Aussies vote Lord Howe Island as best off-road Street View attraction

Google gets off the beaten track

Australians have picked Lord Howe Island as one of the top off-road attractions which they would like to see on Google Street View by the Google Street View Trike.

Search giant Google hosted a competition which asked Australians to vote for the country's most beautiful, off-the-beaten track locations for a special Street View imagery collection on Google Maps. The competition included four categories:

  1. City life
  2. Cultural areas
  3. Natural Wonders
  4. Hidden gems.

Thousands of destinations were nominated and winning entries were selected by poll.

The winners:

  • Parliament House and War Memorial, ACT
  • Valley of the Giants and Tree Top Walk, WA
  • Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, SA
  • Lord Howe Island, NSW
  • Melbourne CBD laneways, VIC
  • Port Arthur, TAS
  • Simpsons Gap Bicycle Path, Alice Springs, NT
  • Hamilton Island QLD

The trike will begins its national tour with a team of selected Google riders.

The Street View Trike began as a 20 per cent project by Dan Ratner, a senior mechanical engineer in the Street View team in the United States. It launch in Australia in August 2008 and weighs 110 kilograms and is 130 centimetres wide.

See the Google trike in action at Targona Zoo.

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