ExplorOz General Newsletter 487

11 July 2019,

Hi ExplorOz Reader,

Like most of you, we are enthusiast 4WD/campers and love to get away for a trip for some R&R especially when its winter. Over the past 22 years we've had 3 different 4WD vehicles, 2 different tents, 2 different swags but we've only just started to use a camper trailer. As featured in our last newsletter, we put our well-known, trusty ExplorOz field research vehicle (a highly modified and accessorised 80 series Land Cruiser) up for sale. It was sold on the same day it was listed to a long-term ExplorOz community member. That has meant we've been under pressure to get our new rig setup and ready for our next trip - and we leave in just a few days!


One of the things we've always dreamed of, was finding a way to enjoy good cafe-style coffee when away camping. Because we never plug into powered sites and aim for bush camps everywhere we travel, we still don't wish to miss out on our home comforts. Like most people, we've become accustomed to the taste of a good coffee brewed in a coffee machine but when away from home this is something that feels difficult to live without. Most coffee machines are way too bulky to bring along for the type of trips we do, and draw far too much power to consider running off the car battery but finally we've found a solution. Check out this little video to see our first run of coffee making.


The other thing we've always dreamed of, was seeing our app ExplorOz Traveller with EOTopo maps running on an in-dash large screen monitor.

We have put a lot of time into researching various models of Android systems on the market and have just purchased and installed a Teyes SPRO 10" unit that features the latest technology to bring everything we've ever dreamed of in a very tidy, neat package. The Teyes SPRO is available for a very large range of vehicle types and models (including our 2009 Land Cruiser 200 series). Priced at under $500, we think there's nothing else quite like it on the market anywhere else so take a look if you think that's something you might like to setup in your vehicle. See it here on the AliExpress website (change price to show AUD).

Here's some pics below of the unit being installed, and in operation just driving in outer Perth. We will do a field test with it on our trip next week to Karijini and put together a blog upon our return with more info for those interested.

Follow us on Instagram for posts and stories throughout the trip as we venture to Mt Augustus and Karijini in NW WA.


Our latest winner of the quarterly Redarc Power Prize was drawn on 30th June. This time the prize was the Redarc Smart Charger and the lucky winner was Life Member Gary (Rusty) (WA).

Our next prize draw period has already started as at 1st July and runs until 30th September. Up for grabs is the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite, (an electric trailer brake controller). To win the Tow-Pro Elite all you have to do is pay for your Membership Renewal during this time period OR be a Life Member during that time period.



Since last week's newsletter, you'll have to go back 5 pages to catch up with posts so here's a few highlights:

Birdsville Bakery Closed,
The Banning of Climbing Uluru,
2019 EOTopo Maps Released,
Best Technique for Finding that Troublesome Leak,
Repercussions for being overweight,
SPOT Tracker disabled,
Marree to Muloorina & Level Post Bay Lake Eyre,
The awesome Darlsen Pinnacle,
Where is this pic taken?,
Waukaringa Ruins,
Once upon a time in the Hamersley,
Electric 4WD Sooner than you think,
Strz closed due to gas leak
Big Red Bash,
Getting power safely from a campsite,
Nitrogen in Tyres,
Pick this Place - Pick this Place is a new regular feature every Monday. Please self-start.


Cradock SA,
Bush Drive,
Ellerslie to Batlow (the long way),
Humula and Coppabella,
Wilson SA... Death of a town,
Googs Track.. Secret Spots


Pioneer Onxy Camp Trailer 2015,
2010 Kimberley Kamper Sports RV Limited Ed

Only Premium Listings are featured in our newsletter. Go to Classified Home page to browse all listings.

Members pay only $10 for a Premium Listing. $29.95 for non-members. Premium Listings run for up to 6 months and you can edit/change your ad.


Shay Gap Crossing
Cobar Heritage Centre
Cobar Miners Heritage Park
Streatham Streamside Reserve
Arkaba Hill Lookout
Kermits Pool
Alexander Bay Camping Area
Morgans Lookout
Tower above Wittenoom
Tabletop Well
Cobbled Road

Remember, if you're an app user (ExplorOz Traveller) use the Data Manager to get these updates onto your device.

Track Logs

Only a small selection of logs are shown here (based on clear names that match the log, and high accuracy). ExplorOz does not edit user data. Owners can delete logs, edit log names, add description, add photos and also edit the points to clean up data errors.

Cape York Trip, Day 19 Wongaling Beach to Undara,
Cape York Trip, Day 18, Cairns to Wongaling Beach
Red Centre 2019 
Ningaloo/Broome 2019
Bentangabee Bay and Return
Rocky Creek Tablelands 
Lightning Ridge 2019,
Simpson Desert Crossing,
Simpson and Uluru,
June 2019

Members can post the EOTopo clickable map image showing their track log into their ExplorOz Blogs.

We recommend that Track Logs are saved into smaller, logical files for each day/interesting track segment of your journey. If you have the ExplorOz Traveler app you can custom make Track Logs by date range after your journey - even if you didn't have track logging enabled at the time (uses Snail Trail data so app must still have been running).


Welcome to all our new Members! New members list Here. If you are a Member, you can send a private message to another Member (SMS sent via website notification).


If you choose to stop or camp at a site without a toilet, you must only do so if you can deal with your waste in an ecological, and hygienic manner. Hopefully, many of you already know how to achieve this but sadly, we are aware that right across Australia the impact of tourists is an abomination! Some of the worst sites are roadside free camps. Sadly, the issue is not limited to toilet waste either. Overuse of campfires is also causing a problem with lovely areas becoming ruined with too many black fire pits. We all have to work together to ensure things improve. Please learn the correct ways to manage your impact by reading the following articles on ExplorOz - and please share to all the other Forums and Facebook groups you use.

Care for the Environment
Portable Toilets & Dump Points


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V3.8.1 Released 11th July, 2019

For everything you need to know about our app, see the ExplorOz Traveller Webpage. Watch video tutorials, demos, view the maps, and find answers to all your questions.

If you've already go the app and have questions, please refer to the Help/FAQ page on the link webpage, or reach out to other users on the Facebook Group. Please check your setup emails for links and details.

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