I was put onto this app by a mention in a recent newsletter from The Grey Nomad Times (by the way, check them out and sign up for the free newsletters if you are a ‘grey nomad’ or planning to be one). We often take the caravan away and use the ‘campers bible’ to find a good (and preferably free or cheaper) campsite – so here’s another way to find out what amenities sites close by have. The app uses your GPS if turned on or can find an approximate location by WiFi or cell phone towers nearby.
The app lists nearby camps, paid and free and lists amenities plus has comments from users who have stayed there (you can leave your own too) – some of which may be useful but I suspect some are left by caravan park owners or others with ‘an axe to grind’, so take these with a grain of salt.
There are other handy features like filters to find the amenities you want, a user forum, satellite finder for help for those to align their sat dish and camping checklists. Here’s some more info from the app description –
WikiCamps is a dynamic user generated camping app for Australia. All the sites are added, edited and shared by users like yourself! The database is constantly growing and always being updated with the latest information about sites from all over Australia.
With over 8000 listings already, join the largest and fastest growing camping app in Australia. Listings including Caravan Parks, Camp Sites, Backpacker Hostels, Day Stops, Points of Interest and Information Centres.
Each site has loads of information to help you plan your get away from activities including swimming, fishing, 4x4ing, pet rules, Wi-Fi hotspots, pricing, toilets, showers, WWOOFing, and heaps more.
You can use Wiki Camps to add and view photos from other happy campers all around Australia. So you can see what the camp site is like before you go there.
Rate sites as you go and add them to your own personal favourites list.
The app is free to evaluate for 14 days and then costs just $7.99 which we reckon is very reasonable for what it provides. Read my review and tutorial on using version 2 of the app here. EDIT: September 2016 – the cost now is $7.99 after the free trial.
Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments, Andy
Price : FREE Trial then $2.99
Size : 8.9Mb
Needs : Android 2.32