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Camps Australia Wide App

- Camps Australia App v 2 : How to use the App

To familiarize yourself and to get the best use of the app please watch the video tutorial on the link below:

Camps Australia App for Table  Demo

Camps Australia App for Phone Demo

- Camps Australia App v 2 : How do i locate a site

There are three way to locate a site –

  • Use the search feature which you can access from the Home page or the Map page. If you know the name of a site, simply type the name where prompted. Tap on the site to bring up the site page. If you don’t know the name of the site, type in the name of the city or use the Browse feature by tapping on the state then the city. This will bring up a list of all types of sites in the area. Tap on the desired site type, then tap on the site you want from the list that appears to bring up the site page.
  • Using the Map, zoom into the area you want to search and tap the site icon. A site information box will appear. Tap on the site information box to go to the site page. Tapping on the map will close the site information box.
  • Use the List feature when using the map. All the sites that appear in the sections of the map showing on the screen will appear in a sidebar. Tap on the site to go to the site page. Zoom in or out to adjust how many sites appear in the list.

There are always variations in odometer readings and road distance signs, so allow for these.

- Camps Australia App v 2 : How do i use filters?

Tap on the filter icon found on the right hand side of the map

The key site catorgories on the map Day use only, Overnight camping, Carvan parks, Dump points & Information centres are automatily on and shown in blue.

To filter by site catorgorie tap on the type(s) of site(s) you want to remove , they will turn gray keep, then tap ‘Apply Filter’ , now only the site catogories in blue will display on the map.

For example, to only see overnight camping sites – tap the “other site catorgaries” boxs at the top and then tap the “Apply Filter” box at the bottom of the page. You will now see only overnight sites on the map. Use the same process if you only want to see caravan parks or day use only sites. You can apply multiple filters at the same time.

To clear a filter or multiple filters, tap the box(es) to turn them off (grey) and then tap the “Reset Filters” than “Apply Filter” box. These sites will once again appear on the map.

You can further refine your search by filtering by facilities.To turn on a facilities filter, tap the symbol and the filter will change from grey to coloured and “Must Have” will appear in the box. For example if you only want to see sites with toilets, tap the “Toilet” box to select ten tap the “Apply Filter” box. Now, only sites with toilets will appear. You can have more than one filter on at a time. Simply select all the facilities you would like to have included in your search before hitting the Apply Filter box.

To clear all the filters, tap “Reset Filters” then “Apply Filter”. All sites will again show on the map.

- Camps Australia App v 2 : I can’t see any sites or I can see limited sites on the map?

You may have filters selected that are hiding sites. See the “How do I use the filters?” section to learn how to turn these off and on.

- Camps Australia App v 2 :What does ‘fees from’ on the site information page indicate?

The fee shown is current in our database and is based on the low season cost for a powered site for 2 adults. Extra charges may apply for additional persons. There may be a lower fee available for unpowered sites.

NOTE: All fees are intended as a guide only and are subject to change without notice.

- Camps Australia App v 2 : How do I get offline maps & sites?

Tap on the “OFFLINE AREA” icon found on the Home page.

Choose Maps, select the state, tap the cloud to download. Only once state at a time will download. Do the same for Offline Data.
When you are out of celular coverage swap to Offline map mode.

NOTE: you will need to have a strong Wi Fi connection/signal to successfully download these maps & data.

- Camps Australia App v 2 : How do I get offline maps & sites?

Tap on the “OFFLINE AREA” icon found on the Home page.

Choose Maps, select the state, tap the cloud to download. Only once state at a time will download. Do the same for Offline Data.
When you are out of celular coverage swap to Offline map mode.

NOTE: you will need to have a strong Wi Fi connection/signal to successfully download these maps & data.

- Camps Australia App v 2 : How can I see my current location on the Map?

You can zoom into your current location (shown by the blue location dot ) by tapping on the arrow in the bottom right hand corner of the map.

If the blue dot is not showing, make sure you have turned on ‘Location Services’ for Camps-Australia on your device. Exit the App, go to Settings – Privacy – Location Services, and click on the Camps-Australia icon to choose one of the location access options.

- Camps Australia App v 2 : How do I switch map view?

On the map screen you have three map options,  Map ( Google Map ) ; Satellite ( Google Satellite ) Offline ( OpenStreet Map – this must be downloaded in Offline section of the App to make this visible)  just tap the one that suits your needs.

