New maps of Australian Territories
27 May 2010
Visitors to some of Australia's remote offshore territories will have new topographic maps in future to help them better appreciate their surroundings.
The maps are of Norfolk Island off Australia's east coast, Australia's most westerly territory, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island, which at 2500 kilometres north west of Perth is closer to the Indonesian island of Java than it is to the Australian mainland.
Features highlighted on the large Norfolk and Cocos (Keeling) Islands 1:25 000 scale maps and the Christmas Island 1:30 000 scale map include detailed contour or height information, infrastructure, vegetation and reserves, as well as rivers, streams and other drainage.
Additional features are a location map of each Territory relative to the Australian continent along with climate details in a temperature and rainfall graph.
During the compilation of the maps by Geoscience Australia, information was contributed by the Attorney-General's Department (Territories of Australia) and the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (Parks Australia).
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