WA's natural wonders captured by Google Trekker

Thursday, 20 September, 2018

WA's natural wonders captured by Google Trekker

Google's Street View Trekker has been used to capture some of Western Australia's stunning natural attractions.

These 360-degree panoramic views of more than 150 trails across Western Australia are now viewable online from anywhere in the world.

The images were captured by Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions staff, and the first 20 sites are now live on Google Street View.

"This footage now allows millions of people from all over the world to see what they can experience in WA's magnificent parks," said Environment Minister Stephen Dawson.

"This imagery will boost tourism and create jobs by providing important pre-trip information to the public that will allow visitors to 'virtually see' attractions, campgrounds, road and trail conditions, and a range of other visual experiences.

"It is also wonderful that WA's remote places that are generally very hard to get to, will be available for people with limited mobility to experience."

The Google Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack with a camera system on top, which has been on loan to the state government since February, has been deployed throughout Western Australia, capturing some of the state's unique, and sometimes remote, attractions.

Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Range National Park, Granite Skywalk at Porongurup National Park, and The Gap and Natural Bridge at Torndirrup National Park are among the 20 trails now available on Google Maps.

"It is exciting to see technology like this used to promote our state's extraordinary nature-based attractions and experiences," said Tourism Minister Paul Papalia.

"The vision will be shared with Tourism Western Australia and local and regional tourism organisations to assist with ongoing tourism promotion.

"Taking part in initiatives like this forms part of our Two-Year Action Plan to attract more visitors to Perth and regional WA."

Image courtesy of Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

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