Tested: The HEMA HX-1 GPS navigation system for motorhome holidays

Author: Laura Gray   Date Posted: 11 September 2018

Capable of finding and navigating to the closest caravan park, free camp or rest area – as well as hundreds of other things you might need out on the road – the Hema HX-1 is a constant and reassuring presence on the dash of your motorhome.

It makes travelling so much easier, and allows you to plan your route and have a stress-free travel experience. The Hema HX-1 has the ability to find campsites, tracks and other specific locations, then ‘tag’ them and other points of interest, saving them into the HX-1’s memory for future reference. This means you could use it to find, plan and re-create your route at any time.

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There are several ‘voices’ from which to choose, depending on what kind of accent you’d like your audio directions to be given in. ‘Aussie Lee’ was our GPS voice of choice, and became like another member of our travelling family.

We all know how valuable a GPS is for city driving – I use mine even when I know where I’m going, if only for a more accurate speedometer and to help me avoid traffic! But, until recently, when we go out of cities and into roads less travelled, we suddenly have no choice but to rely on paper maps, atlases and guides which, in some cases, can become outdated as soon as they’re printed.

An exception to this, however, is the suite of Hema products. Long-renowned – and rightly so – as the best, most genuine and most accurate onroad and offroad maps available, they have been an invaluable resource forexplorers for many years. There is no one else in the industry regularly exploring, mapping and checking outback and offroad routes, tracks and campsites as well, or as often, as Hema.

So when all that pedigree, history and accuracy was put into a digital GPS form – the HX-1 – it changed 4WDing forever. Here was a product that could navigate off the beaten track as easily as it could the Sydney CBD.

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The HX-1 comes preloaded with literally dozens of Hema’s most popular maps and routes withmore than 1.2 million kilometres of roads, including offroad tracks, to explore.

Each road is classified by difficulty, giving you more confidence in making decisions and planning routes.

When Hema’s explorers are out there scouting the country in their Map Patrol vehicles, they’re not just finding and mapping tracks – they’re taking digital notes, and often photos, of every campsite, caravan park, lookout, historical site, day shelter and point of interest they come across.

And all this info is loaded into the HX-1, allowing you to plan not only your route, but your rest areas, camps, toilet breaks, fuel stops, and servo pies along the way. There are more than 40,000 verified points of interest – including more than 6000 campsites and caravan parks.


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While the HX-1 is larger than your standard mountable GPS systems, it isn’t obtrusive on the windscreen, and the touchscreen and control panel is very user-friendly and laid out in a logical manner. It’s easy to see your arrival time, length of time until arrival and distance left to travel at a glance, and this info is also utilised in a handy bar graph up the side of the screen that fills up as you get closer to your destination.

More intuitive than any other GPS I’ve ever used, with so much more incredible detail, the HX-1 is a must-have for any Aussie traveller.



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