While some travellers head to Australia to get away from it all, increasing numbers are finding their adventures enhanced by handy iPhone apps. Some make getting around easier, others help to document your experiences or provide recommendations; most will require an internet connection. These top picks are all free, available on iOS and especially handy for your Aussie odyssey.
Create a travel blog from your iPhone and connect with other travellers; write entries about how your surfing skills are progressing, tag your location and post photos of the Great Ocean Road straight from your phone. You can prepare posts off-line so you don’t need internet until you’re ready to publish.
Keep an eye on your travel budget; enter your expenditures quickly and easily throughout the day. Piggie can even produce graphs to show you what proportion of your daily or weekly spending is on kangaroo burgers, Melbourne tram tickets or drinks at Sydney’s trendy bars.
Consolidate all your travel plans in one app. Any time you book anything, from flights to winery tours to coach trips, forward the confirmation email to firstname.lastname@example.org and it updates your itinerary and cleverly links it to handy maps and timetables. You can even synch it with your calendar.
If you’re using apps, the chances are you’ll be searching for a connection, especially when you’re trekking through the Australian outback. The GPS function in Wi-Fi finder searches the built-in database to tell you where your nearest Wi-Fi hotspot is; you can even filter by provider or see where the internet is free.
Australian Good Food and Travel Guide
Accruing recommendations since 1977, the AGFTG is the go-to guy for tips on where to eat, stay, drink and party. The app covers establishments and tour operators all over the country and includes reviews and a price comparison function.