Sincere thanks to Geoscience Australia for providing me with 125 topographical maps. I ordered maps with a scale of 1:250.000 for my "Race around
All 125 coastal maps, sorted by states
Those are quite a bit! I was planning to unfold all of them and shape the outline of Australia in 1:250.000, but it was too windy in my backyard…and I was not sure if my calculation of the needed space was right
I cut all maps down in the caostal areas only, which reduced the weight from more than 6 kg to about 1 kg for all of Australia..
chaotic scene after a skype call over the maps with experienced WA paddler Les Allan
As I did on my circumnavigations around
Being coastal travelers, sea kayakers are interested in the smallest details of the terrain they navigate each day. Each morning I study the map as if I’m cramming for an exam: where are the best beaches to land, are there miles of unbroken cliffs, mud flats, mangroves, a forest with a stream for fresh water, a nearby town for food, or some other feature to consider? Also I check to see if there contours in the coast that I can tuck behind if the wind changes direction? In short, every geographical nuance is important. That’s why I rely on my Geoscience maps!
In addition to using these invaluable maps, I’ve have a marine chart loaded on my GPS. On those two big circumnavigations I averaged between 40 and 80 km per day, depending on the conditions. Typically I paddled just “one map case” worth of terrain, but if I were to go further the GPS charts are extremely helpful. This worked well on my trips around