Essential Apps To Travel Australia
Since smartphones burst onto the market, ingenious developers have come up with an impossible range of apps designed to make our travels smoother, cheaper and more fun. Where once we would have had to wrangle over the phone in broken French to book a room in Paris, or bury your face in a map the size of a billboard to negotiate your way around the streets of Kyoto, or identify a mountain according to the contours of its peak – our smartphone now does these work for us.
Here is a list of the best apps to travel Australia.
Maps have well and truly entered the digital age and Hema’s ‘Explorer’ app has added new layers of information and possibilities to what the humble printed map could offer.
The Explorer app comes with over 40,000 points of interest and both road and topo maps included and you can download other more specific maps as you need them and pay for them individually from the app stores.
The app uses your phone or tablets GPS functionality to enable you to track your progress but it’s worth digging deeper to understand what limitations there may be when you are out of mobile phone range as not all features will work offline.
The app also takes advantage of your devices camera and known location to enable you to take photos and record your routes to look back on later. You can even upload them to the ‘Hema Cloud’.
Fuel Map Australia
Another product by WikiCamps is Fuel Map Australia which is a crowdsourced fuel station & fuel price finder.
With the app you can look for fuel stations nearby to your current location or use the map to zoom into a location you’re heading to and see what is available.
Probably the best feature though is the crowdsourced fuel price guide. Users can update fuel prices themselves for those following and you can see how long ago the price was last updated.
WikiCamps Australia creators Russ and Cliff Corbin spent 2.5 years travelling around Australia and were surprised that there wasn’t a full database of the country’s campsites.
The database has now over 20,000 sites, with comprehensive information about everything from amenities and mobile coverage to Information Centres and pet-friendly locations.
There’s also over 260,000 site reviews and over 100,000 site photos, giving users a real opportunity to explore their camping adventure before they leave.
Released by the team at Camps Australia Wide publishing, this App combines all the information and photographs from the Camps Australia Wide and Caravan Parks Australia Wide guides and offers a user friendly and interactive tool you can take anywhere. The Camps App has Public Dump Points & Information Centres on the active map.
Price: Free Download: iOS, Android
The Stayz app allows users to search and book accommodation from over 45,000 listed properties in 2000 locations. These listings include user reviews, rates, descriptions and image galleries to help you make your decision.
Price: Free Download: iOS
Farm Stay Australia
This app provides information on farm stays in australia. You can make enquiries, search and view all services. In addition you can search and view properties online, get trip ideas and view photos galleries.
Price: Free Download: iPhone
Aussie Travel Saver
This app is run by people who love to travel and love Australia.
They offer discounts on travel and lifestyle throughout Australia and New Zealand.
There’s Nothing Like Australia
This app gives great inspiration for fantastic road trips, showing video, interactive imagery and real-life travel stories. It not only features well-known destinations, but also off-the-beaten-track tours.
You can also find places to stay, and details about towns you can visit.
This app combines its creator’s passion for hiking with her eye for detail and keen interest in Australia’s natural history. The guide’s track notes are highly variable. For example the short walk to Mushroom Rock within the Rainbow Valley Conservation area is far more detailed than that of the Larapinta Trail – which is 223km long and the app’s creator says she’s done twice. Although not intended as a tour guide, the app features 90 bushwalks from all around this great southern land, including coastal strolls right through to epic trail walks. Walks are divided into categories such as overnight, guided, full and half day, desert, river and coastal, and are further broken down by state.
What’s great about Willy Weather is the usability and layout of the information.
The clear icons tell you exactly where the information on temperatures and forecasts, UV, sunrise, moon, wind, tides, swell and even rain radars.
I’m using the free version which comes with ads across the top, but they’re unobtrusive, which is why I haven’t upgraded to the paid version.
The paid version is $2.99 (this only removes the ads – you don’t get any extra functions, so I haven’t bothered paying).
The Australian Red Cross’s First Aid app will supplement your first aid kit, and tell you what to do if someone is injured or bitten by some bitey creature out in the bush.
It’s very easy to use, and comes with step-by-step instructions for all common first aid situations. There’s information on resuscitation and CPR, treating breaks, bites, and stings, burns, allergies, blisters and more.