Perth’s mobile developers have created a whole army of apps dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike navigate their fair city. For those looking to take a trip to Perth, here are a few of our favourite apps...
Perth City Guide
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This guide is packed with insider tips and in-the-know advice written by locals for those that want to experience the city like a local. With this guide, visitors can avoid all the tourist traps if they want and get to the real meat in Perth that was handpicked in collaboration with city locals and travel journalists. The app showcases the hottest, attractions, sights, shops, restaurants and nightlife on the easy to read offline map or by browsing the different categories. The different attractions of the city all have ratings from other users as well as descriptions and pictures. The app also allows users to plot travel itineraries so they know exactly what they want to do when they get to Perth. The Perth City Guide is available for free on the app store for Android and iPhone devices.
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Like any major city, the public transportation system of Perth can be a bit of a headache for those who are not in the know. The Transperth Timetables app takes out a good deal of the guesswork that goes along with navigating the intricacies of Perth's public transportation system. The app allows users to select how they want to get around the city (bus, subway or ferry) and then it showcases the routes of that selected mode of transportation. For users that just want to get somewhere in particular, they can input the address and the app will showcase different ways to get there. The app even allows for users to mix and match modes of transport if it gets them to their destination the fastest. A nice added bonus of the app is that it displays all the timetables for the public transportation vehicles in the city, so visitors will always know if they have enough time to grab a cup of coffee before it arrives or not. This app is available for $1.99 on the app store for Android and iPhone devices.
This app takes visitors on tours around the scenic areas in the city and the more rural areas just outside it. Visitors can walk the harbours, enjoy Freemantle Main Street, walk around Perth City Mall and skip through the surf on Scarborough Beach. The app hosts those tours and more, giving users a description of what they will see and plotting out a route to assure that app users see the city at its very best. This simple little app is a great way to get out there for some exercise while still having a fantastic time in the city. Just like the walks offered by the app, the Walkabout Perth app is available for free on the app store for Android and iPhone devices.
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While Western Australia isn't Great Barrier Reef country, it is still a popular hotspot for swimmers, divers and snorkelers. The Perth Scuba app allows users to experience the dive scene without all the hassle of having to hunt it down. It allows users to book dive courses and guided trips for the beginner diver, and tips-off the more advanced diver about some of the great dive spots around the city. App users can browse pictures of other app user's trips or share their own, check out great dive deals and see what is on special for members of the Manta Ray Club. The app also shares the weather report, so users can better plan their trips. This app is the best way for new visitors to the city to really get involved in the dive scene in Perth and they certainly will not miss out. The app is available for free on the app store for Android and iPhone devices.
Wallpaper Perth City Guide
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Are you sick of your travel guide leading you to shabby looking hotels, nightclubs or restaurants? Do you live for the aesthetic and want every place you visit to be fit for a picture? Well, the Wallpaper Perth City Guide is the travel app for you. They specialize in compiling a list of not only the best of Perth's attractions, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, but also the most visually pleasing of them. This is the travel guide for the design-oriented visitor. Visitors can browse their list of attractions, sorted into categories, and once they have found one they like, the app hosts detailed descriptions and beautiful panoramic images so users are assured of their beauty. The app also hosts a map that shows the locations of all that they highlight, and gives insider tips of the brilliant vistas hidden around Perth. This app is available for $4.99 on the app store for Android and iPhone devices.