Family Bushwalks in South East Queensland

My new book created with Gillian Duncan is now available for purchase at www.familybushwalks.com.au. It’s our third book, following two books of recreational trails for cyclists; this one is aimed at walkers and runners who want to go bush without committing to long distances or lots of climbing.

300 walks are described in detail including of course a brand new fully researched topo map showing all points of entry, resources like water and shelter, and making clear the effort required to complete the walk.

Family Bushwalks Bushwalks in South East Queensland Front Cover
Family Bushwalks Bushwalks in South East Queensland – Front Cover
Family Bushwalks Bushwalks in South East Queensland Piccabeen Mt Mee
Family Bushwalks Bushwalks in South East Queensland – Piccabeen Mt Mee
Family Bushwalks in South East Queensland Brisbane City Locations
Family Bushwalks in South East Queensland – Brisbane City Locations
Family Bushwalks in South East Queensland - Berrinba
Family Bushwalks in South East Queensland – Berrinba Wetlands

Wolston Estate

In 2010 I helped Meg Gordon and the Centenary Suburbs Historical Society (www.cshsoc.org.au) by drawing the maps for their book “Pastoralists of Brisbane Town’s Fringe / Pioneers of Seventeen Mile Rocks and Wolston.”

At the time I lived in the centre of this map.

Wolston Estate
Wolston Estate

When River Was Roadway

In 2011 I collaborated again with Meg Gordon and the Centenary Suburbs Historical Society (www.cshsoc.org.au) by drawing the maps for their impressive publication “When River Was Roadway”, subtitled “Pioneer Farmers of Brisbane’s Seventeen Mile Rocks District”.

It is a monochrome publication, and I went with a not so subtle “old world” feel to the typography where it referred to older features and a more modern look for modern features. Here is one of several maps which appear in the book:

Settlers Homes
Settlers Homes

Evacuation Routes and Safety Equipment

My son’s school asked me to create these a few years ago. I made dozens of them, each one customised not only to the building it is in, but also the wall it is mounted on.

First I stared long and hard at the traditional diagrams and decided they were almost useless. They are horribly cluttered, carry far too much irrelevant information, and they try to say two things at once – Evacuation Routes and locations of Safety Equipment.

I wanted to make something that didn’t just address statutory requirements, but actually enhanced safety. My solution was two make two quite separate diagrams, each containing only the bare minimum of information, and to orient the Evacuation Diagram to correspond to its location.

Evacuation Diagram
Evacuation Diagram
Safety Equipment
Safety Equipment