Like most travellers, I love a good app. They have all but replaced printed guides on my travels. Don’t get me wrong; I still spend way too much money on guidebooks I just don’t pack them in my luggage anymore. I shared some of my favourite Sydney apps on this blog last year, but I thought it was time for some new additions.
Powerhouse Museum Walking Tours
The Powerhouse Museum is Australia’s design and technology museum. The basic app comes with two free self-guided walking tours, on local suburbs Ultimo and Pyrmont: Charting 150 years of change. These are relatively short walks that cover inner city suburbs that may not be of interest to the average traveller however if you are in Sydney for an extended visit or a local you might find them a nice way to spend an afternoon.
More tours are for sale at approx A$2.50
- Sydney Observatory Walking Tours
- Sydney Heritage Pub Crawl
These two trips are more likely to appeal to visitors. I purchased the Heritage Pub Crawl tour to give it a road-test, and while I have not managed to walk the app yet, I think it’s worth the price tag. The map, photos and audio track are well done.
Check out this post from Penultimo on their experience with the Ultimo walk.
Find out more about the Powerhouse Museum website
There are 2 Blue Mountains apps in the iTunes store, one by NSW Tourism and this one put together by Scenic World. While obviously, Scenic World is trying to get you to visit their attractions (which I think you should anyway) there is indeed enough of value here to make it worth downloading. I have tested it for a few days and find it easy to use and pretty nice to look at too. Along with the usual maps and attractions lists, there are handy thinks like local transport and weather.
It’s free, and you are bound to learn some new things about the area so why not try it out.
Sydney Offline Map – True Maps
This app impressed me; it’s easy to use and quite accurate for Sydney at least. There are 12 search categories including museums and hotel, transport options, parking and shops. You can search places by type, choose between walk and drive for directions and set preferences for miles or kilometres. You can also add your own places to the map. Find out more about True Maps – only for Apple devices
Walking the Rocks
This free app offers everything you need to explore the Rocks. Walks, History, listen to stories from the past and lots more. Read more about this free app on The Rocks official web page.
Painting The Rocks Walking Tour
This walking tour app is cool. It’s an interactive tour of 20 landmarks, follow the map and view the photo of the area as it was in the 1900s. Details of the history of the buildings and the area accompany each photo. Download the free App, the iTunes store and spend a few hours discovering the historic quarter of Sydney.
So tell me, have you discovered any great Sydney apps? Please share your favourites below.
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