reviews

  1. Hema HX-2 Navigator Review

    Hema HX-2 Navigator Review

    Hema HX-2

     

    So Hema has released their latest and greatest in-car navigator, the Hema HX-2, and when the team at The Chart & Map Shop contacted me with the opportunity to play with it, my techy fingers started twitching… All I had to do in return was have a fun day drive around the countryside using it, then write this review! Just quietly, I reckon I got the best part of the deal…

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  2. 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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  3. Find the Hidden Gems in Campgrounds with a Camps Australia Wide Book

    Find the Hidden Gems in Campgrounds with a Camps Australia Wide Book

    Find the Hidden Gems in Campgrounds with a Camps Australia Wide Book

    Nothing says ‘we love camping’ like having an up to date copy of the Camps Australia Wide book. You’ve probably dropped a stack of cash on the camping gear that’s in your garage so you should make the most of it by getting out and seeing the country.

    But there’s no need to book six months in advance to secure your spot in a ritzy coastal town caravan park. Connect with nature by camping somewhere

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  4. Pilot Charts for the Great Oceans of the World

    Pilot Charts for the Great Oceans of the World

    Yacht exploring the oceans of the world

    Navigators rely on their pilot charts to plan the safest and fastest route after careful consideration of the weather and ocean conditions. Long distance cruisers, boats and ships rely on their pilot charts above all else.

    Pilot charts depict the prevailing weather patterns including wind directions and speeds, wave heights, ocean currents, visibility, barometric pressures, sea surface temperatures, and ice limits for each month of the

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  5. 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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  6. 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

    Continue reading

  7. 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.

    Continue reading

  8. 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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  9. Crumpled City Maps

    Crumpled City Maps

    Crumpled City Maps

    If you are someone who struggles to follow the lines and fold up a traditional map, then the Crumpled City Map is the answer to all your map frustrations.

    The crumpled map is lightweight, soft and indestructible, so it can be crushed, crumpled and squashed. It also takes only two seconds to open and close. Best of all crumpled maps weight only 21 grams and take up very li

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  10. Hema HX-1 and HN7 Navigator Comparison Chart

    Hema HX-1 and HN7 Navigator Comparison Chart

    Hema HNZ vs HX-1

    Loads of people ask what the differences between the Hema HX-1 and HN7 are. In the interests of brevity, here's a chart that outlines all the key differences. Which model is right for you depends a little bit on your needs. To be honest, there are only really two key things that, if you need, would lean you towards the old model - the ability to connec

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  11. The Top 10: Sailing Resources

    The Top 10: Sailing Resources

    A yacht sailing on the oceanWhether you are just starting out or you’re an experienced sailor, there are plenty of materials to expand your knowledge about travelling on the high seas. You will find the perfect book, map or guide to learn how to rig, chart, read symbols, race, teach your kids sailing and even speak like a true sailor.

    There’s not much we don’t know about sailing. The early years of The Chart & Map Shop were devoted to all things sailing. Over the years th

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  12. 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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  13. Hema HX-1 Navigator Review

    Hema HX-1 Navigator Review

    Hema HX-1 Navigator in 4WD

    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 sitt

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  14. Hema Navigator HN7 Review

    Hema Navigator HN7 Review

    Hema hn7 being used in a off road 4WD

    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

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  15. Transferring data from your old GPS to your Hema Navigator

    Transferring data from your old GPS to your Hema Navigator

    Hema navigator system

    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.

    In this particular case, the customer had waypoints in a GPX file from a Garmin, but y

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  16. 4WD Days\Weekends out of Perth Review

    4WD Days\Weekends out of Perth Review

    4WD Days and Weekends magazine

     The Chart and Map Shop asked me if I would take a look at a couple of 4wd books and write up a review for them. “Sure!” I said. I love this kind of thing. I’m always looking for the next adventure, the next track. Anything 4wd is a good thing if you ask me!

    The two books they sent were the 4wd Days Out of Perth (4th Edition), and the 4wd Weekends Out of

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  17. 4WD Days\Weekends out of Perth Review

    4WD Days\Weekends out of Perth Review

    4WD Days and Weekends magazine

     The Chart and Map Shop asked me if I would take a look at a couple of 4wd books and write up a review for them. “Sure!” I said. I love this kind of thing. I’m always looking for the next adventure, the next track. Anything 4wd is a good thing if you ask me!

