Forest Fire Management Victoria’s More To Explore app aims to provide comprehensive information to help people use and enjoy Victoria’s 3.1 million hectares of State forest and its network of approximately 430 visitor sites and 290 recreational trails. The app is available for iPhones from the App Store and for Androids in the Google Play store. The video below gives a brief introduction to the appSee Latest News below for more detailed information regarding the latest releases.
A brief description on how to use some of the key app features are detailed below in the section on Key App Features. Answers to some frequently asked questions are also detailed further down the page.
For more information on the More To Explore app email the More To Explore team.
See also the app's Terms and Conditions of use.
- A My Tracks function released, to allow you to record/track your own trails and save photos to your saved tracks.
- Notifications - You can now subscribe to app notifications and set your preferences for what topics and locations you would like to receive news and notifications about.
A new Android and iOS version of the More To Explore app released with hunting activity data. You'll find a new option in the Quick Filter Bar labelled Hunting, and you'll be able to use it to find areas across Victoria that you're permitted to hunt in, the game species, and the type of hunting dogs you can use. We've also reordered the activities in the Quick Filter Bar as alphabetical, which should make it easier to browse what's available. We also fixed a few bugs.
Released the More To Explore app for Android, plus an improved iOS version for iPhones and tablets. Improvements include:
- A new interactive offline maps function (called My Maps) allows you to select the areas you wish to download for use when out of mobile range.
Upgraded road information - We have swapped the Open Street Map road data for our own roads data layer, which delivers more reliable and comprehensive information on our forest road network as well as seasonal road closure information.
Upgraded public land tenure information - We are now using our own (rather that Open Street Map's) public land tenure data, so the spatial information showing underlying land tenure (eg. National Parks versus State forest) is now more comprehensive and accurate.
Improved the search function to include searching for 'places' (towns, etc.)
Re-designed the layout of site and track information with improved photo display.
Improved search functions (there is a basic search by activity function in the Android release and a more detailed search/filter function in the iOS release. The Android version will be brought up to parity with the iOS version in its next release).
Added an emergency location function which helps you report your location to 000 in an emergency.
More To Explore FAQ's
Where can I get the app?
The app is available for iPhones and iPads from the App Store. The Android version is available from Google Play. Search by the app's title 'More To Explore'.
Will the app use a lot of storage on my phone and use lots of data?
The More to Explore app uses less than 40MB of storage space on your device. You can also download map areas for use when you do not have a network connection - these map files can occupy 100-500MB of storage space, depending on how many map regions you save for offline use.
More to Explore will consume data comparable to Google or Apple Maps. If you have a small data cap for your phone, we recommend using Wi-Fi to find places you would like to visit and using the Offline Maps feature to save maps to your device ahead of time.
How fast is the app?
Maps will load very quickly with a 4G network connection. You may notice a significant difference in load times on 3G or slower connections. Otherwise, the performance of the app is snappy and responsive.
Will More to Explore have lots of pop-up messages and notifications?
We have built a general News Feed feature for which you can opt-in to receive Push Notifications (a prompt to your mobile that a news item has been posted). Not all news items will be accompanied by a Push Notification. We will only use notifications for big announcements or emergency and safety information.
Otherwise, the normal news items will be about track or trail openings and closures, community events or other events that may interest people who regularly visit our State Forests. News Feed items can be accessed at any time by clicking on the News icon in the app.
Is my private information retained or recorded?
This Application may be used anonymously and collects anonymous usage information using Google Analytics for Firebase and Firebase Crash Reporting (Crashlytics). This information includes actions taken in the app like button presses, page views, and detailed technical information about the app and technical information about the device. We use this information to observe customer retention, to help make decisions about how to improve the app for our customers, and to record and resolve any application crashes.
More to Explore doesn’t store your location or personal information. Location permissions are only used to plot your position on maps and to display your location onscreen. Read about what Mapbox does with your location data here.
If you provide us with information using the app’s feedback function, it does not provide us with any information other than what you type and send to us. If you expect a reply, you will have to manually type in your email address to enable us to respond to your comments or questions.
