So, you’re looking for some handy apps for camping and road tripping? Well, you’re in the right spot!
I’ve put together this list of apps to help you find fuel, gas, places to camp and public toilets. You can access weather warnings and offline maps and entertain your kids, the list goes on…
WikiCamps – When it comes to apps for camping this is the best out there I reckon. Makes it easy to find free camps, caravan parks, points of interest and a whole heap of other stuff. It also gives you access to reviews by other users so you get a really good idea of what a place is like firsthand.
Fuel Map Australia – A crowd sourced database that shows you were the fuel is and how much it costs. Great for sourcing fuel in general but also excellent for finding the best price too.
TrackMyTour – Create a map that allows you to visually track your trip and share it with friends, family or on your blog.
Road Trip – Keep track of your car’s fuel economy, maintenance schedule, and expenses on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Campermate – Tells you where you can find petrol stations, free and paid campsites, public toilets, dump points, travel tips, supermarkets, free wifi, info centres and a bunch of other things you might need while you are on the road.
Playground Finder – A great app to find playgrounds in whatever town you land in. Other users rate each playground in stars out of five. The app can link to maps and give directions there and also tells you if there are toilets and BBQ facilities on site.
Playground Buddy – Another great playground finder to help you track down a park when the kids are doing your head in.
Audible – Great for downloading kids stories for the car or to listen to while they fall asleep once you are set up at your destination. For some ideas to get you started check out my favourite kids stories on Audible.
iMB Bubble Level & Tilt Meter – I use this to make sure I have the van level (ish) when we set up. I spent a few nights with the kids rolling down to one side of the bed and wanted to avoid it on future trips.
Spotify – Premium lets you play music offline when you have play lists set up. Great for when you are out of range and still want access to your music.
Waze – Get the heads up when there is a speed camera up ahead, and other useful things. “Waze is the world’s largest community based traffic and navigation app. Join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info.”
Shazam – When you’re driving along, an awesome song comes on and you need to know what it is! Press a button, let the app listen for a minute and it identifies the song. Cool thing is, it also saves all the tracks you Shazamed in a playlist on Spotify so you can go back and listen to everything again whenever you want.
Borrowbox – Borrow audio and e-books for free from Libraries around Australia. Speaks for itself really, such an awesome idea! It also saves you lugging around books.
Roadtrippers – A road trip planner for australia that allows you to plan your own trip or ollow one that has been tried and tested by others. “The ultimate road trip planner to help you discover extraordinary places, book hotels, and share itineraries all from the map.”
Compass – I started using the compass at first to make sure the solar panels would get morning sun. Then I learned the hard way that you don’t want your annex facing west on a hot afternoon, now I use the compass to avoid that type of thing too. Your iPhone already has one but if you are on Android this link will take you to a popular compass app.
Gas Finder – This app makes it easy to find the nearest store to refill your gas bottle and also lets you check and compare prices.
Evernote – Make to do lists, write, edit pdf’s and just generally organize your life while you are on the road.
Hema – This one comes up over and over when people who have been on the road for a while or have finished their trip get asked about must have apps. “Investigate where your adventure should take you with 40,000 points of interest, save multi-scale topographic mapping to your device and generate a route to navigate offline.”
National Public Toilet Map -“The free official National Public Toilet Map app from the Australian Government Department of Health shows the location of more than 18,000 publicly available toilets in Australia and includes details of accessibility, opening hours and other features such as sharps disposal and baby change.”
First Aid by Australian Red Cross – “Simple. Free. It can save a life. The official Australian Red Cross First Aid app gives you instant access to the information you need to know to handle the most common first aid emergencies. Interactive and simple step-by-step advice means it’s never been easier to know first aid.”
Pocketbook – A budgeting app that gets consistently good reviews. “Pocketbook automatically organises your spending into categories like clothes, groceries and fuel – showing you where money is being spent.”
Camps Australia Wide – Another app to help you find campsites and caravan parks Australia wide. This one is available for both android and iOS.
Polarsteps – Keep track of your route and places you have visited, Share your trip with family and friends and create a travel book with pics and stats from your trip.
Google Trips – “Google Trips makes it easier than ever to plan and organize your trips. It automatically maps out a half day or a full day with suggestions for things to see and do. Don’t like what you see? Tap the “magic wand” to see more nearby sights. Each tap of the wand gives you a fresh set of nearby attractions.”
Emergency AUS – “Delivers warning and incident information issued by official agencies across Australia. Providing users real-time access to official warnings, incident reports and public Sensory Observations to aid in better decision making during emergencies and disasters.”
Memory-Map -“The Memory–Map app turns your phone or tablet into a full-featured Outdoor GPS or Marine Chart Plotter, and allows you to navigate with USGS Topo maps, NOAA Marine charts, and may other specialist maps, even without a wireless internet signal.”
Weatherzone – “Australia’s favourite weather app, Weatherzone, gives you access to detailed observations, 7 Day forecasts, rain radar, BOM warnings and much more. We use Bureau of Meteorology forecasts, our in house Opticast model and our meteorologists to produce accurate forecasts for Australia and the world.”
