The tickets are booked, your hotel awaits and that giant St George’s wig just about fits in the suitcase. You’re off to the Ashes Down Under! Yes, we’re all very jealous. But instead of holding grudges, Mobilephones.com wants to do its part to make your Ashes holiday even better.
So here’s our list of the best apps to compliment the ultimate cricket getaway. Enjoy!
Note: This article assumes you’ve your phone set up for use abroad. If you haven’t yet, check out our guide for cutting your phone bill in Australia.
The QLD Megafan app for iPhone is the only guide you need for all major Queensland venues – and the Gabba is no exception. This app goes way beyond info for matches and events. You can find your seat, the nearest toilets and even the closest bar. And when the stomach starts to grumble you can check out the Gabba food and drinks menus, all from your iPhone.
It’s got the essentials covered too. From the nearest ATM to the quickest way home, QLD Megafan has it covered. The only problem with this app is it’s exclusive to iOS.
For Android: try Brisbane TransLink Planner
For Windows Phone 8: Brisbane (by gjsalot)
Sadly, there’s no specific app for the Adelaide Oval. It’s a shame, especially considering the redevelopment work going on. An informative app would go down a treat with all the recent changes, however the city itself boasts a guide application that’s getting a lot of praise.
Adelaide City Guide and Map by Tripomatic couldn’t ask for better reviews. Listed as one of the best travel apps of 2012 by The Next Web, the Tripomatic guide lets you plan your stay in one of Australia’s major cricket cities – all from your phone.
Search local sight and attractions, explore the interactive map and create a custom itinerary with contacts, open hours and other essential information. It’s a great app, no doubt. Just head to the Google Play store to see what the BBC, the Independent and others have to say.
For Windows: Adelaide Guide
Perth’s WACA Ground also misses out on a dedicated app, which we don’t like to see for one of the Ashes host venues. Much like Adelaide though, Android offers a quality guide to help you get the most out of Perth.
The best thing about this app is it operates entirely offline, which means you don’t have to worry about roaming fees. Okay, so it’ll take up more memory than most applications but that’s a small price to pay for a catalogue of offline info – including a Perth city map and a collection of mini guides from locals and leading journalists.
It’s a handsome little app too. It operates well and a “My Trip” tab lets you plan and save travel itineraries, which you can later share on Facebook and Twitter.
For iPhone: Go Adelaide
For Windows: Perth Guide
Much like the QLD Megafan app, the MGC app lets you find your seat, the nearest loos and places to grab a bite to eat. There’s travel advice too, including live car parking updates, if you’re with friends or car hiring. Otherwise, there’s public transport info with local bars and restaurants along the way.
A really cool feature for groups, or meeting people over there, is that you can get social with the MGC app. You can check into the venue and even find your friends using the Melbourne Cricket Ground app.
For Windows: Journey Planner VIC
At a first glance, the SCGT app looks much like the Melbourne Cricket Ground app. You get access to transport information and updates from the SCGT news page. In truth, that’s about all you get. While this is the best app out there for Sydney’s prime cricket venue, it’s not the wealth of information or features available from MCG.
It’s still a good app mind and definitely a worthy companion for any SCG trip. Besides, at least the Sydney Cricket Ground has a dedicated app – unlike some (cough, cough!).
For Windows: Sydney Travel Guide
For any Aussie Ashes trip there are some essential apps that always come in handy. So why not download some of the following before you jet off?
The ABC app is spot on for national news or you search for local news apps, just in case anything major comes up, like weather or travel news that might affect your trip.
XE currency converter gives you live rates for all those Aussie dollars and tells you what it means in real money.
Trip Advisor is always handy for reviews and info on sights, attractions and more. Download the app for a wealth of other people experience and knowledge in your own pocket.
Got any app recommendation for an Ashes trip Down Under? If you’d like to see anything added to the list let us know in the comment section below.