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  1. Beach Camping Near Perth - 5 Great Waterfront Campsites

    Beach Camping Near Perth - 5 Great Waterfront Campsites

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    If a weekend of beach camping is in order, you don’t want to spend hours driving there and back. You want to head out of Perth, set up camp and be relaxing with a drink within a few hours.

    In some areas of WA there is plenty of free beach camping, but not so much close to Perth - most of the best campsites are at lea

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  2. Free & Low Cost Camping WA - Discover Western Australia's Best Campgrounds

    Free & Low Cost Camping WA - Discover Western Australia's Best Campgrounds

    A common complaint from WA campers is that there aren’t enough good free campsites in this beautiful state. The good news is that there are locations where you can camp completely free which we have included in this guide. We have also included some of the best low-cost campsites where you only pay a very small fee.

    Western Australia is a vast state with significant variations in landscapes. The far north is rugged red earth, sparsely populated with some stunning scenery and long drives in between each attraction. The midwest of WA has a stunning coastline and gorges, and is blanketed with wildflowers in spring. The south-west corner of WA

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  3. Perth Fishing Spots - 10 of the Best Places to Fish in the Metro Area

    Perth Fishing Spots - 10 of the Best Places to Fish in the Metro Area

    With the popularity of fishing booming and our growing population, the Perth metropolitan area is under recreational fishing pressure but there are still plenty of fish to be had. There are plenty of good fishing locations around the Perth metro area, so grab your reel and give them a go. Choose from the Swan River, Canning River or beautiful Indian Ocean.

    The Top 10 Fishing Spots in Perth

     

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  4. Camp Oven Cooking Tips - 4 Easy Recipes For Your Next Camping Trip

    Camp Oven Cooking Tips - 4 Easy Recipes For Your Next Camping Trip

    One of the greatest pleasures when camping is cooking a meal in a camp oven. Everyone loves stoking the fire, checking the coals and stirring the pot while cooking up a hearty meal.

    A camp oven, also known as a Dutch oven, is a versatile cast iron pot with a lid that lets you prepare a family-sized meal anywhere. You can use a camp oven over the fire when you’re out in the bush or on the stove at home or even in your caravan.

    Follow our camp oven cooking tips and you’ll be tucking in to a hearty meal before you know it. <

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  5. 5 Incredible Gorge Walks in Karijini National Park

    5 Incredible Gorge Walks in Karijini National Park

    Karijini National Park is one of the largest jewels in Western Australia's crown land. Its iron-rich red gorges, waterfalls, crystal clear water and bushland date back millions of years.

    Karijini is the second largest national park in the state, set within the Hamersley Range, 1,400 km north of Perth. The rugged landscape varies from the massive Mount Bruce to vast plateaus. But it’s the incredible deep gorges that sees 10,000 people a year travel there to experience.

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  6. 9 of the Best Brisbane Fishing Spots Revealed

    9 of the Best Brisbane Fishing Spots Revealed

    There’s no shortage of good fishing spots in Brisbane and the mild Brisbane weather makes fishing a good option all year round. Try as many locations as it takes to find your hot fishing spot in Brisbane then keep it a secret!

    You could even start with a few of these fishing hotspots this weekend!

     

    Land Based Fishing Spots Brisbane

    Brisbane has plenty of options for land-based fishing, perfect for kids and adults to wet a line. With a light rod and reel, some lures and a little know-how, you can be rewarded with a good catch. Look for jetties, rock walls, piers, pontoons and bridges where fis

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  7. Googs Track – Funny Name, Great 4WD Track

    Googs Track – Funny Name, Great 4WD Track

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    Googs Track is on the bucket list of many Australian 4WDers. For those wanting to cross the Simpson Desert or complete the Canning Stock Route, Googs Track is an excellent introduction to desert and sand driving. The track has an interesting history and makes for some great sightseeing.

     

    Googs Track Overview

    Location: Near Ceduna,

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  8. Your Guide to Driving the Gibb River Road

    Your Guide to Driving the Gibb River Road
    Image courtesy of W. Bulach via Wikimedia Commons

    Western Australia’s iconic Gibb River Road isn’t for the faint hearted. The roads are often corrugated, flooded or closed, but you will be well-rewarded with incredible scenery that provide lifelong memories.

