There’s a reason we have so many apps that clutter our phones and push our data to its limits each month. They make life easy and often save you time doing the leg work yourself. This could not be more true of local tourism and Melbourne guide apps. Even locals look to their trusted sources to keep in the loop with the new bars found in old laneways with Melbourne’s ever-evolving culture showing no signs of slowing down.
If you are local to the area or a frequent traveller, here are the free Melbourne guide apps that can help you navigate this city.
Our top Melbourne guide apps for transport
Melbourne’s tram system is one of the most recognisable traits of the city, but they are not always the most straightforward. Given the thorough intersection the tram system has in Melbourne, there are a few key Melbourne guide apps you can download. Here is what we have downloaded and relied on every day of the year. Yes, even finales week and Australian Open!
Whether you have an iPhone or Android, TramTRACKER is going to be one of your most-used apps. With the council continuously upgrading roads and tram stops, these real-time tram updates will alert you to disruptions. This is the most effective way to change course and seek another tram line or public transport option that will have you arriving on time.
Each of the tram spots is identified with a four-digit number on a green sticker, and by simply punching this in you can learn the tram lines that pass through and the schedule. You can even get ahead of the chaos and enter that four-digit number from your office, lunch or dinner and save yourself the hike to the stop and plan a better route from the outset. You can also use TramTRACKER for trains.
Melbourne Airport app
The airport isn’t always a fun pit stop, especially when you have no idea what you are about to walk into. The Melbourne Airport app is a great Melbourne guide app with accurate flight paths and delays. You can also search what dining outlets are available in the airport through the Store Locator. Our favourite feature has to be the Taxi Calculator and the Parking Calculator, both of which can give you an accurate estimation based on the time of day and journey.
If you have friends visiting you in Melbourne, this is a great app that you can recommend to them so that they know where they have to be and when. They can also realistically plan their journey from the airport to Melbourne city also.
Our top Melbourne guide apps for recreation
If you can’t find something to do in Melbourne, then you won’t be entertained anywhere. Melbourne is a circus of activity for kids, parents, young adults and really anyone who is lucky enough to live or travel to Melbourne. Here are some of the top Melbourne guide apps for recreation.
Walks Melbourne app
Other parts of Australia are not lucky enough to have the number of parks Melbourne does, not to mention the high quality they are which makes them accessible to all. The Walks Melbourne app is a great way to see Melbourne on foot, especially if you are new to a particular suburb or want to see the highlights while you get some exercise. Each of the inner-city walks clearly states the duration of the walk so that you can plan it before, during or after your walk day – or even for a weekend when you have nothing on.
The Walks Melbourne app is the brainchild of VicHealth and the Department of Health and Human Services. The app will also tell you when an ideal lunch or rest stop is coming up and gives you some Melbourne guide app information about the area you walking in.
Great Ocean Road app
The Great Ocean Road needs no introduction, and this beautifully designed Melbourne guide app has all the maps, tips and tours to make this a memorable visit. Find the best hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops and amenities in the area, and learn about events that take place on and around the Great Ocean Road. The benefit of downloading the Great Ocean Road is that it is always accurate of the offerings in the area, whereas online blogs remain static and might recommend accommodation and restaurants that are no longer.
This may be a Melbourne guide app that you don’t use too often, but it will be very valuable for your next road trip.
Which of these Melbourne guide apps do you love? Are there some that are missing? We are always looking for ways to make our travel a little easier, so leave a comment with your favourite Melbourne guide app. Alternatively, we would also like to know any great apps for our next regional NSW destination holiday!