VMS Map Explorer is the world's first offline 4WD navigation app that uses real time 3D topographical maps.

View your exact GPS location on the stunning 3D maps*. Navigate your way through the road/track network and easily determine your location in relation to mountains, valleys and other topographical features. Evaluate a track's gradient at a glance!

See and feel the terrain with the highest-resolution topographic data generated from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission with 1 arc-second sampling (~30 meters).

Powered by Roam 3D, the app uses your iOS device's full graphics potential with 3D terrain and lighting effects rendered using openGL.

The app includes 2,500+ maps available to download with the option to purchase more. The VIC Topo, NSW Topo, QLD Topo, Westprint and iTopo map sets come included with the app!

- Amazing 3D topographical maps including:
VIC Topo
NSW Topo
QLD Topo
- 1000 searchable Australian Points Of Interest
- More than 180,000 searchable Australian cities, towns, regions and landmarks.
- Adjustable height exaggeration to enhance mountains
- Easily determine the elevation of any point of any map
- Record track logs
- Add waypoints at any point on a map, at your current location or by entering a coordinate
- Create routes that follow the 3D terrain
- Create street routing directions to saved waypoints
- Import and export GPX files
- Intuitive gestures for rotating and tilting the 3D map
- Toggle between 2D and 3D mode

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

*If you have a WiFi only iPad an external GPS receiver must be used to track your location.

What’s New

Version 1.4.3

- WA Topo mapset now included!!
- fixed static map preview bug

Ratings and Reviews

1.8 out of 5
14 Ratings
14 Ratings
Lend me your ears! ,

Very Average program

The interface is fairly easy to navigate. You can set waypoints, record tracks etc. The large downside is that you have to download all your maps before you leave. This wouldn’t be such an issue if it was straight forward. But you have to search for an area, then download each individual map. Time consuming and pretty frustrating also. You aren’t able to zoom into an area and say “I want all the maps within this area”. What I have found for example is that if I search a location, it says I need these 5 maps. When I download them and search the same location, it will actually be in the margin of the topo map (ie:off the map).
It’s doesn’t jump from map to map as you’re driving, you have to go and search for the maps at your location and again, the first few will have you in the margin of the map!
I found it easier to go to for example qtopo webpage, find the map numbers, then search for them in the VMS app. That way I only get the ones that have my location.

There are a number of maps that just aren’t available/are missing. I emailed VMS 9 months ago and still haven’t had a response. If I could get a refund I would.
Am about to buy Hema Explorer.

-Frustrated-- ,

Works well as an map application

I found the VMS explorer to be a helpful addition when exploring new areas. It is not the most intuitive app but once you get used to it, finding a suitable map was fairly straightforward.

I am using the app on an iPad and you can only zoom in so far so it may not be good on an iPhone. I also found working out what maps to download a little difficult so I just downloaded the whole state. This was over 12GB and took several hours but something I will only need to do once and now have a large selection of maps with several available for most locations.

The 3D function works well and good when planning routes or seeing what is around an area, then I switch back to 2D mode as 3D can distort track names etc if the territory is steep.

I have other VMS products and found support to be good and would recommend going to the website and contacting them from there rather than through the app.

NKJ80 ,

Very helpful well worth the spend.

I have used this app in lots of my off-roading adventures. I find it to be very accurate and very helpful. What would be an excellent option is to able to use it with Apple CarPlay.


101 MB

Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
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In-App Purchases
  1. WA Topo Free


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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