Newsletter 363

4 December 2014. 15% off all Travel Guides for 1 week only; Monthly contest winners; EOTopo for Mud Map; Tip of the Week; Val's Guide to how to post a Wildflower; Site Fixes; and a free book offer.
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Edition 363: 4 December 2014

Hi ExplorOz Reader,



Overnight Delivery - Did you know that if you place an order on the ExplorOz Shop with instant funds clearance (via Paypal or Credit Card) on a normal business day then it will be packed and dispatched from our warehouse (in South Australia) that same day? The Checkout Page shows the default Delivery Service (cheapest option), and if available to your area you'll also see a check box giving you the option to upgrade to Express Courier. Provided you order before 1pm system time (EDST) on a Mon, Tues, Wed, or Thur, then your order can arrive the next day. Express Courier is priced from $9.95 to a maximum of $12.95 per order. Please note that overnight delivery is not available to PO boxes or remote areas. For assistance, you may call the office and speak with Adele.

Winners Image Congratulations to the following people. If you see your ExplorOz Alias/Screen Name you have won a prize and we will be contacting you soon!

October Product Review Winner - Isuzumu
November Product Review Winner -
Billion Star Camper
November Recipe Competition Winner
- Lil and Stookie


Recipe Image December Recipe Contest - December is Snacks & Appetisers month, so if you've got some good ideas for freshly made food to serve instead of store-bought dips & biscuits or cheeses, then show us what you've got and post your recipes to this section. All recipes posted to this category in December will be in the draw to win an ExplorOz Pack including Mozzie Net Hat, Cap, & Stubby Holder (valued at $34). Drawn 31/12.



How to Post a Wildflower - In this week's Bloomin' News update, Val has prepared a step-by-step guide to posting a wildflower to the ExplorOz Wildflowers database. Read it here

The guide is written with the aim of assisting those with good photos to share but limited technical knowledge about Australian wildflowers and how they are identified and named. In the guide you'll learn about:
  1. Selecting & preparing your photos
  2. Identifying your wildflower
  3. What to do if you can't identify your plant
  4. How to make a new wildflower post
  5. How to contribute information to the Wildflowers section.

Get 15% off Travel Guides - for 1 week only, this is a great end of year sale for ExplorOz'ers to take advantage of with over 50 items in the range to choose from. Simply go to the ExplorOz Shop and add titles from the Travel Guides section to your Cart, then enter: EOY2014TG into the Promo Code field before you proceed to checkout. This special ends at midnight on 9/12/14

Want more bargains? We’ll be featuring a Promo Code each week in the lead-up to the end of the year, so don’t forget to keep an eye on each Newsletter for your chance to grab a bargain.



Buy 1 Book, Get Another Free - The second edition of the bestselling Boiling Billy’s Camping Guide to Australia is out now. It features over 3,000 bush camping areas, over half of them free. This is your ideal guide to Australia’s national parks, state forests, conservation parks, the outback and is an update (not just a reprint).

For ExplorOz customers, we have a great offer - with your purchase of this book, you'll also receive a free copy of Ken Duncan’s “Destination Australia” valued at $12.95. Destination Australia is a photography book showing a "snapshot" of Australia's unique scenery, and could be kept for yourself, or you could pass it on as a gift. Valid only while stock lasts. Just $47.45 (Members' Price)


EOTopo for Mud Map - Did you know that EOTopo maps are available for Mud Map users? Mud Map is a 4WD GPS Navigation app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices that requires map files in .mmr format.

This file format is very large so the 200K file in .mmr format for the single whole of Australia mapsheet is not provided - but full coverage is possible by using the 6 state files contained in the EOTopo 2015 download purchase option. The download purchase option gives you access to the entire range of files in all formats - you only download the ones you need.

In addition, the 10M, 5M, & 2.5M scale maps for the whole of Australia in .mmr format are available for free download. See EOTopo Downloads


Site Fixes - here's a quick summary of a few of the bugs we've fixed this week;

In Road Alerts, there had been a programming error causing the map in the Road Status section not to show but that's back and working now and is a very handy overview to the Australia-wide report showing colour coded open-caution-closed road statuses.

On Monday we updated to the latest Facebook SDK and for some strange reason this conflicted with login and caused an unnecessary Facebook prompt to appear for some site users. This was completely unintentional and we were blissfully unaware until Tuesday that some people were seeing this message! After receiving an email alert it was promptly fixed so we do apologise to those that were annoyed by this and assure you that it has been resolved.

In Wildflowers, there had been a programming error in how the Get Next button was indexing the Blooming News blogs. This has now been fixed.

This Week's Super Specials

Clothesline
Clothesline
$12.95
The Otways
The Otways
$12.95 $9.71
Priceless Campsites & Rest Areas in the NT
Priceless Campsites & Rest Areas in the NT
$21.95 $16.46
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