Photo: Mayor Andrew Antoniolli and myself launch Google Trekker
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IPSWICH’S leading tourist attractions, cultural and historical locations, hiking, biking and walking trails will be recorded for the world to see when the Google Street View Trekker arrives in April.
Google’s game-changing Street View Trekker program is part of the company’s efforts to make the most comprehensive map of the world available to everyone.
It involves strapping on the 18kg Street View Trekker backpack that captures 360-degree images every two-and-a-half seconds via 15 cameras, to create an immersive experience of landscapes for people to see and explore before they set off on their own adventure.
The move will put Ipswich on the map in a whole new way.
“We have identified more than 40 locations and landmarks and the technology is on track to arrive next month,” Mayor Antoniolli said.
“Named among the world’s Top7 Intelligent Communities for 2018, Ipswich continues to innovate and this project is another example of thinking outside the square and pushing the boundaries.”
Tourism spokesman Cr David Pahlke said the Ipswich region was continuing to gain momentum as an adventure playground with some spectacular outdoor experiences and vibrant offerings within the heritage city itself.
“My role is to ensure more and more people are discovering the hidden gems our region has to offer these days and the Google Street View Trekker will lure even more visitors here,” Cr Pahlke said.
Ipswich City Council will use the Google Street View Trekker to highlight more than 40 locations including:
• White Rock – Spring Mountain Conservation Estate: Featuring more than 2,500ha of regionally-significant bushland, this estate includes trails from 200m to 19km.
• Hidden Vale Adventure Park: Part of a 12,000 acre property and one of the country’s largest world-class trail networks (over 100kms) makes this perfect for hiking, biking, trail running catering for all ages and abilities.
• Flinders – Goolman Conservation Estate: Home to the 679m-high Flinders Peak, this 2,200ha estate offers bird-watching, hiking, biking and horse riding.
• Queens Park: Dating back to 1864, this heritage-listed park includes playgrounds, a nature centre, Japanese garden and café.
• Ironbark Ridge Vineyard: The oldest vineyard in Ipswich was established in 1984 and has a tasting room in a converted miner’s cottage from the early 1900s.
• Queensland Raceway: Nicknamed ‘The Paperclip’, located within the Ipswich Motorsport Park at Willowbank, home of motorsport in South-East Queensland.
• Many more commercial and council-owned locations
With a long list of locations to cover, Ipswich is going to be a prime spot with these hidden gems available year round on Google Street View, thanks to the Trekker.