Passionate Pokémon Go player Rhys Mure met new trainer Denise Roberts for the first time on Wednesday night when he helped her evolve one of her Pokémon at the Bluewater Quay.
Passionate Pokémon Go player Rhys Mure met new trainer Denise Roberts for the first time on Wednesday night when he helped her evolve one of her Pokémon at the Bluewater Quay. Madolyn Peters

Lace up your sandshoes, we’re playing Pokemon Go

WHEN you think of getting out and being active, you probably wouldn't think of Pokémon.

Denise Roberts, however, has walked 72km in the past two weeks thanks to the virtual reality game Pokémon Go.

"Yesterday was the last day of my holidays, so I spent from 8.30am to 7pm walking around catching Pokémon, it's so addictive," Ms Roberts said.

It's not just the kilometres she's racking up either.

Whilst on her Pokémon quest Ms Roberts said she has talked to more people in a day than she has in the past month.

"It's bringing generations and families together," she said.

"I've noticed since I've been playing the game I've seen families out. I see random strangers who don't know each other chatting."

She has come across people of all ages playing and believes it could be a huge business venture.

"From a business point of view it's a brilliant marketing strategy, you could say 'come and shop here because we've got a pokéstop'," she said.

Fellow player, 21-year-old Ryan Vigliante agrees.

"I strongly believe it can help to fight obesity in Australia in terms of exercise and getting people off the couch," he said.

"I also believe it can help tourism by having a lot of Pokémon, pokéstops and gyms at tourist destinations or retail shops."

Rhys Mure had been waiting for Pokémon Go to be released since 2014 and has noticed Pokéhubs popping up around Mackay already.

"Every Friday night since it's been happening I know The Palace is packed from 5-8pm," he said.

Tyler and Lauren Cussen made the trip from Mirani to walk the Bluewater Quay, searching for Pokémon.

"It gets us out of the house more and we spend more time together," Ms Cussen said.

Join the Facebook group Pokémon Go, Mackay to join the conversation, find Pokémon and learn how you can catch 'em all.

Pokémon hot spots 

  •  Outside Myer at Caneland Central
  •  Jubilee Park
  •  Bluewater Quay
  •  Bluewater Lagoon
  •  Mackay Harbour


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