ExplorOz (this website), provides a massive database collection of Australian places
. This is free to use. The database, called Places
, holds 80,000 pages of references. Each Place is grouped as a "type". There are 47 different "types" of Places
The allocation of these "types" has been assigned by us specifically to cater for the needs and interests of travellers so you'll find P-Bays and Rest Areas! But you'll also find Free Camps, Caravan Parks, and a whole host of specific points of interest like Historic and Landmark Trees, Toilets, Roadhouses, Airstrips, Grave Sites and of course, the entire Geoscience Australia
database of Australia
Place Names (which includes cities, towns, stations, etc). All places
listed have basic information provided for your personal use - GPS position and altitude, address, location given as distance from nearest towns in all directions (including driving time), Satellite image (from Google Earth), current weather data from nearest weather station, and climatic averages for each month of the year from nearest climatic station (if available), plus visitor contributed photos, description (if available), and icons showing any known features in addition to it's "type".
You can even create your own driving itinerary to, or from, any given Place, and you can SAVE the place (or your driving directions
) to the My Plans feature for your next visit to the site for your trip planning convenience.
The unique thing about this database is that the public can contribute and extend the database. So you can read comments and see photos added by other travellers that have been to the place - and you can even add your own comments.
Members can download the position data in either GPX, GEORSS, OziExplorer
, or CSV file formats. Either download directly from the Place page, or save to My Plans and download everything you've stored in My Plans in bulk in one go.
We encourage our Members in particular, when they are on the road
to also contribute to this database using your smartphone - simply take a photo (ensuring your phone has an inbuilt gps, which iPhones and most newer models do these days) and simply send this pic using your phone's email facility to places
@exploroz.com - this will check our Places
database and either append your photo to the existing page for that place OR, if it finds no match at (or near) that GPS position, it will create a NEW place in the database - this is very important feature of our evolving content.