Here is a list of a few apps that we found extremely useful whilst travelling Australia.
To 5 apps we recommend for travelling Australia
Wiki Camps – Most people know about Wiki Camps and like us swear by it. I use Wiki Camps to track out trip and mark all the places we visit. Hubby uses Wiki Camps when we have no Internet and he downloads the ‘Offline User Content’ and ‘Offline Maps’ for each state we are travelling through so we can find camp sites even without any Internet. We use it to find clean drinking water using the ‘Requires Drinking Water’ filter and we also use the ‘get directions’ function which links up to Google Maps and takes you directly to your next camp site. Love it. Make sure you have it.
Quik – Is an app by GoPro used to edit video and photos to create short videos. It is awesome and easy to use. You do not have to have a Go Pro, you load photos and videos from your own library or camera roll. It contains non-copyright music that won’t get removed from social media.
Track My Spend – Is a great, free budgeting app where you can set parameters for your spending and track what you spend. It is simplistic which makes it even better.
Fuel Map – Will show you where, how much and which seller has petrol so that you never run out. You can compare prices between petrol stations, making sure you never get overcharged within the vicinity of your area.
Gas Finder – Shows you where you can get a gas bottle refill and allows you to compare the prices. When you hit WA remote areas prices for gas refill sky rocket and you will want to find the cheapest around. Some towns have a price difference of $20 for a 9kg refill!
Other great apps
HEMA – Purchase the HEMA maps for offline use on your device so you never get lost. Google maps and the GPS just don’t always get it right, it is great to just pull out the HEMA maps wherever you are. Very useful for off road 4wheel driving.
Mathletics – Has the capacity to be used when offline but obviously you need to purchase a membership to access it. We regularly use this app in offline mode in the car whilst travelling.
Borrow Box – Is a free on-line library borrowing system where you can borrow books and audio books as you would form a normal library. Sign up before you head off as you will need your own library card number and pin to register for borrow box.
Libby (by Overdrive) – Is the same as Borrow Box however offers different books that you may not find on Borrow Box. Check out both and choose you favourite!
Field Guides (per state) – The various field guides for each state give you an insight into the local flora and fauna. When you see a creepy crawly or new animal you can check it out without needing the Internet. This is a free app and is handy for kids questions and report writing.
Star Walk 2 – (or the paid version) – Allows you to use your tablet or phone to check out the night sky and find out more about constellations (or Sky Walk Lite is a similar app).
i-Tunes – Set yourself up with an i-Tunes account so that you can listen to music on your travels in the car. When you have the opportunity to access the Internet, download all of your music and create playlists that you can listen to offline.
Podcast app – Do some research into podcasts, they are great to listen to on those long drives and will keep you engaged and focused. We enjoy Dr Karls podcast and my hubby rather enjoys listening to basketball podcasts.
AFL/NRL app – These apps are useful for Telstra customers to watch live footy for free, even when you can’t get reception on your television (which occurs often).
Book Creator – This app is super easy to use, add pictures, text and voice recordings. When you are done they can be saved as videos for viewing on any device or uploading to social media. I have used this app for my son to create highlights of his trip with voice recordings as well as a report on Port Arthur.
**Top Tip – Set yourself up so that you have both Telstra and Optus coverage over your devices as many of the stations and remote areas of Western Australia (like the Gibb River Road) actually have Optus but not Telstra coverage.