Google Maps just added a bunch of 360-degree images so you can virtually explore the trails of Uluru.
Ask anyone who has visited – it’s an experience like no other. But now, Google is giving you the chance to experience Uluru via the Internet.
Sacred to its traditional owners, the Pitjantjatjara Anangu, many thousands of tourists flock to Uluru each year to glimpse the sandstone formation rising magically from the desert. But for those who can’t make the trip, don’t worry—Google has done the legwork for you, literally.
Google Maps has just updated images of the sacred site, adding a bunch of 360-degree images of trails from the surrounding Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Google Street View.
You can take in Uluru on the horizon from the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area, and virtually stroll around its base by doing the Kuniya Walk, ultimately leading you to the Kapi Mutitjulu waterhole.
Wander one of the oldest art exhibits of all time by touring the Family Cave, Kulpi Mutitjulu, from the comfort of your dressing gown and laptop.
To be fair, it’s essential to acknowledge that Google has worked closely and respectfully with the Anangu people in accordance to Tjukurpa.
The digital translation of this sacred site has been undertaken with a traditional deep respect for the land that guides their law, values and behaviour. Accordingly, some sections of the park remain out of bounds for the Google Trekker.
To further highlight Google’s collaboration with the Anangu people, many traditional owners feature heavily in the project. As part of the virtual tour, interactive features on Google’s Story Spheres are also available, including narration by Sammy Wilson and music by elder Reggie Uluru.
For some, pairing a sacred site with one of the biggest companies in the world may seem a little controversial. For others, it’s an exciting chance to see one of the most beautiful wonders of the world.
Guess it all just depends how you (street) view it.