The maps on our routes page can be viewed on a smartphone.
Before you start
Don’t rely on technology alone. Its always a good idea to take printed maps as a backup and to run with a friend.
The recommended way is to download an app that allows you to view GPX files. Below are instructions for both iPhone and Android.
- For iPhone we recommend downloading the Galileo app from the app store. This app supports a variety of maps, including OpenStreetMap/HikeBikeMap which has the best trail maps. It also has a “Vector Map” (OpenStreetMap) which can be downloaded and used offline when you don’t have mobile coverage.
- Once you have the app downloaded, visit the page for the route and touch the “Download GPX File” link.
- Touch “Open in…”.
- Then touch “Open in Galileo”.
- The map is now open in the Galileo app. Touch the map icon to make the map full screen:
- You can touch the target icon to locate your GPS position and get a “blip” on the map to follow you.
- Once you have the galileo app installed you can change the map type by clicking the settings (cog) icon. It is worth downloading the vector map to use offline when you don’t have a strong mobile signal.
- Turn on phone GPS, if not already.
- Download the free version of the OsmAnd app (a paid version is available ~AU$9).
- Open, and select the base maps that you need, dependent on phone memory space. Scroll down the page to find the sub-menus and access the smaller map tiles. This should automatically be prompted, the first time you open OsmAnd.
- World takes HEAPS of room, Australia some room, SA only a bit. You are limited to 7 downloads with the free version – consider Australia if you run interstate, or just SA if sticking local.
- On the TRSA website (or other source), find the route you want to follow.
- Download as a gpx file. On TRSA site, this link is visible just above the map. It may be elsewhere on other sites.
- Once downloaded, select open (choose ‘OsmAnd’ if given an option).
- Save as a GPX file, when prompted to choose between GPX or waypoints.
- Your map should open and show your track.
- If you have other maps already downloaded, you may need to select the particular one you need. Equally, use this to select other tracks, at other times.
- Press the globe symbol in top left corner (see highlight below).
- Select the GPX track menu.
- Select the route(s) you want to be highlighted from the list.
- Pinch to zoom or swipe to move map around to find the route, or use the current position button (see highlight below) to zoom to your location, shown as a blue dot.
- Useful, though not essential, is the option to select your transport method.
- Press the globe icon in top left corner.
- Select the pedestrian icon (see highlight below).
- The map will now rotate as you move your phone, to orient itself with the direction you are facing, rather than be static (up north, down south, etc). Up on the screen, is in front of you, below is behind, etc. You even get a ‘field of vision’ fan shape in front of your location marker to further enhance this. This can help you to line up features in front of you for reference, if uncertain.