Thirst For Sydney: App With A Connected Approach

8 December 2014

For less than the price of a cup of coffee you can access an insider guide to Sydney’s best neighbourhoods, tips on where to head for local food and drink, and the option to meet locals along the way!

Thirst for Sydney is a new travel app that offers self-guided tours of Sydney Harbour neighbourhoods, whilst also giving you the option to meet locals up for sharing a drink or offering some local advice.

The app features five itineraries that include maps, photos, transport timetables and walking directions – so basically all that research you did; book-marking guide books, scribbled down directions and the Google Map screenshots you frantically captured when you picked up your hotel’s free Wi-Fi are no longer needed! You can sit back, relax, and let Thirst for Sydney guide you around the Harbour City.

 Look out for this logo in the App Store

What’s different about this travel app you ask? Co-creator and writer of the app, travel writer Rob Dunlop, says he “wanted to bring together the elements of what makes for great travel – exploring neighbourhoods, indulging local food and drink, and meeting locals.”

A hybrid app with three modes of use, you can explore independently using the app for self-guided travel, as a social app to meet people, or a bit of both – meeting new people while exploring.

Who are these ‘people’ and who do you meet them? Well, let’s say Tom and he’s friends from Norway are visiting Sydney for the first time, they’re using Thirst for Sydney’s Bays of the East itinerary and are keen to have a drink at the Beach Club in Watsons Bay. Tom can use the app to send out an invite for locals to join them – anyone using the app can respond or send a private message. Even if the user doesn’t have the app open at the time, they’ll receive notifications of messages.

 Simple, clean design made with the user in mind

What do the five itineraries cover? Each of the guided tours can be taken as day trips and start and finish by ferry at Circular Quay. The routes include ‘Kirribilli Plus’ — exploring Kirribilli, Milsons Point and Lavender Bay; ‘Bays of the East’ – exploring Double Bay and Watsons Bay; ‘West of the Bridge’ — exploring McMahons Point, Balmain and Darling Harbour; Manly and Mosman Bay.

The app has even sourced insider tips from Sydney Harbour ferry masters and crew, because really, who knows the “world’s best harbour” better than these guys? You’ll get the lowdown on their favourite watering holes and spots to catch the best views.

Thirst for Sydney is available free on the App Store. It is currently available for iOS only.

Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.