The road to hell is paved with good intentions. For unwitting day trippers, “hell” could be the remote wilderness in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park – thanks to some advocacy from the team at Fairfax Media .

Fairfax technology editor Tim Biggs wrote how hundreds of tourists who punched Blue Mountains into Google Maps were heading to Valley View Road in Dargan, New South Wales, 30 kilometres north of Katoomba.

If that sounds like a hassle, it’s set to get worse. Biggs noted that, after Fairfax Media alerted Google to the problem, it was addressed: “Maps was been changed so that a search for ‘Blue Mountains’ drops a pin in the middle of the national park, not in Dargan.”


Now, Google Maps leads you on a one-hour-drive along the unsealed Mount Hay Road (pictured above, in a screen grab from Google “Street” View).

Once again, people living on Valley View Road, Dargan, will be able to enjoy the serenity of the “otherwise sleepy rural cul-de-sac”. And the people blindly following Google Maps – they are well-and-truly fucked.