- Camps Australia App v 2 : How do I get directions?

On the site page, tap on the “Get Directions” box. Choose Google Maps (if you have cellular service or wifi ) or, if you have purchased and installed the Metroview GPS App, you can choose to use that.

- Camps Australia App v 2 : How do I use Trip Diary?

Note: Trip Diary is not viewable when offline.

To set up a new trip, tap on the “TRIP DIARY” icon found on the Home page. Tap on the “Add New Trip” (found at the bottom left corner of the page) then add a title and start and end dates. Tap “Add Trip” to finish the set-up. Exit Trip Diary using the back arrow.

To fill in your trip diary, go to the map or use the Search feature to select sites for your trip. Select a site and go to the site page. Add this site to your trip by using the plus symbol found on top right corner of the page. Repeat this for any site that you want to add to your trip.
To view your trip, go back to “TRIP DIARY” and select a trip from your list.
The map section will show the sites you have chosen. You can tap on the symbol to go to the site page. You can add notes in the trip diary page.

To delete sites from your trip, open the trip you wish to edit, then —

On an IOS device – swipe the chosen site to the left – tap the red Remove box.
On an Android device – swipe the site to the left

To delete trips, tap on the Settings icon and tap on “Delete Trip” box at the bottom of the page.

- Camps Australia App v 2 : How do I create favourites?

To create: go to the site page, tap the star to select this site as a favourite.

To remove: go to the site page, tap on the star to remove it from your favourites (will go grey).

Chosen favourite sites will appear on the map with a gold star at the bottom of the site icon .

- Camps Australia App v 2 : How do I recommend a new site?

You need to be online in order to recommend a site.
• Tap on the “Account” icon found on the Home page.
• Tap on “Recommend New Site” – this will take you to our website. Just complete the form and submit.

Use the back arrow at the top of the Recommend Site box to return to the app.

- Camps Australia App v 2 : How do I send an update for an existing site?

• At the very bottom of every site page (under the weather) is a “Site Feedback” field.
• Tap, complete the form and submit.
• Use the back arrow at the top of the screen to return to the app

- Camps Australia App v 2 : How to I register my Camps Australia app?

When you first purchase the Camps-Australia app, you register when you fill in your email address and create a password

- Camps Australia App v 2 : I have forgotten my password?

Create a new or changing a password by doing the following –

• Tap on the “Account” icon found on the Home page.
• Tap on “Change Password”, then enter a new password and confirm.
• Tap “Save” to finish.

- Camps Australia App v 2 : How do I change my email address?

• Tap on the “Account” icon found on the Home page.
• Tap on “Edit Account” – enter your new email address
• Tap Save to finish

- Camps Australia App v 2 : How do I subscribe for site updates?

You can subscribe for these either Monthly or Yearly.

• Go to the Account icon on the Home page
• Choose “My Subscription”
• Select Monthly Subscription or Yearly Subscription and you will be taken to either the iTunes store (Apple devices) or Google Play (Android devices) to complete your purchase

- Camps Australia App v 2 : How do I get the updates for the App?

Updates to the sites are only available once you have subscribed.

The first time you open the App after you have subscribed you will get a pop-up advising that an update is available. Tap OK to download. This will update your app with the latest information.

Thereafter, when you open the app you will see a “checking for updates” pop up. The app will automatically update your data.

- Camps Australia App v 2 : Can I install the Camps App on multiple devices?
Yes! Each purchase allows two (2) downloads from the same account/log-in in your App store. They must also be from the same platform. For example, either both are Apple/iOS or both on Android devices.

Some people don’t understand why we can’t provide two apps per download from different platforms. This would be like buying a 2 for 1 TV deal from Good Guys, and wanting one of them from Hervey Norman. They are two totally separate stores.

So as long as they are on the same platform, and the same account, this means you can have the App on both yours and your partner’s phones. Or have one on a phone and the other on a tablet or iPad.

We do recommend including one of your downloads on a larger device like an iPad or tablet, so you can see more of each map! Please note: the App is not compatible with your laptop or computer.

- Is the Caravan Parks Australia Wide book available as an App?

When you purchase the Camps Australia App, all the tourist parks listed in the Caravan Parks book are included in the App along with all the Camps free and low cost camp site. If you only want to see caravan parks you just need to turn the caravan filter on and all the caravan parks will show on the App.

