About Us

Everything you ever wanted to know about the site - what we're about, how to join, who we are - and our story.
Created: June 2008
Revised: September 2017
Latest Feedback: October 2015

Welcome to ExplorOz

Go camping, four-wheel driving or caravanning with confidence. Adventurous holidays start here when you get a Membership Subscription to experience the full benefits of the resources we have online. Once you're ready to go - buy our app (ExplorOz Traveller) and get the best quality offline topo maps & GPS navigation.
You can also connect with other like-minded people to ask questions related to your vehicle, trip planning or on-the-road logistics or just share stories, ideas, get opinions. There is a strong community spirit on ExplorOz with site users enjoying the live, vibrant discussions in the Forum and many joining up for trips away together, coordinated in the Members Trips & Gatherings section.

About ExplorOz

ExplorOz is constructed so that you can freely access all pages of content on the site. Just use the blue menu at the top to find your way through the site. The unique aspect of ExplorOz is that the content evolves naturally through the collaborative efforts of an enthusiastic audience of real people and subject matter experts, who verify data in Places, Trek Notes, Articles, and Road Conditions.

How to Use ExplorOz

You can open/view most of the site content for free. There are tons of resources - including but not limited to detailed Trek Notes, Places, Articles and the Forum.

If you wish to post or contribute, you will need to register a profile and observe our site Terms of Use. You can chose a free account and be a "Visitor" or become a Member by paying a subscription.

Click Sign In (then Register) at the top of the site to get started.

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If you're having troubles using the site, please refer to the FAQs shown on our Contact Us page.

Why does it cost to join your website?

The reason for Membership, is to provide specific features/services on a user-pay basis. As we are a specialist I.T. company, we predominantly offer our Members web and app based services and tools that are not available to the free account Visitors.

I.T. Beyond Pty Ltd.

ExplorOz is owned and published by I.T. Beyond Pty Ltd. Whilst we are a very small company we have over 35 years experience in the I.T industry with clients throughout Australia.

We created ExplorOz.com in 2000 as a community and resource website for 4WD & RV enthusiasts. The site has never received any funding by Government or Tourism investment so all operating costs must be covered by its online operations. Being an online business entity we are proud that 17 years on, it is a successful subsidiary of I.T. Beyond.

Our Story - Who are We?

The desire to create ExplorOz evolved from the passion of the company's owners, David and Michelle Martin, who have been passionate outdoor enthusiasts all their lives.

When they made the decision in 1998 to leave Sydney and travel around Australia, it was made with the ultimate goal to never go back to the life they left behind. To set the goal in action they had to review their financial situation and make some tough choices; they also had to plan their mode of accommodation and self-sufficiency, and of course decide and agree on where to go. The preparations involved extensive research, intensive conversations, endless leg-work visiting camping stores, 4WD shows, joining a 4WD club, undergoing driver training etc. But it also involved selling all their worldly possessions, not just their home but all the contents and clutter. What immediately struck them, was how difficult this trip was to plan. This was a time before the current caravanning boom - a decade before the baby boomers retired so outback tourism was not as popular as it is now, and the term grey nomad was not yet known. To plan their trip, they sought out information about visiting the iconic outback destinations they had seen on 1970's television documentaries (think Bill Peach, Leyland Bros etc). They turned to the internet, but Google didn't exist back then and even government tourism websites lacked substance particularly in providing information about the exciting places they had mapped out to visit. Furthermore, what they really wanted to hear was other people's stories - ideally from other young people with a similar outlook on life.

It is this first-hand experience, of struggling to gather information to plan a trip, that has forged the vision for what ExplorOz offers as an information service to the self-drive tourism market. It took almost 2 years of being on the road however before David and Michelle even recognised the need for the website and gathered the courage to put all their energies into building it into a business - but in January 2000 they settled in Perth, Western Australia. ExplorOz.com was officially launched in March of the same year and has now been in operation for 17 years. Over these years of operation the site has evolved with the times and now provides some tools and services that were never envisioned back in 2000, however the core purpose and model of ExplorOz has remained constant.

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