Barrington Tops walks get interactive

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has teamed up with Google to map the Barrington Tops National Park.

Ranger Peter Beard wearing the Google Street View Trekker at Andrew Laurie Lookout in the Gloucester Tops. Picture courtesy of John Spencer.

Ranger Peter Beard wearing the Google Street View Trekker at Andrew Laurie Lookout in the Gloucester Tops. Picture courtesy of John Spencer.

Utilising the Street View Trekker, a special backpack equipped with the Street View camera system, NSW National Parks staff will go off-road and hike through the park and capture the off road trails. 

The Street View Trekker will capture 360-degree imagery as the hikers travel through the landscape.

The imagery will then be turned into panoramic digital renderings of Barrington Tops National Park that will then be incorporated into Google’s Street View catalogue of the world. 

“This partnership with Google allows us to share NSW parks with the rest of the world,” NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes said.    

“By mapping the park with the Google Street View Trekker, we can make it even more accessible to the public. If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring the area or are planning a trip, the Street View imagery will give you a way to virtually discover and learn about it beforehand.”

NSW National Parks is the first organisation in Australia to be part of the Google Trekker loan program, which allows third party organisations, NGOs and not-for-profits to apply to borrow Trekker to collect imagery of hard to reach places and help map the world.

Barrington Tops National Park is one of 16 areas being mapped by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to celebrate co-hosting the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Parks Congress this November. 

“We’re thrilled to be working with NSW National Parks as the first partner in our pilot Trekker Loan Program for Australia,” Megan Boundey from Google Australia said. 

“By loaning the equipment to organisations around the world, we can capture images from new locations more quickly, and improve our ability share more of Australia’s beautiful landscapes with the world.”

The final parks maps will be launched at the IUCN World Parks Congress from November 12 to 19 at Sydney Olympic Park.

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