Edition 224: 21st January 2011
Hi ExplorOz Reader,
With such an eventful start to 2011 since our last newsletter, we feel it is important to acknowledge the pain and suffering caused to so many Australians by the recent flooding and give tribute to all those that have helped those less fortunate than themselves. We know of many people in the ExplorOz community whose lives, homes, or property has been affected in some way. We also know that amongst the ExplorOz community we have many active SES volunteers who tireless gave up their Christmas, family and holiday time to help others even when their own homes and communities were affected. This Australia Day, spare a thought for Australian's in need."The difference between a helping hand and an outstretched palm is a twist of the wrist. Quote: Laurence Leamer, King of the Night
The growth of Membership we reported in our last newsletter, means we have now crossed a major milestone with numbers peaking over 2,700 on Tuesday. It is so rewarding to see this milestone reached but without sounding ungrateful for this, we must point out that this still only represents 5% of all registered site users (56,417) and certainly doesn't cover the site operating costs.
ExplorOz offers many relevant tools and features for travel enthusiasts and we hope that everyone is touched in some positive way through their experiences in using the site - whether you gain enthusiasm, information, or entertainment. Originally, we tried to provide all our internally produced site "content" free but accurate, in-depth information and ongoing site development to stay ahead is very time-consuming and costly. In recent years all the improved site features, including GPS downloads are offered as Member Only Privileges. The popularity of the site (often over 1 million user-sessions, with 2 million page views per month) consumes enormous resources to operate. So, we continue to appeal for more Members and especially for Member renewals, for without significant Membership the reliance on site advertising and other revenue streams must remain. Membership gives you a year's value, all for the price of 1 or 2 nights at a caravan park. Join Now.
Special Giveaway Offer
When you purchase a copy of the original croc hunter Keith Adam’s Northern Safari DVD ($29.95) you’ll receive a bonus copy of his autobiography Crocodile Safari Man usually valued at $25.95. These items are essential references for anyone who enjoys exploring Australia's more remote regions, and capture the changing nature of life in Australia's Outback and the Gulf of Carpentaria over the past 50 years. This offer is only valid for the first 20 orders placed (you will be notified via email to confirm eligibility), so get in quick to take advantage of this great deal.
Brand New Outback Travellers Guides
The Outback Travellers Guide series are by far some of the most popular products in the ExplorOz shop, and we’re very excited to announce the release of 2 brand new titles: Cape York and The Pilbara. Using photography, track notes and mapping, the Outback Travellers Guides work as a great companion to sheet maps, offering a closer look at what is out there, where to find it and how to get there safely.
Today's Best Online Deals
Keep an eye on Super Specials - these are items from the ExplorOz Shop chosen for a limited-time discount and are always a great bargain. The Super Specials are always featured on the Shop Home page also but change frequently. In your newsletter each fortnight, we'll also send you one offer from our Activity/Tour/Attractions providers that is matched to your home State (as per your registered profile) but you can also browse the full range online by going to the Activities tab on the site menu.
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into this %ACTCategory% activity|
Price from just %ACTPrice%
See other activities.
New Business Members
ExplorOz is keen to help you find the best gear on the market and in our Directory you'll find it's easy to quickly search by Category, or just type in a keyword. Find a product or service in the ExplorOz Directory and support our advertisers.
Welcome to these new Business Members:
We are also pleased to see many of our Business Members renewing, which means you can continue to trust the ExplorOz Directory for finding the best in the industry.
Important Note to all Registered Users
Within the next 24-48 hours, we expect to release a major site update that will change login methods. This will affect all visitors, members and business members. We hope all goes without incident, but if you experience any issues please read this Forum Post for information about what to do.
See you on the track!
The ExplorOz Team