When looking at maps, in Australia (at least in NSW state), some footpath are marked name as "trail" (e.g. https://goo.gl/maps/QWfxzDFjfrvBdtjcA) and some are named "track" (e.g. https://goo.gl/maps/YRfP1KoLZWFFqhYu5). If they refer to different kind of footpaths, have they officially been defined by authorities?

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    I'd be interested to find out if there is anything official. With a track, I'd check if they mean a walking track or a 4WD track, whereas with a trail I'd expect it to be for walking only. Jan 18, 2020 at 23:32

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The endpoints of the trail and track you are linking to can be seen on Google Street View, so why not take a look for yourself? The trail is a dirt road closed off by a gate and the track is a narrow foot path.

But to quote Wikipedia:

In Australia, the term track can be used interchangeably with trail, and can refer to anything from a dirt road to an unpaved pedestrian path.

  • As Jack said: "There's a track winding back to an o-old fashioned shack, Along the road to Gundagai "
    – Peter M
    Jan 19, 2020 at 5:25
  • thanks, I need a recourse supporting your definition. Jan 20, 2020 at 12:16

The standard on this would be the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 4819:2011 Rural and Urban Addressing, which has been adopted by the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping.

The Standard is not freely available online, but parts of it have been republished by government authorities as part of their naming policy, e.g. the NSW Geographical Names Board's Address Policy. "Track" and "trail" are defined as follows:

Track - Roadway with a single carriageway. A roadway through a natural bushland region. The interpretation for both Track and Trail is limited to roadways, whereas in many areas (e.g. Tasmania) these are often associated with walking rather than vehicular movement.

Trail - See Track.

  • Thanks. Interestingly, the definition of "track" implies that it's same as "trail" (... for both track and trail..."), but it does not mention the difference. Jan 25, 2020 at 22:51

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