Solving Sydney Problems With Travel Apps0 Comments
Sydney can be an intimidating city — particularly if you come from more rural, lesser populated areas of Australia.
Luckily, thanks to the world of mobile apps, there are a number of solutions on hand to help solve common Sydney travel problems. After you book your Sydney hotel and get your travel arrangements in order, consider investing in one — or all — of these apps. The following discusses a range of brilliant apps to help solve a handful of issues regularly faced by visitors to Sydney!
The Traffic Problem
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing Sydney at peak hour, you know Sydney traffic can be painful. It can sometimes take over an hour to get from one side of the CBD (central business district) to the other, which is only a couple of kilometers in length. However, if public transport is your nemesis, there are plenty of apps that offer real-time traffic updates. Two of the top ones include Snarl Traffic and Live Traffic NSW. With up-to-the-minute traffic data, Snarl is great for planning as well as making a quick decision — as you often have to do in Sydney traffic.
It’s a great help for making a decision on alternative routes too, but the use of this feature depends on your existing knowledge of the city. It is also limited to NSW’s east coast, which is fine if you’re sticking to the city. If you’re going more regional, Live Traffic NSW is probably a better solution. Live Traffic NSW draws on data provided by the Transport Management Centre (TMC). The cool thing about this app is that it also gives you access to live traffic cameras, so you can check things out for yourself.
The Public Transport Problem
Public transport in Sydney consists of a complex web of train lines and bus routes that can make navigating the city a stressful ordeal. However, transport info is covered by Transport NSW’s extensive library of apps, including Arrivo Sydney, Triptastic and TripView. All of the info is real time and incredibly accurate. Arrivo Sydney allows you to track your bus or train, find bus stops and stations, know when to disembark and find out where to buy a bus ticket.
Triptastic is a consolidated app that provides info on buses, trains and ferries. It lets you know how to get there from your current location, making it a handy app to have if you get lost! TripView is a timetable app that lets you view full schedules for all transport services. The timetable viewer also works offline.
The Winter Weather Problem
Sydney’s temperamental winter climate can mean extreme weather and possibly four seasons in one day. Although it may be sunny when you walk out the door in the morning, by noon you could be facing torrential rain. It’s hard to keep up! Luckily, instant weather updates are available from the likes of Pocket Weather Australia and Weatherzone Plus. Pocket Weather AU uses weather data from the Bureau of Meteorology. It’s known for its accuracy, ease of use and rain detector. Weatherzone Plus is another good option, which also relies on data from the Bureau. It offers more detail and more frequent updates than Pocket Weather AU, but the rain radar isn’t as great.
The “Where Do I Start?” Problem
Sydney is a happening city, and the biggest problem for tourists is sometimes knowing where to start. When in doubt, seek advice. Luckily enough, there is a myriad of apps to help you out. One of the coolest new apps out there is Sydney’s Living History by food and guidebook writer Sally Hammond. It gives you info around 130 places in Sydney that you may walk past without so much as a glance.
If you want to have a truly authentic Sydney experience, refer to The Thousands City Guide. This app is based on an online magazine that is written by a bunch of influential locals about all things “cool” in Sydney. Find out where to drink, where to go, where to shop and what to see.
About the Author: Sarah McIlroy is a Sydney insider and guest blogger. Originally from Auckland, she chose to move to Sydney several years ago because of its culture.
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