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Street View’s 15th birthday: Skateparks, beaches and fossils, a showcase of Street View in Australia

A screenshot of the underwater Street View collect of the Great Barrier Reef, showing a turtle swimming over a coral reef
Street View imagery of the Great Barrier Reef

Today we’re celebrating 15 years of capturing panoramic imagery that gives you a front row seat to incredible sights – from around the corner to around the globe. Millions of images from Google and the contributors who share their photos on Street View have taken us to iconic landmarks and awe-inspiring natural wonders, inside museums to outback Australia, from locations high above to deep under water.

One thing we’ve learnt over 15 years is that curiosity leads us to new and exciting paths – and over the last 12 months, the top three ‘most clicked places’ on Street View in Australia, prove just that.

Most-Clicked Place of Interest:

Reservoir Skatepark, Victoria

An aerial image of the Reservoir Skatepark in suburban Melbourne. Bright urban street art covers the ramps in splashes of blue, green and yellow, while an aerial view reveals a giant mural the size of three basketball courts – a pink skeleton wearing sneakers and a helmet.

Aerial image of the Reservoir Skatepark in suburban Melbourne.

Recycled objects including fire hydrants, park benches, tram barriers and a converted slippery dip make for deceptively difficult obstacles at Reservoir Skatepark in suburban Melbourne. Bright urban street art covers the ramps in splashes of blue, green and yellow, while an aerial view reveals a giant mural the size of three basketball courts – a pink skeleton wearing sneakers and a helmet.

Most-Clicked Public Beach:

Wattamolla Beach, New South Wales

A screenshot of the Street View imagery of Wattamolla Beach, New South Wales – showing the shoreline and pristine water on a sunny day.

Street View imagery of Wattamolla Beach, New South Wales

A hidden jewel within the Royal National Park on Sydney’s southern fringe, the coastal oasis of Wattamolla Beach feels a million miles from the busy city. There’s a secluded golden sand beach, calm lagoon, gushing waterfalls and walking tracks past a canopy of cabbage tree palms to explore – with no need for sunscreen when you visit on Street View.

Street View imagery of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Natural History Museum, showing a dinosaur statue

Street View imagery outside the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Natural History Museum

The fossils in outback Winton are a little older than Street View. About 95 million years older. Come face to face with a ferocious figure guarding the entrance at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, then take in the rugged red dirt landscape where dinosaurs once roamed.

Looking back

As we zoom out and reflect on our many Street View collects over the years in Australia – on roads, into the outback and under the sea – here are some extraordinary natural, cultural and quirky sites we love to explore :

In 15 years, Street View has travelled millions of kilometres to bring new views of our wonderful, wild, weird and sometimes wacky world. You can learn more about our latest, and ferry special, adventure here.