     

    Gibb River Road Facts

    Location: From Derby to just south of Wyndham in the Kimberley, Western Australia

    Track Length: 660 km

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  9. Hiking Checklist - Essential Bushwalking Gear According to Steve Sertis

    Hiking Checklist - Essential Bushwalking Gear According to Steve Sertis
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    Planning to go bushwalking? Being prepared and ticking off a hiking checklist is essential before you leave. Whether you are going for a day walk or an overnight bushwalk, the gear you take (or don’t take) matters - your equipment can be the difference between a pleasurable and painful experience.   Check out these hiking gear lists recommended by Steve Sertis, Bibbulmun Track Foundation’s Event Manager. Steve would know, he has done the 1,000-kilome

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  10. The Simple Guide to Beach Fishing Rigs

    The Simple Guide to Beach Fishing Rigs

     

    Dawn or dusk, beach fishing has a certain allure. Listening to the waves while you wait for a bite could see you in hooked in no time.

    With 36,000 kilometres of Australian coastline, there’s no shortage of beaches to try your luck. Just make sure you have done your homework, so you know what fish you are going after and in what conditions. It makes all

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  11. How to Install an Anderson Plug – Wiring Guide & Tips

    How to Install an Anderson Plug – Wiring Guide & Tips

    A couple enjoying their caravan road trip

    If you are serious about camping, then time will come that you need an Anderson plug. An Anderson plug is used for a variety of purposes, but in the case of a caravan the Anderson plug will allow you to keep your fridge running whilst travelling to your destination. When the caravan is stationary, the fridge can run off mains power or a gas bottle but when you’re travelling it is too dangerous to continue usi

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  12. The 7 Best Travel Destinations to Escape Winter in Australia

    The 7 Best Travel Destinations to Escape Winter in Australia

    A female on a plane going on an a overseas holiday
    Google Photos and Facebook can be so cruel when they send you an anniversary photo of you in thongs enjoying the sun on a winter sojourn. I mean Google (and Zuckerberg) are pretty smart - they should know I haven’t headed north in search of warmer days this winter. Instead, I’m hibernating at home in front of the heater…in ugg boots. Keep your memories to yourself thanks Google!

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  13. Essential Guide to Driving the Strzelecki Track

    Essential Guide to Driving the Strzelecki Track

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    If crossing a desert in your 4WD is on your bucket list then you should definitely consider the Strzelecki Track.  It’s easily accessible for those living in the southern and eastern states of Australia and can be completed in just a few days of easy driving thanks to good road conditions and limited passing traffic. The track’s interesting history and sights make for some great sightseeing in the arid landscape along this dusty dirt track.<

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  14. What to Look for in an Off-Road GPS & How to Use It

    What to Look for in an Off-Road GPS & How to Use It
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    4WD driving off road on a dusty track with a GPS

    During an off-road trip, your GPS can work as hard as your vehicle. Without it, you would be lost - literally.

    If you are planning to do some four-wheel driving, then it’s an off-road GPS that you need. If you take a GPS that’s better suited to navigating around the metro area off-road with you it could cause serious problems out in the bush.

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  15. 5 of the Best Cape York 4WD Tracks

    5 of the Best Cape York 4WD Tracks
    Image courtesy of Tourism Cape York

     

    Home to some of Australia’s most iconic 4WD tracks, Cape York is on the bucket list of many 4WD enthusiasts. Not only is it the northernmost tip of Australia but it plays host to challenging and rewarding 4WD tracks. Some of the most well-known Cape tracks are the Creb, Frenchmans, Old Telegraph, Cape Melville and Bloomfield Tracks. Some of the tracks are short enough that you can complete the track itself in one day, but you might need to overnight it on the drive to and from the track.  

    Cape York is 4WD Only!

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  16. Free Camping NSW - A Guide to NSW's Best Free Campgrounds

    Free Camping NSW - A Guide to NSW's Best Free Campgrounds

    A group of campers sitting around at a free campsite in NSW

    From the Blue Mountains to the edge of the deep blue ocean, if you’re looking for free camping in NSW there are plenty of attractive options! Whether you’re on a tight budget or you just enjoy finding far-flung locations, some of these camp sites should be just what you are after.

