ExplorOz Newsletter - Issue 41

5th March, 2003. In this issue: New Site Layout, Twine Hot Shower Competition, Playing Cards and Desert Parks Pass in the ExplorOz Shop, Itinerary Planning Service, Road Conditions and Membership.
Dear ExplorOz Reader,

Notice something different recently?
The ExplorOz website has had a face-lift!

New Site Layout

Look above at the header in this email (if you receive this in html) and you'll see that the major change is the menu structure. The Forum, Shop, Trader etc is still all there but the major change is that all the content has been re-categorised under 3 main topics - which says it all don't you think?

Trip Planning | Vehicle Requirements | On the Road

When you use the menu from the website, each heading also has 2 levels of menu beneath it. The first level names the topic (such as Navigation) and the next level lists the pages within the topic, so now you can go directly to the page you want with just a glance and one click.

These changes enable greater room for content growth and now advertisers can choose in which page they want to advertise based on topic headings, so it's better for you and for business.

Note - because we really "bend the book" with our web programming, you will get a superior experience on ExplorOz if you use the latest browser versions. The new site layout has been tested with various versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. The best results come from IE 6.0.26, IE 5.50.4132 and Netscape 6.1, although Netscape 4.78 is also fine. But not without heartache from the web programmer and his poor family (yes, many late nights... sob).

Twine Hot Shower Competition

Congratulations Keith McLeod of Victoria - you are the lucky winner of the Deluxe Twine Vehicle Shower System. For those of you that were waiting to win the competition, sorry but now you'll just have to buy yourself one from the ExplorOz Adventure Shop.

New Products in the Adventure Shop

We can hardly keep up telling you about all the new stuff coming into our shop. Click here to see all the New Products in the shop.

7 new packs:

WA, TAS, SA, QLD, NT, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

More playing cards fromthe Pilbara and Queensland. You've gotta have a few packs on any trip and there a great gift idea too!

Pilbara Playing Cards


Note - these are just the images on the card backs. Each set has 54 different pictures - ie. each card face is different.

Available now for $7.95 each

Melbourne to Sydney map from Hema.

This map takes you from Melbourne to Sydney via the Princes and Hume Highways and everything in between. The map also features text and photographs of places of interest along the way. Also included on the map is National Park information and inset maps of the major roads through Sydney and Melbourne.

Available now for $7.95

Western Australian State Map

Great for travel planning, Hema’s State Maps clearly show highways, minor and secondary roads, national and state routes and fully-indexed cities, towns and localities. Detailed road distances are also shown. This map is single-sided which makes it ideal wall maps.

Available now for $7.95

Desert Parks Pass

Don't forget you can pre-purchase your Desert Parks Pass with any start date you wish. ie. buy now with a start date to coincide with your trip in July!

Not sure if you need a Desert Parks Pass? Check the list of places where you need one from our permits page.

Itinerary Planning Service
This new service is up and running with new requests flooding in. Each trip plan we customise for you comes delivered in eBook format as a pdf document and additional to your personalised trip route, we provide complete Trek Notes, a list of permits and contact details, a list of relevant maps (and books) for the area,  plus you get free ExplorOz Membership. Get your order in quick - current requests are taking 2-3 weeks to process as these are personally devised to suit your travel needs by Michelle.

Road Conditions

Click to read Australia's only online Nation-wide unsealed road conditions report

This year we have worked even harder on keeping the Road Conditions up to date and we now re-publish each report a couple of times per week. Keep an eye on it!


2 good reasons to become an ExplorOz Member today:
1 ExplorOz take 5% off any purchase you make in the Adventure Shop and give it back to you as a discount on future purchases, and if you buy over $60 in one purchase you'll get your order posted free. We also give you one free DISPLAY Trader ad per year.

Click here to read all the member benefits

2 All Members get an ExplorOz discount card to keep in your wallet. Show this card to any participating ExplorOz Advertiser to get their advertised Member Reward.


And on top of all that, when you become an ExplorOz Member you get to use the site in a different way to "Visitors". When you log on as a Member, special benefits only allowed to Members will be enabled in your site usage. Of course, membership fees help us maintain and operate the ExplorOz site with new content and great new features so if you are so inclined, its your way of sponsoring us.

Membership costs $30 for the first year, and $20 for subsequent years. Note - you can even qualify for a free renewal (when you buy from the shop when prompted by our renewal reminder system).

So that's it for this edition of the ExplorOz User Newsletter!

The ExplorOz Team

ExplorOz - Free Site Usage: Forum, Road Conditions, Resources, Trader, Trip Preparation Advice, Trek Notes PLUS maps, books, permits, accessories and leisure items.www.ExplorOz.com
Phone:(08) 9403 3737
Fax: (08) 9403 3738

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