Lake Macquarie's augmented reality app Magical Park released for Parks Week

MORE THAN REALITY: A glimpse of how the Magical Park app transforms Lake Macquarie's parks.
MORE THAN REALITY: A glimpse of how the Magical Park app transforms Lake Macquarie's parks.

LAKE Macquarie’s parks have become a bit more magical after the council launched an augmented reality app. 

The app, called Magical Park, lets children use smartphones to explore Speers Point Park, Croudace Bay’s Thomas H Halton Park and Rathmines Park. 

The app used the phone’s camera to take in the surroundings, inserting fantastical creatures over the top.

Pokemon Go is perhaps the best known example of augmented reality apps, having drawn hundreds of players onto the Hunter’s streets in 2016. 

Lake Macquarie City Council manager community planning Wes Hain said he hoped the app could lead families to explore the parks during Parks Week, which runs until March 18. 

“We know our community loves to have fun and be active in our city’s parks, and the Magical Park app represents a whole new way for families to do just that,” Mr Hain said.

“Simply open the app whilst visiting a participating park, select your adventure, and start playing – there’s lots of fun to be had and plenty of room to play in our parks’ open spaces.”

The app is available through Apple’s app store and Google Play.