Take a Virtual Hike Around Uluru

Friday June 23, 2017 Written by Garry

Whether you see it as a cynical PR ploy or the actual expression of the company’s creative side, there’s no denying that Google's more creative projects can change the way we experience the world. A good example of this is the company’s various mapping projects, Google Earth and Maps, which have made the planet seem that little bit smaller and interconnected (even if there have been some strange things captured along the way).

Now Google is using its Street View technology to show off one of Australia’s greatest natural wonders: Uluru. Working closely with the land's traditional owners, the Anangu, Google's engineers have spent the last two years documenting locations on and around the sacred site, so anyone with an internet connection can visit the sandstone monolith and get a closer (albeit digital) look at spots like the Kuniya trail and the Kapi Mutitjulu waterhole.

Certain sacred sites remain off-limits, but the map’s interactivity means Anangu stories and songs will be heard far and wide. Nothing compares to being in the Red Centre yourself, but if you’re aeons away, this is a pretty neat way to find out more about the world’s oldest continuous culture. Start exploring here.