Cairns Chart & Maps
Our Story.

Cairns Charts & Maps has had a long and happy history with Far North Queensland.  We have existed in several forms over the last 25 years, slowly evolving to what we are today.

Formerly two separate businesses (Cairns Charts Correcting Agency and Absell's Chart & Map Centre), in February 2013 we merged and co-located to the Reef Fleet Terminal; taking on the new name of Cairns Charts & Maps.
Who Are We?

Cairns Charts & Maps is a family business, owned and managed by Matt Templeton.

Matt stepped into the retail business after serving in the Royal Australian Navy as a Warfare Officer, and specialist Hydrographic Survey.

Matt is recognised by the International Hydrographic Organisation ( as a Category A Hydrographic Surveyor, the highest level attainable.  He is also a member, and certified professional, of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (

In his eight years of surveying, Matt has worked in support of improving nautical charts and publications in Australian and international waters (including Australia's support to Papua New Guinea).