- Can someone enter GPS co-ordinates into the app to find a campsite?

The Camps App is not a GPS.Only a GPS App or GPS device has that function.

All the sites in the Camps App that the user selects in the Camps App use either Google Maps GPS (while they have cellular service) to direct them with turn by turn instructions to the sites. 

Once ‘cellular‘ service is lost the Google Maps will not work.

There is an option for users of the Camps App to buy and install MetroView GPS App to their device, this can be used at any time, it does not rely on cellular service.

You should add MetroView to your phone, tablet and play with the App to see how it works.

This info is on the Camps App video and App Store script.

Camps Books

- What is the difference between Camps A4 and Easy to Read B4?

The text and maps inside the books are identical. However, as the Easy to Read B4 (Camps Snaps) book is larger, the maps are larger too, so are easier to read and includes photographs of the majority of sites. This gives you a visual perception of the location and helps you compare sites and choose where to stay!

- How often is CAMPS produced?

Each edition is published every two years. CAMPS 10 was distributed from February 2019. CARAVAN PARKS 5 came out December 2018.

You can buy directly from our website, or over the phone. If you like we can add your email address to our fortnightly newsletters, where announcements will be made closer to the release.

- How can I keep my camps book updated?

We provide a free Update Service on our web site for the current edition and also for the previous edition of Camps. Updates are available from the first published date for 4 years. These provide details of site closures or a change in the status for a site e.g from overnight use to a day use no camping or vice versa, changes to pet /no pets allowed, as well as details of new facilities that may be added to existing sites.

To access the updates go to our website and the updates page

https://www.campsaustraliawide.com/update-service/or click updates from the home page.

Then select launch updates program this will open a blank page with headings. Here select the edition of the book you have (updates are available for the current edition book and the previous book) and the state you want to update, then a date range or leave blank if you are updating for the first time, this will then give you all the current updates. Then hit search. 

The updates then are loaded into the page.  

From here you can then print them or print as a PDF. 

We usually recommend to people that they record the date they last printed the updates then next time they can put this date into the from box in the search and just get the updates from that date instead of everything again.

Follow in the instructions from the “Important: Updating This Book” page in the introduction pages of your book. 

- Why aren’t there many caravan parks in CAMPS book?

The ethos behind the Camps book is “Free and Low Cost Camping”, so only sites that are less than $25 per night are in the book. 

Some caravan parks can fall within that price band and are therefore in the book but a lot can be more expensive, so they are not in the Camps book, they are in our Caravan Park Book. 

The Caravan Park book, lists all caravan parks regardless of price. See it here: https://shop.campsaustraliawide.com/products/caravan-parks-australia-wide-4th-edition

If you like to stay in both freedom camps and caravan parks – we recommend you purchase one of our Travel Packs: 

https://shop.campsaustraliawide.com/collections/travel-packs

There are however, some remote parks and stations that we do list with a $+ symbol in the Camps book. This is either because there is no other choice in that location or the facility is unique.

- What is the difference between the Caravan Parks Book and the Camps Book?

The Camps book is aimed at “Free and Low Cost Camping”, this includes rest areas that allow overnight parking, national and state parks, showground camping, hotel and pub camping, the only caravan parks listed in it are low cost council parks and smaller remote town parks that were under $25.00 per night for a powered site when we went to print. 

The Caravan Parks book lists only caravan parks no matter what the cost.

- Why do the site numbers change with each edition?

As a new book is only released every 2 years there are always changes to listings during that time and we also add new sites and delete closed and unsuitable sites. As the format of the numbers follows along a highway route, when we come to printing the next edition the numbers all have to be realigned to accommodate these changes.

- I am unfamiliar with the symbols in the book.

Please read the Legend page in the introductory pages of each book. There is also a full and correct list of symbols at the very back of the book and inside cover in CAMPS, for easy reference.

- How can I keep my Camps 8 and 9 books up to date?

We provide a free Update Service on our web site for the current edition and also for the previous edition of Camps. Updates are available from the first published date for 4 years. These provide details of site closures or a change in the status for a site e.g from overnight use to a day use no camping or vice versa, changes to pet /no pets allowed, as well as details of new facilities that may be added to existing sites. We do not usually list new sites on the updates.
Changes to the listings in the book

Camps Australia Wide provides details of free and low cost camping or overnight sites throughout Australia. The availability of these are “Subject to Change without notice”. Controlling authorities for the sites listed may change the site to NO Camping at any time. Please observe these regulatory signs and respect the conditions, and, as always use common sense.