    Why Use Free Campsites?

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  17. Free Camping QLD - A Guide to Queensland's Best Free Camp Grounds

    Free Camping QLD - A Guide to Queensland's Best Free Camp Grounds

    Free river camping location QLD

    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 a

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  18. Caravan Checklist: Essential Packing List and Pre Travel Checks

    Caravan Checklist: Essential Packing List and Pre Travel Checks

    4WD towing a caravan on a dusty road

    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

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  19. The Best Sunshine Coast Camping Spots (2018 Guide)

    The Best Sunshine Coast Camping Spots (2018 Guide)

    Sunshine coast, beachside camping grounds

    The Sunshine Coast is 100km of stunning coastline between Noosa and Caloundra, just 90 minutes north of Brisbane. Its stunning beaches and coastal towns aren’t the only attractions - a short drive inland takes you to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland where you’ll discover incredible hiking opportunities and fresh produce to explore.

    Unspoilt beaches, parks, fores

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  20. Free Camping Tasmania - 7 Free Campsites Worth Visiting in Tassie

    Free Camping Tasmania - 7 Free Campsites Worth Visiting in Tassie

    Beautiful forrest campsite in Tasmania

    Are you the type of camper who will drive miles into the wilderness to find the most remote campsite possible? Pity any other campers that dare show up at your patch of paradise. Or do you prefer to camp close to town in a busy campsite to enjoy the company of other travellers? Whatever your preference, we have included a campsit

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  21. The Holland Track: An Iconic WA 4WD Track

    The Holland Track: An Iconic WA 4WD Track

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    The historic Holland Track is one of the most popular Western Australian 4WD tracks. Its proximity to Perth, pioneering history and ruggedness has seen the number of adventurers increase since the track was recut and reopened in 1993.

    The John Holland Way is 600 kilometres from Broomehill to Coolgardie. North of Hyden, it runs parall

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  22. The Road in and out of Mt Augustus

    The Road in and out of Mt Augustus

    Driving to Mt Augustus

    Can you name the biggest rock in Australia? No, it’s not Uluru.

    It’s not only the biggest in Australia but also the world, and it’s located in outback Western Australia.

    Known as Burringurrah to the local Wadjari Aboriginal people, Mount Augustus is twice the size of Uluru at

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  23. Crossing the Nullarbor: Perth to Melbourne Road Trip

    Crossing the Nullarbor: Perth to Melbourne Road Trip

    Sign on the Eyre Highway, Nullarbor Plain Eastern End of Treeless Plain

    We weren’t sure what to expect of the Nullarbor.

    Days of driving one the world’s longest stretch of straight road with not much in the way of scenery. We decided we had to see it for ourselves.

    Perth to Melbourne Driving

    Planning and getting organised for the road trip began with trading i

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  24. All Things Hema

    All Things Hema

    Hema Maps - 4WD on a dusty dirty track

    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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  25. Topographic Maps for Every Purpose

    Topographic Maps for Every Purpose

    Topographic elevation maps

    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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  26. Angling for a Big Fishing Season

    Angling for a Big Fishing Season

    A man fishing off the rocks at sunset

    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.

    Sure you can rely on some beginners’ luck in the early days, but when things get serious you need the right tools and information. The Chart & Map Shop

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  27. Offshore & Coastal Navigation with Digital QuickCharts

    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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  28. Coming Soon: New Editions of Hema’s Australia Road & 4WD Atlases

    Coming Soon: New Editions of Hema’s Australia Road & 4WD Atlases

    New 12th Edition Hema Australia Road & 4WD Atlases

    Hema have just announced the new 12th edition of their bestselling Australia Road & 4WD Atlases. Due for release on the 1st of December, the entire series has been revamped and updated. They will feature Hema's new and much clearer easy to read cartography and nearly 20% more mapping. There's also mor

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  29. How to Choose the Right European Map

    How to Choose the Right European Map

    How to Choose the Right European Map

    When it comes to European maps we are spoilt for choice. There are maps for the continent, countries, cities, and regions. Your map can make or break your day when you’re travelling but choosing the right one can be a minefield. Consider what you want to explore and how you will get around and then with a little research you can select the maps that best suits your trip.

