explore! You can enjoy Mt Resilience alone, or share the experience with friends and family.
- Get up and move! You can play Mt Resilience sitting down, but it’ll be easier to look around if you’re standing up.
Yes, you can! Mt Resilience was designed to be accessible on a laptop or desktop and you can access it here.
The experience was specifically built for WebAR which only works on mobiles, so we do recommend that you play Mt Resilience on your mobile device to get the best experience possible.
Depending on your internet connection, the loading screen can take up to 30 seconds to pass.
If it goes longer than that, you might be using an incompatible browser. If you’ve already checked that, try closing your browser and reopening it.
Finally, you may have previously blocked your browser from using your camera feed or other sensors. For webAR to work, it needs access to your mobile's camera:
- On iOS, go to Settings > Safari and check the setting for Camera is not set to Deny
- On Android, go to the Chrome app > to the right of the address bar, tap more settings > Tap Site Settings > Tap Camera
Ensure your volume is high enough, and if you have a physical mute button, check that this is not turned on.
The advanced webAR functionality of Mt Resilience takes a fair bit of processing power to run smoothly. If your device is lower powered or not from a major manufacturer it will be less likely to be able to run this experience.
Make sure both your compatible mobile browser and your mobile operating system are fully updated and that your permissions don’t block requests to use the camera or other sensors. (See I’m still stuck on the loading screen above for more info).
Finally, turning your phone off and on again can sometimes help, too!
It sounds like you might be having an issue with the AR tracking.
We suggest that you use the replace button in the top right-hand side of your screen to place the experience back on a solid surface.
The best surface for Mt Resilience to sit on is a clear, brightly lit table, bench, desk or on the floor - but you might find it difficult to see all the really cool details down that low!
Outside usually works pretty well, too.
Who made Mt Resilience?
Mt Resilience was produced by the ABC and XR studio PHORIA, with the experts at CSIRO and BOM as well as 35 experts from varying fields and lived experiences, including consultation with First Nations people.
Mt Resilience is narrated by Ursula Yovich & the ABC News Breakfast Weather presenter Nate Byrne. It also includes first hand stories from Big Weather (and how to survive it), showing how vulnerable we are to extreme weather. The series, hosted by Craig Reucassel, is available to watch on ABC iview.