GPS Uses

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Geo­caching: An ori­en­teer­ing game and scav­enger hunt played on a global scale. Play­ers hide ‘‘ caches’’ around the world for oth­ers to find, us­ing GPS co- or­di­nates supplied online. When you have found the cache, sign the log­book, take your cache prize, and leave a prize for the next geo­cacher to find. Learn more at Geo­caching Aus­tralia


GPS Draw­ing: A game us­ing a GPS re­ceiver to mark your path as you move about, chart­ing your path elec­tron­i­cally. You can then down­load your path us­ing map­ping soft­ware and, if fol­lowed cor­rectly, a pic­ture is re­vealed.


Valet park­ing on your phone: If you’ve ever been to a theme park or a shop­ping cen­tre in a big city, you’ll be fa­mil­iar with how easy it is to for­get where you have parked. One easy way to re­mem­ber is to use your GPS- en­abled smart­phone to mark your park­ing spot on Google Maps, then nav­i­gate back to your car us­ing walk­ing di­rec­tions.

Cus­tom routes: Some GPS de­vices for your car ( or apps for your phone) come pre­loaded with soft­ware that al­lows you to browse and down­load cus­tom routes. Whether you want to drive from Los An­ge­les to San Fran­cisco or By­ron Bay to the Gold Coast, where there’s a road, there’s al­ready a route.

Din­ner via GPS: Many GPS de­vices come pre­loaded with restau­rant rat­ings for larger cities, while Google Maps of­ten has user- con­trib­uted rat­ings and re­views em­bed­ded. So, if you’re not sure where to eat, have a closer look at the op­tions around you for in­spi­ra­tion.

Get off the beaten track: Take a chance and turn off the high­way with a trusted GPS de­vice and in­ter­net ser­vice. You can af­ford to ex­plore the wind­ing back roads or the scenic route ( also known as ‘‘ lost’’) and rest as­sured you will al­ways find your way back again.

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