The Great North Road Convict Trail

convicttrailAnother exciting project in the pipeline is the ‘Great North Road – Convict Trail Map’. Karen Hutchinson and Daphne Dobbyn are working together with Cartoscope Maps, Great Lakes Tourism and Great Lakes Council to produce the first QR code map.

A QR code is a type of matrix barcode that can be read by mobile phones (installed with QR decoding software). Information can be easy retrieved using QR codes, making them a very useful tool on tourist maps and at tourist attractions.

“Early in the year I attended a Local Government Tourism Conference in the Hunter Valley. I came away very inspired by one particular project, this being the ‘The Great North Road’- Convict Trail Cartoscope map.  The map starts at Five Dock and travels through the Hunter Valley to Newcastle.”

“This map is the first to have QR codes. The QR codes, hold pictures and information about towns and points of interest. A free app is available for your iPhone or iPad to read the codes.” says Karen Hutchinson

Filming for the Convict Trail map will start in our area soon. The map will be produced on a weather/vandal proof fixture and positioned at historically significant points in town, which will lead to a booklet and DVD.



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