     

    Transport

    As soon as you decide on your mode

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  30. An Up to Date Nautical Chart Won’t Let you Down

    An Up to Date Nautical Chart Won’t Let you Down

    An Up to Date Nautical Chart Won’t Let you Down

    “The prudent mariner will not rely solely on any single aid to navigation.”

    The adage is printed on charts and listed on electronic device software for a reason. Putting all your faith in electronic devices when you’re at sea can be perilous. Accidents at sea have been blamed on outdated software, un-calibrated or non-functioning NAV equipment. Sailors and navigators the world over know that a failure of their

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  31. Prospecting Resources to Strike it Rich

    Prospecting Resources to Strike it Rich

    Prospecting Resources to Strike it Rich

    The Gold Rush may be long gone but ‘there’s still gold in them thar hills.’ Maybe there were more hills in the United States in the 1800’s than Australia, but there is plenty of gold yet to be discovered around the lucky country.

    Whether you like to prospect for gold, coins or other treasures, The Chart & Map Shop has a range of resources to help you dig it out. Atlas books, maps and guides for WA and other states will help

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  32. The Rising Popularity of Awesome Maps

    The Rising Popularity of Awesome Maps

    Modern Map of Europe

    Things aren’t what they used to be. The world map has changed, and it seems our customers are embracing the new-age look. Sure you can still buy the traditional world maps that were drawn by talented cartographers from a time long ago. But now you can buy the brightly coloured, illustrated world maps themed with a special interest.

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  33. World Maps Make Great Presents

    World Maps Make Great Presents

    The world map

    Paper, canvas, framed or unframed there are endless options for worldwide maps. Buy a world map for the person who has everything, to fill a blank wall in the study or bedroom or for someone who is about to do some travelling. Either adorning walls or in the back pocket of a traveller, maps make unique gifts for people of all ages.

     

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  34. Should World Maps in Classrooms be Mercator or Peters?

    Should World Maps in Classrooms be Mercator or Peters?

    Should World Maps in Classrooms be Mercator or Peters?

    World maps have featured in classrooms around the world for hundreds of years. Despite all the technology that is now available to teachers, a big map on the wall remains an excellent teaching resource. But the world map you knew in school could change to a very different looking map - one that depicts true land masses.

     

    Traditional Mercator Maps isn’t True to Size

    The maps and a

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  35. The Moon Phases Poster

    The Moon Phases Poster

    Moon phases 2017 chart

    We're not afraid of tooting our own horn on occasion. Each year the Chart & Map team designs a pretty sweet Moon Phases poster. The poster shows the current state of the moon in picture every night of the year. If you are someone who likes to plan ahead, the poster also gives you the exact dates and times for the full, new and quarter Moons.

     

    Planning for the Full Moon

    There are

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  36. Cycling Guides and Maps

    Cycling Guides and Maps

    CYCLING GUIDES AND MAPS

    The popularity of the treadly has been growing steadily in Western Australia. It seems everyone is getting into cycling. It's not just WA, the cycle paths around the country are bustling with riders from dawn to dark. People cycle as a form of transport, sport and recreation.  During the week, city car parks are full of bikes owned by office workers and on weekends coffee

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  37. Navigation Using the Night Sky

    Navigation Using the Night Sky

    A star chart

    It is thought that the Vikings were able to navigate their way around the globe discovering Iceland, Greenland and America by using the stars, possibly the oldest use of astronomy. The Vikings then used polarisation and the mineral sunstone to navigate in completely overcast skies. By the end of the 13th century, nautical charts were being drawn and the skies were no longer the only means of navigation. In the modern world, we have the compass and GPS technology but if

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  38. Camps 9: New Edition of Australia's "Camping Bible" Just Announced

    Camps 9: New Edition of Australia's "Camping Bible" Just Announced

    Camps 9 Australia Wide

    If you go camping a bit, chances are you either have, or have heard of, this book. Regarded as Australia's camping bible, Camps Australia Wide guide is pretty much indispensable for the traveller. The new edition, Camps 9, has been 100% researched and updated and now contains over 4,000 campsites, with more 3,000 of those being pet f

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  39. The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Under $40

    The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Under $40

    Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide Poster

    Whether you are looking for something educational for the stocking or a gift for the relative who has everything, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled a list of Christmas goodies available right now at The Chart & Map Shop.

