iOS Maps sends Australians up a creek without a paddle

Town of Mildura relocated to the middle of a national park, according to Apple

Apple Maps' teething problems have been the cause of much merriment, with the iOS 6 app relocating towns and sending users off the beaten track. Now things have taken a turn for the serious – as visitors to the Australian town of Mildura have found.

Apple Maps has placed Mildura 70km away from its actual location – in the middle of the Murray-Sunset National Park. According to police, some motorists have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water, and have been forced to walk long distances through dangerous terrain looking for a signal. That's no laughing matter in a place where temperatures can reach as high as 46°C.

Police have advised anyone travelling to Mildura, or within Victoria, to use other forms of mapping until the issue is resolved – which will presumably mean sending some luckless Apple employee out into the wilderness. Nokia HERE Maps or Google Maps, anyone? Or perhaps a paper map – no danger of losing reception on that.

[Victoria Police News via Reddit]