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23 - 25 AUG 2024

4x4 Outdoors



31 Jul 2023

Mapping Central Australia with the Hema Maps Map Patrol Team

Hema Maps Hall: 7 - Grand Pavilion Stand: G143

While the drive from Brisbane to the edge of the desert is a formality for the trip across the Simpson for Hema Maps, a feeling of adventure crept in as the team aired down to tackle the Birdsville Developmental Road. The scenery changed from Outback to distinctly desert, with red dirt everywhere and the landscape gradually simplifying as Birdsville drew nearer.

This trip would be a testing ground for capturing rich digital content like geotagged photos and video of Australia’s off-road regions, in addition to the Map Patrol’s normal track and point of interest logging. This information-intensive process saw travel times slow compared to a usual tourer, though resulted in more in-depth data than ever before.

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