|Edition 278: 20th December 2012
Hi ExplorOz Reader,
Christmas is fast approaching, and this is the last ExplorOz Newsletter of the year. There's lots to do on ExplorOz to keep you busy if you're home for a break - why not do some "house-keeping" and add your personal reviews or photos to Places you've been (even if a very long time ago), or write a blog, or upload some User Treks from your past trips, or just spend your time browsing and reading articles and treks for inspiration!
ExplorOz Places - more upgrades
When you run a search in this massive database or even select a State or Place Type to browse, you have the option of how you'd like to view the results - chose to view them on a map, or view by text. If you choose to View by Text the default is Best Match (in alpha order by Place Name). However, you can now change the sort order of the list - giving you the option to sort by Created Date, Updated Date, or Highest Rating.
The text list also gives a bit more useful information at a glance for each Place, including icons to indicate facilities (hover for description), plus the user-rating score. This makes it easy for you to skim your eye down the list before selecting a Place you wish to open.
Don't forget that ALL Places in the database have the GPS position, all can be viewed on either a topo map, satellite map or hybrid map and because we use vector data, you can zoom in to see greater detail. If you're a Member you can download the GPS positions (or add to MyPlans for batch download) - free of course.
We've also upgraded the Regions database by using the full set of official tourism region names, which should help you when cross-referencing from tourism booklets.
We are seeing many ratings and quality reviews being submitted by our audience on a daily basis for all sorts of Places from Caravan Parks & Free Camps, to all sorts of other Points of Interest that are deliberately selected for relevance to adventure travellers, so there's no better place to look for inspiration than ExplorOz Places - with over 85,000 listings and most with photos, descriptions, and reviews shared by other travellers.
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