- What are GPS coordinates?

GPS stands for Global Positioning System. Using signals provided from satellites users are able to determine reliable positioning & navigation.

There are 3 common GPS coordinate display formats:

– Latitude and Longitude (-17.598889 145.758611) DDD
– Lat / Long -minutes-seconds (17 35 56S    145 45 31E ) – We use this one. DMS
 Lat/ Long -minutes-decimal seconds (17 35.933 145 45.517) DMM

The Camps Australia Wide & Caravan Parks Australia Wide books use Lat./ Long –minutes-seconds, or DMS  ( ddd mm ss )    Generally you will find that most GPS units have the above three settings, so if you want to input our GPS coordinates for a site into your GPS you must have the right setting selected. Entering our coordinates into another setting will result in incorrect directions and you will not access the correct site.

Camps Australia Wide site Point of Interest  (POI) files have been created for some of the popular GPS brands, these files only match the Camps 8 sites and when loaded into your GPS will allow quick select for your GPS to direct you to your selected site. See our shopping cart for information on POI’s.  As always take care when following directions from your GPS as they tend to want to take short cuts, so use common sense when following the directions given.

- Why do the site numbers change with each edition?

As a new book is only released every 2 years there are always changes to listings during that time and we also add new sites and delete closed and unsuitable sites. As the format of the numbers follows a highway, when we come to printing the next edition the numbers all have to be realigned.

- What is the difference between the Camps book and the Caravan Parks book?

The Camps book is aimed at free, low cost camping, plus rest areas that allow overnight parking, national and state parks, showground camping, hotel and pub camping ,  the only caravan parks listed in it are  low cost council parks and smaller remote town parks that were under $25.00 per night for a powered site when we went to print.

The Caravan Parks book lists only caravan parks no matter what the cost.

- Why aren’t coastal and city caravan parks listed in the Camps book?

These premium locations tend to charge much more than $25.00 p/n for a powered site so they are over the cost parameters for being listed in the Camps book.

There are however, some remote parks and Stations that we do list with a $+ symbol in the camps book. This is either because there is no other choice in that location or the facility is unique.

- Are your books suitable for people in tents, 4WDs and camper trailers?

Definitely! The only camps that aren’t listed in the book and App are walk-in campsites – where you cannot camp beside your vehicle. Most sites in the book are suitable for every type of camping.

Our list of sites suitable only for 4WD, roof top tents, camper trailers and regular tents are growing every week. Please note if you see listed Self Contained Vehicle Only – it currently only includes vehicles that is fully self-contained with respect to shower, toilet, washing, cooking, sleeping facilities which must have holding tanks for toilet waste and sullage water sufficient for at least 48 hours’ use by the occupants. These sites generally have symbols only for motorhomes and/or caravans.

- What is the difference between the Camps A4 book and the Camps B4 with CampSnaps book with photos?

The text and maps inside the books are identical.

The difference is that in the B4 with CampSnaps, where we have a photo of an overnight site we have placed that photo alongside the text.

This gives you a visual perception of the location. To view the difference visit our sample pages.

- How often is a new edition of Camps Australia Wide released?

We release a new edition of Camps Australia Wide every 2 years. Camps 9 was released in February 2017.

Camps 10th Edition will be on sale late February  2019

Caravan Parks Books

- I have arrived at a caravan park and it is no longer Pet Friendly, but it is listed as pet friendly in the book.

Under the legend page in each book, please read the information under the Pets symbol:

“It is highly recommended that you contact the park prior to deciding to use the park, as some parks limit the animal size and only permit animals in off-peak periods. Management reserve the right to amend the park’s policy at no notice (and often do!) so to avoid any disappointment make a phone call.”

Every entry is verified for each edition. Caravan Park owners are not always aware it is us calling, and we use their websites to check accuracy also. 

Thank you for letting us know, so we can change the listing. Although the books are published every two years – we do change our app and highlight important changes to sites on our website (and pet friendly symbol is something that we do alert people to changes) – see updating this book, in the early pages of your book.

Please ask to receive our newsletter list if you are not receiving them already, it is another way we let people know about new sites. 

We do our utmost to keep CAMPS accurate – which is why it is so popular. 

