Basics - Topographic Mapping

Topographic maps are used for a wide variety of applications, from recreational uses, such as hiking and holiday planning, to urban planning, surveying, mining and emergency management. The following information provides an introduction to topographic maps and how to use them.

What is a Topographic Map?
Learn about topographic maps and how to use them.
What is Map Scale?
A basic explanation of map scale and the various applications.
About Map Numbering
Find out how our map numbering system works.
About Map Data
An introduction to the types of map data available from Geoscience Australia.
Other Mapping Agencies
Find out where to obtain other types of maps, as well as a list of standards and map trade associations, state and territory mapping agencies.