42 more awesome travel apps

Holidays are for two things: adventure and relaxation. But it’s often when we’re on holidays, in strange new places, that we need a bit of help and guidance.

We’ve trawled the app stores to come up with over 40 more (you can view the original list here) super useful and/or fun travel apps to maximise your holiday enjoyment.

Plan and organise

Pinterest (free)
Visual planning at its very best, Pinterest can be a time-sucking vortex but it’s also full of gorgeous photography, links to travel articles, great tips and must-dos. Search by destination or attraction and scroll through the huge amount of results, re-pinning onto your own inspiration board as you go. Break it down further by creating boards for things to do, where to eat and so on. The Queensland Pinterest page has 99 boards of inspiration to start you off.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Trover (free)
Before you call it just another Pinterest, dig a little deeper into Trover and you’ll find the photos and tips being shared are (mostly) original content and far more helpful than another motivational quote placed over an image of the Brooklyn Bridge. Start by creating lists for the places you intend to visit and trolling through others ‘discoveries’ to get an idea of what you want to see and do there, then upload your own finds! Everything is geo-tagged so you can scroll through nearby discoveries to get inspired for your next step.
Download: iTunes

Zuji Packman (free)
Last-minute suitcase packers can breathe a sigh of relief. This organising tool allows you store your holiday itinerary and make packing lists for each stop. So when you arrive in Cairns you’ve got your swimmers and snorkel rather than a jumper and boots. You can also take a peek at your travel buddies’ packing lists and assign each other things to bring to avoid an overload of hairdryers and phone chargers.
Download: iTunes

My Evault (free)
For the more cautious traveller (and extremely useful for the not-so-cautious), this app allows you to store your most valuable information and travel documents. Insurance policies, passport details and credit card information is accessible wherever you are with this ‘back-up travel wallet’.
Download: iTunes

WorldMate (free)
WorldMate is pretty much a travel agent that holidays with you. Among its coolest features is an itinerary manager which provides maps and directions to each item. It also shares your itinerary via social media and allows you to organise and record everything from flights and car rentals to meeting times and hotel check-ins. You can book a hotel at the best rate, find a flight and express book services you have used in the past. Plus, the app will alert you when an upgrade or better rate becomes available at your preferred hotel.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Hitlist (free)
Next time you’re daydreaming about all the places you want to visit, jump on Hitlist and add your holiday wish list. The turn-your-dreams-into-reality app will take care of the rest. It scans millions of fares and hotel rates and sends you the best deals for your dream destination AND tells you the best times to travel and the popular things to see. Share your itineraries with friends so they can holiday with you, or see where they’ve been to gain handy travel tips from the people you trust.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Gogobot (free)
The ultimate guide to places to eat, sleep and play; Gogobot is like a personalised Trip Advisor. Join the Gogobot Tribe to get great travel tips, recommendations and photos from people who share your tastes and interests. Get the inside scoop on the places you’d love to visit, or where you are this very minute. As an added bonus, you can show off your adventures with Gogobot postcards.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Safety first

Beach Safe (free)
The beach looks so inviting but are you prepared for it? The Surf Life Saving Australia Beach Safe app allows you to locate your closest beach, check if the beach is patrolled and offers handy tips about how you can stay safe in the water.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Red Cross (free)
The Red Cross app offers instant access to simple step-by-step information to help you handle the most common first aid emergencies.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Entertain the kids

Road Trip Bingo (free – $2.49)
Your kids will spend hours looking out the window to win this travel-themed ‘I spy’-style bingo game.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Family Car Games ($0.99 – $2.49)
An endless list of games the whole family can play on those looooong road trips.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Road Trip Scavenger Hunt ($1.29)
I spy for your smartphone.
Download: iTunes

Kindle (free)
An app that needs no introduction, Kindle is the best travel buddy you’ll find. Access infinite (well, almost) books and magazines to enjoy and pass time during the quieter travel moments. Flights, car rides and rainy days will never be boring again.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Climate check

Weatherzone (free)
Stay one step ahead of the weather in Queensland with the reliable Weatherzone app. Access real-time weather updates, rain radars, seven-day forecasts and pretty much every piece of weather information you might need to know on your holiday.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Hurley Surf Report ($2.99 – $3.79)
Surf’s up in Queensland and this gnarly smartphone app offers a wave on information to help you find some decent swell. Access live surf cams, five-day forecasts, wind direction and speed information, tides times and daily surf reports from a local expert in every area.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

On the road

Show the Loo (free)
Why is it you can never find a toilet when you need one? This app provides directions (walking and driving) to loos within a 10-kilometre radius. There’s even an ‘I’m busting’ button which instantly loads directions to your closest toilet.
Download: iTunes

Campin’ Australia (free)
The ultimate Queensland road trip companion. Locate (and get directions to) camping grounds, caravan parks, backpacker hostels, rest areas and petrol stations.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

In transit

FlightTrack5 ($5.50 – $6.49)
You’ll never arrive too early or late to the airport with this awesome flight tracking app. Get real-time departure, delay and gate information via push notifications. And if your flight is cancelled, the app will help you find a new one. You can even store all of your important flight info and share any flight status updates via social media and email to avoid last-minute phone calls to your ride home from the airport.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

