Google's Map data is generally held to be the best around, but not so much once you're off the streets. If you're in (mostly) New South Wales or Victoria, though, you've now got a new set of tools at your disposal, as Google's announced it's offering indoor maps for Google Maps For Android covering more than 200 locations across both states, as well as just a few from other states.
Are you ready for some serious, action packed scrolling? Here's the full list of locations currently uploaded to Google Maps, with more promised across Australia during the year:
Shopping Centres Albany Brooks Garden Shopping Centre Albury Centre Albury Shopping Centre Altone Park Marketplace Belmont Shopping Centre Brandon Park Shopping Centre Burnie Centre Canberra Centre Carlingford Court Castle Towers Shopping Centre Casuarina Square Centro Armidale Centro Arndale Centro Bankstown Centro Box Hill South Centro Colonnades Centro Cranbourne Centro Dianella Centro Flinders Centro Keilor Shopping Centre Centro Somerville Shopping Center Centro Whitehorse Centro Whitsunday Shopping Centre Charlestown Square Chifley Plaza Dandenong Plaza Eastland Shopping Centre Emerald Market Plaza Emerald Village Forestway Shopping Centre Galleria Centre Glenorchy Centre Grand Central Shopping Centre Gympie Shopping Centre Halls Head Centre Harbourside Sydney Highpoint Shopping Centre Hyperdome Brisbane Kalamunda Centre Karratha Shopping Centre Kiama Centre Kurralta Centre Lavington Shopping Centre Lennox Shopping Centre Lutwyche Shopping Centre Maddington Shopping Centre Maitland Hunter Mall Mandurah Shopping Centre Meadow Mews Centre Melbourne Central Shopping Centre Melville Plaza Mildura Centre Mornington Shopping Centre Mount Gambier Centre Nepean Shopping Centre Noosa Civic Shopping Centre Norton Plaza Oakleigh Centre Oxenford Centre Pinelands Shopping Centre Port Pirie Centre Queen Victoria Building Raymond Terrace Shopping Centre Robina Town Centre Roselands Centre Rouse Hill Town Centre Seven Hills Centre Springwood Shopping Centre Stirlings Centre Stockland Aitkenvale Stockland Baldivis Stockland Balgowlah Stockland Bathurst Stockland Baulkham Hills Stockland Benowa Gardens Stockland Bull Creek Stockland Burleigh Stockland Cairns Stockland Caloundra Shopping Centre Stockland Corrimal Stockland Forster Stockland Gladstone Shopping Centre Stockland Green Hills Stockland Highlands Stockland Jesmond Stockland Jimboomba Stockland Merrylands Stockland North Shore Stockland Nowra Stockland The Pines Stockland Point Cook Stockland Riverton Stockland Rockhampton Stockland Shellharbour Stockland Tooronga Stockland Traralgon Shopping Centre Stockland Wallsend Shopping Centre Stockland Wetherill Park Sunshine Marketplace Surfers Paradise Centre Taigum Centre The Galeries (Sydney) The Gateway Centre The Glen Centre The Strand Arcade Toombal Centre Toormina Shopping Centre Tweed Shopping Centre Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre Victoria Park Shopping Centre Warnbro Shopping Centre Warriewood Shopping Centre Warrnambool Shopping Centre Warwick Shopping Centre Watergardens Town Centre Shopping Centre West Side Broken Hill Centre Westfield Airport West Westfield Bondi Junction Westfield Burwood Westfield Carindale Westfield Chatswood Westfield Chermside Westfield Doncaster Westfield Eastgardens Shopping Centre Westfield Figtree Westfield Fountain Gate Westfield Garden City Westfield Geelong Westfield Helensvale Westfield Hornsby Westfield Hurstville Shopping Centre Westfield Innaloo Westfield Kotara Westfield Liverpool Westfield Marion Westfield Miranda Westfield Mt Druitt Westfield North Lakes Westfield North Rocks Westfield Parramatta Westfield Penrith Shopping Centre Westfield Plenty Valley Shopping Centre Westfield Southland Westfield Strathpine Westfield Sydney Westfield Tea Tree Plaza Shopping Centre Westfield Tuggerah Westfield Warrawong Westfield Warringah Mall Westfield West Lakes Westfield Whitford Westpoint Shopping Center Wodonga Shopping Centre Woodcroft Shopping Centre Woodgrove Shopping Centre - Main Mall World Square Shopping Centre
Airports Adelaide Airport Sydney Airport Melbourne Airport
Transit stations Flinders Street Station Southern Cross Station Parramatta Train Station North Sydney Train Station Bondi Junction Train Station Central Train Station Chatswood Train Station Circular Quay Train Station Wynyard Train Station Town Hall Train Station
Sports venues Hisense Arena Rod Laver Arena AAMI Park Allphones Arena ANZ Stadium Etihad Stadium Melbourne Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
Museums The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia National Gallery of Victoria - International National Gallery of Australia Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney Opera House
Casinos / Entertainment complexes Crown Melbourne
Retail IKEA Homebush IKEA Logan IKEA Springvale IKEA Tempe
Convention centres Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Yeah, it's mostly shopping centres, and it's not really hard to work out why. Shopping centres have the most to gain by enticing customers in, so it makes sense that they'd share their mapping data around far and wide.
Google specifically notes the Eastern seaboard nature of its current data in the official press release, but then Adelaide Airport is listed, and the last time I checked, that was most definitely in South Australia. I'm also bemused by the inclusion of IKEA stores, though, given the whole IKEA experience is built around you going through a very set path of displays, only to emerge the other side with a sawdust hot-dog and some shelves under your arm. Somehow, I doubt they've mapped that.
Find Your Way Indoors With Google Maps for Android [Google]