Map and Wayfinding Signs, Royal National Park

Orientation throughout the suite of 32 map signs has been to the walking direction of the visitor and not due north. This allows visitors to position themselves easily and is now considered best practice in mapping and wayfinding signage.

Map signs – orientation

On the larger maps and display panels the ocean backgrounds have been edited in photoshop to be a continuous gradient rather than the patchy (and often quite dark) aerial / satellite photography.

Headland and beach signs x 9

  • Photographic backgrounds were provided as a separate images from ArcMap. The ocean was then cutout and a blue-turquoise gradient applied in photoshop.
  • Maps were orientated to the viewing direction which, being a coastal walk, was predominantly east.
  • Smaller insets were provided to show the immediate facilities from the current location.
  • Additional interpretive information was included along the bottom of the panel along with distances to major points along the walk.
  • NPWS style guidelines were used throughout.

Minor directional map signs x 18

7.3.6 Minor directional sign 300mm wide x 950mm high with site header

Combination wayfinding and interpretive x 7

7.2.2 Information and map sign 1000mm wide x 1200mm high without site header

Track Head map signs x 2

7.3.2 Track-head standard 1200mm x 600mm without site header

Royal NP Wayfinding SIgnage

  • Date: June 2014 – October 2014
  • Service: Design using NPWS style guides, create maps and wayfinding material
  • Specs: 37 signs total
    – 9 x headland and beach signs – 1450mm wide x 620mm high
    – 18 minor directional signs (double sided) with interpretive panels on the reverse side
    – 3 large combination wayfinding and interpretive 2240mm wide x 1175mm high
    – 4 medium combination wayfinding and interpretive 1000mm wide x 1200mm high
    – 3 track head signs 1200mm wide x 600mm high

Other map signs

Wayfinding & Maps


Wayfinding Signs, Penders Heritage site
Smoky Cape Aboriginal signage