Explore Australia's parks online

Last updated 11:31 05/06/2014
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Tourism Australia

BLUE MOUNTAINS: Nature lovers can explore these great spots online soon.

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Sydney Harbour, the Blue Mountains and Kosciuszko National Park will be mapped by rangers carrying Google's Street View camera systems.

The project means that soon nature lovers from the world be able to explore some of New South Wales' most spectacular national parks with just a mouse and a few bytes.

NSW National Parks is the first Australian organisation to access the technology through the Google Trekker loan program.

National Parks staff will don special backpacks carrying the equipment and hike through the landscape to collect visual data.

It will then be stitched together to create panoramic digital images before being published in Google's global Street View gallery.

"There's nothing quite like gazing across the Blue Mountains," Environment Minister Rob Stokes said.

"But now everyone will be able to gain an appreciation of the landscapes within our state."

The maps will be available to the public in November.

"By loaning the equipment (we can) share more of Australia's beautiful landscapes with the world," Google Maps spokeswoman Megan Boundey said.

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