Newsletter 325

Edition 325: 21st March 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.

A New Milestone

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We reached a staggering milestone this week, reaching (and exceeding) Member Number 10,000! This is the 10,000th person to join ExplorOz as a paid member. Whilst we have around 75,000 registered site users, this is a celebration of the in-group.

ExplorOz Membership is an optional subscription that is purchased in addition to free site registration. We see Membership as the life-blood of ExplorOz and put all our energies into developing and maintaining Member site features & services. Without Members, ExplorOz could not be what it is today.

Over the year’s we’ve seen an intoxicating mix of characters join ExplorOz. Whilst some Members prefer a silent profile, rarely interacting in the Forum and not posting Blogs, Places or User Treks, there are many thousands more that have embraced the interactive lifestyle of ExplorOz. If you read these Members’ Blogs, you’ll find stories that highlight the courageous, ambitious, adaptable, and adventurous qualities that make up the unique fabric of the ExplorOz community. Each person’s experience is different, yet they’re all tied with the common thread of an enthusiasm for life.

To all the Members that have been instrumental in helping us reach this milestone, we recognise your part in our journey and thank you.

Not a Member? Join here.

Route File Downloads

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For the first time ever, we are now providing the Route Files that compliment each of the ExplorOz Trek Notes. Available as a download from the ExplorOz  Shop, you can obtain all “Route” files for the entire ExplorOz Trek Note collection - that's 182 tracks across Australia! When used in Moving Map navigation (found in various GPS Units, Software and Apps) they will provide guided navigation along a selected track.

Three buying options (OziExplorer, Memory Map or GPX) are provided to allow you to select a compatible format for your navigation device. Please ensure that your device allows you to import route files (and know which format you require) prior to purchase.

Only $10 for Members (or $59.95 including Membership) and available now!

National Members’ Gathering

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The ExplorOz National Members' Gathering 2014 will be held at Trilby Station located on the Darling River Run from the 28th of September to the 4th of October. Members can register to attend on the Gathering Page.

Campsite and cabin bookings need to be made asap - we have not made any reservations. Please contact Trilby Station (make sure to mention your member number). It’s a popular time for visitors to come to Trilby so don't miss out. Jump to it now folks!

Put your name down to be a part of the National ExplorOz Gathering. It’s sure to be a fantastic event of socialising, and relaxing in a wonderful part of the outback.

Vote Today

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Closing date for voting on the Photo Comp is end of day today so don't forget to get involved in a community vote to help the judges select the best pic. The winning photo will be replicated by an artist who will paint the image onto a 900mm circular saw blade. This rare, unique and collectible item will then be auctioned at the National Gathering

Voting is open to all Visitors and Members. Just click this link to view all blog entries displayed in Photo View. Hover and click on the stars shown at the bottom of each photo to rate out of 5 stars. Leave unrated to score 0. 

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

Book Giveaway

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Our recent "Top Places to See in Oz" survey has returned some excellent results - and details will be made available soon.

The winners of the 10x Copies of 4WD Australia - 50 Short Getaways are as follows (ExplorOz Screen Name). If your name is listed, you're a winner and we will be in touch via email to organise delivery of your prize:
  • Trompie
  • kdnosmith
  • The Bush Canuck
  • John B59
  • jeff b2
  • Woody40
  • Member - Gordon R
  • ian h6
  • Dingojim
  • simon

Hema Navigator 7

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Our stock of the Hema Navigator HN7 has arrived, and orders are now shipping.

The exclusive Hema Navigator + EOTopo units (pre-loaded with EOTopo200K) are also due to arrive on the 4th April. All backorders will be filled first, then new orders filled. So get in line and pre-order one now.

To ensure you receive your device asap, place your order now!

EOTopo – There’s More to Explore

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Buy the EOTopo200K mapset on your choice of USB or Mircro SD card and get both ECW and OZF4 file formats for all 11 map files included. You’ll get:
  • 6x200K map files broken down into States as follows - WA, SA, NT, QLD, NSW/VIC & TAS
  • A 200K single map file for the whole of Australia
  • Plus 10M, 5M, 2.5M, and 1M map files for the whole of Australia
  • Over 80,000 POIs (extracted from ExplorOz Places) in OziExplorer Name Search database format
For more information see EOTopo.

Got an update to report? Email us the details:

New to the Shop

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The Binns Track - Savannah to Simpson

Binns Track is full of interest – from the tropics of the north to the deserts of the south; the beauty of the East MacDonnell ranges, gorges and rivers; and the waterholes and rocky terrain protected by the Davenport Ranges National Park. There are historical features along the track such as the telegraph stations of the Old Telegraph Line, the goldfields of Arltunga in the East MacDonnell ranges and the pioneering style of Old Andado.

All this and more can be found in this DVD, which includes a crossing of the Simpson Desert and has a running time of 115 minutes.

Available for $19.99 ($18.99 for Members) from the ExplorOz Shop.

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To the Top of Down Under - Northern Territory

Discover the hidden gems of the Northern Territory. Starting this adventure off in the boulder strewn centre, Penny Wells navigates her way into the Arafura Sea, via several stunning detours.

This avid adventurer uncovers the simply amazing places that the Australian bush has kept hidden way. From bull-dust to barramundi, from winch cables to waterfalls, and everything in between. Our favourite gal takes you along for the trip of a life time, pushing vehicles into untamed country, and catching fish that will have you eager to follow.

Triple DVD - Yes, that's right - 3 DVDs!

Available for $39.95 ($37.95 for Members) from the ExplorOz Shop.

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