     

    For the Kids


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  40. The HX-1: Hema's next generation navigator now available for pre-order

    The HX-1: Hema's next generation navigator now available for pre-order

    Hema X1 Navigator

    Hema have just announced the follow up to their hugely successful HN7 Navigator! Meet the brand new, Wi-Fi connected, multi-touch, 7-inch-screened Hema HX-1 Navigator.

    This sleek new model looks to be better in just about every respect, with updated turn-by-turn navigation, Hema's award-winning off-road maps, over 45,000 POI and 1.2 million kilome

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  41. Large Scale vs. Small Scale Maps - What?

    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

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  42. Latest Cape York: Travel & Adventure Guide just arrived

    Latest Cape York: Travel & Adventure Guide just arrived

    Cape York adventure guide book

    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 “bib

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  43. HEMA Navigator HN7 now available for pre-order

    HEMA Navigator HN7 now available for pre-order

    Hema Navigator HN7

    Hema have just unveiled the newest addition to the Navigator family. Following on from the huge success of the HN6, the HN7 will be available in mid-March. The new unit will be sporting a bigger, more finger friendly, 7 inch screen along with updated mapping and over 6000 Camps 7 campsites & caravan parks. If you pre-order now, you'll also get a free sun visor, saving you a whop

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  44. Landlords of the Iron Shore gets a write-up in the Australian

    Landlords of the Iron Shore gets a write-up in the Australian

    Hesperian Press' new title got a great write-up in the Australian last weekend. Read on after the break for the full article or check out the book here:

    Landlords of the Iron Shore

    ITS rock underfoot has the ring of metal, its deep red ranges run straight for hundreds of kilometres, it

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  45. So long HN5i, it’s been real

    So long HN5i, it’s been real

    HN5i being towed away in the sunset

    After a long and largely confusing time together in this world, the choice between the Hema Navigator HN5i and Hema Navigator HN6 has just been made significantly easier with the retirement of the older model. That's correct, it has officially been discontinued and so we wave goodbye to our fine five inch friend – the HN5i.

    To be honest, this makes our job a whole lot easie

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  46. Brand new 7th edition of Camps Australia Wide is due February 15th!

    Brand new 7th edition of Camps Australia Wide is due February 15th!

    We've just been informed that the ever popular Camps Australia Wide series will be pushing out their 7th edition in mid February. Now featuring over 3900 listings and a full Hema Australia road atlas, the books also show f

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  47. Western Australian geological maps now available

    Western Australian geological maps now available

    Western Australian Geological Map

    Several weeks ago, we acquired a shiny new large format printer to do whatever we liked with.  It fell off the back a truck or something, long story.  Anyway, since then, we've been busily calling everyone we can think of to ask if we can print any of their stuff right here in the shop.

    The first yes, and one of the more exciting, came from the Western Australian Department of Mi

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  48. 360 degree view of the Gale Crater from atop Curiosity on Mars

    360 degree view of the Gale Crater from atop Curiosity on Mars

    360 degree view of the Gale Crater on Mars

    We can't sell you a map of this place, but this is just too cool not to share.  360 Cities user Andrew Bodrov has put together this 360 degree panoramic view of the Gale Crater on Mars from atop Curiosity.

