They’ve created a wide range of maps, books of maps and now a comprehensive (and somewhat expensive) series of Ipad and Android apps.
The HEMA iPad/Android apps allow you to zoom in to larger/lower scales, however, and contains an incredible amount of fine detail.
Hema’s paper maps and guidebooks are most suitable for roadtrippers and general tourists.
If you’re planning a trip up the Oodnadatta Track, and then out on the Stuart Highway to Uluru, and don’t need lots of historical detail or care about where every washout is, then Hema’s maps will be perfect for you.
If you are a serious 4WDer, and are travelling something like the Madigan Line, then I’d go for the Hema Map app, the HN7, Australian Geoscience topos plus one of the Hema Simpson Desert Maps.
Hema maps give a wide range of details and are loved by most Aussie roadtrippers. They contain:
- road distances
- fuel stops
- supplies and accommodation
- GPS coordinates
- info about track conditions
- tips for driving
- points of interest
- notes about history, wildlife and Aboriginal culture
Price range: $8 – $649 (yes, you did read that correctly!)
Each description outlines the distance, track condition, fuel points, camping areas and permits that are required. There are also handy contact numbers for further information.
With its clear mapping and photographic border, showing some of the beautiful sights you may encounter while exploring the country, the Australia Outback Adventure map will make a great wall map too.
Mapping at a scale of 1:1,500,000 covers from the inland borders to Toowoomba in the east and Charters Towers in the north, with hill shading and elevation tinting creating a more realistic interpretation of the landscape within the region. Marked on the map are points of interest, camping areas and caravan parks as well as fuel and touring routes. Accompanying the mapping is extensive visitor information for the Channel Country, Matilda Country and the Overlanders Way, with a town and locality index in addition to necessary contact details covering the majority of information for touring the region. Also included are maps of Bladensburg, Idalia, Currawinya, Diamantina and Carnarvon Gorge national parks.
Covers: Strzelecki Track, Birdsville Track, Oodnadatta Track, Corner Country, Plenty Highway, Sandover Highway & Lake Eyre
On the reverse is region-specific touring information for Wildflower country, Goldfields, Batavia Coast, Geraldton to Kalbarri, Gascoyne and the Outback Coast, Carnarvon and the Blowhole Coast as well as the Great Eastern Highway, with detailed inset maps for Cape Range National Park, Kalbarri National Park, Francois Peron National Park, Kennedy Range National Park and Mount Augustus National Park also included. Also featured are the Top 10 4WD Tracks, which include the Holland Track, Cave Hill Circuit, Jaurdi Station, Mount Elvire, Mundaring Powerlines Track, Stockyard Gully & Leseur National Park, Greenough River, Steep Point, Peron Peninsula and Kennedy Range National Park. Each track has a grading, map reference, permits and fees, distances, contact details, things to do and warnings.