Apps you must have in Sydney

May 12 , 2021 by: Tash Boudville

Are you planning on taking a trip to Sydney, Australia? Do you want to make your trip run smooth as possible? Do you want to know if there are apps for your phone to help you, as an expat or nomad, get around Sydney? I have just the thing for you.

In this article, I will provide you with ten must-have apps to help you with your trip. Not only can these apps get used in Sydney But also apps that work throughout Australia.

1. Time Out Sydney

If you are an iPhone user, this is a great free app for expats and nomads looking to make the most out of their trip to Sydney. What is Time Out Sydney? Time Out Sydney is a location-based search for planning your activities now or later. 

Time Out Sydney provides everything from the editors suggested food and drink places, shopping, kid-friendly activities, and provides an easy booking for tickets and reservations.

2. The Sydney Morning Herald

If you like reading newspapers, like to know what’s going on in the area, and like using the daily crossword puzzles, this app is for you. Not does the Sydney Morning Herald app alert you of the breaking headlines. But also it is paperless, and you can read it wherever you want.

The Sydney Morning Herald is available for both Android and iPhone users. This app will cost you nothing for downloading.

3. Uber

Uber has slowly become more popular over the years. If you’re not familiar with what Uber is. Uber is an app where services including food and package delivery, private transport, freight transportation. You’ll come upon both Uber and UberEats when going through the iPhone app store. But I recommend downloading both. They are both free anyway.

The Uber app gets used to transport you, your friends, and even strangers to the requested destination/s. Although, the UberEats app gets used to deliver food from the local spots around Sydney to you.

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4. Shopback

Never heard of Shopback? Shopback is an Australian app for getting money back on your shops. This app is great for expats or nomads who plan on shopping majority of their trip in Sydney. I mean, who does not want to get money back off their shopping spree?

The great thing about this app is it has cashback options for many major retailers like Adidas, Coach, and Myer. Shopback provides money back for smaller retailers and many travel companies too. This app is free to all iPhone and Android users.

5. TripView Sydney

If you plan on using public transport as your source of getting around Sydney, I recommend downloading TripView Sydney. This app displays the Sydney public transport timetable data on your mobile device. However, you must either have an iPhone or Andriod to download this free app.

TripView Sydney is great for expats and nomads that show your next services for the following services. Sydney Trains (Sydney metro area only), Sydney and Newcastle Buses, Sydney Ferries, and Sydney Light Rail.

6. Sydney Food Trucks

If you love street food and food trucks, you must get this app. The Sydney food trucks app provides you as an expat or nomad the schedule of upcoming locations for the many food trucks in Sydney. This app also provides notifications when food trucks are serving near you. The app displays the many Twitter and Instagram pictures of the food served and even shows you the full menus.

This app works for iPhones or a phone that has google play to download this free app.

7. Hey You by Beat the Q

Hey You by Beat the Q is a good app if you are in a rush for time or hate standing in queues. What you, as an expat or nomad will do, is find the place you would like to order from and place the order with your exact pickup time. They will make sure that your order is ready when you are.

This app can help you discover new cafés, restaurants and give you the ability to view their menus. Hey You by Beat the Q is free for both iPhones and Android users.

8. TripAdvisor

No matter where you are in the world, The TripAdvisor app is highly recommended. It is a good app for expats and nomads looking to build their Sydney itinerary. The TripAdvisor app is the ultimate travel planner and is easy and free to use. Using this app will give you access to every traveler review of their experiences in the area.

They could review anything to do with traveling, from flights and even reviews on things to do. They also look at rentals, restaurants, and cafes. TripAdvisor is free for both iPhone and Android users.

Sydney Harbor, photo by Wim Kantona on Pixabay

9. Duolingo

As an expat or nomad, it can get daunting to visit a foreign country. And even worst when you cannot speak the native language. The English language gets used all around the world. And it would be best to learn some English phrases before heading over. A great way you can learn English is using the app Duolingo. You can select the genre you want to know, for example, food or gestures. You can also choose the level you want to learn at, and you can even learn other languages.

Duolingo is a good tool for language phrases. But it is also a fun way to educate yourself and feels more like a game than a class. This app is free for both android and iPhone users.

10. Airbnb

If you, as an expat or nomad, are looking for budget-friendly accommodation sites. Airbnb has got you covered. Airbnb is the online marketplace for short-term renting of properties to travelers. 

Airbnb is a fun way to communicate with the locals of Sydney and is a relaxing place to stay at the end of the night. This app is free for both android and iPhone users

And a Bonus App…

11. Menulog

Do you know what Menulog is? Menu log is an online food delivery service, kind of like UberEats. Menulog will send delivery drivers to collect and drop your food off to you. It also has a nifty feature that gives you an estimated delivery time. The app also gives you a notification when your food is on its way. 

Menulog is free for both android and iPhone users



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