Google Trekker showcasing WA's natural attractions
Media Statement from Hon Stephen Dawso MLC and Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA
- Western Australia's natural attractions are now viewable online from anywhere in the world, with the use of Google's unique Street View Trekker
Stunning 360-degree panoramic views of more than 150 trails across Western Australia have been captured by Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions staff using Google's Street View Trekker, with the first 20 sites now live on Google Street View.
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.
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:
"This footage now allows millions of people from all over the world to see what they can experience in WA's magnificent parks.
"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."
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"It is exciting to see technology like this used to promote our State's extraordinary nature-based attractions and experiences.
"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."