BOM Weather – The Bureau of Meteorology’s weather app. Available for iOS and Android. “Includes: Current conditions. Temperature; What it actually feels like outside (‘apparent temperature’); Wind speed and direction, rainfall since 9am, and humidity. Forecasts.”
BPme – Now you don’t have to go hunting for a pay at the pump servo or sweat on leaving the kids in the car while you pay for fuel. BPme lets you pay for the fuel on your phone from your car. Anything that avoids piling everyone out of the car and back in again is a winner for me!
ABC KIDS listen – A dedicated kids radio station for kids aged 0-5. Music and stories to keep them occupied while you drive, very handy.
Farmstay Australia – A farmstay and stationstay directory for those traveling in Australia. “Whether you are looking for luxury and pampering, or a tranquil spot to relax underneath the night sky, you’ll find farm and stationstays in every state that cater to any need.”
Emergency + – “‘Emergency +’ is a national app developed by Australia’s emergency services and their Government and industry partners, helping people to call the right number at the right time, anywhere in Australia.”
Wicked Campers – A free app which lists campsites, caravan parks and hostels throughout Australia and New Zealand.
MAPS.ME – Detailed offline maps of the whole world for iOS and android. Awesome for not getting lost when you have lost reception.
Campstay – “Plan your next camping or caravanning adventure with Campstay – Australia’s favourite caravan park and campground booking site. Explore thousands of destinations and compare hundreds of holiday parks. You’ll find the perfect powered site, cabin or glamping tent for your next holiday.”
Elders Weather – “The Elders Weather app includes over 2000 Australian locations, key international locations and gives you current, historical and forecast weather information at the touch of a button. And, best of all it’s free!”
Google Maps – I hadn’t even thought to add Google Maps yet as I just assumed everyone had it! But, if you don’t, it’s a super accurate app that I use constantly. “Going somewhere? Go with Maps, the official app you can rely on for real-time GPS navigation, traffic, transit, and details about millions of places, such as reviews and popular times. Get there faster with real-time updates. Beat traffic with real-time navigation, ETAs and traffic conditions.”
Mud Map – “Mud Map offers the most advanced and powerful 4WD GPS Navigation apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Just download the app and you are ready to explore OFF the beaten track. Both apps are bundled with award winning 4WD maps of Australia and powerful navigation features. Best of all, it works completely offline, phone or internet reception NOT required.”
Petrol Spy – “Compare fuel prices and search petrol station locations near you or by postcode/ suburb using the Petrol Spy website or mobile app.”
CoPilot GPS – “Get where you’re going safer and faster. CoPilot navigation apps give you reliable offline navigation and routing that never lets you down.” Car, caravan and truck navigation.
Australia Free – “A great informative guide for the budget-minded traveler. The guidebook’s author, Mike Koch, has meticulously researched, investigated, photographed and documented thousands of locations that are yours to stay, visit and enjoy for FREE.”
Tripigy – “Your essential travel and adventure application, giving you access to a comprehensive list of places to visit and stay. Recording your journey and sharing it with your network of friends and family, Navigator has the capability to function entirely offline, ensuring you’re covered throughout your travels.”
Libby – “The Libby app is the easiest way to get started with digital books and audiobooks from your public library. Libby is available for Android, iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), and Windows 10.” Borrow audiobooks, picture books with read along audio and ebooks from your local library online while you are on the road.
MotorMouth – “MotorMouth has changed the way people buy petrol. Our core purpose is to help drivers find the best deal on fuel and put more money in their pockets. We firmly believe that information around fuel prices should be easily accessible by consumers.”
Aircamp – “Aircamp is a new free app to help you find that perfect campsite or caravan park in NSW or VIC. Find the perfect campsite and contact them for availability. Browse photos, upload your own, save campsites and review the spots you have already been to.” The app has the added bonus of having a TAWK filter which makes it easier for TAWK members to find spots that support the program. A download app alert will pop up on your screen if you are browsing their site on a mobile, if you’re on a desktop you will need to head over to the app store or google play or wherever you get your apps and search Aircamp to download.
Fuelcheck – “Did you know there can be a difference of 40 cents per litre between the cheapest and most expensive service station?
Fuelcheck gives you real time fuel price on your finger tips. Over 2000 service stations in NSW uploading fuel prices in real time. You can find the cheapest fuel near you anytime anywhere.”
4X4 InDistress – “4×4 InDistress is an app to connect people who enjoy 4WD’s & traveling this great country of ours. Along with creating a hub of activity for 4×4 enthuasiasts, it features an InDistress button that will connect you immediately with other 4×4 owners in your area should you need advice or assistance.”
Australia Post Postcards – How cool is this! Send postcards to family and friends from your phone using your fave holiday snaps. “Just use a photo taken with the camera on your iPhone. We’ll convert your image into a high-quality physical postcard, including friendly hand-written font, and then deliver it to the domestic or international address of your choosing.”
Free Range Camping – “Free Range Camping (FRC) is the fastest growing Camping & RV Club in Australia. We are passionate about seeing & supporting Australia and giving you the freedom to choose where and how you want to camp by offering many alternatives, and saving you hundreds if not thousands of dollars along the way. You must be a paid premium member to use this app. Visit our website for more details”
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