Your phone has the potential to be your most versatile and useful camping and travelling tool. With amazing apps that are specifically designed to help you with so many aspects of your camping trip, you'll be wondering why you waited so long to download them.
This list of free and paid Australian camping apps will give you the camping advice and travel tips you need to create a stress-free holiday. Whether you're travelling across Western Australia with Summerstar Tourist Parks or seeing what the rest of the country has to offer, these camping apps will change the way you travel.
Here are 10 of Australia's best camping apps:
- Wikicamps Australia: Camping Destinations and Information
- Recfishwest: WA Fishing Rules and Identifier
- Fuel Map Australia: Fuel locations and Prices
- Willy Weather: Detailed Weather Information
- Camping Checklist: Packing Guide
- Travellers Autobarn: Camping Locations and Reviews
- GoSkyWatch: Stargazing App
- Roadtrippers: Road Trip Planner
- PictureThis: Plant Identifier
- AllTrails: Trail Locations and Detailed Information
1. Wikicamps Australia
Wikicamps is a highly popular Australian camping app, and for good reason. Wikicamps helps its users locate roadside rest areas, caravan parks, and campsites suitable for you and your vehicle. Not to mention, it's a great way to find spots with wi-fi.
The content is all user-generated, and there's a well-used user's forum if you want the thoughts and opinions of other campers on any campsites or camping issues you're running into. The issue with user-generated content is that not all of it is going to be 100% accurate. However, in these relatively rare occasions, complaints seem to be answered promptly.
If you’re an avid fisher and enjoy travelling to WA’s best beach fishing locations, then look no further than the Recfishwest app. This handy little app is full of amazing features, including fishing rules in Western Australia, a fish identification system and the edibility of the fish you catch.
The best part? This app is completely free!
3. Fuel Map Australia
If you're an avid traveller/camper/road tripper, then you understand the importance of finding the cheapest fuel that you can. Thankfully, Fuel Map Australia is built for just this purpose. Locate the most affordable fuel in every part of the country.
Needless to say, Australia is a massive country. Wherever you're trying to go, you'll probably need to fuel up at some point. Why not download an app that is constantly updated with both user info and government-sourced fuel prices?
4. Willy Weather
Willy Weather is one of the most helpful, detailed, and yet easy to read weather apps in Australia. With a comprehensive layout and easy to decipher icons, Willy Weather goes beyond telling you the temperature.
The app includes details such as:
- UV Rays
- Sunrise/Sunset Times
- Moon Cycle
- Wind Strength
- Tide Schedule
This is ideal for travellers who want to be fully conscious of the weather especially how to dodge the heat during the warmer summer months, and for photographers looking for the perfect shots.
5. Camping Checklist
We've all been there. You're an hour into your journey, and you realise you've forgotten something at home. Never feel this horror again by downloading the Camping Checklist app.
With Camping Checklist's customisable gear lists, you can stay organised and ensure that you'll have everything you need for your trip. One of the best features of this app is that you can share a camping list with the people you're travelling with. This is a great way to avoid packing doubles (or triples) of the same stuff. You'll finally be able to pack up the car without having a meltdown!
6. Travellers Autobarn
For those combining camping with road tripping, downloading Travellers Autobarn is an absolute must. With this app, you'll be able to easily locate free campgrounds across Australia. This app functions as a map with hundreds of pinpointed campgrounds with blurbs written about each.
So, whether you're looking for caravan parks or a free spot to sleep in your car for the night, Travellers Autobarn is for you. Here are a few of the details this app can help you learn about hundreds of Australian sites:
- BBQ Rules
- Dump Stations
- General Reviews
GoSkyWatch is a must download app for any travellers who enjoy the nights spent stargazing (so, all of you). Fun for all ages, GoSkyWatch is an amazing app that allows you to learn more about the constellations, planets, and other space features that surround you.
All you have to do is point your phone at the sky, and the app will be able to detect all the information and star patterns in its system. This app is not only educational, but it's also genuinely quite moving, fun, and beautiful.
Note: This is a paid app.
Roadtrippers is one of the multi-purpose camping apps in Australia. It's best suited for road trips, as it's able to ensure you know everything you need to know about the attractions around you. Here are some of the benefits to the Roadtrippers app:
- Learn about surrounding attractions
- Get reliable directions
- Access free travel guides
- Sync everyone's devices
With millions of nature spots, historical landmarks, and eateries loaded into the app, your road trip is about to get a lot more adventurous.
Picture is a great app for both adults and children, learning about local plants, flowers and trees. The app is super simple to use. Take a picture of the plant you want to identify, and PictureThis will let you know what it is, alternative names and some interesting facts.
One of the best features is that you can create your own personal collection of plants and flowers you’ve seen on your travels. This is a great way to get your kids out exploring the Australian outback rather than sitting in your car or caravan. This is the perfect app to have when searching and document amazing West Australian native wildflowers during the WA wildflower season.
However, do note the collection is a paid feature. To get around this, take some picture and keep notes on each plant type you spot in a travel journal!
No matter where you're camping in Australia, there's almost always going to be beautiful walking to be found. AllTrails is your easy access to a network of over 60,000 different walking and biking trails across the world. You'll be able to click on the trails and see photos, as well as learn about their difficulty level, elevation, distance, and reviews.
Whether you're exploring Australia or venturing into beautiful Western Australia, AllTrails is your one-stop resource for the country's most popular trails and hidden gems.
Camping apps are a great way to enhance your next Australian adventure. If you’re planning a road trip in Western Australia, make sure you check out Summerstar Tourist Park’s many caravan park locations across our great state. Online booking is quick and easy!