Newsletter 359

10 November 2014. The Rustic Outback Photo Comp; November Recipe Comp; Looking for Southern Cross flowers? New Communications/GPS products; New Outback Travellers' Guides; Greg Harewood Digital Maps now on USB; and 3 great titles in this week's Super Specials.
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Edition 359: 10 November 2014

Hi ExplorOz Reader,

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Members Photo Comp - Entries to the 2015 Photo Comp are now open!  The theme is "The Rustic Outback", so think windmills, old vehicles in paddocks, ruins, quaint and quirky outback signs etc. If you don't have the perfect shot, what a great excuse to head into the outback and take a fresh new photo. As usual, a prize from ExplorOz is awarded to the winning photographer, plus the scene captured in the photo will be used as the design for a unique and collectible art piece created by Jan's Country Art. Jan will produce a hand-painted saw blade that will be the major prize in a raffle drawn at the 2015 ExplorOz Members National Gathering. To participate, you'll need to be a Member in order to submit your photo as a blog. Tag your blog entry to the Photo Comp 2015 category to enter. Competition is now open and closes 1st February 2015.

ExplorOz ImageTip of the Week - In today’s Internet-driven world, customers have more power than ever. An angry customer has the potential to tell thousands of people via social networks and communities. However consider the potential repercussions before you post critical or embarrassing comments. Make sure your facts are correct and can be supported. Libelous statements disguised as opinion can leave you liable to be sued. To best protect you we operate a set of Forum Rules that ensures unnecessary legal complications do not arise from Forum discussions. In particular, this means you must avoid posting with the intent to "warn others" to stay away from a named brand or business. Instead, try using your own Facebook page, their Facebook page, or other websites that are setup for the purpose of collecting such comments.
Wildflower Image Bloomin' News - Southern Cross (Xanthosia sp) evokes images of Australian skies, and this wildflower is well named. A small shrub or herb, it bears small white, pinkish or pale green flowers arranged in the shape of a cross. While it is well known from the SW of Western Australia, species of Xanthosia occur in all states except the NT. There are only 20 species of Xanthosia in the world and they are only found in Australia. Currently there is only one lonely photo of this little Aussie in the Wildflowers database – maybe you have some photos that you could add?

Recipe ImageWin a Viv Moon Cookbook Pack - The addition of a good sauce or topping can turn a plain meal into a delicious one, and is a simple and easy way to add flavour to food when travelling. Whether you're making a sauce ahead of time to take with you, or you have a simple recipe that can be executed on the go, why not share your recipes with other travellers? Now is the time to do it as November is Sauces & Toppings month in the ExplorOz Recipes Competition, and there are two of the shop's best-selling cookbooks up for grabs!

Simply post your recipe here and you will be in the draw to win a Viv Moons Cookbook Pack valued at $49.90, thanks to Moon Adventure Publications. The winner will be drawn on the 4/12 and announced in our newsletter.

New Communications/GPS Products

One of the most crucial elements of your travel set-up should be having a reliable communication device. Whether you only need a device for emergency use, or you want to text, email and update your social media from anywhere, the ExplorOz Shop has just added the below products to our range to keep you covered!

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rescueME PLB1
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inReach SE Satellite Communicator
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inReach SE - Suction Mount
(Mount Only)

New to ExplorOz - Outback Travellers Guides

New additions to the hugely popular Outback Travellers Guide range have just been added, these cover some great summer destinations to travel to in the coming months.

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The Grampians
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Wonnangatta
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Davies Plain
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Snowy River

Greg Harewood USB Digital Maps

Now on USB, these digital map products offer significant topographic detail for selected areas of WA, the 25K South West WA title has also been recently updated (2013).

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Raster 25K South West WA - USB
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Raster 50K & 100K Pilbara WA - USB
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Raster 50K & 100K Kimberley WA - USB
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Raster 50K South West WA - USB

This Week's Super Specials

Oodnadatta to Alice Springs-Outback Travellers
Oodnadatta to Alice Springs-Outback Travellers
$22.00 $10.12
4WD Treks Close to Melbourne
4WD Treks Close to Melbourne
$39.95 $25.27
The Kimberley
The Kimberley
$14.95 $8.60
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