Although many of our national parks have little or no mobile reception, we recognise that in journey planning many people will use online information and mobile devices.
The Smart Park Maps will make it easier to navigate your way around Western Australia’s most popular parks when preparing for your visit and when in areas where there is no mobile reception.
Having recently completed the pilot map for Karijini National Park, the WA Parks Foundation in partnership with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is seeking sponsorship for the development of quality fit-for-purpose maps for all of the State’s 101 national parks.
Maps represent the real world on a much smaller scale. They help you travel from one location to another. They help you organise information. They help you figure out where you are and how to get to where you want to go. There are many types of maps. The kind you use depends on what you want to know and do. For instance, a topographic map will inform you about land elevations and features, a park map can show you trails, roads, sites of interest, and locations of important buildings such as restrooms.
Whether on a page of paper or on a device that contains GPS technology, maps are important because they help you get around in your daily life. As they say, everything happens somewhere.
About the project
Geo-referenced PDF’s are used extensively by park organisations worldwide as a way of offering a downloadable interactive map which works with a mobile device providing current location.
The Smart Park Maps series will provide information on facilities, trails, lookouts and other points of interest within the park. Prior to visiting, users will need to download the free Avenza Maps app to display the maps interactively on their mobile device. The maps use the built-in GPS on iOS or Android smartphone and/or tablet devices to plot your real-time location onto the Smart Park Map. This can be done without a network connection and without roaming charges. Users can also measure area, distance, plot photos and drop place mark pins.
The Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions will be the custodians of the Smart Park Maps.
A range of sponsorship packages are available and can be tailored to your location and level of investment.