ExplorOz Newsletter - 302

Edition 302: 13th September 2013

Hi ExplorOz Reader,

Change of Office Operations

The ExplorOz website has always operated on a platform of bleeding edge technology. We provide and utilise tools when travelling in remote areas that enable content to reach our server and add content to the site, all while remaining open for business 24/7. We are pleased to advise that we expect there will be no change in operations when Adele, the ExplorOz Customer Service & Sales Manager, moves to the Pilbara (due to a change of personal circumstances) as of Monday 16/9. Adele is the main point of contact for our business and, with the use of the Cloud and VOIP, the physical move will only have a limited impact upon her role. However, due to the relocation, Adele will not be in the same office as David and Michelle, so there are a few changes to ensure that this transition is as smooth as possible, please note:
  • In overhauling our operations, and reflecting on the communication requirements of our customers, it was found that email has proven the more effective customer support tool than phone calls, so whilst we will continue to offer a phone number as an option to reach us, email response will take a higher priority.
  • Our new office number is (08) 9467 4025. When calling, please plan to leave a message that contains sufficient information to allow us to expedite the most relevant response when we return your call.

Do you want to be a travel writer?

Become a Trek Note Author

It used to be called freelance travel journalism and it was the ultimate dream – being known as the intrepid adventurer with your photos and experiences promoted in travel publications and documentaries. Now, it seems everyone is doing it – using Flickr, Facebook, Blogs etc to share their stories.

Yet amongst this plethora of information on the internet, there remains a unwavering respect for the ExplorOz Trek Note. ExplorOz Trek Notes are known to be “verified” data. You can trust that the driving notes and associated plot files have been actually recorded by vehicles that have driven the tracks and that it comes will all the supporting information needed to plan your trip.

So how would you like to author a Trek Note on ExplorOz? Not only will you be credited, but you will earn yourself a 20% discount promo code – for your exclusive use in our shop (valid for 3mths, and can be reused on unlimited personal purchases).

For any traveller that confidently uses mapping software when they take a trip, you’ll find making your holiday into a Trek Note quite straight forward. The process is:

During Trip

  1. Use ExplorOz Mobile Places Updates to record POIs (using a camera with inbuilt GPS a DSLR or smartphone) * this isn’t mandatory but it certainly is the easiest/time saver
  2. Run a system in your vehicle to record your track file whilst driving (eg. tablet/laptop running OziExplorer or EOTrackMe)

Post Trip

  1. Upload your track file to ExplorOz User Treks
  2. Verify/Edit Places sent by mobile
  3. Request system access to the ExplorOz “Trek Note Manager
  4. Use MyPlans to export data ready for importing to Trek Note Manager system
  5. Text entry into blank fields in Trek Note Manager - (Trek Name, Author Name, Description, Time to Go, Permits, History, Environment). Once your Trek Note has been completed, Michelle will check it and once approved, we will send you the Promo Code
More information available in this ExplorOz Site Tip Blog - How to Create a Trek Note

Time to check/update your browser

Following a recent update to the image upload tool you use in several areas in the site (Places, Blogs, Classifieds and Member Profile Pictures), you will need the latest version of your web browser to continue using the "multi-image upload" function.

If you experience any issues with multi-image uploads, please check to ensure that you have the latest version of your web browser installed. For your convenience we have listed these below:

Desktop Browsers
Mobile Browsers
Google ChromeApple Safari Mobile on iOS 6.0+
Apple Safari 5.0+Google Chrome on iOS 6.0+
Mozilla Firefox 3.6+Google Chrome on Android 4.0+
Opera 11.0+
Microsoft Internet Explorer 10.0+

August Winner

$100 Gift Voucher

Congratulations to Diane Kay M, who has won August's $100 gift voucher, which can be used in the ExplorOz online shop on any purchase.

For your chance to be September's winner, simply enter a review for any product in our Shop, regardless of where/when you purchased it. The more reviews, the better your odds to win the draw. Review tabs are found on every item page in the ExplorOz Online Shop.

Latest Product News

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NATMAP Topo 250k - Now on SD Card!

NATMAP Topo 250k Maps - Micro SD Card contain Geoscience Australia's NATMAP topographic maps (no longer available for purchase on CD from Geoscience). The maps cover the whole of Australia at 1:250 000 scale, and are provided on the card in two file formats.

The ECW maps have been downloaded from the Geoscience Australia website (freely available for public download), and for your convenience we also converted and supplied the maps in OZF4 format. OZF is the only format that can be used by OziExplorer for Android, and is preferred for use in all other versions of

These maps are intended for use with compatible map viewing software or apps installed on a PC, laptop, netbook, tablet or smartphone. They are also compatible with GPS units that have the ability to read raster maps (such as the Hema Navigator 6).

Available For Only $49.95 from ExplorOz

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LED Rechargeable Portable Flood Light

The LED Rechargeable Portable Flood Light is designed for 4WDrivers, Campers and Caravanners who require a versatile lighting solution that includes the ability to illuminate large areas.

There are three flexible mounting options to choose from; use the included stand for a portable light that can be placed on any flat surface, the Tripod Mount for LED Flood Light (purchased separately) for an elevated camp light, or bolt it on as a permanent fixture where suitable. The light is rated IP65 dustproof and waterproof (weather proof and rain safe - not submersible).

Available From Only $149.95 ($142.45 for Members) from ExplorOz

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Super Mini Booster - Back in Stock!

The Super Mini Booster is the smallest most lightweight Battery Booster with 14AH high capacity in its class. The booster delivers instant cold crank power when you need it and has a fast rechargeable long life battery. The unit is easy to handle, lightweight, and extremely compact, making it easy to store in your car, camper van, boat or jet ski.

Available For Only $275 ($261.25 for Members) from ExplorOz

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