Most people in the world today possess a smartphone and that means that they use a number of apps on a regular basis, be it for practical purposes, for learning or simply for entertainment and having fun. Aussies are no different and considering Australia is one of the leading countries in the world, it’s no wonder the local app scene is quite lively and varied.
There are so many apps out there that can make your life Down Under that much easier, both if you are a resident and if you are just spending a holiday in this outstanding country. So, let’s have a look at some of the favourite apps that Australia boasts and what you can expect from them.
With so many beautiful natural sights all around, it’s no wonder Aussies like spending time in nature. A testament to this is the sheer number of campsites wherever you go in this country. And what easier way to get all the information you would possibly need about a campsite than having a mobile app for it? Wikicamps Australia has a database of 20,000 campsites with tons of photos, reviews and information from users, which allows anyone to choose the ideal one for them and get what they expect from their holiday. And if you want the full nature experience, you can boost your phone with other handy camping-related apps, such as weather apps, apps that help you identify Australian wildflowers and even birdwatching guides with playable bird calls!
Social media is ruling today’s world, there is no doubt about that, and Aussies are no exception. In fact, social media usage has increased since last year, so it’s no surprise that social media apps are to be found on almost all Aussies’ phones. If we are talking about numbers, Messenger, Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp are all on last year’s most downloaded apps list in Australia, but Snapchat, Wordpress and LinkedIn closely follow. So if, for instance, you want to keep in touch with your Aussie friends or relatives, it should be a walk in the park!
Games of Chance
Whether it is just a casino simulator game or a real betting app, Australia has it all. Games such as Cash Link slots and Lightning Link Casino are currently trending in the Google Play Store and are getting great reviews. On the other hand, if rather than games, you want to try your hand at winning some real-life cash jackpots, betting apps like Lottoland are there at your disposal, too.
It’s not all fun and games Down Under, and Aussies know how to keep their finances in check with a lot of money-related apps on their phones. You will most likely find the CommBank or ANZ apps installed on a number of phones, but there are also innovative utility apps that are like little perks. For instance, Clipp is a great way to pay at bars and restaurants without having to even take your credit card out. Other apps such as Pocketbook will help you keep on top of your finances at all times.
Radio and Podcasts
While Spotify is still ruling most of the world and Pandora is still fairly popular, new, interesting apps that combine music and podcasts are also emerging in Australia. For instance, Omny aims to create a truly personalized radio experience using your personal music taste as a base, so you can forget about boring radio programs if you use this. Pocket Casts is an expert at podcasts too, with half a million users that swear to this podcast app.
Apps to Have When You Travel
Of course, we cannot forget about those visiting Australia either, and they will be delighted to find out that there are heaps and heaps of apps designed specially to make their lives easier. Public transport apps such as TransitTimes+ and Tripview can help you navigate the complicated public transport system and help you to never miss a train or bus. On the other hand, if you don’t want to waste one minute of your precious sightseeing time, you can turn to Beat the Q to order your meals and drinks in advance and just pick them up when you arrive. You can even get your own personal guide in the form of a local person with apps like Party with a Local, so if you are visiting anytime soon, arm yourself with these apps. You might even surprise the locals with your Aussie slang if you download the Australian Slang app in advance and study it a bit.
Apps Related to Eating
As already mentioned, there are some smart solutions to beating the queues in huge cities such as Sydney, but there are so many more food-related apps out there that many Aussies and visitors turn to. Needless to say, UberEats is huge in Australia, so if you ever need food delivered, they got your back. Or alternatively, you can also turn to Deliveroo, which functions in a similar way to the aforementioned well-known alternative. The Happiest Hour helps you find whatever you’re craving near you, while Zomato has all the reviews, user photos and search systems you would ever need when it comes to restaurant hopping.
As you can see, Aussies use a wide variety of apps and there are certainly a few things we can learn from them. What should also be mentioned is that many of the aforementioned apps were also developed by Aussies, which in some cases isn’t that surprising, but in others, it’s a nice bit of trivia to know. So, free up some space on your smartphone and get some of these apps, especially if you’re headed to the Land Down Under!