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Hema HX-1 Navigator Review

Hema HX-1 Navigator

Ok ok ok… I admit it… I love tech stuff. It’s so fun! New gadgets just make my day! And when you combine tech and off-road exploring… SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!! So when the Chart and Map shop contacted me offering a Hema HX-1 Naviagtor to play with… well… the conversation went something like this:

Them on the phone to me sitting at home: “Hi! Just wondering if you’d like to grab a Hema HX-1 off us to review.”

Me moments later running through their front door: “GIMME GIMME GIMME!!!”

Having had experience with the previous version, the Hema HN7, getting the opportunity to get my paws on Hema’s latest and greatest was an offer I couldn’t refuse!

So let’s take a look at it shall we?

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Stay Safe While Four Wheel Driving this Wet Season

Stay Safe While Four Wheel Driving this Wet Season

Western Australia’s coastline between Broome and Exmouth is the most cyclone-prone region in Australia. The tropical cyclone season between November and April can see an average of five tropical cyclones in the area. Two of these will cross the coast and one will be severe. Of all the severe cyclones in Australia since 1970, 75% were in WA. If you are planning a four wheel drive trip around WA’s top end during the wet season, it’s important to be prepared.

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5 Ways to Decorate your Home with Vintage Travel Posters

Vintage Travel Posters

You might have heard us mention it once or twice; we’re into travel. All kinds of travel. From present day to the golden era of travel a century ago.

This little travel obsession has led us to stock iconic vintage posters all telling stories of travel from another time. World War One propaganda posters made way for travel posters depicting country and city destinations as well as modes of transport including air, auto, rail and sea.

The striking colours and eye-catching graphics make vintage travel posters a budget-friendly way to decorate your home or business. Original travel posters in excellent condition can sell for thousands of dollars at auction but for just $20 you can adorn the walls of your home or business with reproduction prints.

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10 Must Visit Spots in WA

10 Must Visit Spots in WA

We have travelled far and wide to show the kids our great state (and fill their souvenir coin wallet), but I’ll admit we usually camp in regional towns despite the FWD and off-road camper trailer. Hard-core four wheel drivers wouldn’t even consider us real campers, but I’m not too proud to admit I like to stay in caravan parks for their hot showers.

One of the few times I abandoned my rule was a long weekend at Sandy Cape near Lancelin. I came home with a souvenir of a different kind – the dreaded tick. Now whenever my husband buys a piece of camping equipment that screams self-sufficiency, I remind him of my scrape with the sandy scavenger.

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World Globes: Travel Inspiration is Only an Arm’s Length Away

World Globe Travel Inspiration

It’s a scorching hot day outside; you’re sitting at your desk watching the clock tick the seconds away at an unfairly slow rate. You’re meant to be tying up the ends to that report for your boss but you keep getting distracted by the world globe that sits in the corner of your desk. You can see the outline of various countries that stir up thoughts of wanderlust you had quashed, since you were meant to be working on your career

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Large Scale vs. Small Scale Maps – What?

Large Scale vs. Small Scale – It’s Confusing

Everybody gets this wrong and it’s not hard to see why. You look at a map, the scale says 1:1,000,000 and you think large number, large area covered – that must be large scale, right? Nope. Our brains like to associate big things with other big things, but brains like doing lots of things they probably shouldn’t.

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Hema Navigator HN7 Review

If you take a look at the HEMA website, then you’ll find that HEMA say that the HN7 is Australia’s most powerful touring machine. I thought it’d be a good idea to find out what all the fuss is about. Luckily for me the Chart & Map Shop were kind enough to provide a brand new HN7 for me to play with for a weekend away down in WA’s south west.

It’s always fun when a new toy arrives. And I was soooo looking forward to this one. I love playing with stuff. Stuff is fun.

I’ve previously played with HEMA’s HN6 and also for the no-longer-available Mud Maps M7 so I was looking forward to seeing how the HN7 compared.

And then it arrived. The box is quality. I mean really, it’s just a box right? But when the box is well thought out it does give you some kind of indication that the rest of the product will follow suit.

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Transferring data from your old GPS to your Hema Navigator

Transferring data from your old GPS to your Hema Navigator

A customer recently came in asking how to get the waypoints he got from a friend’s Garmin into his new Hema HN7. I actually didn’t know how, or even if, it could be done, so I took upon myself to find out. Turns out it’s pretty easy! And not just for Garmin to Hema, this will work for pretty much any GPS or software package to any other GPS or software package.

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Latest Cape York: Travel & Adventure Guide just arrived

Latest Cape York: Travel & Adventure Guide just arrived

Ron & Viv Moon have just released the new 13th edition of their inimitable guide to Cape York. Formerly known as the Adventurer’s Guide, it’s now called the Travel & Adventure Guide, which I suppose doesn’t mean a great deal really… Anyway, these guys know Cape York better than anyone and this guide has become somewhat of a “bible” for the area. In their words, “All of the information has been updated, extensively revised and distilled into a no nonsense guide to the very best of Cape York.”

If you’re planning your mid-year trip to the Cape, firstly I’m exceptionally jealous, and secondly you should probably have this book.

Read more and grab a copy here.

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