SYDNEY — One of Australia’s most famous geographical and cultural features, Uluru, has been captured on Google Street View for the first time.
The search giant announced that a two-year project in conjunction with the Anangu indigenous owners, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Northern Territory government had resulted in Thursday’s launch of the interactive online representation of the 348 metre-high rock.
Uluru is near the desert centre of Australia and attracts more than 250,000 local and overseas visitors each year. But with the site also holding cultural significance for the Anangu people, Google used its Story Spheres platform to add “immersive audio stories and songs” on top of the ordinary Street View – with the street in this case being the walking track around the sandstone monolith with its 9.4 km (5.8 miles) circumference.
“The result is an interactive, audio-visual guided tour, narrated by Sammy Wilson and with song and music by traditional owner and Anangu Elder, Reggie Uluru,” said Google Australia managing director Jason Pellegrino on the company blog.
Parks Australia communications manager Miranda Schooneveldt said that working with Google to create the online experience was “a delight”.
“Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is such a special place — World Heritage listed for both its natural and cultural values,” she said.
“I hope the material we’ve created with Google will help inspire many more people to visit and learn more about Anangu culture and our park.”