Welcome to the home of Australian Geology Travel Maps.
- No internet required in the field
- Detailed geology maps for Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania & Victoria.
- Total magnetic intensity, first vertical derivative grey-scale images for all states
- Petroleum, mining & exploration leases (iPhone/iPad only)
- Talking maps – the geology is reported verbally, when a boundary is crossed
- 3 or 4 clicks to download any of 360+ Geological Survey of NSW phone maps
- Landscapes are shown on the map – along with roads, towns, etc.
- Photos of example geological features and landscapes (Android only)
- Bush-walking tracks shown with relief and contours
- Unsealed roads clearly shown – even when viewing large areas
- Record your trail – automatically distinguish walking from driving
- Import and use any MBTiles phone map – not just geology
- Track the geology on flights across Australia
No internet is required in the field
Most importantly of all, and this is a distinguishing feature of this app – all the critical data is stored on the phone or tablet so that the system works everywhere in Australia, without any requirement for mobile reception (except for the initial download of the app and your map, where WIFI is suggested). Note that for most of the area of rural Australia, mobile reception is either not sufficient to support a data connection, or non-existent, so this feature is critical. (Some extra less-critical features are available when you have internet – eg. google maps, google satellite imagery.)
Get updates on the geology while you drive
A recently added feature is the option for the app to speak to you, telling you whenever you pass over a geology boundary into a different rock unit type. This works not only for the Trilobite maps, but for any imported interactive phone map, for example interactive detailed ‘seamless’ geology maps created by the Geological Survey of New South Wales.
Detailed Geological Survey maps
Western Australia 1:500k, South Australia 1:100k, Queensland 1:100k & 1:250k, Tasmania 1:25k & 1:250k, and Victoria 1:50k & 1:250k geology maps are available. Australian Geology Travel Maps is also the simplest and most effective system available for downloading and viewing the 360+ geology, geophysics, and regolith phone maps supplied to the community by the Geological Survey of New South Wales.
Total magnetic intensity images
You can download total magnetic intensity (TMI 1VD) images for all of the states. In the iPhone app, you can overlay these as transparencies above the geology maps. The transparency value is fully adjustable via a slider near the bottom of the screen.
Petroleum, mining & exploration leases (iPhone/iPad only)
These are available for all states.
Australian landscapes and geology over time
This app delivers a unique collection of maps covering the entire Australian continent. Geology and topography are combined by the author to paint a picture of the landscape. This is supplemented by photos of scenery and rocks, many of them kindly supplied by the state geological surveys. Summary fact sheets about geological time are also accessible, courtesy of Geoscience Australia.
Named bush-walking tracks from Open Street Maps are clearly shown, and in addition to hill-shaded relief, contour lines are displayed, so that ascent and descent heights for walks are known.
Caravaners & 4WD Owners
Country roads are displayed even when viewing large areas, with unsealed roads clearly marked, so that suitable routes can be chosen.
Avoid getting lost
The drawing of your current trail is available with one click. It is suggested that you use this whenever you start a bush-walk. It is easy to get disoriented when the weather or the lighting changes. If you are recording your trail, this will help you return to your start-point.
Record your day’s travel
At the beginning of the day, you can start recording your trail, and forget about it. Your driving, walking and stops are automatically distinguished from each other, and displayed using different colours, so that at the end of the day, you have a clear record of your travels, including stops. You can add a description and then export the trail with a few clicks, and send it to friends, to view in Google Earth.
Import and use any MBTiles phone map
The app is also useful as a general MBTiles map viewing tool – not just geology maps. It will read any MBTiles format map – interactive or non-interactive. It also supports the older RMAPS sqlite format. Any maps created as interactive MBTiles format become talking maps with this app. It can be used for soil maps, vegetation maps, or any type of geographical map, and is not restricted to Australian maps.
Pass the time on long flights
If you are flying across Australia, book yourself a window seat, and run the app. As you fly over deserts and mountains, you will be able to view the plane’s location on the phone map and see what geology the landforms are made of. Note that GPS availability varies between planes and different quality phones.
Maximise battery life
When you are bush-walking, please put your phone into flight mode. This can very significantly extend your battery life.
Thanks to the government organisations – Australian and otherwise – that have released their data under a Creative Commons BY license. Without freely available quality data, this app would not have been created. And gratitude to the generations of dedicated field geologists that have walked, ridden and driven over the remotest parts of Australia collecting data that forms the basis of our knowledge of the evolution of the Australian continent.
Australian Geology Travel Maps costs $AU11.99 per year. This is significantly less than the cost of just one printed geology map or a good tourist map. The Apple subscription covers all your iPhones/iPads, and the Android subscription covers all your Android devices, for example, you might own a phone and a tablet. This pricing structure allows this system to be maintained and improved into the future. We recommend that you use the 1-week trial period to install the app, download your map of interest, and use in the field, or while driving around.
Warning about iPads
The WIFI-only version of the iPad Pro does NOT have GPS functionality. You need to purchase the ‘Cellular+WIFI’ iPad Pro, but you do NOT need to have a SIM inserted.