The interactive map will include stories from the Anangu people who will educate viewers on the site’s cultural significance, creation and Dreamtime stories and Tjukurpa traditional law.
Uluru is sacred to the Anangu people, as it’s part of a living cultural landscape. Sammy Wilson the traditional owner of the region is saddened by the lack of consideration and understanding a lot of tourists who come to the area have for Uluru.
Wilson is hoping that Google’s street-view will give visitors a greater appreciation of the area and an improved life for the local Mutitjulu community.
This Google thing what they want to do for visitors to come so they can have a look … hear about the stories, the visitors come here and sometimes they're like, 'Oh where am I? What I'm doing here? Sometimes [visitors] take photos of the sacred sites and places.
There are few places where the camera was not allowed due to the sacredness of those particular sites. For this reason parts of Uluru were not fully captured. Google Street View will allow viewers to zoom in and out, take a closer look at cracks and crevices on the surface of the rock, walk along the Kuniya trail and explore the Kapi Mutitjulu waterhole.
Image: Screen Capture from Google Street View
Jason Pellegrino the managing director from Google Australia has revealed the project has taken two years of conversations and work to put together the final Uluru street-view product.
The uniqueness of this site is the cultural heritage that underpins this place and so sharing those stories, those songs that traditional law, had to be part of that process. We worked really closely with the Anangu people to make sure that what we did was sympathetic to their culture.
The hope for the street-view Uluru is to preserve the Anangu people’s culture and stories for the next generation.
Pellegrino is positive Google’s Street View will not detract from the landmark’s tourism.
We looked at data from many, many countries and efforts like this do not have a negative impact on tourism, what the effort's focused on is the people, who aren't privileged enough as us to visit this location, can still experience this in all its wonder, not just its physical beauty.
Off the back of Uluru street view’s success, Google will begin work on other culturally significant sites in Australia such as Kakadu.