The original Hema app, popular and highly rated by adventurers in Australia since 2011. Includes the latest 2022 maps.
Best value Hema App. The one-time cost includes all Hema 4WD maps, without any recurring subscriptions.
Use offline mapping and your device’s in-built GPS receiver to see where you are on detailed Hema maps, which feature roads, 4WD tracks, topographic information and POIs to guide your travels off the beaten track.
Find your location
Real-time GPS tracking*
Australia-wide map coverage
PLOT YOUR TRIP
SAVE & RECORD YOUR TRACKS
Record your trips
Save tracks with information
Share tracklogs & waypoints
ACCESS HEMA'S PREMIUM MAP COLLECTION
The app comes preloaded with a massive library of Hema touring and 4WD maps that covers all of Australia:
Australia 1:250K TOPO
Hema Explorer Map at 1:150,000 - 1:10M
Goldfields-Esperance - Cape Arid NP
Goldfields-Esperance - Cape Le Grand NP
Cape York - The CREB Track
Cape York - Lakefield NP
Cape York - The Tip
Goldfields-Esperance - Fitzgerald River NP
Flinders - Flinders Ranges Mainmap
Flinders - Mount Remarkable NP
Flinders - Flinders Ranges NP
Flinders - Vulkathunha Gammon Ranges NP
Fraser Island - Central Station
Fraser Island - Mid Fraser
Fraser Island - Rainbow Beach
Great Desert Tracks - North Central
Great Desert Tracks - North East
Great Desert Tracks - North West
Great Desert Tracks - South Central
Great Desert Tracks - South East
Great Desert Tracks - South West
Goldfields-Esperance and Southern Coast of WA
High Country Victoria East
High Country Victoria West
Top End - Kakadu National Park
Outback NSW - Kinchega NP
Sth West Corner - Margaret River Wine Region
Mid West Western Australia
Mid West WA - Francois Peron NP
Mid West WA - Kalbarri NP
Mid West WA - Kennedy Range NP
Mid West WA - Mount Augustus NP
Outback NSW - Mungo NP
Outback NSW - Mutawintji NP
Outback New South Wales
Outback QLD - Bladensburg NP
Outback QLD - Carnarvon Gorge
Outback QLD - Currawinya NP
Outback QLD - Diamantina NP
Outback QLD - Idalia NP
Outback QLD - Mt Moffat
Outback QLD - Salvator Rosa and Ka Ka Mundi
Pilbara - Cape Range NP
Pilbara - Karijini NP
Pilbara - Millstream Chichester NP
Pilbara - Rudall River Karlamilyi NP
Simpson Desert 1:1,100,000
Simpson Desert 1:500,00
South West Corner - 200k
South West Western Australia
Goldfields-Esperance - Stirling Ranges NP
Goldfields-Esperance - Stokes NP
Outback NSW - Sturt NP
The Kimberley - Dampier Peninsula
The Kimberley - Purnululu NP
The Kimberley - Wyndham-Kununurra
The Red Centre
Top End and Gulf - Boodjamulla NP
Top End and Gulf - Darwin Region
Top End and Gulf - Gregory NP
Top End and Gulf - Keep River NP
Top End and Gulf - Nhulunbuy
DOWNLOAD ADDITIONAL MAP SOURCES
Access a wide range of additional map sources which are available for purchase via the Memory-Map Digital Map Shop.
USE ON WINDOWS PC or MAC
Use the same maps and overlays on your desktop/laptop to plan your route and review tracklogs. (Maps sold separately).
*You do not need a SIM Card installed or cellular coverage to utilise the GPS tracking functions on iPad for the app, though a WiFi+Cellular iPad is necessary to discover and track your location. A WiFi-only iPad does not contain the in-built GPS that a WiFi+Cellular iPad does, however external Bluetooth GPS receivers can be purchased for use with a WiFi-only iPad.
Updated Maps: Great Desert Tracks & Simpson Desert
New Map: Nullarbor Plain
Easier to tap toolbar buttons on iPhone (swipe home twice to close the app)
Ratings and Reviews
I’ve been using Hema 4WD Maps for a few years now and for me it is a must-have for remote travel. I do a lot of trip planning in QGIS and export GPX tracks to my iPad (with a Garmin GLO GPS) and iPhone (as a second backup) before trips and log my tracks as I go. Takes a bit of stuffing around to deal with the user interface and managing lots of your own vector data is a pain as you can’t group tracks and waypoints into a “trip”-type folder structure. That said, I’ve been working in and travelling through the western deserts and other remote WA regions for 25 years using all sorts of means to navigate, incl. using full GIS platforms, but I wouldn’t lead or follow on a remote trip without this app these days.
It’s a very basic app. But basic doesn’t necessarily mean simple in this case. I downloaded Hema because they used to be the forefront of off-road maps in this area. The maps themselves are probably up to date and accurate but the app itself has much to be desired.
It’s basically a digital copy of paper maps. Zoom in and out to change the scale of the maps. Borders between maps are glitchy. If there isn’t a map for the area you’re searching with a scale large enough the tracks just get blurry.
If you’re looking to purchase and want an idea of what you’re buying for $100, simply picture paper maps in your phone and that’s about it. No direction services, difficult to find key, I’m still not sure how the scale reads exactly, transitions between maps is very rough - pretty much as though you’re swapping between paper maps and there’s little to no extra data or services.
I only rate this 2 stars because I think 1 is generally too harsh.
Hema, you could definitely have a massive advantage if you used your quality data to develop a proper app, this is just a simple way of carrying multiple paper maps. Pretty disappointed.
Developer Response ,
Hello, The 4wd Map application is a digital version of the Hema paper maps. , I believe the 4x4 Explorer may be more suited to your needs, https://www.hemamaps.com/navigate/hema-app-comparison here is a comparison between the applications to give you a clear view on what each application contains and offers
Does almost everything you want
I’ve been using this app for a couple months and genuinely love it. Along the Tele track without service not once did I have to question just where I was. Now using it to plan next year’s Gibb River trip it’s just as useful. There are however 3 major issues. 1 it’s clunky but I was lucky to have a friend teach me how to use it. 2 the trip planner is made for airplanes not cars (it just shows a direction line literally as a plane would fly). 3 as far as I am aware you can only search for things by their formal name and not by longitude and latitude which to me is fairly restrictive for an off-road adventure mapping app.
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- Hema Maps Pty Ltd
- 1.8 GB
- Requires iOS 11.4 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.4 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.4 or later.
- Age Rating
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © Hema Maps Pty Ltd, Memory-Map Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- Victoria Topo Maps $99.99
- Topo SA $99.99
- NSW Topo maps (Ed3) $99.99
- QLD Topo Ed2 $99.99
- Import 3rd Party Maps $29.99
- Tasmania Topo Maps Ed2 $99.99