If traversing the wide-open spaces of Australia is hot on your travel to-do list, we hear you.
From endless stargazing and surf beaches to insanely beautiful camp spots and road trips, the adventures you can conquer here are truly breathtaking. So, to help make your exploration a little easier, we’ve rounded up the most useful apps worth downloading so you can make the most of your travels.
These are the best travel apps to download for your next Australian road trip.
This travel app is an absolute must on your adventures around Australia. Working offline (sorry there’s no Wi-Fi in the outback), WikiCamps is a crowdsourced database of campgrounds, caravan parks, backpacker hostels, day stops, points of interest, dump points, information centres and water points (for toilets, showers and taps). It also features some gangbuster filters so you know whether places are pet-friendly or have power etc.
Whether you’re a local or not, this beach safety app should already be on your phone. BeachSafe will find your nearest beaches in seconds and you’ll be able to access the latest information about every Australian beach on the go. You’ll pretty much have all the details on patrol status, facilities and hazards to weather, swell and tide right at your fingertips.
Fuel Map Australia
If you’re about to set sail on the road trip of a lifetime, the importance of having this app should be pretty self-explanatory. Fuel Map is another crowd-sourced database of petrol stations and fuel prices from all across Australia with information all added and edited pretty regularly. It also comes with a handy fuel log so you can keep track of your own fuel consumption and purchases.
Camps Australia Wide
For the purpose of choice, Camps Australia Wide is an app packed with everything you need for a big camping trip (great for weekends away and even better for dedicated camp trips spanning weeks). It’s a verified budget camping and caravan guide for Australia which lets you plan trips with stopovers that are completely free or relatively cheap.
We highly recommend this glorious app which will absolutely increase your wildlife knowledge about tenfold. This field guide to Australian mammals covers native and introduced species with all the filters so you can see all identification images for species in any chosen group.
Red Cross First Aid
It’s kind of imperative to have the Red Cross First Aid app downloaded on your phone at all times. This bad boy is a comprehensive pocket guide to first aid and CPR with the most up-to-date information. There are interactive quizzes (so you can refresh your first aid knowledge) and instructions with helpful videos and images.
Australian Bites And Stings
Take a deep breath—this app is more so a precautionary download. Australian Bites And Stings has a “be prepared” checklist to equip you with essentials before you venture out into Australia’s great outdoors, awesome instructions on what to do if you are bitten or stung, an emergency services call button, a guide to basic first aid, a guide to venomous snake species and distribution throughout Australia and all the information you could possibly need on some spiders, aquatic creatures, jellyfish and insects you should probably know to keep your distance from.
No matter where you are in Australia—SkyView will have your stargazing antics covered. This augmented reality app lets you point your phone to the sky in realtime and identifies what stars, constellations, planets and satellites you’re looking at. It’ll also send you alerts for upcoming celestial events, give you thousands of facts, jump to the past or future to see the sky at different times and doesn’t need a mobile connection to operate.
Spyglass is a damn essential offline GPS app for all you outdoors-y and off-road enthusiasts out there. Loaded with a bunch of tools, you can use this travel app as a pair of binoculars, heads-up display, a hi-tech compass, a gyrocompass, GPS receiver, waypoint tracker, speedometer, altimeter, sun, moon and star finder, coordinate converter and calculator. It’ll also save your custom places and waypoints.
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