New map of Australia

17 January 2008

Geoscience Australia has revised its popular 1:5,000,000 scale map of Australia. Entitled Australia 1:5,000,000 General Reference Map: fifth edition, the map measures 1,000 mm x 860 mm and is ideal as a framed or unframed wall map. The folded version is also a handy reference map.

South-west section from the 1:5m General Reference map of Australia (image copyright Geoscience Australia 2007)

For the first time, the folded version of the map has been packaged in a plastic envelope and includes an attractive full colour sleeve with general information about Australia, making it an ideal memento of a visit to Australia for international visitors, or as a useful overview map for recreation or business.

Previous editions of the map were produced using traditional cartographic and printing processes, whereas this version is the first to be produced using fully digitised GIS data and printing techniques, derived from Geoscience Australia's 1:250,000 scale GEODATA that is also the base data for NATMAP 1:250,000 maps of Australia.

The new map no longer has relief shading, however it retains hypsometric tinting to show elevation across the continent. Offshore bathymetry complements this depiction of land elevation and was derived from our Australian Bathymetry and Topography Grid, 2005.

Australia 1:5,000,000 General Reference Map: fifth edition is available from authorised NATMAP retailers or from Geoscience Australia's Sales Centre on 02 6249 9966 or Freecall (within Australia) 1800 800173.

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013