The ACT is rich in Indigenous and historical heritage. To make it more accessible to visitors and locals, three self-drive Heritage Trails called Canberra Tracks, were launched in 2006. These tracks link existing attractions, each with signage depicting the story they tell. There are three distinct themes:
Ngunnawal Country, starting at the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre, tells the local Indigenous story, covering at least 20,000 years.
The Limestone Plains looks at the pastoral history from the 1820s until this area was chosen as the national capital in 1911.
- Looking at Canberra, takes you to the hilltops to see the stunning views whilst orienting the visitor and revealing the dramatic and purposeful development of the capital.
Throughout each of the fourteen locations along the Canberra Tracks routes, there are dozens of directional and interpretive signs produced and installed by Screenmakers. The work was commissioned by Environment Protection and Heritage, part of Territory & Municiple Services. Design of the signage was conducted by Big Island Graphics. Engineering, Landscape Design and Orientation of the sites was managed by the Redbox Design Group.
The signs produced for this project include :
Pedestal Signs - Interpretive Signage
75mm x 75mm steel posts and frames welded together with 5mm thick aluminium panels. The graphics are direct printed and then clear coated with an anti-graffiti finish.
Triangular Freestanding Signage - Orientation Signage
These signs include two panels that contain site specific historical information as well as a third panel with a detailed map showing information about all of the Canberra Tracks routes and stops. These signs are also fabricated from steel and welded together. The panels consist of 5mm thick aluminium which are direct digitally printed with a clear anti-graffiti overcoat.
Installation of the signage included the "Making Good" of the site which consisted of cleanup and repairs to existing fixtures and paving. It also included ensuring the sites were clear of any evidence of the installation of the signage.