Garmin GPS Topo maps SD card

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Hi All, I was given a Garmin street navigator for fathers day. I noticed on there web site that I can get a SD card with topo maps for all of Australia & NZ. Which use hema maps
shows all Outback and NP & State parks for $229.
Has anyone used this SD card ???

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Reply By: Member - Markthemilko - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 23:01

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 23:01
Hi Barry, I bought version 3 (V3) 18 months ago- also for $229 - from Octapc when the owner was in Bellevue WA. So I was able to see it on my Garmin before I bought it. It shows lots more than the Garmin - in particular the Anne Beadell Hwy as we were heading on that later that year. It also shows contours. Good value for money I think.

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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 21:52

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 21:52
Hi Mark thanks for your reply.
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 21:58

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 21:58
Thanks Mark I'll have a look.
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 07:45

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 07:45
gooday Barry : I have got the Garmin v3 dvd version (garmin topo aus & nz ) it can be very detailed in some places but not so in others .
note... I dont think they are hema maps ?????
another good option is shonky maps very similar & can be free on net but takes some down load time as its very large . the other option is to buy it from Octpc on dvd thats what I did .( i can recommend )
it also has other stuff on the dvd...NOTE.. ( inc 4wd tracks "I would NOT recommend" )

there is most likely other options as far as maps go .

Garmins registration on topo A&NZ maps is different from sd card to dvd . I have dvd and can load it on to as many PC as i like but only one gps . sd card I think can be loaded on many gps unite .

I would recommend you have a look on GPS australia web site = octpc for a lot more deatils on maps & other stuff ....very helpful
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 07:51

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 07:51
Nick, i found that the sd card could not be copied or moved to the garmin memory and only could be used fron the sd card. That still lets you move it from garmin to garmin. Michael
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 21:54

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 21:54
Hi Nick thanks for the suggestions I'll check them out.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 07:47

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 07:47
Barry, check on ebay, you can get the same on micro SD card for less than $50. I bought mine there 2 years ago for about $70.. they are genuine Garmin. Michael
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 21:43

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 21:43
Thanks Michael I'll check it out.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 07:58

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 07:58
Hi Barry

As good as Garmin products are, do not waste your money on the Topo Maps.

They are not Hema, so the quality is not there and there are still gaps after a number of fixes.

Your best value for money is to download the FREE Shonky maps, that from our experience are just as good and in many instances far more accurate.

It is you call, but from my personal experience and if I could turn back the clock, I would not have wasted my money.



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If you are after an all in 1 unit that offers the best maps, upgrade to a Hema HN6 and you have it all in 1 unit.
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 08:11

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 08:11
Stephen He has already got a gps & just wants more maps . hema navigator ok if you got money to burn at around $ 700 !!!!
agree shonky cheap option .
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 08:32

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 08:32
Hi Nick

I know that he already has a Garmin that was given as a Father's Day present, but was referring that if he was after an all in 1 unit, then he can not go past the HN6.

They might be not cheap, but they are fantastic to use.



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Follow Up By: 178 - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 14:31

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 14:31
Seeing you already have Garmin Get Basecamp and download Shonky maps and have a look in Garmin Basecamp on PC. Costs nothing
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 19:04

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 19:04
Stephen,

It can be misleading as the HEMA logo is on the site, but as you said,

Quote from the Garmin web site,
"Includes routable road content, by NAVTEQ, to give you turn-by-turn directions to your destination. Additional content provided by HEMA and LINZ."

So there is some HEMA content but not too much.
I have no issues with Garmin Topo v2 or v3, I understand their limitations and use paper maps in general.

Shonky is good Tracks4Australia are an alternative and free.
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 21:51

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 21:51
Stephen thanks for your opinion I'll check out Shonky maps but my computor skills are not to flash about down loading onto my computor.

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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Sunday, Oct 07, 2012 at 14:53

Sunday, Oct 07, 2012 at 14:53
Barry , buying shonky on a dvd and loading is cheap & easy . the fact that shonky is not routeable IMO is not a big deal & saves $$$$

Note : I think there is a problem with using Tracks4Australia with shonky
???? something i read on gps aus , i will try to find . I had a problem with opening once so deleted all reload with out 4wd tks , dont know maybe someone else can help ? ... "Greg"

as 178 said basecamp with the new version is terrific ...
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Follow Up By: 178 - Sunday, Oct 07, 2012 at 16:08

Sunday, Oct 07, 2012 at 16:08
If you want to have routing Contours Australia can be purchased for$20 on flash drive. Haven`t used myself but sounds good.
Contours Australia is set of transparent 5m contour maps that cover all of Australia only for the Garmin Mapping GPS. As the maps are just contour lines they are to be used with other products like City Navigator, Shonky Maps, Open Street Map or any other Australian Garmin formatted maps to turn them into topo like maps on the GPS. The mapset is just over 2GB in size and there is 668 maps in the set. Partial areas can be loaded. Contours are shown at 5 meter intervals at 120m or below on the GPS. 200m to 300m are at 10m intervals. 500m to 1.2km are at 50m intervals and 2km zoom contours are at 100m intervals when the GPS detail level is set normal. Set your GPS detail to Most and you will see the 5m contours out to the 1.2km zoom. In Mapsource/Basecamp you will see the Australian coast line, state borders and town/city points. These are only shown in Mapsource/Basecamp and not transferred to the GPS.
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Reply By: Member - David T (SA) - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 15:22

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 15:22
Hi Barry
I recently got a new Garmin Etrex 20 which is a small gps more suitable for hiking. There was/is a promotion going where you get Aust and NZ topo maps on a mini SD card free. You will need to show proof of purchase which might not be easy if yours was a gift. Regardless of if these maps are the best over $200 worth for nothing was pretty good. Check the Garmin website (Aust) to see if you qualify as it depends on the model you bought.
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Follow Up By: DesF - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 16:48

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 16:48
Hi, Same here, I have Topo on a SD card , downloaded and then cracked that I use in the Nuvi760, and copied it to a Micro SD for my new Etrex 30, which came with the Free Topo.
Have been using it extensively in the outback and Flinders. there a few broken lines which will not let you set a route past them, but just start again and log two routes ,
I have put in the redemption for my free Topo, which they said they are sending on a SD card & I hope it is on a Micro SD if you cant copy it ., It will be the latest version I hope.
Do fair bit of geocaching and have been using the Nuvi and the Phone app " C:Geo,
Much easier with the Etrex 30.
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Follow Up By: DesF - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 16:53

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 16:53
Forgot to mention I have also Shonky and Tracks 4 Australia on a card as well, Shonky is quite good but you can't do routes on it as you can with Topo, been using it ( Topo) for about 3 years now. Cheers Des,
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 21:46

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 21:46
Thanks Dave for the reply, have checked Garmin web site not available for my Nuvi 50 model
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Follow Up By: Member - Markthemilko - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 21:50

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 21:50
Hi Barry,
a friend of mine has one for sale on Gumtree

that might save you $$$s.

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Reply By: Life Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, Oct 07, 2012 at 03:41

Sunday, Oct 07, 2012 at 03:41
I see some of you are mentioning Shonky Maps, I have it installed into my Garmin 1490T , please note that Shonky Maps does not do auto routing.
The Garmin Topo will do routing.
I have it installed straight into the Garmin memory, not on a card.

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Follow Up By: Leanne AM - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 21:59

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 21:59
Rather than spending $700 on the hema navigator - install the hema app on your iPad for less than $200! Includes stacks of maps & you can download more for a free trial 2 week period.
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