An Australian farmer has come up with a cunning fix for mistaken directions from Google Maps which lands hundreds of tourists on his farm. Fed-up Graham Anderson lives in Isla, central Queensland, and tourists looking to get to the nearby Isla Gorge National Park would often show up at his farm.
Anderson blames Google Maps’ directions for misleading people to the property which does back on the scenic park. But it does not bear access to it.
The farmer believes some 200 groups of lost tourists have appeared out of the blue at different times. Mr Anderson told the ABC: “We had people coming in just all the time and they were saying it was Google, that they were following the maps across our property to get there.
We back onto the gorge and it’s along our border, but there’s no access to the gorge from our place at all.” The farmer said he was concerned for the safety of the lost tourists should they wander onto his land and run out of phone battery.
The Isla Reserve is 34km away along the Leichhardt Highway. So, in a bid to put a stop to strangers turning up, the farmer decided to take action.
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He came up with a solution to the problem, explaining: “For a thousand bucks, I thought I’d get a sign made.” The sign reads: “Trust me not Google – Isla Gorge on Highway 17.5km.”
Mr Anderson reports that the number of lost visitors turning up has gone down since the sign went up. However, the sign will remain erected until Google ‘corrects’ the error, he said.
It is not known if Mr Anderson has consulted Google itself, but the search engine giant does have a Google Maps trouble-shooting page where people can log inaccurate information.
This includes adding or fixing addresses, reporting suspected fraudulent listings and editing information about specific places.
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