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Journey planning—maps and GPS

If you are planning a driving holiday on Queensland roads—or to drive a long distance in Queensland to your holiday destination—you should plan your journey, including your route and stops, in advance.

Queensland is a large state with many different landscapes, including rainforests, beaches and outback. Each landscape offers different driving conditions which can sometimes make driving stressful, tiring or dangerous. Having a plan and being prepared is very important for your safety and the safety of other road users.

There are tools available, such as points of interest for your GPS and interactive and hardcopy maps, to help you plan and get prepared.

GPS points of interest

If you are planning to use a GPS navigation device to guide you on your journey, you should download our points of interest files before you set out.

You can download points of interest files for Garmin, TomTom and Navman navigation devices. Installing this information on your GPS could improve your trip and help keep you safe.

You can download and install the following files to your GPS:

  • motorist rest areas
  • driver reviver stops
  • scenic stops
  • public RV effluent dump sites
  • heavy vehicle rest areas
  • heavy vehicle stopping places
  • traffic cameras.

We recommend you also carry a hardcopy map in your vehicle while on your journey—in case your GPS cannot get a signal.

Maps

Guide to Queensland Roads

If you are planning to travel a long distance on Queensland roads you should either:

We recommend you keep this guide in your glove box while driving around the state (even if you plan to use a GPS or online map).

The Guide to Queensland Roads shows:

  • motorist rest areas
  • driver reviver stops
  • scenic stops
  • public RV effluent dump sites
  • heavy vehicle rest areas
  • heavy vehicle stopping places (not shown if you order a copy of the guide)
  • accredited visitor information centres
  • road surfaces
  • distances
  • travelling times.

Having this guide on you could help keep you safe—particularly if your GPS and phone cannot get reception.

Road region maps

If you will mainly be travelling in 1 road region, you might find the map of that region helpful.
Queensland’s road region maps show:

  • road networks
  • railways
  • rivers
  • creeks
  • dams
  • towns
  • administrative boundaries
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads rest areas.

Road safety preparation

Before you set out, make sure:

  • you get a good nights sleep
  • to put a hardcopy map in your car (in addition to your GPS or maps you have on your phone, tablet or laptop)
  • you have a spare tyre, tools and water
  • to check you have the right level of cover for your roadside assistance
  • to decide on a driving roster—if you can share the driving
  • you choose which rest stops you will stop at (to make sure you stop every 2 hours).

Learn more about road safety for long drives.

National public toilet map

The national public toilet map website lists every public toilet in Australia—including accessible toilets for people with a disability.

Visit the website to find your nearest toilets. You can also download an Android or iPhone app for when you’re out and about.

Last updated
18 September 2013

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