15 years ago Street View was a moonshot but now it’s a reality with it capturing over 220 billion Street View images and travelled over 10 million miles. From the Eiffel Tower in France to the Taj Mahal in India you can visit many places in the world using your handheld device or computer. Soon the ferries of Sydney will be added to the list with Google today announcing that the Street View Trekker will be heading out into the waters of Sydney Harbour to take in the magnificent views from the world-famous ferries.
The Street View Trekker is a camera system fitted to a wearable backpack and can go just about anywhere with it already having captured places such as the Sydney Opera House, the Blue Mountains, the Great Barrier Reef, the desert in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and even participated in the Christmas Island crab migration. Through this technology Google plans to map out the various Sydney Ferry routes showing off the amazing views of Luna Park, Kirribilli House and more along with the views from inside and outside the cabins.
Don’t expect the trekker to tap onto the ferry each time though as the Google Street View is being captured in partnership with Transport for NSW and Transdev bringing some useful as well as breath taking imagery.
So what are the most popular Street View images in Australia in the past 15 years? No, not the Sydney Opera House, nor the MCG, but actually the Reservoir Skatepark in suburban Melbourne. Urban street art is featured throughout the skatepark with coloured ramps and a giant mural across three basketball courts offering an amazing snapshot or urban Australia.
For those more interested in museums the most clicked museum was the Australian Age of Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum. Other highly viewed images include Sydney Opera House, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the Great Barrier Reef, the Ningaloo Reef, Christmas Island, Rottnest Island, and the Australian War Memorial. Later this year be sure to check out the newest Sydney Harbour Street Views taken onboard one of the many ferries.