Trail Maps Now Downloadable To iPhones

Trail Maps Now Downloadable To iPhones

Western Australia Minister for Environment Bill Marmion

New Ways To Discover WA’s National Parks

Victor P Taffa

Hikers can now download some of the State’s most Popular Trail Maps to their iPhones, thanks to a partnership between the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and EveryTrail website.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion said the new technology was part of an ongoing strategy to make information about Western Australian National Parks more easily accessible to the public.

“The website’s ‘e-guides’ will revolutionise the way people plan their journeys through WA, as they can be quickly downloaded to smart phones, including iPhones, before they embark on a trip.” Mr. Marmion said.

“Once downloaded, users can view detailed maps, photos, descriptions and points of interest, even in remote areas of the State where phone reception is unavailable.”

“Initially, there are six ‘e-guides’ that can be downloaded from the EveryTrail site for free. As more guides are added, it is anticipated that it will become an increasingly important reference for the public, as well as visitor centres.” Mr. Marmion said.

The Minister said a new online booking system was also being trialled by DEC to allow visitors to secure camping accommodation in national parks from anywhere in the world.

The DEC Campgrounds website also provides information on more than 110 campsites throughout the State.

“DEC-managed lands and waters include 98 National Parks, 10 Marine Parks and 11 Regional Parks.” Mr. Marmion said.

“In 2009-10, these lands attracted more than 14.6 Million visits and this State Government is committed to encouraging discovery and enjoyment of these natural wonders.”

“There is an increasing demand from travellers for access to digital information. Online tools can help people to plan their visits in advance and secure camping accommodation.” Mr. Marmion said.