Apps – there’s millions out there, but which ones stand out amongst the rest and are most useful to 4WDers? We’re well and truly into the digital age and owning devices such as smartphones and tablets are the norm. They can be a huge asset to the 4WDer out on the tracks, where you are able to access such things as the internet, apps and GPS navigation at the touch of
a button.

Some apps are great, some are ‘OK’ and some are just downright terrible! So how do you know which ones are the pick of the bunch and which ones to avoid? We’ve done all the hard work for you and picked five apps that we think are the most essential for when you’re out hitting the local tracks or taking off on that adventure of a lifetime. You’ll definitely wanna have these five apps on your phone!


With the biggest and most comprehensive list of camp sites, caravan parks, day stops, points of interest, and info centres, you’d be mad not to have this app for when you’re away on a trip! It’s constantly updated by users and best of all, it works offline; you’ll never get lost and you’ll always be able to find a campsite. It even shows you a photo of each campsite, so you can see if you like the look of it before you get there. At just $7.99, this app is definitely an essential for the 4WDer.


The VMS Map Explorer app is the first offline 4WD navigation app. It uses real-time 3D topographical maps generated from NASA’s Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, so you know it’s gonna be good. It includes 2,500+ maps available to download with the option to purchase more down the track. At just $99.99, it’s one of the best value for money 4WD navigation apps out there.


Ever wanted a simple yet effective 4WD navigation app? Then Mud Map is for you. It’s the perfect app for a weekender or an epic outback adventure. You don’t even need internet or phone reception to use this app. It runs off your GPS which is inbuilt into your device, and Australia wide map coverage means you can explore with confidence. It’ll cost you $125 for iOS and $99 for Android devices, but trust us, it’s well worth it.


Want an app that shows your vehicle’s angles of pitch and roll, and one that warns you when you’re approaching a potentially dangerous angle? We suggest you download 4×4 App. It helps you avoid dangerous situations while off the black-top. At a mere $1.49 for iOS and $1.23 for Android devices, it’s an essential app for the off road addict.


When travelling our country, you’d want to know about an emergency or disaster that may affect you and your trip, right? The Emergency Aus app is definitely an essential to have on your device, as it alerts you of incident information issued by official agencies across Australia. And, it’s absolutely free! If you don’t already have this app, we suggest you get it right know; you never know when it may help you out on the tracks.

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