Australia is such a vast land with so much to see and do in every direction or road you should take. There is no better way to explore the changing landscapes and notable landmarks around the country than with a road trip! Road trips allow you to make several stops to check out the best of the area, and since we live in the age of technology, planning and exploring is easier than ever! So, before you jump in the car, check out these road trip apps to help you make the best of your journey.
If your road trip consists of camping along the way, then WikiCamps road trip app is a must. This app will provide up-to-date information on a whole range of camping options. It will show you live information on information points, campgrounds, hostels, caravan parks, day use areas and general points on interest. If you’re on a budget, this road trip planner app will also help you find free and low-cost campgrounds to stay. It also works offline, so there is no worrying about using data or finding Wi-Fi.
Waze is a community-based traffic and navigation app which will help you get from A to B in the quickest and most effective way at that time. It has the advantage over traditional map apps as other drivers in your area share real-time traffic and road information, such as incidents and traffic jams in areas you should avoid. This route planner app is perfect for saving time and fuel on your road trip. It is a great app for when travelling anywhere, but especially in heavier traffic areas such as cities.
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As the name suggests, Roadtrippers is the perfect app for you, the road tripper! This road trip app is perfect for planning your journey, finding amazing places, and fascinating detours. It helps you to map out your journey and see what others did along the way, with plenty of user-generated content supplied from other like-minded road trippers! You can browse millions of places along your route and see free travel guides and itineraries. This is the perfect app for anyone who’s curious and looking for a little more inspiration for their journey.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature sometimes gets in the way of our plans. In certain locations and times of year, Australia has extreme weather conditions which can hinder your trip without proper planning and awareness. We may not always be aware of what is happening nearby when we are on the road, so the Emergency AUS app is perfect. It alerts users to any official warnings and incidents of bushfires, floods, storms and other severe weather events, so you know to avoid those areas and stay safe. It’s a great road trip planner app too as the GPS location features will alert you when you may be coming close to some unideal weather conditions.
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There is nothing worse than being incredibly desperate for a toilet whilst on a road trip. Luckily, there are many public toilets in Australia which are free to use. Now you can find where these toilet facilities are located thanks to the Toilet Map app funded by the Australian government. It will give details on the 18,000 public toilets, including accessibility details. You won’t be left wondering when you will next find a toilet with this road trip app.
Never be left with the stress of finding a petrol station when you’re nearing empty with the Fuel Map app. While the app will show you the closest petrol stations, users contribute to the information, including the last known fuel prices. You can opt to find the cheapest fuel stations around and also update the prices yourself for other users. Fuel Map also has a fuel log where you can input when you’ve filled up and determine your vehicle’s fuel economy.
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Pit Stop Planner
The Australian Government recommends that you take a pit stop every two hours of driving to give yourself at least 15 minutes of rest. Instead of just pulling over or driving until you find something suitable (which may take longer than expected) then consider the Pit Stop Planner app by Budget Direct. Pit Stop Planner is incredibly simple to use. You can get an idea ahead of time of what your journey will look like by going to their website and putting in the start and end of your journey. The next page will show your route, but if it isn’t quite right, you can move the markers on the map. It will show you your trip length in km, estimated trip time, and how many pit stops are recommended.
Of course, no road trip would be complete without the perfect playlist! Whether you prefer busting out to the hottest tunes of the month or Vanessa Carlton’s ‘A Thousand Miles’, Spotify is a must-have when it comes to enjoying the perfect road trip in today’s era. You can create your own perfect playlist or discover new awesome recommendations, or if you prefer, Spotify also has lots of great podcasts to tune into for those long drives.
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On a road trip, there is usually so much to see and do, so why not document your trip easily using the Off Exploring app? Off Exploring sets you up with a free travel blog where you can upload as many snippets of your journey as you’d like, including photos, and geotag the locations. This creates a record of your trip that you can share with friends and family.
With a huge database of campervan-related travel information, CamperMate has everything you need for an Australian or New Zealand road trip. First of all, it has offline maps. So, should you be off-roading or find yourself out in the sticks with no GPS service, there’s no need to worry about getting lost.
CamperMate also has a bank of thousands of campsites, hotels, and other accommodations, making sure you’re always able to get where you need to for the night. That’s not all, though! CamperMate also has the ability to recommend and guide you to loads of different amenities, including holiday parks, rest areas, shops, garages, public toilets, and more. Its 150,000 current users are able to leave a review wherever they visit too, which is displayed on the app, helping you find the best places to stop (and where to avoid!)
As if that wasn’t enough, you can also use CamperMate’s innovative search function to look for activities by both region and category and book directly through the app. So, should you fancy a tour of a winery in Adelaide, you can simply search and book.
Once you’ve downloaded these apps, you’re on your way to planning the most epic road trip of a lifetime! Everything from your route planning, campground locating, sightseeing, and playlist making is covered. It’s now hard to imagine road tripping without access to these amazing apps at our fingertips. We have plenty more travel apps suggestions that will make your trip to Australia a perfect once in a lifetime experience!
Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.