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Google Maps glitch keeps trolling Blue Mountains tourists

No, we’re not there yet.

Google Maps is sending tourists looking for New South Wales’ Blue Mountains to a dead-end street.

Fairfax reports that hundreds of travellers have followed Google Maps’ directions to the popular tourist destination only to end up on the not-so-picturesque Valley View Road in Dargan, NSW.

Residents of Valley View Road, which is about 30 kilometres away from the actual Blue Mountains, have known about the issue for a few years but it has apparently got worse recently.

One resident told Fairfax that during long weekend and holidays a car of confused tourists shows up “every few minutes” looking surprised at the lack of mountains.

Another resident has gone to the measure of putting up a sign which reads “BLUE MOUNTAINS is not here (Google Maps is wrong) you need to go to KATOOMBA of Blackhealth.” Well, at least that’s helpful.

There have been some unwelcome side effects of the lost tourists, including increased noise and traffic and some people asking to use residents’ toilets.

Since the Fairfax article was published, Google has rectified the issue and the pin is now dropping where it should, smack bang in the Blue Mountains National Park. But maybe this could be avoided if people read maps instead of just blindly following Google’s pins.

Google Maps is usually very reliable but this is not the first time it has led people in astray.

In May, Techly reported that tourists in Norway were being taken off the beaten track and in April, a man in Darwin had has house confused with a pizza restaurant.

“The various types of data found in Google Maps come from a wide range of sources, including third-party providers, public sources, and user contributions,” a Google spokesperson told Mashable regarding the Blue Mountain blunder.

“Overall, this provides a very comprehensive and up-to-date map experience, but we recognise that there may be occasional inaccuracies that could arise from any of those sources. In this instance, we didn’t get it quite right and we have now fixed it. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to local residents and visitors.”

If lost tourists are using your toilet or people think your house it a pizza joint, you can report an error to Google here.

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Stefan is an Adelaide-based freelance writer. In his spare time, he plays tennis badly, collects vinyl and brushes up on his Mandarin. Follow Stefan on Twitter

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