Touring Atlas

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 16:48
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Hi,
Looking for advice on what touring atlas is worth buying. We are planning a trip mid year to Uluru via Flinders Ranges & Oodnadatta Track so am needing to purchase an up to date atlas that will keep us on track.
Any suggestions are greatly received.
Peter
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 16:50

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 16:50
One of the various permutations of Hema road atlas.
You can get small , large, very large, wire wound etc.
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 16:58

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 16:58
Peter,
This thread which was posted on Monday covers what you want to know.

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Follow Up By: peterjg - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 17:19

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 17:19
thanks for the heads up Val, very useful
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Reply By: Member - Allan B (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 18:03

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 18:03
We have found the Hema Easy Read road and 4WD Atlas pretty good. This large format version is easy to use and enough map size for most purposes. Still need to use more detailed maps when off the beaten track.

BUT BEWARE Camps Australia Wide is not the "Ultimate Guide" that it proclaims itself to be. Upon discovering that there were campgrounds that were not listed we asked questions and it appears that they only get listed if a fee is paid by the campground! Ultimate Guide? I don't think so.

It would seem that the publishers not only charge a very high purchase price for the book but they also gain income from the campgrounds listed. And several campgrounds that we selected were the better and cheaper than the listed competitors. Probably cheaper because they don't fork out for expensive advertising.

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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 19:31

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 19:31
Quote.....BUT BEWARE Camps Australia Wide is not the "Ultimate Guide" that it proclaims itself to be. Upon discovering that there were campgrounds that were not listed we asked questions and it appears that they only get listed if a fee is paid by the campground! Ultimate Guide? I don't think so...Un-quote.

Who told you that Allan?
This is not my experience.
Why don't you ask Philip Fennell?
Phone him on 07 5449 1476.

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Peter
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Follow Up By: xcamper - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 20:54

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 20:54
Hi Allan,

If Camps AUSTRALIA Wide only puts in locations that pay, who pays for the off road rest stops?
We have used CAW for years, never heard that one.
pete
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan B (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 21:47

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 21:47
Sorry, it was Caravan Parks Australia Wide I was referring to.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 22:48

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 22:48
Even that I doubt.

Again, ask the man who owns the business and let us know what he says...

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Peter
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Follow Up By: Phil - Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 07:41

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 07:41
Camps Australia Wide and Caravan Parks Austrlia Wide DO NOT charge for lisitng in either book, all entries are at no cost to either a commercial or community camping area.

Kind regards and sale travels to all

Philip Fennell
Owner Camps Austraia Wide
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 21:46

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 at 21:46
An NRMA/RACV or whatever caravan park guide is a nice and cheap supplement to Camps Australia 5 .
IMHO most commercial caravan parks are not included in Camps Australia which is primarily aimed at those tightwads who would rather camp next to a refrigerated road train with the fridge going all night than pay 20bucks.
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Follow Up By: Glacier Bill - Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 08:24

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 08:24
I don't think that is fair statment saying that most people who free- camp are tightwads. Unlike yourself, some of us like getting away from the pampered world and a 240 volt power point.
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Follow Up By: Mikee5 (Logan QLD) - Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 13:06

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 13:06
I would rather camp out of town in the peace of the bush than pay 30bucks for a playground, jumping castle, swimming pool and TV room that I have no desire to use, yet the cost of these is built into the caravan park fee structure.
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Friday, Jan 29, 2010 at 15:29

Friday, Jan 29, 2010 at 15:29
Get a life Rangiephil. Some of us can afford to stay at caravan parks BUT prefer not to put up with the crap that goes on in a lot of them.

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Reply By: signman - Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 10:17

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 10:17
Hema- Spiral bound !!

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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Adele - Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 15:13

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 at 15:13
Hi Peter,

You might want to look at the Road Atlases section on the ExplorOz Online Shop as we have some great ones available.

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Follow Up By: peterjg - Friday, Jan 29, 2010 at 15:18

Friday, Jan 29, 2010 at 15:18
THANKS everyone, very helpful
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