5 Travel Apps for Holidays to Australia

We all know that TripIt, TripAdvisor and Yelp are useful travel apps for people on the go – but if you want to find the best deals in Australia, whether to hit the beach in Perth, tour the vineyards in Victoria or explore the harbour in Sydney, these apps are made just for you.

All five apps are available for both iOS and Android, and several are compatible with Blackberry or Windows as well.

Australian Good Food & Travel Guide (free)

iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android

Australia has world-class restaurants, bars, wineries, cafés and fresh food markets, so there’s no excuse for a sub-par meal. The well-respected Australian Good Food and Travel Guide has helped locals and tourists get the most out of Australian foodie culture since 1977, and is now available as an app. Discover tasty local secrets, search by proximity, read reviews and even get exclusive discounts. Best of all, it’s not limited to big cities so you can eat well no matter where you are.

Australian Road Trips (£2.49)

iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android

Road trips are a staple of the Australian holiday experience, but how do you decide where to go in such a big country? Australian Road Trips helpfully details 40 different drives, from day trips to epic cross-continent journeys. The app covers popular trips like the Great Ocean Road and wine tasting routes as well as lesser-known and family-friendly suggestions. The app suggests places to stay, eat and even where to go camping if you’re feeling adventurous.

Australia Bushwalking (£2.49)

iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android

Once you’re down under, why not get outdoors and take advantage of the weather? Australia Bushwalking is an expert guide that details 90 different walks, searchable by location, length and style. Whether you’re after a guided walk around Uluru (where someone else carries your bags) or a half-day riverside stroll for the whole family, connoisseur Melanie Ball offers up Australia’s best and most beautiful outdoor hikes. Of particular note to visitors unfamiliar with the region’s dangers are useful tips about safety and gear.

XE Currency (free)

iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, Windows 8

Australia is not cheap – Sydney and Melbourne are the world’s 3rd and 5th most expensive cities. Converting Aussie dollars to your home currency is not only depressing, but involves frequent exchange rate research and on-the-spot mental math.

This is where XE comes in. From the venerable xe.com conversion website, this straightforward app is free and easy to use. Select your two currencies, type an amount, and hey presto – an accurate and up-to-date currency conversion without any hassle or mental gymnastics

Wi-Fi Finder (free)

iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android

You may be thinking: “This all looks great, but I don’t want to rack up a huge bill accessing apps with 3G in a different country.” Luckily for you, Wi-Fi Finder finds the nearest of 550,000 global hotspots faster than you can say “g’day mate”. Best of all, this app works offline too, so you don’t have to rely on 3G to find a free hotspot.


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