The guides themselves are chock-full of information for any outdoor enthusiast including; safety tips, park use conditions, camp ground and hut GPS references, walk cross sections and detailed route notes. Each guide contains a 1:50,000 topographic main map, as well as a more detailed 1:20,000 topographic map showing key facilities and route distances, amongst other features. The guides can be easily taken on bushwalking trips, with its practical ‘fold-out’ style, making it easy to use and navigate on location.
2018 quickly became one of the more productive years for our Outdoor Recreation Guide series of bushwalking maps. A total of four updated maps hit the shelves, with an additional two releases expected for 2019. These new releases also featured some new data layer additions; the most notable being a full emergency marker list and their locations; along with indicative symbology for features such as ski runs in our alpine areas. 2018 releases included:
- Blue Mountains North – 2nd Edition
- Blue Mountains South – 2nd Edition
- Bogong Alpine Area – 4th Edition
- Buller-Howitt – 3rd Edition
How are the guides compiled?
Our Outdoor Recreation Guides are compiled using a number of digital and grounded-truth resources. The compilation of both textual and visual information is undertaken with both quality and precision at the forefront of our minds.
The compilation of data is firstly undertaken using the latest spatial datasets acquired from authoritative Vicmap data and New South Wales data. Once we have an idea for the area to be covered on a particular guide, the data is ‘clipped’ to the region’s extent using ArcGIS. After this has been outputted into a geodatabase, we then import the required data into Adobe Illustrator using Avenza’s MAPublisher plugin. From here, we can then symbolise each data layer, using a range of pre-defined graphic styles and themes, establishing the distinct ‘Outdoor Recreation Guide’ look. This overall look and feel is unique, and appears exclusive in comparison to other ‘SVMaps’ mapping products.
In terms of general textual information and supporting photography, our most recent updates have relied heavily on the input and notes from key individuals, including Glenn van-der-Knjff, Ian Brown, Tom Parkes and Parks Victoria Staff.
These individuals continue to be a huge support for our bushwalking map products. Not only have they invested a considerable amount of time and effort in reviewing text and bushwalking notes throughout our guides, they have also been able to provide us with some high-quality photographs – including many which appear on the cover; most of which have been from their own bushwalking experiences. The fact that we have such avid and passionate bushwalkers, who not only use and support the products themselves, but also continually review and update the information, speak volumes of the guide’s overall usability and practicality as a whole. We continue to be thankful for Glenn, Ian, Tom and Parks Victoria Staff for their immeasurable support, overall commitment and input to these products.
As a final step, our maps are then subject to a number of reviews; both internal and external. Parks Victoria staff are a key participant in these reviews and provide local knowledge for particular areas of interest. They provide feedback of changes that are required notably road accessibility and camping area changes including other information that may not be readily accessible via publicly accessible sources.
Once final checks and reviews are complete, a high-quality digital PDF is then exported from the Adobe suite, to then be printed locally in Victoria.
Coming Soon in 2019…
Be on the lookout for two new and exciting editions of our Outdoor Recreation Guide range, including:
Northern Grampians – 3rd Edition, currently in production and expected to hit the shelves in the second quarter of 2019.
Mount Buffalo – 2nd Edition, expected for release later in 2019.
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