Mainroads WA has a few publications/online resources which maybe of interest to cycling tourists in Western Australia. In particular is the Mainroads publication, Distance Book: Distances to towns and localities in Western Australia which is now in its 13th edition and is available as a PDF document.
Distance Book: Distances to Towns and Localities in Western Australia
The Distance Book, now in its 13th edition provides information on distances to towns and localities in Western Australia. The distances are shown as coming from Perth. The key information features of the Distance Book are:
- Straight line diagrams and route maps
- Route numbering system
- Distances to towns and localities from Perth in an alphabetical list
Distances in the Perth Metropolitan area
- Distances between capital cities in Australia
- Focal point markers, names and abbreviations
Quite a handy resource for planning bicycle tours in Western Australia.
A Guide to Roadside Amenities and Rest Areas
In addition to the Distance Book, Mainroads WA also publish a guide to roadside amenities and rest areas on major routes in Western Australia. The guide provides details as to the location of roadside amenities and rest areas along with strip maps on the following major touring routes in Western Australia:
- Perth to Albany
- Perth to Esperance
- Perth to Kalgoorlie
- Norseman to Eucla
- Kalgoorlie to Esperance
- Perth to Newman to Port Hedland
- Perth to Carnarvon to Port Hedland
- Port Hedland to Kununurra
Road Information Mapping System
Mainroads WA road information mapping system is an online mapping program which allows for exploring the Western Australian road system by road hierarchy among other options. A different take on mapping compared to the likes of Google Maps. I do find the system very slow to work with but this could be my system, still it is handy for exploring more interesting touring options.
Distance Book User?
Have you used the Mainroads WA Distance Book? Do you have other suggestions for useful mapping resources for cyclists riding in Western Australia, particular outside of the metropolitan area, so thinking more here about bicycle tourists. For metropolitan resources see my Perth route planning tools page.