28 Sep 2022 — 27 Nov 2022



Yarra Ranges Regional Museum 

35-37 Castella St
Lilydale 3140


Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm – 4pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed

As our environment changes, so does our experience. 

Hard Place/Good Place is a creative research project, focusing on lived experiences of being in a ‘hard place’ or a ‘good place’, through a collection of personal and community stories, told through Augmented Reality [AR] experiences. 

The Hard Place/Good Place: Yarra Ranges exhibition showcases AR stories developed by a diverse range of young people from the Yarra Ranges community who were impacted by the June 2021 storms. In these stories, we learn first-hand of people’s connection to and lived experiences of place—and the ongoing felt impacts of events such as storms, bushfire, drought and the Covid pandemic. 

Hard Place/Good Place: Yarra Ranges is supported by the Victorian Government. 


Hard Place/Good Place is a creative research project, led by the fEEL Lab at UNSW. 

The AR works each explore the lived experience of place, comprising a spoken personal ‘lived experience’ narrative (up to 15 minutes) and 3D immersive experience of moving through that place, led by the recorded voice of the story-teller. 

The project’s initial focus is on experiences in regional, rural and remote locations across Australia, including areas affected by drought, bushfire and flood. The AR works are published online and exhibited via The Big Anxiety festival / The Big Reach in various locations. 

Image: Volker Kuchelmeister 

How to Engage

Hard Place/Good Place: Yarra Ranges is an exhibition-based experience. Audience members are invited to experience the AR stories. 

Warning: This work contains material some audiences may find distressing. Supervision is recommended for audience members under 15. 

Learn more about the Hard Place/Good Place research project here