    The two books they sent were the 4wd Days Out of Perth (4th Edition), and the 4wd Weekends Out of

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  18. 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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  19. How to update (or install new) iGo maps on your HEMA HN5i or HN6 in 87 easy steps

    How to update (or install new) iGo maps on your HEMA HN5i or HN6 in 87 easy steps

     

    iGo Australia Maps update

    Yeah, so it’s not really 87 steps, 86 at the most.  Actually, I think we should be able to get it all done in less than 20.  Now, in case you weren't aware, with the purchase of your Navigator, you get 2 years worth of free updates to the iGo street mapping and you can update as often as you like in that time.  Another lesser known feature of the iGo mapping is that you can purchase maps of loads of other countries fo

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  20. Top 10 travel apps, as voted by me

    Top 10 travel apps, as voted by me

    An Iphone and Airplane - The best travel apps

    Got an iPhone?  Yeah, me too.  Hopelessly addicted to aimlessly flipping through its stupid, beautiful screens?  Yeah, me too.  They're everywhere, and whether you like it or not, these things have changed our lives.  They've also changed the way we travel, for the better in the most part. Read on for a list of, in no particular order, the 10 best travel apps, as voted by a

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  21. HEMA Navigator HN6 review

    HEMA Navigator HN6 review

    Hema HN6 Navigator used in 4WD on dash

    I’m the first to admit that I’m a gear freak. I used to be a rock climber and so over a number of years, I collected all the wiz bang, you beaut bits and pieces of climbing equipment that you probably really don’t need. But they’re cool.Then my interest turned to Beach Volleyball. I bought volleyballs, nets, court markers, hats, sunnies. Mostly because having the stuff is fun. Did I play better Volleyball? Of

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  22. The difference between the Hema Navigator HN5i and HN6 explained

    The difference between the Hema Navigator HN5i and HN6 explained

    Hema HN5i vs HN62 Review

    Hema's new Navigator, the HN6, was released in May, not as a replacement to the HN5i, but as an addition to the family.  Since then, there has been pretty much universal confusion about the differences between the two models and why you should buy one or the other.  Read on to find out, in as succinct a way as possible, what the difference is.

     

    Technical differences

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  1. Hema HX-2 Navigator Review

    Hema HX-2 Navigator Review

    Hema HX-2

     

    So Hema has released their latest and greatest in-car navigator, the Hema HX-2, and when the team at The Chart & Map Shop contacted me with the opportunity to play with it, my techy fingers started twitching… All I had to do in return was have a fun day drive around the countryside using it, then write this review! Just quietly, I reckon I got the best part of the deal…

    Continue reading

  2. 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

    Continue reading

  3. Find the Hidden Gems in Campgrounds with a Camps Australia Wide Book

    Find the Hidden Gems in Campgrounds with a Camps Australia Wide Book

    Find the Hidden Gems in Campgrounds with a Camps Australia Wide Book

    Nothing says ‘we love camping’ like having an up to date copy of the Camps Australia Wide book. You’ve probably dropped a stack of cash on the camping gear that’s in your garage so you should make the most of it by getting out and seeing the country.

    But there’s no need to book six months in advance to secure your spot in a ritzy coastal town caravan park. Connect with nature by camping somewhere

    Continue reading

  4. Pilot Charts for the Great Oceans of the World

    Pilot Charts for the Great Oceans of the World

    Yacht exploring the oceans of the world

    Navigators rely on their pilot charts to plan the safest and fastest route after careful consideration of the weather and ocean conditions. Long distance cruisers, boats and ships rely on their pilot charts above all else.

    Pilot charts depict the prevailing weather patterns including wind directions and speeds, wave heights, ocean currents, visibility, barometric pressures, sea surface temperatures, and ice limits for each month of the

    Continue reading

  5. 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

    Continue reading

  6. 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

    Continue reading

  7. 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.

    Continue reading

  8. 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.

     

    Continue reading

  9. Crumpled City Maps

    Crumpled City Maps

    Crumpled City Maps

    If you are someone who struggles to follow the lines and fold up a traditional map, then the Crumpled City Map is the answer to all your map frustrations.

    The crumpled map is lightweight, soft and indestructible, so it can be crushed, crumpled and squashed. It also takes only two seconds to open and close. Best of all crumpled maps weight only 21 grams and take up very li

    Continue reading

  10. Hema HX-1 and HN7 Navigator Comparison Chart

    Hema HX-1 and HN7 Navigator Comparison Chart

    Hema HNZ vs HX-1

    Loads of people ask what the differences between the Hema HX-1 and HN7 are. In the interests of brevity, here's a chart that outlines all the key differences. Which model is right for you depends a little bit on your needs. To be honest, there are only really two key things that, if you need, would lean you towards the old model - the ability to connec

    Continue reading

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