A virtual guided tour with 360 degree tunnel vision is giving the community behind-the-scenes access to Australia’s deepest road tunnel, ahead of NorthConnex’s grand opening.

Due to current social distancing restrictions not allowing for a traditional on-site community open day, the team behind NorthConnex switched gears to ensure the community won’t miss out on this historic event.

The NorthConnex virtual tunnel tour is the first of its kind in Australia, replicating the in‑person experience for the community it had originally planned.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said, the guided tour is a rare opportunity to see the progress that has been made and gain an insight from the team that helped to build this game-changing project.

The use of 360 degree cameras give the public a close-up view of every angle including the entries and the in-tunnel light installations, which are an Australian first.

New South Wales Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said drivers will soon bypass 21 sets of traffic lights along Pennant Hills Road and up to 5,000 trucks a day will be removed from this busy road corridor, easing congestion and improving safety.

The $3 billion NorthConnex tunnels are in the final stages of operational testing and software commissioning and are scheduled to open in coming weeks.

The virtual guided tunnel tour and 360 degree vision can be accessed via smart phone or computer.