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ACT’s walking tracks go global with Google Street View

By Ian Bushnell 16 March 2018 0

The Molonglo River valley: one of the walks now seen across the world on Google Street View. Photo: Facebook

Views of the ACT’s walking tracks can now be seen around the world, online at Google Street View, thanks to Canberra trekkers who carried cameras on their backs across 35 locations.

Minister for the Environment and Heritage Mick Gentleman said the new street view maps would put 350km of Canberra’s walking tracks on show.

“People from around the world will now have access to our bush capital’s most spectacular views on Google Street View,” Mr Gentleman said.

“Tracks across Canberra’s nature reserves, Namadgi National Park and our most iconic lookouts have been captured on the Google platform.”

Highlights include views from:

  • Mount Ainslie
  • Mount Majura
  • Mount Painter
  • a walk through a light dusting of snow at Mount Franklin
  • the koala enclosure at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
  • the beautiful banks of the Molonglo River
  • Australian Alps walking track
  • Honeysuckle Creek and Orroral Valley tracking stations.

Mr Gentleman said the footage was captured using the ‘Google Trekker’, a device made of 15 cameras mounted on top of a customised backpack, weighing 20 kilograms, that was carried on foot by 26 different ‘trekkers’ across 35 locations.

“I thank the ACT Government employees, and volunteers from Friends of Bruce Ridge, Majura Pines Trail Alliance and the Canberra Bushwalkers Club who shared in capturing the footage.”

Mr Gentleman said this work would help new people discover Canberra, as tourists increasingly seek nature-based holiday opportunities.

“These featured walks will serve as inspiration to bring people to our capital for some spectacular views and the unique opportunity to experience a city immersed in the Australian bush,” Mr Gentleman said.

“I also encourage local residents to re-discover some of the walking tracks we have in our parks, and enjoy the health benefits that come with exploring what our beautiful landscapes have to offer.”

Discover the walks featured on Google Street View at www.environment.act.gov.au

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