Do you have a paper postcode map for Australia? This is a commonly asked question. It is actually a challenge to do this on a single paper map because most postcodes are concentrated in larger cities – its where most of us live – but those places take up a very small proportion of the whole country. Even on a big poster it means the labels for city postcodes must be tiny and therefore hard to read. To get around this we use “insets” which show cities and other populated places at larger scales in map windows around the main map. You can see examples for individual states on the PDF map series page.
The best way to do this is with a digital map, which allows you to zoom in and out to any area whilst still maintaining detail and useability. Our GIS data series is designed to do this. While you would get the most flexibility by using these products with digital mapping software (see our digital mapping tour), they can also be used in Google Earth, which is free and may meet your needs.
If you simply must have postcodes for the whole continent on one map, we do have a range available. These are full colour poster size maps (A0 or B0), each of the two pages measuring either 1189 x 841 mm (A0) or 1000 x 1414 mm (B0), making extensive use of inset maps to address the complex issue of metropolitan detail for the Australian continent on single pages. There are illustrations and a summary of the practical differences between page sizes below. Using a double page layout gives you the user options of either wall mounting page above page, or sticking / laminating front to reverse. Laminating is not included and if required must be arranged separately after receipt of the paper products; most high street printers and / or office supply companies offer laminating services. Postcode labels are rendered as graphics (rather than fonts) allowing more flexibility for scaling – smaller postcode areas typically are rendered with smaller “font sizes”. This means in practice that some labels appear very small indeed – it is likely that even with good vision you will need to use a magnifying aid to read some labels. This is an inevitable compromise for a printed document of this type, as users of printed atlases will already be familiar!
Screenshot of B0 map (front / top page) actual size. A B0 page is 40% larger in area than an A0 page; a printed object occupying a 10 x 10 cm area on an A0 page is rendered as a 12 x 12 cm area on a B0 page. Please note screenshot is 96 dpi, paper maps are printed at store default, currently 300 dpi.
This product is printed on-demand using your choice of 160 gsm heavy coated bond, 200 gsm gloss or satin finish papers. The postcode area data is updated regularly, guaranteeing you receive an accurate up-to-date Australian postcode map. Prices vary according to your choice of paper size and finish. Prices are:
- A0 on 160gsm Heavy Coated Bond – $450
- A0 on 200gsm Satin Photo Paper – $510
- A0 on 200gsm Gloss Photo Paper – $510
- B0 on 160gsm Heavy Coated Bond – $510
- B0 on 200gsm Satin Photo Paper – $650
- B0 on 200gsm Gloss Photo Paper – $650
We typically supply these products via the Officeworks Colour Posters service, allowing you to collect from your nearest Officeworks store or arrange economical delivery. Please contact sales for your copy, specifying page size, paper quality, and Officeworks store location choices and we will remit via e-mail.
N.B. Our maps use an OpenStreet background. Image tiles are served from various hubs globally, this can render some large scale features in languages other than / in addition to English. Small scale features including place names maintain their English format.