View Full Version : Street View gone bush in the Blue Mountains.

Ross the fiddler
2nd September 2015, 08:08 AM
Now's your chance to explore some of the well known bush tracks of the Blue Mountains without getting out of your armchair!

See the following quote from the Blue Mountains Gazette, & the photos & whole story in the paper here. http://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/3318814/treks-turn-high-tech-with-the-help-of-google-trekker/?cs=1180
Treks turn high tech with the help of Google Trekker
By B.C Lewis Sept. 1, 2015
Using a Google Street View trekker, National Parks staff captured more than 1100km of stunning natural vistas from 25 national parks.

The backpack-mounted trekker has been specifically designed to go off the grid and Mr Holland, a field officer with 22 years experience, was chosen to map the Mountains because he was one of the fittest and most experienced.

"When I was doing the walk I was thinking I'm not just doing it myself, I'm taking a lot of other people with me," Mr Holland said.

"Some people from overseas can't get down here because they can't afford it, others might have a disability. It's a planning tool [for bushwalkers] and National Parks can use it as a resource."

Here are a couple of Google Map views, first of the southern most part of Katoomba showing where the Street View has been taken into the bush walking tracks as well ( https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Katoomba+NSW+2780/@-33.7464554,150.2801017,4243m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x6b126c293a3cfdad:0x5017d 681632d4e0?hl=en ).
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/StreetView-Bush_Tracks_2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/86031)

And around Govett's Leap, Blackheath.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/StreetView-Bush_Tracks_1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/86030)

When you're in Google Maps & satellite view, clicking on the 'little yellow person' the blue tracks show up & dragging it to the track of interest you will then get the bush track 360 degree view. If you go to the Katoomba map link (https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Katoomba+NSW+2780/@-33.7464554,150.2801017,4243m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x6b126c293a3cfdad:0x5017d 681632d4e0?hl=en) first & zoom out you will see the rest of the areas of the Blue Mountains.

I hope you find it of interest.