ExplorOz Newsletter - 316

Edition 316: 10th January 2014   

Hi ExplorOz Reader,

We hope you enjoy this week's edition of our newsletter with all the latest information about what's happening on the website.

Discount Membership

The ExplorOz Office has reopened after our Christmas - New Year break and we're looking forward to bringing you many exciting updates and developments for 2014. 

To get started, we have a $20 discount offer on ExplorOz Membership - Personal (new membership purchases only) from today until 4pm WST 16/1/14. This makes the price to join only $29.95, so if you have been considering upgrading to Membership - now is the time to do it!

Recognition of Volunteers

Many aspects of the ExplorOz site are contributed to and monitored by members of the ExplorOz community, who donate their valuable time, knowledge and experience. 

These people are listed amongst others in our blog "Our Most Important People - Volunteers", which was originally created last year and has just recently been updated to recognise the contributions of further people that came onboard in 2013 to take on new roles and responsibilities. A special mention goes to the following people who have each made outstanding efforts in volunteering to help ExplorOz throughout 2013:
  • Member - Mike F (SA)
  • Member - Kevin S (QLD)
  • Member - Warrie (NSW)
  • Member - Dunworkin (WA)
  • Member - John and Val
  • Mick O
  • Bonz (Vic)
  • Sir Kev & Darkie
  • The Explorer
  • Member - Stephen L (Clare SA)

Free Maps for Download

We have now added several new scales and file formats to EOTopo to provide some downloadable map products. These are: 
  • a new 2.5M scale map available for free download and comes in OZF4, ECW, TIF and MMF file formats
  • Also available to owners of the EOTopo 200K product is a new 1M scale map. 

See the
EOTopo Map Free Downloads post in the ExplorOz Forum for further information.

New Hema Explorer App

The following advertorial is supplied by Hema Maps Australia:

Hema Explorer is the interactive GPS navigation app for touring, four-wheel driving and camping. Plan your trip from every perspective with reliable Hema maps, and discover what’s around you with 40,000 interactive points of interest. Use online features like rain radar and weather forecasts to guide your adventure, and clip and save online street and satellite maps for offline use. Do all this while recording your adventure with tracklogs, geo-tagged photos, waypoints and notes, then save and share every highlight of your trip with friends and family from your personal Hema Explorer Cloud account. Hema Explorer lets you do all this on your Android or Apple smartphone or tablet.

Find out more.

Review Prize Draw Winners

Congratulations to baz&pud (tassie), and Member - Forester Geoff. You have each won a $100 gift voucher in our respective November and December Review Prize Draws. These vouchers can be used in the ExplorOz online shop on any purchase. 

For your chance to be January'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.

ExplorOz Shop - What's New?

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Gold Atlas of Western Australia

A large format atlas featuring many of Doug Stone's popular Gold & Relic Site Maps plus lots more. Maps feature old diggings, mining relics, quartz reefs, watercourses, roads, tracks, state forest, crown land and even some gold nugget locations.

This title is sure to become a much sought-after collector's item in the future.

Available for $125 ($118.75 for Members) from the ExplorOz Shop.

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Ampfibian 15A - 10A Adaptor RV02 Max

AMPFIBIAN safely and legally connects your 15A device (RV, caravan, welder, compressor, etc.) to any 10A domestic power socket. AMPFIBIAN automatically trips at 10A if the power outlet becomes overloaded, protecting your 10A power supply. It additionally protects you against electric shock using a Residual Current Device (RCD).

The New RV02 Max is in stock now, new features include an upgraded weatherproof rating to IP55,  impact rating to IK08 (commercial duty), accepts leads up to 12mm diameter, and H Class = Heavy Duty rating.

Available for $259 ($246.05 for Members) from the ExplorOz Shop.

Travel Tips & Alerts

For current Road and Track Conditions Australia-wide please see the ExplorOz Road Conditions Report. These are updated at least weekly, by our roads coordinator Mike F (SA). Anecdotal reports from travellers can be added. Simply find the track you wish to report on & click the comments section. Other relevant travel tips and alerts around the country are:

Australia Wide

As many State organisations have been closed over the Christmas New Year Break, and on leave, it has only been possible to provide limited updates to the Road Conditions Reports. Most are now up to date, however checking the date and time of the report will indicate its currency.


An ExplorOz Member has advised that the Cooloola Way is now closed. This is an indefinite closure as the track is in need of upgrades and rehab. We are in touch with the relevant authorities and will provide more information as it becomes available.

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