Maps help safety in remote areas

30 July 2010


Red Centre maps of Uluru and Watarrka NP.

Red Centre maps of Uluru and Watarrka NP
© Geoscience Australia

A map showing walking tracks, local safety risks and phone booths can be very useful for tourists anywhere in Australia, but in Australia's vast interior, it can be life saving.

Geoscience Australia has released two 1:100 000 scale topographic maps featuring the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the nearby Watarrka National Park. They compliment two previously released maps covering the West MacDonnell National Park in the (central) Northern Territory.

The four maps complete the Red Centre National Landscapes Initiative that sought to identify remote areas in Australia where topographic mapping was out of date and tourist activity was considered high. The completion of these maps means safer, more reliable information for the experience seeker travelling throughout these areas.

Each of the maps depicts the landscape contours of the parks and surrounding areas on one side, and a satellite image of the same features on the reverse side, as well as details on facilities such as roads, camping areas, fuel services, water supplies, telephone access and medical facilities.

The maps have been prepared by Geoscience Australia in consultation with the Department of Resources Energy and Tourism and other Australian Government and Northern Territory agencies. They will provide an important reference for tourism planning and ensure State emergency services, police, fire brigade, medical aid and other services have access to relevant, up-to-date geographical information.

The maps will be an important reference for coordinating search and rescue missions or for dealing with bushfires and other natural disasters in remote areas, particularly those in rugged areas of Watarrka National Park.

All four maps will provide a valuable guide for the tourist experience and for the safety of those seeking that special adventure in the arid regions in and around the parks.

Please contact our Sales Centre for copies of the West MacDonnell National Park Map 1 (western section) and West MacDonnell National Park Map 2 (eastern section) along with the maps of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Watarrka National Park.

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