What is the map base/roads data used by the app and how reliable is it?
The data for recreation sites and trails is drawn directly from Forest Fire Management Victoria's recreation dataset (called RecWeb) and is maintained by our Forest Fire Management staff, who manage these assets.
The roading information and land tenure information is drawn from datasets maintained by the department and to which Forest Fire Management Victoria staff contribute to keep the information current. Other base layer data, including topographic information and place name information is drawn from Open Street Maps. Open Street Maps is free editable data using crowd-sourced data from public contributors and data from open-licensed sources.
As with all map sources, particularly for more remote, less visited places, some information, such as road names or road alignments, can occasionally be incorrect. You should not rely on the app as your single source of mapping information. We strongly advise you to also take detailed hardcopy maps with you when visiting unfamiliar areas.
How will the maps work when I am out of mobile range?
If visiting areas that are likely to be out of mobile phone range or have limited mobile reception, you must download maps of the area you intend to visit, while still within good mobile range or while you have a Wi-Fi connection.
You can then use these downloaded maps and see your location on the map even when out of mobile range, provided you have your mobile's GPS location function turned on - which works whether in or out of mobile range.
Is there a limit to how many maps I can download?
Yes, there is a soft limit of map tiles that can be downloaded into your mobile phone. The size of the map tile is generally dependant on the complexity of the map’s area. If you reach the limit, we will alert you when downloading and to manage this, you can remove existing offline maps you have saved. This limit is part of the licensing agreement for the mapping technology used in the app.
Will using this app drain my battery?
All apps with GPS location services on can drain your battery more quickly. We recommend turning on your location services only when needed, as this will help to extend battery life.
Given mobile phones can be accidentally dropped, can break or have batteries go flat, we strongly recommend that you always take hard copy maps with you when visiting unfamiliar areas. Consider also taking a backup portable battery charger or spare battery pack for your mobile.
Can I use the app on tablets?
More to Explore has been optimised to work on both iPads and Android tablets.
Will information about sites and tracks within parks be included at some stage?
This app is managed by Forest Fire Management Victoria, who manage Victoria's 3.1 million hectares of State forests. It would be great to include information about the many visitor sites and trails in parks, however parks are managed by a different land management agency (Parks Victoria).
It may be possible, in the future, to also integrate information from other land managers into this app. For the moment though, the app only displays recreational site and trail information on Victoria's State forests, managed by Forest Fire Management Victoria.
Will road closure information display on the map?
Seasonal road closures now display in the app.
What about recreation site and trail closures?
Recreation site and trail closure information will also show in the app. The closure information will include an explanation as to why the site/trail is closed and the expected re-opening date.
Will users be able to rate sites and link to social media?
This feature is being explored as an option for future app updates.
I want to give feedback on the app – how do I do this?
You can provide general feedback via the app’s feedback option located under More/Leave Feedback. You can also provide feedback about specific sites or tracks using the feedback button at the bottom of the detailed site or track information screens.
Does fire and emergency information integrate into the app?
We have included links to fire and emergency source information, which you can find under the Tips section.
What version of Android/iOS operating system do I need on my mobile or tablet to run the app?
The app will run on the latest versions of the Android and iOS operating systems, plus a number of the older versions. However, due to the development and quality assurance costs involved in maintaining the app across multiple versions of these systems, some older versions may no longer run the app.
In addition to the More To Explore app, the interactive map MapShareVic is also available for use on computers and mobiles, providing information on State forest recreation sites and trails and Victoria’s public land and road network and any current closures that are in place.
Forest notes have been prepared to provide information for visitors on things to see and do in state forests across Victoria. They are divided into districts as illustrated on the map and are provided in three formats:
- Standard pdf format (including descriptive text and map)
- Accessible Word version (text only - suitable for use in electronic readers for those with visual impairment)
- GeoPdf map only (suitable for use in mobile devices). Note – There are a limited number of these at present but all new/revised Forest Notes will be produced in this format.
Page last updated: 28/09/20