Best Travel Apps for Sydney

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The following is a guest post by Lena Perry.

The Opera House, the Botanic Gardens, cafes, theatre productions, and trains… Sydney is an Australian maze of sorts. With so much to do and so little time, apps can be your best friend when you’re travelling around this beautiful city.

Before you jump into the deep end of the harbour’s waters, make sure you have these apps installed on your smartphone- it’ll make travelling around Sydney a breeze.

Tripview

tripviewTripview is a must for navigating Sydney’s plethora of villages on the CityRail’s network. It may just be the perfect smartphone app. I carry it with me most days, wherever I go.

You never know when you’ll end up in a strange part of town and need to find your way back to the hotel. You can find out exactly when your bus is due, what train to catch to Bondi, and what ferry stops near you. With a handy transport summary, Tripview does all the work for you. The basic version is free, but it’s only $2.99 for one that saves all your searches- hassle free!

Skype WiFi

But what about free apps? Which are the must-haves for all us globetrotters? Skype WiFi is a favourite for travellers everywhere, whether you’re travelling to Brooks Reach or Brooklyn. Access to Skype means I can easily get in touch with my family when I’m on the go.

Using hotel and cafe hotspots, I can reduce the cost of data roaming with this app. It helps me check out just about anything on the web, paying per minute with Skype Credit (which is a blessing in Sydney where WiFi hotspots aren’t as common). So that means I can get on social media, upload photos, download music, just about anything, all in the palm of my hand. Go offline as soon as you’re finished browsing the web to avoid huge fees.

>> Check out this post on carrying a phone card when you travel

World Clock Pro

Have you ever tried to figure out exactly what time it is back home? What time is just right to give mum a ring? For $1.99 World Clock Pro offers you all the world’s times. It’s easy to use and helps pre-plan that trip of yours; booking flights that don’t arrive at some absurd hour of the morning- suitable to you and your needs, planning cross-country trips that take into account all the changing time zones. You can even set alarms for busy days in new cities. This is one smart app and a savvy traveller wouldn’t be leaving their hometown without it.

More Apps of Note

  • EAT. Sydney — Sydney dining guide.
  • Aussie Slang Dictionary — For help with the Australian lingo.
  • Sydney Map and Walking Tours — To assist in finding your way around Sydney, and see landmarks along the way.
  • Sydney Shopping+ — To get around to all the best shops of any category in Sydney.
  • Australian Good Food and Travel Guide — More than 25,000 restaurants, bars, attractions, and accommodations across Australia.

Now with all of this information in your back pocket, it’s time for you to set out and enjoy yourself. Put on a pretty hat and make the most of what Sydney has to offer- a whole lot if you ask me!

>> Be sure to check out the essentials for traveling in Australia

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About the author: Lena Perry is a seasoned traveller finally putting roots down, she is currently looking for houses for sale in Horsley, her home town. She sometimes doesn’t even bother to unpack her suitcase when she arrives home – her next journey is always in the pipeline.

*brought to you with the support of Stockland.

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Gear We Use

Organization

Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.


Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.


Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Clothing

Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

Booking Airfare

Dollar Flight Club – Get flight deal alerts for your preferred departure airport. There is both a free and premium version (recommended for more sweet deals). Members save on average $500 USD per flight!

Skyscanner – Skyscanner is our preferred site for searching flights. They offer unbiased search results and are free from hidden fees. You can also book your hotels and rental cars.


Accommodation

Airbnb – Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world. Sign up using this link to get $37 USD off your first stay booking + $14 USD towards an experience booking!

Booking.com – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

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