Gold Escort Route Digital Map

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Travel the original Gold Escort Route between Adelaide and Melbourne.

  • 6 double-page maps of the entire Gold Escort Route in OziExplorer (OZF4) format.
  • National Parks and Reserves with camping information.
  • Detailed roads and tracks.

The Gold Escort Route between Adelaide and Castlemaine is amongst the oldest interstate roads in Australia and possibly the oldest and most original that can still be travelled.

The Gold Escort Route was the first direct route between Adelaide and Melbourne. It followed tracks used by pioneer settlers in the mid-1840s when there were no maps, few sign posts and water was unreliable.

The huge Mount Alexander gold rush in Victoria resulted in the establishment of the South Australian Gold Escort Route used to transport miners’ gold back to Adelaide, saving South Australia from financial ruin.

The Gold Escort Service continued for two years and the route continued as the Adelaide-Melbourne Road for another 70 years. Some of the tracks in the Little Desert date from 1845 for European use and may well date back for thousands of years for Aboriginal use.

Road surfaces vary from bitumen highways to deep sandy tracks suitable only for high clearance 4WD vehicles. Maps show alternative tracks for use where the original Gold Escort Route no longer exists as well as options for wet weather use.

Instructions for downloading Ozf format maps

Please read these notes carefully before proceeding

Only buy these maps if you have OziExplorer software installed (or intend to install it ) on your computer. A FREE Trial version of OziExplorer can be downloaded from:

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This map is in OziExplorer (Ozf4) file format. Map image and calibration files are in a Zip folder and require Winzip or a similar program so they can be unpacked and made ready for use.

For each map you wish to purchase, click the "Add to Cart" link above. If more than one map is required, click the "Continue Shopping" button in the shopping cart, and you will return to this page.


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Only maps suitable for use with OziExplorer navigation software are available for download from this site.

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