    If you're a big ol' nerd like me, the sheer awesomeness of this will this will send tingles up your spine.  The controls need a bit of practice, but it's totally worth it.  Hit up the link below and do a little ne

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  49. Win the GREATEST BOOK on EARTH - The Times World Atlas

    Win the GREATEST BOOK on EARTH - The Times World Atlas

    Win The Times Comprehensive World Atlas

    Ranulph Fiennes calls it 'the greatest book on earth' (what a clever little play on words),   Michael Palin calls it an 'irresistible temptation' for the traveller, Continue reading

  50. A Brand New Australian 4wd Title Is Coming Soon from Hema

    A Brand New Australian 4wd Title Is Coming Soon from Hema

    Hema Maps 4WD Adventures Book

    Hema have been busy working on a new 4WD guide for Australia, 4WD Adventures, that will feature the top 100 trips and getaways throughout this fine land of ours. Few countries are blessed with the variety of landscapes that Australia has, and this new book has been put together to reflect that. From desert treks to snowy expanses, or forest expeditions to gnarly beach drives, 4WD Adventures Continue reading

  51. Instantly win a $10,000 Jetstar Travel Card with Lonely Planet

    Instantly win a $10,000 Jetstar Travel Card with Lonely Planet

    Lonely Planet promotion - Instantly Win a $10,000 Jetstar Travel Card

    Lonely Planet have a pretty cool competition running at the moment, together with Jetstar, they're giving you the chance to instantly win all sorts of cool stuff.

     The main prize is the $10,000 travel card, but there's also 10 $2,500 Jetstar flight vouchers, 50 Continue reading

  52. Crumpled City Maps, they're still awesome

    Crumpled City Maps, they're still awesome

    Various Crumpled City Maps

    Awesomely, this blog has given me yet another avenue to harp on about how much I like these Crumpled City Maps.  Let's face it, folding maps is hard.  I've been doing it for 15 years and I still have trouble.  Designed by Emanuele Pizzolorusso, these marvels

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  53. The Chart & Map Shop is famous!

    The Chart & Map Shop is famous!

    The Chart & Map Shop on 7news

    In case you missed it the other week, we were on TV!  The ABC's 7.30 WA did an article on the effect the 'digital age' is having on traditional media (i.e. books, CDs, maps, etc.) and they did an interview with Dani (I'm not pretty enough for TV, also, way too chicken).  It turned out pretty well all round, some great shots of the shop and a whole bunch of free publicity.  Unfortunately, Dani called

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  54. Hema unveils their new and improved Great Desert Tracks maps

    Hema unveils their new and improved Great Desert Tracks maps

    Hema's new improved desert maps

    Due sometime this month, the 6th edition of Hema's Great Desert Tracks have undergone some major changes. The north and south maps of the East, Central and West regions have been combined and expanded, showing the north on one side and the south on the other, and they've added a Simpson Desert map that has an overview on one side and a detailed 1:500 000 map on the other. So there are now 4 maps in the series instead

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  55. It's alive! (The Chart & Map Shop's new blog, that is)

    It's alive! (The Chart & Map Shop's new blog, that is)

    Ribbon being cut for the opening on the Chart & Map Blog

    After months of faffing about, the new blog is pretty much good to go (barring any crippling errors I've made putting it together). We've got all sorts of awesome stuff lined up, you can expect news and reviews and stories about things.

    For the moment you'll be stuck reading my blithering crap keen, insightful musings, but we're busily recruiting far more talented people to write some bits

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  1. Beach Camping Near Perth - 5 Great Waterfront Campsites

    Beach Camping Near Perth - 5 Great Waterfront Campsites

    beac camping wa

    If a weekend of beach camping is in order, you don’t want to spend hours driving there and back. You want to head out of Perth, set up camp and be relaxing with a drink within a few hours.

    In some areas of WA there is plenty of free beach camping, but not so much close to Perth - most of the best campsites are at lea

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  2. Free & Low Cost Camping WA - Discover Western Australia's Best Campgrounds

    Free & Low Cost Camping WA - Discover Western Australia's Best Campgrounds

    A common complaint from WA campers is that there aren’t enough good free campsites in this beautiful state. The good news is that there are locations where you can camp completely free which we have included in this guide. We have also included some of the best low-cost campsites where you only pay a very small fee.

    Western Australia is a vast state with significant variations in landscapes. The far north is rugged red earth, sparsely populated with some stunning scenery and long drives in between each attraction. The midwest of WA has a stunning coastline and gorges, and is blanketed with wildflowers in spring. The south-west corner of WA

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  3. Perth Fishing Spots - 10 of the Best Places to Fish in the Metro Area

    Perth Fishing Spots - 10 of the Best Places to Fish in the Metro Area

    With the popularity of fishing booming and our growing population, the Perth metropolitan area is under recreational fishing pressure but there are still plenty of fish to be had. There are plenty of good fishing locations around the Perth metro area, so grab your reel and give them a go. Choose from the Swan River, Canning River or beautiful Indian Ocean.

