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A Product Overview of the Brand NEW 4x4 Explorer App from Hema Maps

Hema Maps 4x4 Explorer App

This week Hema released its new 4x4 Explorer App. The App has been in development for over 12 months and features an exciting new development for Hema in its mapping platform having moved from a Raster to Vector based map platform. The Vector platform allows for a much more dynamic user experience offering a very fast, crisp platform that provides for 360 degree rotation and 3D Map viewing with significantly smaller map file sizes.

The new 4x4 Explorer App from Hema Maps Product Overview(Image: The new 4x4 Explorer App from Hema Maps is available on both Android and IOS devices.)

Over the last 30 years Hema has built up Australia's best multi-scale topographic mapping and all the features of the existing explorer map have been incorporated into the new Vector platform. The Hema map contains over 690,000kms of 4WD tracks and 545,000km of unsealed roads, which combined with GPS tracking and highly accurate track plotting, this app allows users to travel with confidence wherever they go with full offline capability included.

The App has five map style options. Included in the base 4x4 Explorer App as standard is the Premium Explorer Map (online) plus the HemaX Lite and the Hema Touring Map layers which are available both online and offline.

The 4x4 Explorer App has five map style options.
(Image: The Hema Maps 4x4 Explorer App has five map style options.)

Also included in the base 4x4 Explorer App contents are the Mapbox Satellite Map and a Mapbox Hybrid Sateliite Map Layer with both of these only available online. 

The Hema Premium Map layer is available for $49.99 per year as a subscription service which provides full off-line capability for the Hema Explorer Vector Map.

Users can also subscribe to the Hema Raster Pack which provides access to all of Hema’s Iconic and Great Desert Track raster maps which gives rich detail for these regions consistent with Hema’s highly regarded printed maps. The Raster Map pack is available for $49.99 per year.

(Image: The 4x4 Explorer App has 45,000+ POIs including campsites, caravans parks, dump points, lookouts, national parks and much much more!)

The 4x4 Explorer App has over 45,000 Points of Interest (POIs) fully verified by Hema Maps which is part of the 100,000 moderated POIs sourced from HemaX. The POIs include campsites, caravans parks, dump points, lookouts, national parks and much more and have extensive information including contact information, prices, photos and reviews by fellow travellers.

To help find exactly what you are looking for, there is full POI search capability, a Near Me function and also a range of predefined filters to show just Camping, Caravan Parks, Fee/Low Cost Camping options, fuel/gas/water locations and Emergency services. There is also an ability to set your own filters for POI’s.

(Image: You can easily find exactly what you are looking for by filtering the types of POIs you are interested in.) 

The App can be used as a standalone device but is even more powerful when used in conjunction with Hema’s new Cloud ( To connect your cloud account, you must register a new Account via the App or online. If you don’t wish to have an account within the app, simply “Skip” the step which will allow you to use the full features of the app but without the ability to sync your information across devices and share online.

(Image: The App can be used as a standalone device as well as in conjunction with Hema's new Cloud.)

Within your Hema Cloud account you can log your trips with accurate track recording, geotag photos along the way, save waypoints and trip notes and then sync all your offline app data to the Hema Maps Cloud when you’re connected to the internet. The Hema Maps Cloud not only allows you to store, edit and share your trip with friends and family it also lets you load up your old Tracks from the Old Explorer Cloud and other GPX files from your other apps.

(Image: You can easily plan your trips as well as record your tracks.)

The Cloud also has trip (itinerary) and track planning functionality which can then be synced to the app so you can see your past or planned trips and tracks. This allows you to do full research at your computer before you leave on your adventure and have all your planned stopped saved and accessible. 

The 4x4 Explorer App is available on both Apple IOS and Google’s Android platforms.

Google Android-

Apple IOS-

For more information with regards to this product, please refer to the following:

4x4 Explorer App Promotional Video

(Video: Hema Maps 4x4 Explorer App Promo.)

4x4 Explorer App Overview Video

(Video: Hema Maps 4x4 Explorer App Overview.)

1 comment

  • Terry Watson: February 09, 2021

    If I already own a hx1 do I get access to the app as well or do I need to buy the app as well

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