Maps

I am not a lover of GPS systems even though they are great , I like books, maps , manuals, and toilet paper. Opposed to ebooks, GPS, Google and Bidues,my question is what is the best map book for WA Thanks This is a great place to get other ideas
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Reply By: Paul E6 - Thursday, Nov 24, 2016 at 23:50

Thursday, Nov 24, 2016 at 23:50
I still use a Gregorys Australian road atlas that we got in 08. It has great maps of all states, and we used it for two laps of the country so far. We also stop at the local garage and pick up local maps for more detail when necessary. There's nothing like a paper plan view map for orientating yourself in real life.

For our extended 2 year saga in 2018, we will probably update to a newer version of the same atlas, which we use concurrently with the camp's Australia wide book.
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 06:57

Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 06:57
I have to agree, electronic toilet paper sucks. What to do if your battery is flat and nature calls? I would take the Camps Australia insert latest number book, it's a good all rounder with maps and info. It's even spiral bound so the pages are easy to rip out for toilet emergencies although the paper is a bit glossy.
I don't think I'm a fan of Bidues either, errr.... what are Bidues? :-)
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Follow Up By: TomH - Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 09:49

Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 09:49
I'll give that a squirt, they are female versions of BIDETS
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Reply By: KiwiAngler - Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 08:56

Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 08:56
In my opinion you can't go wrong with Hema maps
And if you search through the ExploreOz shop you will find a great spiral bound map book too



Western Australian Hema Map book


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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 12:46

Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 12:46
Well, the Hema error rate is such that you can go wrong!
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 14:03

Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 14:03
Sigmund - do you have some examples of Hema "error rate" that you refer to ?
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Reply By: Member - Ups and Downs - Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 09:17

Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 09:17
Id agree that the Roads and Tracks, described as the ExplorOz Western Australia map book in KiwiAngler's post above is the best.

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 09:41

Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 09:41
We use both electronic and and paper based resources when touring....at times, nothing beats a decent sized map so you get a broader scope of your travel area. We always have Camps Australia Wide with us for the stopover / camping locations but one great addition is the Hema spiral bound book [ Australia EASY READ Road and 4WD Atlas ]...big format, larger maps, good detail, easier to read. Available widely and here in the Exploroz shop too (as Adele pointed out earlier re the water heater deal, check postage costs before deciding who has the best price !).
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 09:43

Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 09:43
Hi Wayne, depends where you intend travelling.

If its outback roads then the books mentioned are fine but if its remote travel ie travel on old cut lines or wheels pads or trackless country is intended, then maps at 1:250,000 would be best way to go. These show creek lines, lakes, dunes, outcrops, contour lines etc to give you landmarks as you go.



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Reply By: Sigmund - Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 12:47

Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 12:47
So far in 20 years of GPS use and over 40 of paper maps and compass, the failure rate for both = 2. Low GPS batteries were user error. One map failure was waterlogging; the other was my son sitting on the compass.

But it's not either/or, except for the most part when you're on foot in the Alps and get socked in by cloud. Hard to beat a GPS then.
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 14:47

Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 14:47
I think the navigator of A380's uses a GPS now.
I think the big chart table has gone.
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 15:57

Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 15:57
Maybe they should have donated them to the ground staff so they could find the right aircraft to load the baggage onto.

GRRRRR

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Reply By: maurice b - Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 20:46

Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 20:46
Not all of us travell the black top and stay at caravan parks and in this case you can't go wrong with a paper map . Head into the remote deserts ,shot line offtrack, reference points / landmarks a minimum /non existent so a gps is essential to locate your position . Back in the Early 80s before or when gps technogy was developing' Willem Kempen used a sextant to locate the Simpson . geographical Centre other wise how would he have know his position on this part of the earths surface .As for a gps breakdown there would be another's in the group or personally I always have a few gps as backups as well as paper maps to calutate a DMS. If some maps have error its the end waypoint in D'M''S that counts. I totaly disagree with Micheal H9 post 'electronic toilet paper' obviously he have never been offtrack
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Follow Up By: Wayne B16 - Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 at 13:50

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 at 13:50
Hi Maurice, after 12 years of exploration and 15 years farming I think I may have gone off road once or twice Have you heard of that funny round thingy that has numbers on it and and always wants to point in the same direction its called KISS I think .
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