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Life & Style Weekend - - TREND - with Alexia Pur­cell

IN AN un­fa­mil­iar town in the mid­dle of north­ern NSW we put the ad­dress we were look­ing for into Google Maps.

It gave us the route and we started fol­low­ing the di­rec­tions.

It took us out of town and we thought all was go­ing well un­til it told us to stop and park the car be­cause we would now need to walk to our des­ti­na­tion.

Through a pad­dock. Full of cows. Yes, a Google Maps fail.

And this wasn’t the first time I’ve been led astray.

Once driv­ing from the Sun­shine Coast to Wood­ford Google Maps of­fered a quicker route.

What started out as a bi­tu­men road quickly turned into a dirt road then a goat track that wound though the forestry.

Un­able to turn around I kept go­ing, driv­ing on my own in a con­spic­u­ous branded work ve­hi­cle, pass­ing other proper four-wheel-drive en­thu­si­asts and be­com­ing more and more ter­ri­fied.

Fi­nally, after dou­ble the time it would have taken had I not de­toured, I ar­rived and vowed never to do that again. But it got me think­ing: Google Map fails and hor­ror sto­ries. Do you have one? Alexia Pur­cell is a News Corp so­cial me­dia edi­tor.


We were told we'd need to park the car and walk through a pad­dock to our des­ti­na­tion.

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