Author: The Chart & Map Shop

Free Camping QLD – A Guide to Queensland’s Best Free Camp Grounds

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From stunning beaches and islands, magnificent rainforests, World-Heritage listed areas, the Great Barrier Reef and national parks, Queensland has something for everyone.

Queensland is a favourite destination for grey nomads escaping winter from the southern states, but it has plenty to offer campers of all ages. Best of all, there are plenty of free campsites available to help keep your trip affordable and stay in beautiful natural settings or charming country towns.

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Caravan Checklist: Essential Packing List and Pre Travel Checks

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It feels like there are a million things to do and pack before you take off on a road trip adventure in the caravan. When you are packing everything from the tongs to the toothbrush, the job can take days (or a couple of very late nights) depending on how late you have left it.

Take the pressure off by getting organised early and have a packing list you can check off as you go. Anything you can do in advance will make the job a little less stressful and help get you on the road earlier.

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All Things Hema

All Things Hema

Hema has been crisscrossing the Australian continent for 30 years collecting data for their maps, atlases and digital navigators. With a keen interest in off-road Hema has mapped hundreds of thousands of tracks and unsealed roads making life easier and far safer for 4WD enthusiasts around the country.

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Topographic Maps for Every Purpose

Topographic Maps for Every Purpose

If it weren’t for topographic maps, we’d look at any other map and assume the Earth’s surface is all one height. These maps make it possible to see the elevation and shape of the surface so you have an idea what the area may look like. The trusty topographic map has been around since the late 1700’s and has seen many transformations.

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Angling for a Big Fishing Season

Angling for a Big Fishing Season

Fishing can be enjoyed by anyone aged five to 105 so if you have a love of the water and a healthy dose of patience, fishing might be your thing.

The Chart & Map Shop stocks a huge range of fishing books, guides and charts to help in your pursuit of landing the big one.

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Offshore & Coastal Navigation with Digital QuickCharts

Offshore & Coastal Navigation with Digital QuickCharts

When you’re as girt by sea as this brown land, access to accurate offshore charts is pretty important. This big island of ours has no less than 570 charts covering the coastal waters, off-lying reefs and small islands. But if you are circumnavigating the continent, you don’t want to deal with that many different charts. The people at Memory Map have put together a DVD that compiles them all in one easy to use place.

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4WD Treks Just a Weekend Away

4WD Treks Just a Weekend Away

Feel like a 4WD trip but don’t have a week’s leave from work up your sleeve? There are plenty of tracks just an hour or two out of the city – perfect for getting away for an adventure filled weekend. With the warmer weather just around the corner, start making plans.

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Know your Knots

Know your Knots

Whether you’re a boater, boy scout or budding climber it pays to know your knots. You never know when you will need to call on your knowledge of knots to get you out of a bind. Knots are not only good to know but they’re also great fun to learn. Knot tying can be an art, craft, science and philosophy all rolled into one.

If you’re a knot novice, read on for basic tips about the different types of knots and their uses.

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The Hema HX-1 Navigator

Hema Navigator HX-1

Hema Navigator has been the leader in on and off-road navigation systems since their release in 2008. The Hema Navigator HN7 launched in 2014 followed by the latest model, the Hema HX-1 Navigator, late last year. The HX-1 has improved hardware, new features and better map content to make it possible to navigate almost any Australian road or track.

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