Google technology to capture region

Shannon BochenekManjimup-Bridgetown Times

The region’s most isolated attractions will soon be on display via Google Trekker technology.

The 14kg, 15-lense camera backpack began its trek around the world about 10 years ago, adding images of hard-to-reach locations to Google’s Streetview service.

Now in the hands of the WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the camera has captured parts of Perth including Rottnest Island and is now in the Lower South West.

Manjimup Visitor Centre manager Jordan Piggott said with many of the shire’s natural attractions hidden within pristine national park or remote beaches, the trekker would be good for tourism.

“The trekker will give us the opportunity to share what makes our region special and give people a taste of what they could experience by visiting the Southern Forests,” Mr Piggott said.

With tourists increasingly reliant on the internet to plan their travels, he said this initiative would encourage people to visit.

“I think being able to preview our region at eye level will draw a lot of people to our unique piece of paradise.”

Having visited Windy Harbour, Big Brook Dam, Cascades and the Gloucester National Park, the camera captured the Warren National Park on Friday before travelling to Yeagarup and Manjimup’s King Jarrah on its way to Esperance.

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