Want to visit your local wetlands but don’t like getting your feet wet?
Now you can do it from the comfort of your couch!
Staff from the Office of Environment and Heritage have captured a series of ‘photospheres’ which provide a 360 degree view of wetlands in the north-west.
There are views of Whittaker’s Lagoon, Hickeys Fall near Gowang, Gingham Waterhole near Garah, the Gwydir Wetlands State Conservation Area and the Mehi River near Moree.
This collection of photospheres has been put together by Assistant Environmental Water Programs Officer David Preston.
Mr Preston said the images provided a unique perspective of the wetlands.
“This is a useful tool for the general public and water managers alike,” Mr Preston said.
“You can experience the beauty of these unique wetlands without having to set foot outside the home or office.
“The photospheres allow staff to capture the water levels and areas of inundation that result from environmental watering in these wetland sites.
“Remote staff can use the imagery in their work and share it with colleagues hundreds of kilometres away.
“Taken periodically, these images provide useful information throughout the watering season.
“We can really see the difference a watering event can make.
“We want people to enjoy these wetlands but understand it’s not possible for everyone to access them, especially during a watering event.
“This technology helps to bridge that gap,” he said.
Explore the photospheres..
You can use the on-screen tools to navigate around the wetland or – for a truly immersive experience – try a virtual reality headset instead.
The photospheres can be viewed as-is, or in full screen mode, by using the arrows to give you a 360 degree view. Drag your mouse up and down as you spin around to give you the sense that you are standing right there at the wetland.
Whittaker’s Lagoon Photosphere
Hickeys Fall Photosphere
Gingham Waterhole Photosphere
Gwydir Wetlands State Conservation Area Photosphere
Mehi River Photosphere