About Us

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.

In Jan 2019 we moved to our current location at Grafton St.
Who Are We?

Cairns Charts & Maps is proud to be based in Cairns and has a great team of locals to assist you.

Matt is the business owner, and is recognised by the International Hydrographic Organisation as a Category A Hydrographic Surveyor; the highest level attainable. He has worked on many national charting surveys in Australia and has a specialist skill set in cartography and geo-spatial information. If you want to know about the "behind the scenes" to charts and maps - Matt is your man.

Murray has been with us for over 5 years, formally working in Prawn Trawlers for the best part of 35 years. Murray knows the Great Barrier Reef and the Gulf like it was his own swimming pool, having worked in every bit of it. Whether you are just passing through and want some local knowledge, or you are an old hand and want to reminisce about times gone by, drop in and see Murray.

Kayla is our newest team member and has the most important job there is: apply hundreds of manual corrections to our chart stock each fortnight to ensure they remain fit-for-navigation. Kayla grew up around the marine industry and has a strong connection with Torres Straits. She is also a passionate Turtle rehabilitation carer.

We look forward to being of service - phone, email or drop in!