GPS Maps starting maps

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 00:49
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OK, I've got the eTrex Legend, I've got OziExplorer, I've got a Tablet PC, I've got them connected and talking, now I need maps.

This is the bit I get confused. There is a CD of Australia wide for $99. They're 1:250,000 and I think not detailed enough for any real benefit. I want to go to Watagans, Blue Mountains, South Coast, few hours from Sydney range.

I don't have thousands of dollars to buy CD's full of maps I won't use. Can someone PLEASE give me a tip on how to get a few maps of the local NP's like Yengo and Watagans.

I'm going loopy trying to figure it out. All roads seem to point to MONEY !!!! Pardon the pun.

Thanks very much in advance.


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Reply By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 00:53

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 00:53
Sorry forgot. The other problem is that without shelling out hard earned coin, I don't even know what I'm buying.

Even if they let you download 1 map to see the detail, that would be OK. Or even if you could buy maps for a few bucks 1 at a time and see a coverage map.

But, NOOOO, you have to heaps.

Sorry about the rant.

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Follow Up By: Member - Gary W (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 12:12

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 12:12
Try Maptrax They appear to be selling maps via email for $7.00ea now.

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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 07:19

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 07:19
unless they have released an affordable CD of NSW 1:25,000 maps your simplest option is to scan the paper 1:25,000 maps of the areas you need and use Ozi to calibrate them. The maps are bigger than most scanners so you can have multiple A4 size maps which Ozi skips between as you move, or you can user Stitcher to join them together.
If you are lucky, someone may have already done this and will share the maps with you.
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Reply By: GazzaS (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 09:26

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 09:26
Hi Smocky

had the same question a while back. Get a flat bed scanner that works with your PC - they are very cheap these days. You can then get the paper maps and scan sections to calibrate with your software. I use a different program to OE at the moment but same principle.

Whenever you go bush you can then have the electronic version and take the paper version as the backup. NEVER rely just on the electronics.

if you don't already have a friendly map shop have a look at - you can purchase what you need on line.

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Reply By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 14:05

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 14:05
Thanks guys, I'm in IT so I have the toys. It seems I'm going to have to buy and scan a LOT of maps. When I mentioned Blue Mountains at the Map Centre, there were about 8 maps to buy just for that area I was interested in.

Each map is going to be about 6 - 9 A4 pages, so that's heaps.

Oh well, will give me something to do whilst I'm not out there.

I actually thought I'd heard of a place that had a large A0 or poster scanner. This would be handy.

Cheers and thanks for you replies.

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Reply By: Member - Barry T (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 14:45

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 14:45
Hi Jason,
The Topo maps for the whole of NSW come on one CD and are only $100 from memory. Not sure how much you value you hourly rate in IT, :-)
I often jump between map types to get the whole picture - my favourite is still the satellite view which comes with the NATMAP DVDs. Again $100 is not a lot of money for the work involved in scanning, stiching and calibrating.
Cheers, Barry
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Follow Up By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 14:50

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 14:50
Hi Barry,

I totally agree with you on price. The only CD for $99 is the one for all of Australian in 1:250000. I'm not worried about $99, I'd be happy to spend that IF that are suitable. My problem is that I can't see one or don't know if they are good enough for your typical NP jaunt.

I haven't ever seen a topo CD with all of NSW on it for $100. If you have a product name or store I can get it from, that would be great. Again though, if they are 1:250000 are they useful or do I need something else as well.

Cheers and thanks again.

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Follow Up By: Member - Barry T (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 16:06

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 16:06
Hi Jason,
The Topo maps (see - they provide great service!) had this description - "TOPOVIEW from NSW Land Property and Information (LPI) provides full coverage of NSW on a series of 7 CD's. Map scales vary from 1:25,000 through 1:100,000 depending on area."
There is also a warning about XP but I haven't had any problems with Ozi on XP. These are the maps you would normally use for hiking so have heaps of detail for 4WDing.
I just looked at the Bendethra area (Deua NP) and the best all round map is the Auslig 250k. This is the description from Johnny Appleseed GPS site: 'Geoscience Australia Natmap Raster 250k digital mapping of Australia- 2 CDrom set- 2005 Edition $94.60.
Cheers, Barry
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Follow Up By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 16:40

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 16:40
Thanks Barry.

That 7 CD set is the one I think I originally stumbled across from LPI, but it was something like $1,000 for all 7 CD's !!! I can't find a price on it now, but at Maptrax it looks like they have the individual 7 CD's for between $90 and $300 each.

The NatMap Raster I am going to get, but it's still only 1:250,000.

I think I've got it sorted now though, I'm just going to order the ones via e-mail that I want for $7 a go. I'll order a couple for the areas I need and check 'em out.

Only thing I need to learn now is what map codes I need :-(.

Maybe I'll just wing it and pack extra fuel and water :-)

Thanks everyone.
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Reply By: Lech - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 20:39

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 20:39
There are 1:250 000 scanned geological maps available in the internet. You can use them with OziExplorer. Not bad if you can read them (and absolutely free)

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Reply By: AlanFleming - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 21:27

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 21:27
Tony Marston, Digital Map Sales,
Maptrax Australia,
P.O. Box 18,
Freshwater, Qld. 4870.
Phone 07-4055-2229
Fax 07-4055-2999
Url - http//
Email -

about $7 to $9 per map, they have a good collection for 1:100,00 best to give Tony an email and tell him what you are looking for.
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