For a number the hikes that I have listed, I have recommended taking topographical maps with you. This usually means going to one of the few remaining map stores in the Queensland or buying them online. However the Queensland government as part of their commitment to open data have released all the topographical maps for Queensland online through QTopo.
QTopo let's you download detailed topographic maps of Queensland
There are two types of hiking, one where you follow well marked paths and the other where you just head off into the bush, following bush trails or even making your own. Any hike that is marked as Australian Hiking Standard AS5 usually lacks a marked path.
A good topographic map will tell you not only where the paths are, but information about the terrain, including creeks, paths, roads and other essential information for going off sign posted paths. With the maps you are able to work out your location based on terrain features. With the use of GPS you are also able to pinpoint your location on the map.
QTopo allows you to generate your own maps in a variety of different formats, such as PDF or JPEG. You select and area that you want to generate the map and it will generate the map and email you a link. This normally only takes a few seconds.
Using your maps
The topographical information on QTopo can be browsed before attempting a hike or you can print out the maps (take them to Officeworks to have them laminated) or put them on your phone or tablet. Having this information so easily accessible can only serve to making hiking safer.