Newsletter 321

21st February 2014. ExplorOz Photo Competition - Ending Soon; New Recipes Section; Top Places to See in Australia - Survey to Win; Members Feature; 4WD Australia - 50 Short Getaways 2nd Edition; Travel Alerts.
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Edition 321: 20th February 2014   

Hi ExplorOz Reader,

If you've visited the ExplorOz website in the last few hours you may have noticed a few sudden changes! We have added the new Wildflowers and Recipes sections to the site menu (and changed the order of tabs around) plus, Site Search has moved to the very top of the page, along with the orange Account Tabs. Earlier during the week, we commenced changes to the Home Page with a reformatted "What's New" box, and larger Road Conditions section, with many more changes to come. 

Your Photos

Thank you to all who submitted their pictures to the ExplorOz Facebook Page for our special Valentine's Day Photo. A new cover image was created from a compilation of your entries. For those of you who aren't on Facebook, we thought we'd show it to you here...

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Entries can also still be made for the 2014 ExplorOz Members Photo Comp. The theme is “Aussie Landscapes”, so if you have any great travel pictures that you have not entered yet, now is the time to do it! Multiple entries are also welcome, however, you must be an ExplorOz Member to post in Blogs. Competition closes midnight Friday 7th March, 2014. For more competition information on how to enter see ExplorOz Photo Competition 2014.

The winning photographer will receive an ExplorOz Merchandise Pack plus $150 voucher to spend in the ExplorOz Shop.

Your Recipes

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Today on ExplorOz we launched a brand new Recipes section designed to allow you to record and share your recipes, as well as view or print those posted by others.

To get started, we've created the structure, including pre-set recipe categories and tags, and Michelle has added several of her own recipes.

All registered site users have access to create recipe pages and upload images, so please take the time to have a look and contribute!


Your Top Places

Survey Image We’re trying to gather a list of the must-see places in Australia as nominated by the ExplorOz community. Unlike other publications, our community of travellers really know how to find the real outback, the hidden gems where some serious exploring and planning is needed to reach spectacular places.

In our latest survey we want you to list your top spots, and tell us a bit about them and why they are so special. We’ll compile the results and share them back with you. Every entry will go in the draw to win 1 of 10 copies of the new Explore Australia publication 4WD Australia - 50 Short Getaways. This survey closes at midnight on 19th March 2014 (WST) and winners will be selected by random selection.

Click Here to Take the Survey

Our Members

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If you're already a Member, it's only $29.95 for your subsequent year's renewals and just look at the list of benefits you get!

We see Membership as the life-blood of ExplorOz and put all our energies into developing new site features and services. Membership is optional however we rely on our Membership subscriptions to cover the cost of site operations.

Take a look at what you get when you pay to join ExplorOz:
  • Discounted Members pricing on everything in our Shop
  • Access to view & claim specials/ discounts advertised by ExplorOz Business Members (Member Rewards)
  • Unlimited free Display Ads in the ExplorOz Classifieds
  • Free downloads of all GPS data from Places and Trek Notes, either as individual locations or as a batch download from My Plans (Places)
  • Access to contact other ExplorOz Members directly & privately via Member Messaging
  • You can contribute content to other areas of the site where non-members cannot:
    • create your own Blogs
    • use your smartphone to send updates to your Blogs (does not require a connection to the website & can be done when out of service range)
    • use your smartphone to add photos of Places you visit from location (does not require a connection to the website)
    • upload Photos to Forum
    • comment on Member-only Blogs
    • be tracked using EOTrackMe (online tracking service)
    • embed EOTrackMe tracking map on your ExplorOz Profile Page and/or your own website
  •  Receive your own Member Page that has features to help your friends/family stay in touch when you travel
  •  Tags and links will automatically appear on your site contributions so others will know that:
    • you are a Member or LifeMember
    • you have items for sale/wanted in the Classifieds

New to the Shop

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4WD Australia - 50 Short Getaways

If you enjoy a short break or holiday away from urban centres and want to journey into the ‘real’ Australia, or if you're a more experienced 4WD enthusiast, then this book is for you!

There are many 4WD publications out on the market, but Linda and Steven’s book is a little different. Their focus is on the journey and the destination, so they’ve selected the top 50 tracks around the country that will provide something to do and see for everyone in the family. Completely redesigned and updated for this second edition, the book is broken into regional chapters, so no matter which state or territory you live in or are visiting, you can find an easy or more challenging 4WD tour to suit.

Available for $39.95 ($37.95 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:

South Australia

Port Germein Gorge
Following the flooding rains over the weekend, the Port Germein Gorge Road between the Princes Highway (Highway 1) and Murray Town is closed until further notice. Reports indicate 9kms of road (bitumen) has been washed away and that it has been severely damaged; police warn the public that there is significant risk to anyone who attempts to use this road

Southern Flinders Ranges
The Bangor Fire in the Mount Remarkable and Southern Flinders Ranges region is now under control and is contained within patrolled areas. The fire has burnt for 29 days. The National Parks’ tracks and the Heysen Trail remain closed in the region indefinitely.

Huge Price Reductions On These Items

Highways and Backroads WA
Highways and Backroads WA
$24.95 $18.71
Wide Bay Burnett
Wide Bay Burnett
$9.95
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