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Snapper Rocks. Credit: Destination Gold Coast

Google Goes Off-Road on Gold Coast

From Lamington and Springbrook National Parks to South Stradbroke and Currumbin Sanctuary, the Gold Coast is renowned for its natural beauty. But up until now, you often had to be part mountain goat to enjoy some of its more off-grid delights. Not anymore.

For the first time, tourists and nature lovers can venture off-road to enjoy 360-degree views of the region’s most beautiful and remote locations, some of which are only accessible by foot. Over 40 world-class natural attractions have been captured with the Google Street View Trekker and are available to peruse on Google Street View right now.

Moran Falls. Credit: Destination Gold Coast

Hiking through the heritage-listed Lamington and Springbrook National Parks might have taken weeks, but it can now be enjoyed by armchair adventurers at home or on-the-go.

“Google Trekker means everyone can see our hikes and trails,” says Destination Gold Coast CEO, Martin Winter. “It provides a virtual view of some of our best walks and gives those with mobility concerns a chance to experience it too.”

“People who are considering travelling to the Gold Coast can now immerse themselves in what the destination truly has to offer – it’s the ultimate try-before-you-buy form of tourism.”

Rainbow Bay. Credit: Destination Gold Coast

Tens of thousands of images of the Gold Coast were snapped by 15 camera lenses affixed to a backpack weighing around 18 kilograms. Shots are taken every 2.5 seconds then ‘stitched together’ to make panoramic views.

Destination Gold Coast undertook the project over a four-month period, becoming the first Queensland organisation to use the Trekker technology.

Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area. Credit: Destination Gold Coast

Featured destinations include South Stradbroke Island, which is located just off the Gold Coast; Natural Bridge, a stunning rock formation in the hinterland; Purling Brook Falls, the longest waterfall on the Gold Coast; and even the bird feeding at Currumbin Sanctuary.

The Gold Coast Google Street View Trekker gallery can be viewed here.

Chris Ashton

We're Chris Ashton and Simon Ceglinski, two Aussie travellers with a love of exploration and adventure, and the odd bit of luxury thrown in. We seek out street art, street food, and scuba diving wherever we go, and prefer the road less travelled over well-worn tourist paths.

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