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It is easy enough to want to stash your mobile phone away when you are camping because the last thing you want is a work related call to come in. Sometimes we don’t want any calls to come in. We don’t want any instant chat messages and we don’t want to see everyone’s Facebook updates. But let’s not forget that there are plenty of reasons to enjoy network coverage, including video calls to let everyone at home we are having a great time to sharing images with apps.

Above and beyond that, here are a few more reasons to make use of a network connection if you have one. These apps are designed for Aussie campers and they’re not that bad, as a matter of fact. They can bring a lot of fun and thought to your camping experience.


This app is pretty good for finding a lot of information specific to camping when you are travelling to new places and looking for campsites. It’s quite extensive but doesn’t provide information on camping sites for free as you will find with OnDECK’s Discover Australia Map.

Available on: iOS, Android, Windows


If you are looking for a road trip across Australia or one that is close to you, Australian Road Trips offers around 40 popular options, including ways to filter those road trips, such as by day trip or by 4WD. The app is based on the information published by Lee Atkinson.

Available on: iOS


If you need to use your first aid kit, then you need to know how to use it too. This app is great for finding out how to apply a gauze patch to treating a snakebite, burns, stings, allergies and much more. It is very easy to use with step-by-step instructions. If you are camping with network coverage, this an excellent app to take advantage of, especially considering it is available at no cost.

Available on: iOS, Android


MotionX-GPS is a little bit different to Google Earth and Google Maps. This navigation app uses maps the same as those used in handheld GPS devices and combines them with many of the features found in most smartphone navigation apps. For example, you can track and mark waypoints with this app, just like you are using a handheld GPS device, as long as you have a network connection. This app has a nominal fee and extra charges for extra maps.

Available on: iOS


Gone are the days of staring up at the skies wondering what worlds they are made of. This is one of my favourite apps. All you need to do is point your smartphone’s camera towards the constellation you want to know about and snap, GoSkyWatch helps you to identify and learn more about them. This app is very addictive and my kids really love it. I ended up buying a telescope after a got bitten by the bug. This app has been running a while and offers a huge array of features and functions. Unfortunately, it’s only available on iOS.

Available on: iOS


It doesn’t take long to become interested in Australian birds if you spend any amount of time in the outback. It can take birds a few days to get used to you but when they do they are full of entertainment. I love them and their antics. Michael Morcombe & David Stewart’s Australian Birds eGuide helps to identify birds by bird features, taxonomy or by name. Unless you are a real bird nerd, you will search by features found on the bird. It’s quite expensive and again only available on iOS.

Available on: iOS


Most smartphones come with a number of apps already installed. Flashlight apps are very useful, especially if you want to use a coloured light in a tent. I’m also partial to mirror apps because I like to make sure my face is clean even if I am out in the muck. A compass app is also very convenient if you can’t remember which way is north.

Available on: iOS, Android, Windows


What apps do you use and can recommend to everyone else? Share your knowledge with everyone through the comments section below.

Jackson Williams

Jackson Williams has been fishing around Australia for 20 years and loves his home region of far north Queensland.