Planning a trip to Australia? With its spectacular landscapes, incredible wildlife, award-winning beaches, vibrant cities and exceptional coffee, these apps will help you explore and discover the best that Australia has to offer.
Adventures in the great outdoors
If nature is your thing, then The Outbound is your trusty guide. Just enter your location and outdoorsy preferences (Camping? Kayaking? Hiking? Biking?) into the app, and you’ll be presented with a whole raft of adventures in the bush, up a mountain or on the water. 🏞🍃🧗🏽♀️🌊
Getting from A to B
Exploring is fun, getting lost is not. Thankfully, a group of transport-savvy Aussie developers created Embark – an app to help you get to your destination by the best possible route on public transport. Each trip result tells you the cost, the carbon emissions generated and the calories the journey will burn. Knowledge is power, people. 🛤 🚌🤓✌🏼
To rain, or not to rain…
Even if it’s sunny, you can never be too sure when the clouds might start rolling in and dump a bit of the wet stuff on your picnic. We’re looking at you, Melbourne.
Rain Parrot is your trusty rain radar giving you local weather updates and notifications for showers heading your way. Don’t leave home without it. Or your umbrella. 🌦🌧☔️
Every great road trip requires at least a bit of a plan. Roadtrippers goes out of its way to give you an adventure to remember. The app provides detailed itineraries of popular routes, and also lets you plan your own, ensuring you’ll never be bored, hungry or stuck for somewhere to put your head down for the night. Plan and share your trip with mates, then save your itinerary offline for easy reference – even if you end up in Woop Woop with no signal. 🚙🗺🛣
Be sun smart
Do you need to slip, slop, slap today? Sunsmart uses your location to tell you exactly when you need to start applying the sunscreen and even how much you should be using in order to protect yourself from the harsh Aussie sun. ☀️⛱❌🔥🍅
A favourite amongst grey nomads and young adventurers alike, WikiCamps Australia is your go-to for the best places across Australia to pitch your tent. A crowd-sourced database of campgrounds and caravan parks, it’s constantly growing and being updated with reviews, site details and photos. All content is available offline. 🏕📲
Discover Sydney’s historic sites
Sydney has some fascinating historical sites beyond the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Now you can take yourself on a tour with your iPhone and the Sydney Culture Walks app to guide you. In the app, select the tour which most interests you, then explore at your own pace, learning about Sydney’s history and the stories behind it’s public artwork. 📱🚶🏻♂️➡️⛲️
Australia has over 500 National Parks, with over 225 in New South Wales alone. Sanctuaries for wildlife, native species and sacred Aboriginal sites, they offer a special connection with nature and the land. The NSW National Parks app lets you explore these protected regions with free interactive and downloadable maps – featuring remote campgrounds and lighthouse cottages for unique and unforgettable experiences. Oh! And it also lists those all-important toilet stops, so you’re not caught short in the bush. 🦎👣🌳⛰🚽
Explore Australia’s second largest state with This Is Queensland, the app designed to help you get the most out of your trip to the tropics. Discover trending hot spots and get alerts when you’re close to any of your pre-selected favourite places across the sunshine state. 🍉🌺🐠
Up, up and away!
Anyone up for a nine hour drive for a long weekend in Byron Bay? No, we didn’t think so. As beautiful and diverse as this amazing country is, it’s also huge! So sometimes, we need to take to the skies. That’s where Webjet comes in. The app helps you search and compare flights from all domestic airlines, so you can be sure you’re getting the best deal on that long dreamt of trip to Uluru or swimming with whale sharks off Broome. ↗️ ✈️↘️🌅😎
Last minute hotels
If you haven’t booked anywhere to stay yet, don’t worry – you’re not too late. HotelTonight offers great deals on available beds for the next few nights, perfect for a last minute trip.
Bean there, need a coffee
For some people, all this exploring will require a nice strong coffee to help them keep going on their epic adventures (others might need one before they set off). Well, those people are in luck. Thanks to some crafty, caffeine aficionados down in Melbourne, the Beanhunter app helps coffee connoisseurs find their next great brew. ☕️😊👍🏼