Useful apps for travelling in Western Australia
Everybody is on their mobile phone all the time. Humans are really reliant on those devices nowadays. Of course, we are no different! It’s so much easier to just carry a mobile phone or tablet instead of heavy guidebooks or maps. So, without further ado, a selection of our most useful apps for travelling in Western Australia.
Apps for camping
Generally, we can recommend the WikiCamps app. It costs a one-time fee, but you can then set it up on several devices (e.g. the phone and the tablet). Also it works offline if you download the map beforehand and it offers a lot of current information. Not only for campgrounds, but also for dump points, Points of Interest etc.
From my point of view, this is the unbeatable advantage: Users can contribute to the entries, so everything is always up to date and there is a lot of information contained, which you would not get on a website or in a travel guide. The current road condition towards a campground, for example, or the code for the padlock at a public dump point.
(I’m registered for the beta version at the moment, so your installation might look different than mine.)
Camper Mate I haven’t used much yet to be honest, the functionalities seem to be similar, but in my opinion it’s a bit less well organised than WikiCamps. The ratings are basically not bad, I will certainly try it out a lot more.
Apps for weather and tides
AUS Weather App
The Bureau of Meteorolgy has an app, but I could not download it from Europe. So, as an alternative, I have installed AUS weather (for Android), and I was quite happy with it. There is a widget, also, and you can change between different saved locations.
Sometimes, even if you are not a surfer or diver, you might want to be interested in the tidal times at your current location. Or you might want to know the exact times for sunrise and sunset. Spontaneously, I downloaded the Tide Times app (Android / Apple), and I found it quite useful.
Apps for itineraries and maps
It feels a little silly to be mentioning Google Maps in 2019. But it is a really important tool for planning my itineraries, and therefor I want to mention it.
One of the most important things in this app is the possibility of downloading offline maps. The map won’t show any current data, like traffic information, but you still have the ability to find your way around, even if you are offline.
I also use the satellite map often enough to check if some location is accessible via tarmac or dirt road. (Just remember that this feature requires more data.)
Google My Maps
Google My Maps is less widely known than Google Maps. This application is really usefeul when accessing it from a browser. You can create a custom map there and then use it in your Google Maps app (“your places”, then “maps”).
My maps is driving my nuts on a regular basis, and there is a chance that it will be cancelled anytime. But I have yet to find an alternative that lets me create custom maps, with different layers and icons, where I can add additional information or links manually.
The other advatage is the ability to share maps with other people. So, still a recommendation for using it to create maps in the browser. To use the app on the go is less comfortable, even more so as you cannot use it offline.