How to unlock new walking trails in SA’s national parks using Avenza Maps

How to unlock new walking trails in SA’s national parks using Avenza Maps

You can use GPS tech­nol­o­gy to dis­cov­er trails in nation­al parks – even with­out a net­work con­nec­tion. Find out how.

Look­ing for a walk­ing trail near you in South Australia’s parks and reserves? Or maybe your usu­al spot is some­times too crowd­ed to prac­tice social dis­tanc­ing and you want to explore some­where new?

There’s an app that can help with that. Offi­cial maps from Nation­al Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice South Aus­tralia (NPWS­SA) are avail­able on Aven­za Maps.

The maps are geo­ref­er­enced, so once you’ve down­loaded the app and installed your map, they work with your smartphone’s inbuilt GPS to plot your real-time loca­tion with­in the park on the map.

You can use the app with­out a net­work con­nec­tion, allow­ing you to stay safe and aware of where you are – which is par­tic­u­lar­ly handy in hills parks that are often just out of net­work range.

How it works

The Aven­za Maps app uses your device’s built-in GPS to locate you even when you are out of range of a net­work or inter­net connection.

A blue dot fol­lows you wher­ev­er you are with­in the park so you always know where you are on the map. You can then zoom in and out, nav­i­gate from place to place, mark points of inter­est and attach pho­tos exact­ly where they were taken.

So if you’re a reg­u­lar park vis­i­tor you can mark the walk­ing trails you’ve already done and locate any new ones you’ve yet to con­quer. And for the fit­ness enthu­si­ast, you can even see pro­files of your speed and ele­va­tion change dur­ing your journey.

How to unlock new walking trails in SA’s national parks using Avenza Maps

Using the app

  1. Down­load the Aven­za PDF Map from the app store while you are still in range (its free!).
  2. Open the app and click the shop­ping cart icon.
  3. Type the name of the nation­al park or reserve you are look­ing for in the search bar and click search.
  4. Click on the map you are after and install it. All the maps pro­duced by NPWS­SA are free, how­ev­er, you may wish to pur­chase oth­er maps through the app.
  5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page
  6. Use park maps through the app while in the park and nev­er take a wrong turn again!

Start your journey

So now you have all the tech­nol­o­gy you need to find a nation­al park, locate impor­tant land­marks and walk­ing trails and stay safe, all with the help of your smart phone.

Just make sure your phone is ful­ly charged before you start your hike!

Remem­ber: When vis­it­ing parks dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, stick to parks near you, stay up to date with gov­ern­ment guide­lines about social dis­tanc­ing and move­ment restric­tions and use com­mon sense about who you vis­it with. 

In the cur­rent cli­mate of social dis­tanc­ing,read how you can do the right thingwhile still enjoy­ing nature in our nation­al parks.

This con­tent was pro­duced in part­ner­ship with  Good Living