17 useful apps for backpackers!

When you are out travelling, it's important to know the best places to eat and where to sleep and most important, how to find wherever you are going! Here we've listed the 17 best and most helpful travel Apps that make you a real travel pro "down under", with Australia's best backpacker apps!

  • Rome 2 Rio, Free 

A door to door travel app, that helps you find every kind of transportation from A to B in the fastest, easiest and cheapest way.

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/rome2rio-rail-air-road-sea/id569793256?mt=8

  • Sydney Australia Official Guide, Free

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/sydney-australia-official/id575072873?mt=8

The best app if you want to explore Sydney. Here you find attractions, shopping, food and nightlife, there's also a lot of local tips and seasonal information.

  • Webjet, Free

With this app you can book your flight, accommodation and car hire all at once. Now you don't have to search through the whole internet for hours!

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/webjet/id361122959mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.webjet&hl=en

  • Kayak, Free

Another wicked good flight and hotel search app. For free. And it can even send you push messages when a deal comes along that is in your price range!

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/kayak-flights-hotels-cars/id305204535?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kayak.android&hl=en

  • Zomato, Free

The ultimate Foodie app, you will never have a disappointing meal again! Find out what everyone else thinks, read reviews, see the menu, and check out loads of photos from every restaurant in town!

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/zomato-food-restaurant-finder/id434613896?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.application.zomato&hl=en

  • Tripadvisor, Free

The crowned-king of travel review sites, this will keep you from accidentally booking into that dirty and horrible hostel that was such a good price... Be prepared with tripadvisor!

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/tripadvisor-hotels-flights/id284876795?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tripadvisor.tripadvisor&hl=en

  • Townske, Free

Live like a local everywhere you go with Townske, featuring "best of" lists made by locals all over the country. Be in the know!


  • Couch Surfing, Free

If everything is overbooked, or if you are just on a tight budget, this app is your new best friend. The app connects you to friendly people's couches, and let's you leave and read reviews too (so you don't end up at some creep's home...).

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/couchsurfing-travel-app/id525642917?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.couchsurfing.mobile.android&hl=en

  • Google Translate, Free

Always good to have Google Translate if you're stuck with the language and just don't get what people mean or write sometimes!

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/google-translate/id414706506?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate&hl=en

  • XE Currency App, Free 

Not the most fun app ever, but very useful and simple, and a must-have for currency conversion.

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/xe-currency/id315241195?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xe.currency&hl=en

  • Yelp, Free 

Best app to find reviews on everything. Very useful if you don't know the city so much and don't want to end up with a bad haircut and a burger at Hungry Jacks ;)

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/yelp/id284910350?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yelp.android&hl=en

  • Uber, Free 

This driver service offers you a much cheaper ride than the regular taxi, and a much more slick mobile experience! You just make an account with all your details, then you can track a car, book and also pay with the app. So simple and cheap to get where you want in the city!

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/uber/id368677368?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab&hl=en

  • NextThere, Free 

Shows exactly when the bus or train is at the stop in real-time, so you don't have to waste your time standing around and waiting.

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/nextthere/id870393074?mt=8

  • Sunscreen, $2.99 

Even if you want a good tan, it's good to know how much it's gonna damage your skin. This app shows exactly how strong the sun is and if you need to watch out to not get burned by it. Very useful app, especially here in Australia (there's a hole in the ozone, don't you know??)

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/sunscreen-uv-index-protect/id687082193?mt=8

  • AirBnb, Free 

One of the best apps to find places to stay on your trip. People put up their homes, apartments, and rooms for you to stay in or rent, and you can find everything from a small and cheap apartment to a big castle (literally!).

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/airbnb/id401626263?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.airbnb.android&hl=en

  • National Public Toilet Map, Free 

If you're out in the city and need to visit the toilet, this amazing app helps you find every public toilet close to you. A real pant-saver sometimes!

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/national-public-toilet-map/id323279108?mt=8

  • Wifi finder, Free 

This app will help you track down every WiFi hotspot in town. Enough said.

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/twc-wifi-finder/id492768487?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.timewarnercable.wififinder&hl=en

Do you know any other must-have apps?  Add them in the comments!