I have a reasonable good understanding of maps and have never been truly lost, although I have
been "bushed" a few times. I suggest that all people who go bush walking take some time to learn
how to read a topographic (topo) map, and that they always carry a map with them. I would also suggest
you learn how to use a compass in conjunction with a topo map. (There are always people around who will
be only too pleased to teach you.) You should gain a good understanding of how to read contours, and
most importantly, how to adjust your compass for magnetic deviation, or variance. You should also learn
how to read your position on the the map in the grid coordinates of Eastings and Northings. Should you,
or your party, become lost and have to report your rough position to the authorities they will expect
to be given a position in grid coordinates. A description of how to report your posiiton is shown on
most topo maps in Australia.
It has become fashionable now to use carry GPS receiver and, while they are handy little instruments,
they are not much use if you can't read a map. There are several web sites available (2006) that explain
how to use GPS for bush walking. One good one is listed below
If you want to learn how to read a map properly you could take up Orienteering or Rogaining.
If you are interested see the link on my home page.