The place to get topographic maps

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This text is an extra useful resource to my guide, Navigate – the artwork of conventional map and compass navigation in an Australian context. It supplies hyperlinks to the assorted Australian State Authorities mapping organisations, so you should buy topographic maps on your climbing, bushwalking and different outside adventures.

Topographic maps… like studying a guide earlier than seeing the film. [Photo: Ben Cirulis @Fotograija.com.au}

Topographic maps in Australia are created by each of the different state governments. In recent years, most states have begun moving through a digitisation program where they no longer sell paper maps, moving all their mapping resources online instead. There’s some great benefits to this (and yes, a few negatives), as it allows many of us to access and download topographic maps and choose to print them in a way that works for us.

Yallingup 1:25,000. [Cape to Cape Track] Copyright (and purchase from) Western Australia Land Data Authority.

The place to get Australian topo maps for climbing and bushwalking

Cradle Mountain 1:25,000 [Overland Track]. Base picture (and purchase from) by TASMAP. Copyright State of Tasmania
Heysen Path Map Sheet 8, 1:50,000 Mapping Information. Copyright (and purchase from) Mapland, Dept for Surroundings & Water.

Aside from the state authorities maps, there’s additionally a group overseen by Geoscience Australia at a federal degree. This map index could assist you discover what you want, together with some useful hyperlinks down the left-hand aspect.

Topographic maps for climbing FAQ

Can I nonetheless purchase printed paper topographic maps?

Sure. Relying on the state and map you’re after, you’ll be able to organize them on-line from map outlets or purchase them from some outside shops like Paddy Pallin.

Not each state has gone this route, some have free PDF downloads and no printing, some nonetheless print and provide PDFs for a worth.

Wilsons Promontory Particular 1:50,000. Copyright (and purchase from) The State of Victoria, dept of Surroundings, Land, Water & Planning (VICMap)

Are they the identical as the unique authorities printed topos?

Sure and no. These maps are printed commercially by map or outside shops for resale from a provided digital file. In NSW this is identical excessive decision file that we are able to all obtain from SIXMaps and print ourselves. The topographic data would be the identical in the event that they’ve used the federal government map file, however in states like NSW there are some ‘key’ (cough) variations. Usually, they’re solely one-sided which suggests we miss out on the orthophoto map (aerial picture) and the again web page of the important thing.

In NSW topos, because of this the magnetic declination diagram has been changed with a textual content description, together with some further technical data that’s now not included. This consists of (surprisingly… and please somebody right me if I simply can’t discover it), the datum that the map has been created with. Certain, it makes use of the GDA brand, however no indication of GDA 94 or GDA 2020.

New map key on NSW eTopo maps.
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