Essential apps for expats in Sydney


####Australia’s biggest city is home to the nation’s iconic Sydney Opera House, amazing beaches and a large expatriate community.

Full of beaches, sunshine and a cosmopolitan city centre, Sydney is a city that thrives on activity.

With that in mind, we’ve selected the most useful apps to help you get the best out of the great Harbour City:

####Beat the Q

Let’s face it, waiting in a long queue for your food or coffee is hardly fun.

Beat the Q helps you avoid any long waits because you can order in advance at some of Sydney’s busiest cafe hotspots with the app. Beat the Q is especially useful if you’ve sussed your order earlier in the day, so save the precious minutes of your lunch break and get your food when you want it. A win on both counts, right?

Get it on iOS or Android

####Sydney Food Trucks

Like many global cities, Sydney’s got a bit of a love affair with food trucks.

If you’re trying to track down the van with last week’s delicious halloumi burger, look no further. The Sydney Food Trucks app gives you a real-time view of where your favourite food truck can be found that day. You can even preview the menu so you avoid last-minute indecision while making your order. If you love Sydney street food, get this app.

Download it for iOS or Android


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Plan your trips in advance with the paid app, TripView.

Popular with Sydney locals, TripView enables you to follow the latest transport updates as they happen. Get timetables and information covering a myriad of transportation options such as ferries, buses, Metro and more. With this information at your fingertips, planning your journeys should be a simple task.

Purchase TripView on iOS or Android

####Party With A Local

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Get a Sydney insider’s perspective on the hottest places to sample around the city.

Party With A Local isn’t just an in-phone guide. Forget your travel-guide recommendations and hear it direct from someone who has lived it. This app partners you up with a real-life Sydney local to experience what it’s really like to explore the party and entertainment scene of the city. It’s another way to discover city, with a knowledgeable guide, and potential new acquaintances along the way.

Available on iOS or Android

####SurfStitch Surf Check


If you like to take to the waters, SurfStitch provides up-to-the-minute information about coastal conditions.

The paid app provides in-depth detail like ocean water temperature, wind conditions, locally produced surf-reports and a UV-index so you’ll be in prime position to assess how you’ll make it to the beach that day. It’s handy whether you’re hoping to catch some waves, or some sun-rays.

Buy SurfStitch Surf Check on iOS or Android



When you want food, but can’t make it to the restaurant to collect, Deliveroo steps in.

Order from some of your favourite places and have the food come to you instead. Simply order on your smartphone, and a Deliveroo dispatcher will deliver it direct to your door. Easy peasy and delicious too.

Get it on iOS or Android

####Pocket Weather

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The Pocket Weather app is ideal if you a brief summary or detailed breakdown of Sydney’s weather because the forecast isn’t always a smiley-faced sunshine emoji.

Loved by users, the app contains information such as an hourly weather breakdown up to a week in advance and customisation features so you can hone in on the stuff you need to know.

Download Pocket Weather on iOS or Android

####Australian Slang

You know you’ve really immersed yourself in the culture of a place when you can roll off the slang like a seasoned local.

The Australian Slang app helps you do just that. It has a comprehensive listing of phrases and words unique to Australia, so whether you’ve been baffled at some conversation you’ve heard or want to drop a few phrases into your speech, this app will help.

Available on iOS and Android

####Walking the Rocks

Explore the history and culture of one of Sydney’s Rock local area with this guide app.

Walking the Rocks shows you the history behind the famous waterfront area of Sydney through a walking tour. You can visit particular point of interest and use augmented reality to see what the area looked like before. Walking the Rocks is a great way to learn more about an important part of Sydney’s past and understand why it’s still a revered place today.

Get it on iOS and Android

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