Australia is a vast and magnificent country to travel through, however due to the sheer isolation of many areas of inland Australia it is important that you know where you are and where you are going at all times. The easiest way of doing that is with great mapping and competent navigation skills. Both aspects of navigation are extremely important and while the modern age has allowed for a lapse in many of our rudimentary navigation skills, it is essential that you are proficient in the basic art of using a map and compass. This is something that we will cover in the near future. This article will focus on the fundamentals of mapping, why it is important to choose the correct maps and the benefits of both digital and paper mapping.