Newsletter 365

Edition 365: 18 December 2014

Hi ExplorOz Reader,

What do you do when you get your weekly ExplorOz Newsletter? We hope you take the opportunity to read through it in detail but also follow the links and investigate what we're drawing your attention to. Running is much like running a local community, with a broad mix of people and their different needs and interests and so we feel obliged to alert you to all the important things that we've got to share with you. The ExplorOz newsletter is our only method of communicating such information of immediate interest and it's the most effective way to reach out to all our registered site users - currently 47,632 of you!

In this edition, as in every Newsletter, we launch our weekly Super Specials (found at the bottom) - these are 3 products that we select from our online shop that are massively reduced for a very limited time. We always select items that we feel are well stocked to cope with any sales rush but you have to be very quick before the price goes back to normal. We also include regular tips for using areas of the site that you may not have yet discovered; we offer you fun and often rewarding competitions; we advise of any new products added to our shop and of any popular products that have been reprinted or when new editions are released.

So sit back now and take a moment to enjoy this week's edition of the ExplorOz Newsletter:

15% off for 1 week only

Grab a bargain off the entire range of DVDs and CDs listed in the ExplorOz Shop. With a massive range of 75 titles there is a lot to choose from, including Len Beadell CDs and Travel DVDs.
View our top sellers here

To get your 15% discount simply purchase before midnight on 23/12/14

Three ExplorOz Competitons...

There's never a dull moment with ExplorOz - take a look at these 3 great competitions. It's easy to win but as they say, you've got to be in it, to win it!
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1: Rustic Outback Photos

Entries to the 2015 Photo Comp are now open!  The theme is "The Rustic Outback", so think windmills, old vehicles in paddocks, ruins, quaint and quirky outback signs etc. Get creative and think of how the winning photo will be used as this will guide the judges' decision.

The purpose of this competition is to find the ideal scene that can be hand painted onto a saw blade (as per the 2014 photo comp). This saw blade will be a unique and collectible art piece that will be the major prize in a raffle drawn at the 2015 ExplorOz Members National Gathering. A prize from ExplorOz is awarded to the winning photographer.

To participate, you'll need to be an ExplorOz Member in order to submit your photo as a blog to the ExplorOz Blog section. You may give any title you like to your blog but you must tag your blog entry to the Photo Comp 2015 category to enter. You may submit as many photos as you like and these may be submitted within the one blog or multiple blogs - its up to you. Competition closes 1st February 2015.

2: Snacks & Appetizer Recipes

December is Snacks & Appetisers month, so if you've got some good ideas for great snacks to create at camp then this is for you.

All recipes submitted this month to the Snacks & Appetizers category of the ExplorOz Recipe section go in the draw to win an ExplorOz Prize Pack containing a Mozzie Net Hat, ExplorOz Cap & ExplorOz Stubby Holder (valued at $34). Competition closes 31st December 2014.

3: Shop Reviews

Win a $100 gift voucher to use in the ExplorOz Shop simply by creating a review. Reviews can be created from the item pages for any product listed in the ExplorOz shop (guidelines & tips provided). One winner will be selected by random from all reviews submitted during the month. Competition closes 31st December 2014.

Shop at ExplorOz

The ExplorOz Shop is full of great products for travellers like you so make sure you make these holidays easy and hassle free by getting the latest maps, guidebooks and navigation tools before you go. Whilst we can offer next day delivery on most orders, we suggest that if you're going to do last minute Christmas shopping that you ensure your order is completed by Sunday 21st December and select Express Courier delivery if you need it to arrive before Christmas Day. (See our Holiday Closure Hours further below).

The following new items are in stock and ready for Christmas delivery.

Bush Camping with Dogs - new edition from $33.20

Explore Australia by Caravan & Motorhome - new edition from $47.45

Bush Tukka Guide - new & great value from $18.95

New from Samantha Martin, the Bush Tukka Woman, is this wonderful new book featuring Australian bush food. More than just a guide to how and where to source each plant or animal species, you'll also find recipes for bringing bush food into your home kitchen, including lemon myrtle slow-cooked kangaroo and caramelised cluster figs with ice-cream. Packed with fascinating information, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in unearthing Australia’s remarkable bush tukka.

EOTopo topographic maps are now fully released in a variety of formats to suit all your individual needs. Here's a quick summary of what's on offer:

ECW and OZF4 map files available as:

Memory-Map EOTopo available as:

Mud-Map (mmr files) and TIF files available only as:

Free map downloads available as:

For more information, read the EOTopo FAQ Guide to help you make the right selection for your needs.

Road Safety Reminder

It's an unfortunate fact that at holiday times more people are injured on our roads. Please remember it's never ok to drink and drive. Please don't use your phone when driving or even just sitting at traffic lights. It's time to lift our heads and be aware. Please remember to observe speed limits, especially in local roads. Our 14 year old daughter was hit by a car when riding her bike on the way to school last week and despite being very lucky to have escaped serious injury she was flung through the windscreen and both her bike and her helmet were broken. It was a serious accident but the driver was only doing 45km/hr and together with the fact that she was wearing a helmet, she escaped with only superficial wounds. Holidays are a time to be more aware of children and their erratic behaviour and expect the unexpected. And please, if you're riding a bike wear a helmet - even if on a bike path and of course, don't wear earphones playing music so that you can hear surrounding warning signals that help you avert danger. We all need to be extra vigilant to stay aware on our roads - so drivers, please don't use your phone when driving. If you're in the habit already of checking it at the traffic lights - its time to break the habit. People's lives rely on your not needing to check that message or change that song. We wish everyone in the ExplorOz community a safe holiday period whether you're a driver, cyclist, or pedestrian.

Holiday Trading Hours

The ExplorOz Shop provides a fully automated online checkout so we are open to take orders 365 days of the year, 24 hours a day. However over the Holiday Period there are some dates that our Office (Customer Service) and Warehouse (Order Dispatch) will be closed.

Office Closed: 20-28 Dec
Office Open: 29-30 Dec
Office Closed: 31-1 Jan
Normal hours resume 2nd Jan
Important: if you place an order and pay via Cheque or Direct Deposit, please note that these payments are manually processed so can only be applied to your order on dates that the office is open.

Warehouse Closed: 25-28 Dec
Warehouse Open: 29-31 Dec
Warehouse Closed: 1-4 Jan
Normal hours resume 5th Jan
Important: If you require pre-Christmas delivery, please order before Monday 22nd Dec and select Express Courier as your service in the Checkout. This is only valid for items listed as "in stock" and sent to metro and major regional areas.

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