A new and innovative approach to Cultural Heritage

Cross River Rail is committed to acknowledging and honouring the cultural heritage of the land on which our project will be built in ways that are not only respectful, but also innovative, immersive, and personal. One initiative has been to work with Bilbie Labs on their Virtual Songlines project, a 3D virtual Brisbane that recreated the city landscape as it was in 1819.

This interactive world is designed to improve understanding and appreciation of how the First Nations peoples travelled across and lived amongst the very same landscape Cross River Rail will soon traverse.


This digital experience allows users to walk through the native bushlands that covered the area which is now the Brisbane CBD, learning about the native animals and plants found in the area while interacting with the First Nations people who inhabit the lands.

Cross River Rail was excited to debut this new virtual reality experience at the NAIDOC Week Musgrave Park Family Fun Day on 12 July. By marrying the experience with our 3D models of the new underground stations due for construction by 2024, we’re able to take visitors on a journey though time.

You can learn more about Virtual Songlines here. We will continue to develop and showcase the Virtual Songlines world through our education and community engagement programs as Cross River Rail progresses. You’ll also be able to explore more of our virtual reality experiences, including Virtual Songlines, at the Cross River Rail stand at this year’s Ekka.

Check our Events page for details on where to find us at Ekka, and other events around South East Queensland in the new few weeks.