Trek Books

Submitted: Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 15:35
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Can anyone recommend a good trekking book to cover Australia. It would have to include: maps, tips and techniques, preparation, fueling stops, track conditions, caravan accessibility and basically everything you need to know before, during and after your trip. We will be towing a caravan but also want information on more remote 4WD only treks too. Thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 15:57

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 15:57
Sulee
Not sure about books but if you look just above your post you will a tab TREKS, You will so much more Info in there than any book would.

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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 16:15

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 16:15
Sulee,

Agree with Doug. Check out the Treks, Topics and Places tabs above. Far more up-to-date than any book you're likely to buy.



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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 19:58

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 19:58
Also, check out the range of books published by Gregory's. I picked up the "4WD Survival Guide" by John Basham and "See Australia's National Parks" by Ron & Viv Moon for $10 each when on special (BigW wanted $25 each !!!!!).

Another worthwhile addition is "Australia's Top 4WD Getaways" by Craig Lewis and Cathy Savage.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 20:40

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 20:40
Gramps

"See Australia's National Parks" by Ron & Viv Moon...

If it is Discover Australia's National Parks then have a look in the Publsihers page under Contributors. You might see a familiar name there...lol



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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 20:47

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 20:47
Willem,

Well, well, well. My trusty magnifying glass has stopped on a familiar name .......... Judith Kempen. I hope she's getting royalties from this one as well hahahahaha

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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 21:07

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 21:07
Hmmmm I was alluding to Moi. Maybe it is an updated version and I have been left out....LOL

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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 21:35

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 21:35
Willem,

Oooops !!! It's definitely titled "See Australia National Parks" by Ron & Viv Moon. Judith's name appears under Photographers. Published in 2002 by the look of it.

ISBN 0 7319 1448 1

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Reply By: Crackles - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 17:07

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 17:07
Lonely Planet guide books are written in that theme but certainly don't have the detail you are after. No single book is written that covers the whole country with all that information. Buying books on each area is the way to go (ie: Ron Moons Cape York Guide) then getting decent maps for navigation. Additionaly each National park will have their own hand outs with detail in those areas. Auto clubs have plenty of free handouts as is most of the advice on this & other forums.
Cheers Craig.......
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Reply By: Sulee - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 17:09

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 17:09
Thanks. I should have put that in my request. "Info similar to what is in the treks tab". I have looked in the treks which prompted me to ask if there were any books so as to take the information with us. I realise it is a big ask for such an extensive subject.
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Follow Up By: trainslux - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 18:30

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 18:30
Ive had my pair of Rossi mulga boots for 15 years now.
been all over the world, and aust, dont a lot of bush walking in them, been resoled twice now.

Cant rate them highly enough, they are my daily foot wear.

Aust company, based in adelaide SA

Trains

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Follow Up By: trainslux - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 18:32

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 18:32
Opps, you said book, not boots.

must put the red wine away.

LOL

move along, nothing to see here...................


:)

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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 18:41

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 18:41
Interesting... Sulee, do you think you we should put our information into a printed book for people like yourself to purchase? We are happy for people to print off whatever they need, but obviously that takes quite a bit of effort so we have been recently thinking of making a download process (for a fee, or free to members etc) that would bundle all the linked pages together.
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 20:50

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 20:50
girls night out Michelle? nice pix.. :-)
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Follow Up By: Sulee - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 21:17

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 21:17
Yes Michelle, That sounds like a great idea. We are going to take the computer with us but it is nice to have something in the car to research along the way. For me anyway. Obviously, not everyone is going to have a computer in the van but downloads or a printed book I am sure would be very popular.

Thanks
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Follow Up By: Sulee - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 21:19

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 21:19
Especially with the information found under the treks tab etc.
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 21:29

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 21:29
Michelle

why not re produce the eBooks series to buy as is or on the CD like years ago, as you know I will buy them

Cheers

Richard
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 23:22

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 23:22
Hi Michelle - A print friendly mode would be good. I printed the Holland Track trek notes before we went, and found that the best guide to use for navigation and what to see.

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 14:28

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 14:28
The new trek note format relies on much of the supporting information on links to Places so printing does not provide that info this is why we are planning to offer a download option that will bundle all the pages that are linked within a trek note so that you can have it all offline - its would be huge, so available on a trek by trek basis. it will happen, but just not overnight!
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Reply By: Member - MR 1927 (NSW) - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 19:44

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 19:44
Sulee,

I purchased a book which covers just about everything you want to know about this subject. Titled "Explore Australia by 4WD" Authors Craig Lewis and Cathy Savage. I find it very informative.

A bit expensive but you may be able to get it on special, as I did, from camping and trekking stores.

It will be interesting to see if there is any feedback on my suggestion as usually someone shoots me down.
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Follow Up By: Member - John R (QLD) - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 20:15

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 20:15
You might like to look at the Explore Aus website for their other books as well:
Explore Aus.
The Moons have also published a book, Discover Aus by 4WD, but not sure if they've kept it updated.
(and keeping the info up-to-date is the problem for books).
Cheers, John
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Follow Up By: Member - MR 1927 (NSW) - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 20:29

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 20:29
I should have added it's sub title as well.

Sub - "Adventure Treks"

Sorry about that.
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 20:47

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 20:47
Sulee, I have the Explore Australia by 4WD Adventure Treks book as well. It has 18 treks in detail over about 380 pages.
They are:
Birdsville Track
Strzelecki Track
Oodnadatta Track
Simpson Desert
Tanami Road
Kimberley Grand Tour
Ocean to Alice
Gregory NP
Canning Stock Route
Holland Track
Gunbarrel Highway
Connie Sue Highway
Anne Beadell Highway
Googs Track
Vic High Country
Corner Country
Cape York
Across the Gulf

Of course there is a lot that is not in the book. But there is a few years of travel (some of it to very remote areas) in that list.

My edition was published in 2005. Not sure if there have been others.

Norm C
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Follow Up By: Sulee - Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 08:53

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 08:53
Thanks Norm and John, My husband has just informed me we have a Discover Australia 4WD by Ron and Viv Moon. It is over 10 years old. I will look into an updated version. That book and some notes and maps out of this website should get us fairly well informed for our journey. Thanks everyone for your help, much appreciated.

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 14:30

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 14:30
And may I just add that every single one of the books mentioned are available in the ExplorOz Shop - please buy from us (you'll get a free sticker ;-) and keep an eye on the Super Specials which change every couple of days for extra bargins!
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Reply By: Member - Thomo - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 22:23

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 22:23
Sully, i agree this is the best place to get all the info (and up to date) you would ever need. If you can't find out what you want to know on this site, then it ain't out there.
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