Road Atlas/Touring Maps, which one ? Lonely Planet ?

Submitted: Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 21:16
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Too many maps to choose from, we are heading from Sydney to the Kimberleys and back down the Tanami etc want a good road atlas rather than a heap of maps, which we can use on further trips around Oz. Does a road atlas provide enough detail ? If we are heading to the Kimberlies can people recommend what maps / info to get. Went to the shopping section and decided to ask on the forum as I found I had a cart worth $145. The Lonely Planet guide looked good what do others say ?
Touring Atlas & Road Atlas what is the difference ?Cheers, Beddo
Surf KZN185
<- Yengo NP, Central Coast NSW
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Reply By: Steve - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 21:37

Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 21:37
jeff: haven't been there but would recommend u get as many maps as u can beore u leave.. the ones u pay for are not always the ones u use in certain situations ! thos e little maps u pick up on the way --provided by the local communities often have a hell of a lot more detail then those u buy for a few bucks !!
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Reply By: Member - Cocka - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 21:55

Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 21:55
Beddo where ever I have been in the world I have always found the LPGuide great value. They give you lots of history of each area and list contact nos. etc. They have a good section on the Kimberly region, however, I needed a map with more detail and went for the Hema map of that area which is great for touring.
I reacon spending money on a good Aust road atlas is great value as a backup and future reference book, Hema have one of these also but there are others. Carpe Diem
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 22:18

Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 22:18
Ron and Viv Moon wrote a good guide to the Kimberley (no 'S' on the end) and as far as I know it is still in print. You really can't go past the Hema great deaert track maps for this sort of trip. The whole Tanami is on one sheet. So while the whole set is six maps, you only need to have one out for most of the trip. Better still if you have a laptop, get the CD version.
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Reply By: diamond(bendigo) - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 23:05

Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 23:05
hiya beddo
we went away at easter and before we left i thought we should get some maps for where we were going.
i bought hemas tracks in the high country.
not very happy we got lost a couple of times.
but ive never used maps and wasnt sure what to expect.
in town (jamieson) perfect map with all the little tracks $6.50.
on our way home when we had to refill all the big servos had detailed maps of there areas. might be an idea to get where your going then get local maps.looking foward to september(landcruiser park/fraser island)
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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Friday, May 16, 2003 at 09:25

Friday, May 16, 2003 at 09:25
Jeff, The Ron & Viv Moon book is a "must". Add to that a 1:1,000,000 map to provide an overview of your trip, few 1:250,000 maps to provide more detail and a couple of higher detail maps of the Kimberley itself, and you'll be well covered.

It'll probably cost you $60 to $80 but compared to the total cost of your trip, its a small spend really.

Enjoy the journey.

BTW, what do you posses in the way of GPS &/or mapping software? Be good, or be quick.
Rohan (Sydney)
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Follow Up By: Jeff (Beddo) - Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 10:26

Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 10:26
Thank for the info, yep I have purchased the Ron & Viv Moon book and I do have a GPS Garmin 12XL, no sofware and no laptop. Seen heaps of people using them - might be a future investment.Cheers, Beddo
Surf KZN185
<- Yengo NP, Central Coast NSW
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Monday, May 19, 2003 at 09:28

Monday, May 19, 2003 at 09:28
Jeff, the hardware isn't essential. It just makes planning and setting waypoints and routes less time consuming, and its more fun. You can still work out all your waypoints from the maps and manually enter those into the GPS. It gives you something to do on those "rest" days.

I'm envious. Have a great trip.Be good, or be quick.
Rohan (Sydney)
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Reply By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Friday, May 16, 2003 at 16:12

Friday, May 16, 2003 at 16:12
Hema Great 4wd Destinations covers all OZ , 12 maps, $75.00 , www.hema.com.au Regards Bob
Wish i was still here / Gulf in July
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Reply By: Member - Howard- Friday, May 16, 2003 at 22:14

Friday, May 16, 2003 at 22:14
beddo,
did the sort of trip you are planning last year starting from canberra .
ayres rock , gunbarrel, marblebar broome, cape leveque, GibbRR mitchell falls kulumburru, kunnanurra , halls creek bungle bungles tanami , chambers pillar , old ghan, dalhousie , home via oddnadatta , maree, hawker , broken hill, minindee hilston etc used 1
map source "Discover Australia by 4WD" .Im sure its available thru this site.

What the maps dont give you can glean from the trek notes

Best $30 or $40 bucks you can spend( I was lucky my daughter gave me mine as a present years ago.)
regards
Howard
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Reply By: ptcrowe - Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 08:42

Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 08:42
If you have a laptop you can buy topo maps covering all of Australia on cd at 1:250000 for around $100.
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Reply By: Jeff (Beddo) - Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 10:36

Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 10:36
Thanks for all the responses, every time I look in the shop, I say that looks good "add" and so does that "add". Laptops look like a future investment, I take it you would have to have fairly new one with at least a Pentium in it ?
Our trip is changing a bit we are trying to venture up to Kakudu to see the wildlife before the Cane toads kill every thing - seeing they have just reached there ! Thankyou Mr Howard for not not providing the resources to research this menace and get rid of it. One was found on the F3 near Gosford the other day - believe it fell off a truck coming down from QLD.Cheers, Beddo
Surf KZN185
<- Yengo NP, Central Coast NSW
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 20:47

Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 20:47
I guess there hasn't been enough public "outcry" about this threat to our environment. What we really need is racial minority group of gay vegetarian whales to to claim that cane toads threaten their civil rights. Before you know it cane toads would be politically incorrect and unable to express themselves in public, and would subsequently retreat to thier place of origin to avoid persecution.

We can but hope.Be good, or be quick.
Rohan (Sydney)
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Reply By: Patsy - Sunday, May 18, 2003 at 14:12

Sunday, May 18, 2003 at 14:12
Suggest you obtain set of maps put out by HEMA called "Great 4WD Destinations" containing a set of 12 maps at a cost of around $79.00. You probably won't find a more detailed set of printed maps. Maps included are Australia; Cape York; Central Australia; Flinders Ranges; Fraser Island; High Country; Kimberley; Outback NSW; Pilbara; Queensland's Outback; Red Centre; Top End & Gulf. We have many others but have found these best.
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