ExplorOz Newsletter - Issue 67

3rd September, 2004. In this issue: Road Conditions, Plot Swap, August Site Stats, Trek Notes from the Flinders, Waypoints Linked to Trek Notes, Upload Your Waypoints and Rubbish Reminder.

Dear ExplorOz Reader,

Welcome to Spring!
We've got a fab newsletter for you this fortnight with a Flinders Ranges theme. Not only have we got all the latest news and happenings on ExplorOz, we're running a one week newsletter special on selected Flinders Ranges maps/books to coincide with the launch of 4 new Flinders Trek Notes.

Back in Print - New Edition

From Westprint - The Plenty and Sandover Highways Map

Western 4WDriver Magazine - Spring 2004, 52nd Edition.

Just released this week, we have the Spring edition of this popular mini-mag. If you're planning a trip anywhere in Western Australia this mini-mag has all the news on what's going on and where. See shop for list of specific contents of this quarter's magazine.


New Products

Pictorial Souvenir of The Territory

Another great pictorial guide by popular photographer David Kirkland.



It's our Flinders Ranges theme so get in quick for heavily discounted prices - one week only!

Pack contains 2 items:

  • Flinders Ranges Map

  • The Flinders Ranges - An Adventurer's Guide book.

Explor the Flinders Ranges Pack

This pack contains 2 items - our pick of the best map plus the best guide book of the Flinders Ranges.

Normally sold for $33, get it this week only for just $29.70 
a saving of $7.70 compared to buying separately.

Flinders Ranges Map (Hema)

Normally $7.95, this week only $7.16 - 10% off. 

The Flinders Ranges - An Adventurers Guide (Ron & Viv Moon)

Normally $27.45, this week only $24.71 - 10% off. 

Camping Guide to South Australia (Boiling Billy)

Normally $16.95, this week only $15.26 - 10% off. 

Road Conditions

With Spring now upon us, track conditions Australia-wide are fairly stable. 

The ExplorOz Road Conditions is the only specific unsealed Australia-wide compilation of all reports from official sources (main roads, national parks, shire councils, VKS737). Although we don't claim to have the most accurate reports for a specific area at any moment in time, we do make a concerted effort to ensure the reports are no older than 1 week. Members are welcome to phone our office for more recent reports if required.

Plot Swap

If you've just returned from a trip, and have recorded OziExplorer plot files of where you've been, don't forget that on ExplorOz we have a facility for you to upload your files to share with others. Go to Plot Swap

Plot Swap currently has 143 plots available for sharing.
Note - new members receive 200 free PointPlace credits for downloading plot files at time of joining.

August Site Stats

Site traffic as predicted in our last newsletter, has indeed reached a new milestone by exceeding 300,000 visits to ExplorOz in one month for the first time ever. [Note - a single visit is recorded per active user session - which is the truest measure of audience numbers]

Hits for the month have also increased significantly (15,285,269);

andthe number of pages viewed throughout the month has also shown a considerable increase (1,261,053).

Click chart to find out more about our site stats.

Unsubscribe or edit your profile - use the "MANAGE" link from the bottom of this newsletter.

Trek Notes from the Flinders

One of our long term Members has recently been on a long jaunt through through the Flinders Ranges and thanks to him, we have 4 new trek notes so you too can follow in his footsteps to some wonderful places tucked away on private property;

Waypoints now linked to Trek Notes

In that last few days, we have just activated the cross-reference facility for Trek Notes to now include a table of waypoint descriptions and the Lat/Longs using data linked from



There are still another 2 stages left to developing how Trek Notes show GPS data, however this much has been completed and should certainly be a great help to your trip planning.


To find which Treks have GPS data, go to the Trek Search page and look for the statement "contains digital mapping" (currently 22 treks have this feature active).

Upload your waypoints

Even if you haven't recorded plot files via OziExplorer, you might still have a whole lot of waypoints you've recorded on your GPS. Upload them into PointPlace™ and cross-reference them to a Trek Note. Our system will do the rest automatically.

Rubbish - a reminder!

Here's a reminder about toilet paper:

"burn it, don't bury it".

  • dingoes will dig up human toilet wastes, so toilet paper inevitably will become strewn about the place after you leave.

  • if the dingoes don't get to it first, wind erosion probably will.

The generally accepted method of toileting is to dig a hole with a spade, do your business, and then drop the soiled toilet paper on top. Using a gas igniter or match, burn the toilet paper at the bottom of the hole and watch until it burns completely to ash and then cover with soil and pat down the earth firmly to cover all trace of your hole.

(note - sanitary items and nappies should not be burned or buried. Seal in a plastic bag and carry to a central rubbish depot).

See our Travel Etiquette page for more tips.

Business Search Listings

This fortnight, we welcome the following new advertisers:


Denco Diesel & Turbo


SafeTrek 4WD Services


Red Centre

Thermoguard Instruments


View all New Advertisers 

Love the site?

If you love the ExplorOz website, then the best way to show your support is to use our services. 

  • Use the email links from the Business Search to make contact with suppliers and operators, 

  • purchase your maps, books, permits, etc from our online shop

  • run a Display Trader Ad for just $9.95 to sell your second-hand goods and 

  • become a Member OR

  • become an Advertiser if you operate a business in Australia that offers products/services targetted to the traveller. Rates start from just $5/mth in the Business Search directory plus you can sponsor any page of the site from just $25/mth.


Don't forget this Sunday is Father's Day - so to all those fathers out there we wish you a great day for spending quality time with the family!


from the ExplorOz Team

David, Michelle, & Juliana

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