Google Street View for Kakadu launched for 40th Anniversary
In celebration of Kakadu National Park’s 40th anniversary, never-before-seen 360-degree imagery of Kakadu’s spectacular visitor sites will be released on Google Street View.
Produced in partnership between Kakadu National Park, Tourism NT and Google Australia the new captures will take viewers from across the world on a virtual journey through one of Australia’s greatest national parks.
Kakadu National Park Tourism and Visitor Services Manager Anja Toms said the immersive imagery will provide a new perspective of key visitor sites at Kakadu.
“To share this extraordinary digital map with the world on Kakadu National Park’s 40th anniversary is a privilege, and we’re grateful for the support of Traditional Owners on this project,” Ms Toms said.
“You can journey to Nawurlandja Lookout to see the ancient Arnhem Escarpment, explore the majestic waterfalls of Jim Jim and Twin Falls, peek at the rock art galleries at Ubirr or Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) and even see the spectacular cliff-top infinity pool at Gunlom.
“We hope that this digital journey into the heart of Kakadu inspires people around the world to visit our iconic national park.”
Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture Deputy Chief Executive, Andrew Hopper said using technology to showcase Bininj/Mungguy land and stories with a new generation is exciting.
“Territorians are exceptionally lucky to have this environment in their own backyard. We want to share these landscapes and inspire audiences around the world to come and truly experience the magic and wonder of Kakadu National Park,” Mr Hopper said.
Cynthia Wei, Program Manager, Google Street View commented, “We’re proud to collaborate with Tourism NT, Parks Australia and Traditional Owners to capture this incredible part of the country. It’s a privilege to help celebrate and preserve Kakadu National Park through technology, and we would like to invite people around the world to explore Kakadu on Google Street View.”
Kakadu is a living cultural landscape and has been home to Bininj/Mungguy for 65,000 years. It is one of the few locations World Heritage listed for both its natural and cultural values.
Kakadu’s Traditional Owners have leased their land to the Director of National Parks to be jointly managed as a national park, with Bininj/Mungguy and Parks Australia working together, solving problems, while sharing decision making and exchanging knowledge, skills and information.