    The Top 10 Fishing Spots in Perth

     

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  4. Camp Oven Cooking Tips - 4 Easy Recipes For Your Next Camping Trip

    Camp Oven Cooking Tips - 4 Easy Recipes For Your Next Camping Trip

    One of the greatest pleasures when camping is cooking a meal in a camp oven. Everyone loves stoking the fire, checking the coals and stirring the pot while cooking up a hearty meal.

    A camp oven, also known as a Dutch oven, is a versatile cast iron pot with a lid that lets you prepare a family-sized meal anywhere. You can use a camp oven over the fire when you’re out in the bush or on the stove at home or even in your caravan.

    Follow our camp oven cooking tips and you’ll be tucking in to a hearty meal before you know it. <

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  5. 5 Incredible Gorge Walks in Karijini National Park

    5 Incredible Gorge Walks in Karijini National Park

    Karijini National Park is one of the largest jewels in Western Australia's crown land. Its iron-rich red gorges, waterfalls, crystal clear water and bushland date back millions of years.

    Karijini is the second largest national park in the state, set within the Hamersley Range, 1,400 km north of Perth. The rugged landscape varies from the massive Mount Bruce to vast plateaus. But it’s the incredible deep gorges that sees 10,000 people a year travel there to experience.

    Our party of three families spent a f

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  6. 9 of the Best Brisbane Fishing Spots Revealed

    9 of the Best Brisbane Fishing Spots Revealed

    There’s no shortage of good fishing spots in Brisbane and the mild Brisbane weather makes fishing a good option all year round. Try as many locations as it takes to find your hot fishing spot in Brisbane then keep it a secret!

    You could even start with a few of these fishing hotspots this weekend!

     

    Land Based Fishing Spots Brisbane

    Brisbane has plenty of options for land-based fishing, perfect for kids and adults to wet a line. With a light rod and reel, some lures and a little know-how, you can be rewarded with a good catch. Look for jetties, rock walls, piers, pontoons and bridges where fis

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  7. Googs Track – Funny Name, Great 4WD Track

    Googs Track – Funny Name, Great 4WD Track

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    Googs Track is on the bucket list of many Australian 4WDers. For those wanting to cross the Simpson Desert or complete the Canning Stock Route, Googs Track is an excellent introduction to desert and sand driving. The track has an interesting history and makes for some great sightseeing.

     

    Googs Track Overview

    Location: Near Ceduna,

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  8. Your Guide to Driving the Gibb River Road

    Your Guide to Driving the Gibb River Road
    Image courtesy of W. Bulach via Wikimedia Commons

    Western Australia’s iconic Gibb River Road isn’t for the faint hearted. The roads are often corrugated, flooded or closed, but you will be well-rewarded with incredible scenery that provide lifelong memories.

     

    Gibb River Road Facts

    Location: From Derby to just south of Wyndham in the Kimberley, Western Australia

    Track Length: 660 km

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  9. Hiking Checklist - Essential Bushwalking Gear According to Steve Sertis

    Hiking Checklist - Essential Bushwalking Gear According to Steve Sertis
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    Planning to go bushwalking? Being prepared and ticking off a hiking checklist is essential before you leave. Whether you are going for a day walk or an overnight bushwalk, the gear you take (or don’t take) matters - your equipment can be the difference between a pleasurable and painful experience.   Check out these hiking gear lists recommended by Steve Sertis, Bibbulmun Track Foundation’s Event Manager. Steve would know, he has done the 1,000-kilome

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  10. The Simple Guide to Beach Fishing Rigs

    The Simple Guide to Beach Fishing Rigs

     

    Dawn or dusk, beach fishing has a certain allure. Listening to the waves while you wait for a bite could see you in hooked in no time.

    With 36,000 kilometres of Australian coastline, there’s no shortage of beaches to try your luck. Just make sure you have done your homework, so you know what fish you are going after and in what conditions. It makes all

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