- How often do you release a new edition of Caravan Parks Australia Wide?

We release a new edition every 2 years. Edition 4 of Caravan Parks Australia Wide was released June 2016

Buying your products

- Can I express mail online?

We are happy to organise this for you over the phone. Our website does not have this facility yet, but we are planning to include it in future updates.

- Where is your store located?

We now operate out of Rainbow Beach, Queensland. The best way for you to receive your copy is to visit our website or give Michelle and Heatleya call. 

www.campsaustraliawide.com 07 5474 2542

What shops stock the Camps Australia Wide books?

BCF, ARB, Camping World, QBD, bookshops, newsagents, camping stores, anaconda, harry Hartog books, dymocks books, Jayco, Camec and many more! 

- The shopping cart won’t let me add an address or won’t ship

Are you trying to ship to an Overseas address? If so then this will not work as we do not ship overseas as the cost of postage to you would be much higher than the cost of the book. Please refer to our website for overseas retailers that stock and ship the book.

- Where can I purchase you books internationally?

Our books cover Australia Wide, all national parks, free and low cost camps in CAMPS 10. We also have a Caravan Parks 5 and an App you can purchase called CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE.

We do have European stockists for both books: 

France

Nostromo Diffusion

www.nostromoweb.fr

Ariane-Libr.Du Voyage

www.librairie-voyages.com

 

Germany

Australien-Karten.de

www.australien-karten.de

Please also check Amazon.com

- The shopping cart won’t accept my coupon number.

Please call us so we can assist you with an order over the phone. If not, please contact us, and have the code number ready so we can check it is the correct one. 

- How do you deliver books purchased from the Camps web site?

We use Australia Post for all shipping in Australia; standard postage is FREE when you purchase a book from us. It generally takes between 5 to 9 working days for delivery.

Note: for WA delivery time take between 9 and 14 days.

Express Post is available for a fee for urgent deliveries.

Newsletter, GPS POI and more

How do I join your newsletter?

You can sign up online or let us know your email address and we’ll add you. It comes out each fortnight.

What does your newsletter provide?

The Camps Australia wide fortnightly newsletter announces new sites, reviews of caravan parks and camping grounds and some of our favourite places and things to do around Australia.

- How do I get a GPS POI file?

The GPS POI file is available online through our website, click on campsaustraliawide.com and then on the image of the book with GPS POI through it.

 This will open up another page which will give details of the product, to purchase click on BUY NOW From GPS OZ.

 This will then take you automatically to the GPSOZ website and the POI Page.

There select the GPS type you have and then it will itemise the models that the POI upload is available for. Click on the one you want to purchase and the type of computer you have (Mac or PC) and then follow the purchase process.

GPSOZ will then send the file via email to the customer, it is very important that you read the instructions first before they attempt to upload the file as it is password protected. For an small fee, GPSOZ provide extra support for this. 

- I have upgraded from Camps 9 to camps 10 can I get a POI File?

You will need to purchase the new file as camp site numbers change between editions. Follow the steps above on how to purchase a camps POI file.

- The GPS Co-ordinates are wrong they keep taking me 20-30KM past the site.

Your GPS may be set to the wrong setting if it is doing this for every site, please refer to About this Guide page in the introduction pages of your book for the GPS Information. 

Basically, there are 3 common GPS coordinate display formats. The Camps Australia Wide & Caravan Parks Australia Wide books use Lat./ Long –minutes-seconds, or DMS  ( ddd mm ss ).

Generally, you will find that most GPS units have different settings to choose from, so if you want to input our GPS coordinates for a site into your GPS you must have the right setting selected. Entering our coordinates into another setting will result in incorrect directions and you will not access the correct site. You will need to access the menu of your GPS to find and select (ddd mm ss) which is the correct setting.

Alternatively, instead of manually inputting the GPS coordinates each time you could purchase the GPS POI file.

- How do I give you feedback and updates about sites?

You can use the online feedback form that is under “Updates” on the website or email info@campsaustraliawide.com. Or you can use one of the site feedback forms that are in the back of the book.

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Books and Travel Packs


Choose the Easy to Read Camps 10 edition with Camps Snaps and larger maps OR the popular A4 Camps 10 without photos. If you also stay in Caravan Parks, you can buy a CAMPS 10 and the Caravan Parks 5 and save with a Travel Pack.

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