Rob's Maps

Free, high-resolution topographic maps of the Blue Mountains (in NSW, Australia) for bushwalkers, canyoners, climbers, rescue workers and map geeks.

The NSW government (Australia) makes its excellent digital topographic maps freely available. Those topographic maps will be adequate for most purposes. However, bushwalkers and canyoners who walk off-track in areas with complex topography, such as the “pagoda country” of the Northern Blue Mountains, might be able to use more detail than is provided on the standard topographic maps.

If you are a bushwalker or canyoner wanting more detailed maps of the Blue Mountains, you’ve come to the right place. This site provides topographic maps of the Blue Mountains with additional detail to facilitate off-track navigation. Access to the maps is unrestricted. You don’t need to register, subscribe, look at advertising junk, or pay a fee. I don’t collect your data. There are no catches!

About the maps

Map names correspond to those used in the NSW Government’s 1:25,000 topographic map series.

Two formats are available:

Image files (*.png). You can open these files with any image viewer. The files are quite large (between 25Mb and 125 Mb) so you may be unable to view them at full resolution in a web browser. To view files in full resolution, save them to your device and then view the saved file with an image viewer such as the Photos app in Windows. The image files are most useful for planning trips.

CLICK HERE TO BE DIRECTED TO A FOLDER CONTAINING IMAGE FILES.

Memory-Map files (*.qct). Geo-tagged files made for use in the Memory-Map navigation app. The Memory-Map files are useful for navigation. Note that a Memory-Map license extension is required to open these files in Memory-Map.

CLICK HERE TO BE DIRECTED TO A FOLDER CONTAINING MEMORY-MAP FILES.

The files are served up by DropBox but you do not need to have a DropBox account to view or save the files.

The maps are constructed by superimposing high-resolution (LIDAR) elevation data onto the standard 1:25,000 topographic maps. An example is shown in the image (the grid has a 1km spacing.) The original contour lines appear as smudged pink lines. The high-resolution elevation data are used to generate additional contour lines at 5m intervals: they are shown as thin black lines. The 100m contours are shown as thin, bright pink lines. High-resolution elevation data are also used to calculate slopes. Slopes of 45-60 degrees (very steep) are rendered with a semi-opaque red, and slopes of greater than 60 degrees (cliffs) are rendered in black.

The maps are occasionally updated to improve them or to fix bugs. The file name contains the date the file was updated. A change log can be found here. Please send feedback about the maps or web site to me at me[AT]rherbert.net.

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