The 10 best motorhome camping apps in Australia
Essential Australia campervan and motorhome apps
Although camping is about getting back to nature, a smartphone can make things easier and allow you to relax and enjoy your campervan road trip with little stress. Motorhome Republic has searched high and low to find the best Australia motorhome apps to ensure your holiday goes smoothly.
This app is the one to get you started. It is a simple search engine which can help you find a motorhome rental in any of 450 locations across 25 countries. Enter your details with just a few taps of the screen to be presented with a list of options from a range of suppliers. With a lowest price promise, secure booking engine and a team of experts waiting to answer questions, this is the best and most convenient way to start your planning. The app is available free for iOS and Android.
Finding somewhere to park your campervan for the night will be your first concern once on the road. WikiCamps is a crowdsourced app which can tell you where to go and provide details such as price and the number of campsites around the country. From caravan parks to simple campgrounds, you can find what you’re looking for - and don’t forget to add your own reviews, photos and information to help out those following in your footsteps. WikiCamps is available on both platforms and one of its best features is the ability to be used offline.
For a small cost, this app takes the maps function on your iPhone to the next level. Driving and navigating is made easy, with MotionX guiding you in a range of accents and voices. The subscription-based service is always updated with traffic flow information, new roads and live speed limits. You can also pre-load maps for offline use.
One of the greatest benefits of heading out on the road is leaving light pollution behind for clear night skies. Star Chart is a free camping app on both iOS and Android, and is a wonderful way to be a little more informed with your stargazing. Just point your phone to the sky and the app can tell you what you are looking at, be it a star, a planet or constellation. It even works during the daylight hours!
Those who love camping and campervans are also often keen hikers. Gaia GPS is a little pricey, but is so much more effective than maps, compasses and guide boooks. You can plan your walk, get ideas, read reviews and photos, then stay safe on the trail. Of course, you are unlikely to have an internet connection in the wilderness - you can pre-download maps for your chosen areas and operate offline.
Multiple people sleeping in a motorhome means you might not be popular if you turn on the lights to go to the bathroom during the night. It sounds simple, but make sure you have a flashlight app on your phone. Finding the one torch in the dark is never easy, but if everyone has light at their fingertips, there needn’t be any stubbed toes or stumbling. Versions of free flashlight apps can be found on all platforms.
This free app is here to acquaint you with the beautiful country of Australia. Use it to plan your trip and get a feel for your next destination. It includes videos, photos and information to act as a virtual tour guide! The app is available on both iOS and Android.
This app and its equivalent in the Google Play store (Just in Time) are both free and extremely useful, especially for those travelling in a sleepervan with no bathroom facilities. Sometimes there’s nothing more urgent than finding a toilet, and these will help you find one. Features vary but both offer information on the nearby facilities including opening hours. Show the Loo provides instant directions to the nearest loo with the “I’m busting” button, handy for the moments when it suddenly goes from a want to a need.
This music service has taken the world by storm since its release in 2008. Download the free app, sign up and get a huge range of tunes for streaming. There is a free service which includes ads interspersed with the songs - however, the paid service is ideal for travelling. Not only does it get rid of the ads, it allows you to download playlists for offline listening which is invaluable on the road and away from WiFi or reception. Good driving music really makes a road trip amazing!
This app is available for a small cost on iOS, and is aimed at helping you to find free WiFi hotspots, an ability which will come in very handy while on the road. It shows locations and can use your phone’s map to give directions to the closest spot.