GPS in Australia

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by palouis, Apr 21, 2002.

  1. palouis

    palouis His Assholiness

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    Rod, Haynes, Moot and any serious long distance Yanks :-)

    I'm exploring the wonderful world of GPS for my ride - trip planning, etc. Also plan to exactly pin point my many offs and overs :-)

    Anyone played in the areas before me?

    I'm zeroing in of Magellan and Garmin seem to ignore aussie all togther.

    I'll keep you posted.

    Paul
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    fish Banned

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  3. Rod

    Rod Wacko Ocker

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    sorry Paul
    I just got rid of my 30year old Golden fleece travel map :): It use to have all the horse drinking trough marked on it, now I got one of these travel mapps for bikes about the size of a diary fits in the back pouch of my jacket :smile6 and needs no software or power:jump so I really move with technonogly:rofl :jump
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  4. PPiA

    PPiA Pete

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    I'm still stuck on the idea of finding the local pub and saying "How do I get to....?" then settling in for a while and meeting the locals.
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  5. Haynes

    Haynes Ozzie Cafe Adventurer

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    Sorry,
    I have no use for a GPS when I always have my gorgeous navigator on the back.
    I too, like Rod, carry my pocket sized map in the top case.

    Anyway, Australia is not that big - can't be more than half a dozen long roads and a couple of hundred people. You can always stop and ask any galah directions to the nearest pub or town. Once in the town, everybody knows everybody.

    Bush telegraph rules!
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  6. palouis

    palouis His Assholiness

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    Hmm, well just found that the Meridian GPS from Magellan has full street mapping of all states, but the actual navigation is "crow flies" not via the streets ... Also the distance to a point is crow flies not road. Sort of wonder why bother with the road data.

    Seems more useful for a tank driver (or Panzer/K1200LT). Point and drive ... through houses, dams, lakes and kindergartens.

    I'm thinking that the only useful purpose that a Meridian (and it the the best of the bunch for Aussie) is to record progress, avg speed and so on. Also good for marking personal points of interest, ie good picnic spot, buried beer cache and "That bastard with the loud stereo" (the cops won't dig there).

    Being an idiot, and gadget freak I'll probably buy one for the bike and bore you all with complex illedible references to great spots to ride.

    Next task is to illuminate the bike like a 60's mod Vespa ...

    Anyway everyone is always telling me where to go - might as well use a GPS and make sure I am in the right place!

    Paul

    PS Rod/Haynes - have a good ANZAC day. LWF!
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  7. Steve in NZ

    Steve in NZ scared/cheap

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    seen the Garmin GPS 3 plus in action. seems to be the unit. have a look at www.ultimatejourney.com they got the 3 plus and done the bizzo round your backyard. www.rei.com has im for $300 US then ya gotta get the OZ area CD. Someone may have a "on the road copy" they could give ya as Copying im is illegal I hear.

    have a looksie at CARYs RT page he got a section on GPS units.
    http://www.bmwr1100rt.com/

    No need for GPS is NZ as ya gunna hit the sea every time after about 2 hours riding.

    Come on over stil plenty of single sheep around.
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  8. palouis

    palouis His Assholiness

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    Thunks Stive,
    U'll chick out the sites you mintioned.

    U'v you sin un Oz mep kut?

    Paul.

    PS Sorry to hear your susters stull sungle :-)
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  9. Frank Warner

    Frank Warner Traveller

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    Ozies can tell howfar topub bydistance between greencans. The closer the better toget to the pub.
    I use a gramin extrex ventura. As the roads are remade by the grader drivers every say 2 years the maps are within 200 metres (bleadin long way to push) for petrolstations butnot where the roadis. :rofl The grader always gose parst the pub. :beer Usually the best source for everything, if not they tellyas where to go.

    From West Print Maps www.westprint.com.au/
    "the GIBB RIVER ROAD is open to 4wd to 7.5 tonne, the PENTICOST is @ 800 mm and flowing (care should be taken):lift. [that would make it 300 metres across, or more] All other crossings have water and are easily fordable. [If you say so...]

    The KALUMBURU-GIBB RIVER ROAD is open to 4wd to 7.5 tonne and needs great care to travel at this time of the year. No grader has been on this road for 2 seasons and it is best described as "ROUGH to BUGGERED"

    unleaded fuel will no longer be available at Docker River, Warakurna (Giles) and Warburton. Tjukayirla Roadhouse, between Warburton and Laverton, is resisting this ban at present.
    travellers driving ULP vehicles consider travelling non-stop between Uluru and Tjukayirla Roadhouse. There is a possibility of bans on the supply of ULP being introduced on the Canning Stock Route and the Tanami Track. Restrictions apparently apply at Yuendemu."
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