GateGuru (free)
While it won’t make your airport experience fun, this app will help you pass the time and help you get the most out of your time in transit. View airport maps, available amenities, shops, food options and over 35,000 airport user-reviews.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Google Maps (free)
The best navigation tool around. You’ll never get lost with this little gem on your home screen. Use it as a GPS, to figure out what bus to catch or just locate your closest Bunnings if you’re hankering for a sausage sizzle.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Go Brisbane ($3.29 – $3.79)
Train, bus and ferry timetables at your fingertips; this app will make your journey around Queensland’s big smoke efficient and stress free. Choose your departure and arrival point to view a selection of options to get you there. You can also set alarms so you don’t miss your mode of transport.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Black and White Cabs Brisbane (free)
Skip the hold music and book your taxi in Brisbane with this easy-to-use app. You can even track your taxi, find your nearest cab ranks and get a price estimate upon booking.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Uber (free)
Ditch the taxi lines and book a ride with this super convenient transport app. Uber allows you to get from ‘A’ to ‘B’ with a touch of a smartphone button. You can even choose what kind of car you’d like to ride in. The app features clear pricing, cashless payments (with a stored credit card) and a ‘split the fare’ function.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Queensland Grown

Info Centre Finder (free)
Get the inside scoop on your next Queensland holiday destination at the local Visitor Information Centres. Find your three closest information centres (wherever you are) as well as great tips about the area’s top things to see and do.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Taste Paradise (free)
The Taste Paradise app promises a tour of Tropical North Queensland that is sure to tantalise your tastebuds. Showcasing the region’s food growers, producers, manufacturers, wholesalers and restaurants, the app offers insight into local ingredients and where you can buy them.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Drive North Queensland (free)
If you’re preparing for a journey on one of Tropical North Queensland’s hottest road trips – Overlanders Way, The Great Tropical Drive, Epic Cape York and the Savannah Way – then this will be a handy app to have on your home screen. Plan your drive and mark your ‘favourites’ as you go, find accommodation and get hot tips about tours, events and attractions to check out on the way.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Gold Coast Traveller (free)
A guide to the Gold Coast’s attractions, restaurants and accommodation, this app will save you more than just time. It’s got a ‘show and save’ component to make sure you get the best value for money during your visit, plus thousands of user photos of the loveable location for you to browse or add to.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Capricorn Coast (free)
A guidebook, holiday planner and travel agent rolled into one, the Capricorn Coast’s official app allows you to view maps with customised points of interest, locate accommodation and events within a 10 kilometre radius, and explore the area’s natural wonder with the interactive image reel.
Download: iTunes

Airlie Beach and Whitsundays Guide (free)
Put down your bulky guidebook, this app has everything you need for an awesome holiday in Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays. In fact, with weather updates, local news, attractions and a host of general info, even the locals will find this one to be a useful addition to their smartphone.
Download: iTunes

Fraser Coast Trails (free)
This app adds a little extra fun to your Fraser Island adventure. Offering different trails to explore, you can choose an itinerary that suits your interests while enjoying exclusive money-saving deals along the way. Keep an eye out for QR codes to scan at key points of interest in the region – you’ll be rewarded with free entry to attractions, discounts and much more.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Savour Southern Queensland Country (free)
A foodie’s guide to the stunning and tasty Southern Queensland Country region. Enjoy a comprehensive and easy-to-navigate list of things to do and the best restaurants and local produce to savour on your inland adventure. The app has an ‘in season’ calendar so you can enjoy the freshest food straight from the farm.
Download: iTunes

Queensland Explorer iPad (free)
Explore Queensland from your iPad. Read enticing blog posts (like this one), watch videos, take a tour of some the state’s top locations and use the Trip Planner to create your ultimate Queensland holiday.
Download: iTunes

Keep in touch

A seriously cool way to update your friends and family (and gloat about your grand adventure). Postagram uses your holiday snaps from Facebook and Instagram to send real postcards to anywhere in the world, for a very small fee. A simple way to make mum’s day!
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Capturing memories

iMovie ($6.49)
Budding filmmakers will have a field day with the iMovie app – an innovative tool to help you turn your Queensland adventure into a treasured memento that will look like the pros made it. Tease your friends with Hollywood-style trailers featuring your own narration. With tons of editing tools and tips, this app will serve you well for many holidays to come.
Download: iTunes

1 second everyday (free – $1.29)
Film something every day of your holiday to produce an inspiring compilation to ensure you don’t forget a thing.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Frontback (free)
Capture two moments for the price of one with this photography app. Frontback allows you to take a photo with your phone’s front and back cameras at the same time so you get a complete and interesting view/memory of your travels. You photos appear on a split screen and are instantly shareable to social media.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

DMD Panorama (free – $2.49)
Capture the whole picture (or the ultimate selfie) with this 360-degree photography tool. This impressive app will ensure you don’t miss a thing when capturing the scenery you’ll see on your Queensland holiday.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Your holiday might be over, but with this app you’ll be able to relive the awesomeness forever. Timehop collaborates old photos and posts from your photos and social media accounts and replays the past one day at a time.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Group travel

SquareOff Now (free)
Avoid awkward moment with your travelling buddies with this handy app. SquareOff Now allows you to keep track of holiday expenses and features a running record of who paid for what, and who owes who. Conveniently, the app offers instant ‘bill settling’ with PayPal and emailed reminders.
Download: iTunes

Learn and understand

Aussie Slang Dictionary (free – $1.29)
Sure, Australian’s speak English, but we’ve really managed to make it our own. This app will come in handy when every word you hear is shortened and ends in ‘o’ or ‘a’.  Good luck!
Download: Google Play / iTunes

Bargain hunters

HungryHero (free)
Find a bargain in Brisbane and the Gold Coast with the ultimate paperless food and drink coupon passbook. The app allows you to find the best budget dining deals close by and secure, book and redeem offers with a touch of a button.
Download: Google Play / iTunes

What have we missed? We’d love to know your fave travel apps. 

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