GPS download guides

Detailed instructions on downloading and installing hunting and exclusion zone maps to select GPS devices are available:

Instructions on downloading and installing files to Magellan eXplorist devices have been provided by Magellan Australia. If you require assistance downloading the IMI and MSD files, please contact Magellan Australia on 1800 644 033.

Smartphones

Android and Apple smartphone users need to download and install the Avenza .pdf application. Detailed instructions are available:

The Avenza PDF application is not available for smartphones using a Windows-based operating system.

Frequently asked questions

If you have a question about State forest GPS hunting and exclusion zone maps that is not answered here, contact the Game Licensing Unit.

Do I need to have a GPS enabled device with the hunting and exclusion zone maps displayed when I am hunting in State forests?

Yes, it is a condition of your written permission for hunting on State forests that you carry a GPS enabled device with the current hunting and exclusion zone maps for the area you are hunting.

You need to also ensure that the device has power and is working at all times while you are hunting.

What file formats are the State forest hunting and exclusion zone GPS maps provided in?

The hunting and exclusion zone GPS maps are provided in the following formats:

  • .gdb (for Garmin devices running MapSource or Basecamp software)
  • .kmz (for any device running Google Earth software)
  • .pdf (for use with the Avenza smart phone .pdf map viewer application)
  • .imi and .msd (for Magellan eXplorist 310, 510, 610 and 710 devices).

Why are these the only file types the State forest hunting and exclusion zone GPS maps are provided in?

The State forest hunting and exclusion zone maps are produced by the Forestry Corporation of NSW based on their work plans and other land management activities.

The GPS files are provided in the these formats as they are the ones used and provided to the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) by the Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW).

Magellan Australia independently provide DPI with the .imi and .msd downloads that are compatible with their devices. Magellan works in conjunction with FCNSW in the production of these downloads. A Magellan GPS device loaded with test mapping has been tested in a number of forests to ensure functionality and regulatory standards are met.

What GPS enabled devices are compatible with the State forest hunting and exclusion zone maps?

GPS enabled devices running MapSource or Google Earth software are usually compatible with the file formats provided. Contact your local GPS enabled device retailer for specific information on your device.

Magellan Australia supply .imi and .msd files that are compatible with Magellan eXplorist 310, 510, 610 and 710 devices. Contact Magellan Australia on 1800 644 033 for more information.

What GPS unit is the best to buy?

As a Government Agency, the DPI cannot recommend any particular GPS enabled device brand or model.

What hardware do I need?

You will need a compatible GPS enabled device, and in most cases a blank micro SD card compatible with your GPS unit with at least 1GB of available storage space.

What software do I need?

The provided hunting and exclusion zone GPS maps have been produced to work with the following software programs, which may be compatible with a variety of devices:

.gdb files MapSource or Basecamp
.kmz files Google Earth
.pdf files

Avenza PDF Maps Application

Magellan .imi and .msd files can be downloaded directly onto the device via USB connection and do not require a particular type of software.

I don't have the required hardware or software, what should I do?

If you do not have the appropriate hardware or software requirements you should speak to your local GPS enabled device retailer for more information.

Do I need mobile phone reception to use my smartphone as a GPS?

You will need data coverage to initially download the .pdf hunting and exclusion zone map. Once the map is downloaded it is stored on your smartphone's memory card.

Avenza PDF Map viewer utilises the stored map and your smartphone's GPS function to orient the map and your position.

You do not require mobile phone reception to run the app or navigate using the map.

How do I transfer the maps onto my GPS unit?

Please view the appropriate instruction sheet for the file type, software or device you intend to use

How often are the map files updated/ how often should I update the maps on my GPS?

In general, the State forest hunting and exclusion zone maps are updated every quarter (every three months). Files are provided to the Game Licensing Unit from Forestry Corporation of NSW.

In certain situations maps may be changed earlier.

It is recommended that you download the latest State forest hunting and exclusion zone maps from the DPI website and install them onto your GPS enabled device immediately prior to going hunting.

Who can give me technical advice?

NSW DPI isn't able to provide technical advice on your GPS, its usage or compatibility.

Further technical advice can be obtained from your GPS enabled device manufacturer, or your local GPS enabled device retailer.

Magellan users should contact Magellan Australia on 1800 644 033.