|Edition 376: 5th March 2015|
Hi ExplorOz Reader,March has come, and Summer has apparently gone, although it certainly doesn't feel like it if you live in WA. Across the country the weather is breaking records:- Perth experienced its most humid February on record since 1955; Sydney has had the second-longest spell of warm nights on record; & Adelaide has had it's mildest January in 10 years. But the important thing is knowing the weather will be perfect for your next trip! Maybe we can't do that, but the best we can tell you is that March to May is likely to be wetter than normal over central Australia and central WA. Elsewhere, the chances of a wetter or drier Autumn are roughly equal! It also appears that night-time temperatures for Autumn are likely to be warmer than normal over most of Australia. More Weather Here
We hope this edition makes you itching to get out there and ExplorOz!
Michelle, Adele, David
Random Prize Draw WinnersCongratulations to the following people who've picked up great prizes in our February contests. Prizes are awarded every month so look out for this month's details and you could win too!
Recipes - Cassandra posted the winning entry to the Drinks category of our online Recipe book. In the random prize draw she has scored the The Big Lap DVD Series, the popular documentary of 2 years on-the-road 4WDriving around Australia that's getting great reviews from buyers in our shop right now.
Shop Product Review - Kureel is the winner of our $100 Gift Voucher. He posted a review for this product
Survey - Ray K3 was one of over 1000 people that took part in our recent newsletter survey but he was the lucky one to win the $300 voucher from ABR. When we spoke to Ray, this is what he had to say;
We were very surprised and excited to receive news that we are the winners, particularly because we're reasonably new to caravanning so there are many options on the ABR Sidewinder website that will be useful to us. Thanks to ExplorOz and ABR Sidewinder for the prize.
March Recipe ThemeChicken is one of the most versatile meats for easy cooking on a camping trip and this month Chicken & Poultry is our theme ingredient in the ExplorOz Recipe database.
Share your recipe and photos this month into the Chicken & Poultry section and go in the draw to win! This month's random prize will be a copy of Hema's new book - 4WD Adventures, worth $60.
More competition info here
Even if you're not sharing a recipe, why not post comments, questions or reviews into the recipes. You might even like to post your photos of your version if you've given one a go.
Big Red Bash 2015Business Member - Birdsville Big Red Bash
This unique 2 day 3 night music festival is located at the famous Big Red dune on the edge of the Simpson Desert, near Birdsville, and includes 3 nights free camping. The iconic 40m high dune acts as stage backdrop, which is amazing by day and unbelievable by night when lit up in lights.
Not only will Jimmy Barnes be rocking Big Red, but there's a full line up of legendary Aussie artists including Jon Stevens, Diesel, and many more, with Frankie J Holden and Wilbur Wilde as hosts to keep the crowd entertained throughout. So put the Bash in your diary and get set for a true Outback adventure. See www.bigredbash.com.au
Explore The Outback WayHave you dreamt of travelling throughout the top of central Australia? The Outback Way is a route that connects a number of iconic outback roads including the Plenty Highway and the Great Central Road and covers three states QLD, NT and WA.
Plan: Read our online Trek Note to whet your appetite for adventure, take a virtual tour, read the history, check permits, discover what to see and where to stay, and get driving notes. Then download the navigable Trek file. The Trek Note will also highlight relevant maps you should have. See The Outback Way checklist.
Go: For safety's sake and to help your family keep track of where you are, why not register for the EOTrackMe service - free to ExplorOz Members. Read this useful article for more info.
If you're not a Member, join here.
Reflect: Share your photos and adventure stories in your ExplorOz Blogs.
Road AlertsAre you looking for the latest track conditions and news? It's all here in the Road Alerts section.
Don't forget to add your comments to these track reports after you travel to add relevant anecdotal information that might help others.
When you're StuckWhilst we can't winch you out of the mud we can help when you're stuck in the virtual landscape of ExplorOz.
We understand that sometimes it can feel overwhelming when things don't seem to work as you expect so feel welcome to give us a call or send an email if you want to discuss how to use a part of ExplorOz.
There are so many great services and unique tools on ExplorOz that are very practical and relevant to travellers for both trip planning, and on the road. Yes, many of them appear technical because we're a webservice but if you're struggling to come to grips with it or know that you've ignored a key service such as EOTrackMe because you don't understand it, then give us a call and let's chat about it. Pick up the phone or send an email and we'll be there to help you. You can speak to Adele by calling (08) 9467 4025 during normal business hours (Mon-Fri), Western Standard Time or send us a detailed message using this Feedback Form (found under the Home menu).
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