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RAA Rest Stop Locator App

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Published March 25th 2016
Driver reviver
It's the month of short weeks and long weekends. School holidays are just around the corner too and families all over the state are planning their trips away from home.

Australia open road kangaroo
The open road (©paula mcmanus)

The RAA have developed a very helpful free app - the RAA Rest Stop Locator.

The app is perfect to help you plan your trip. Before leaving home, you can see the best spots to stop for a break. The app provides information on the facilities available at each Rest Stop.

one way outback road
Australian outback road (©paula mcmanus)

You're able to search by highway, area or your current location. It will also show if the area has toilet, picnic table, BBQ or shade.

At present, the app lists more than 500 rest stops within South Australia. There are plenty of choices for you to take that break when driving on the state's country roads.

australia outback dirt road
The Australian outback (©paula mcmanus)

Another very useful app is the National Public Toilet Map. Also free for download, it is a more specific app that gives you toilet locations all around Australia.

The RAA recommends that drivers take a break every 2 hours and spend at least 15 minutes outside of the car - walk around, have a drink or something to eat, do something other than driving. Fatigue is the major cause of serious casualty crashes on South Australian road, it's so very important to rest often. The Rest Stop Locator App can help you plan those breaks so that everyone arrives at your destination safe and sound.

The RAA Rest Stop Locator can be downloaded from the iPhone App Store or at

Clare Valley
Clare Valley, South Australia (©paula mcmanus)

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A good find! Thanks for sharing Paula.
by Jenny Prior (score: 3|4274) 2616 days ago
Wow, you're a font of information. This is good to know. I also checked out your other article on the toilet maps - very helpful to know.
by Janice Williams (score: 3|1221) 2557 days ago
The notifications of safe stops for car resting areas is definitely needed.
The Govt. needs to make more to. There is a lot in comparison to those for cars. There would probably be a lot less accidents. Drivers would have somewhere safe to swap drivers too.
by r.eng (score: 2|999) 1145 days ago
This is a wonderful idea. In many areas there is parking for trucks only.
In some areas it is several hours between towns and the soil off the edge of the road is not suitable to park on. You would definitely get bogged if you did. Most towns have public toilets or some at petrol stations. I know toilets have to be maintained but we need some at some of the road stops too, even if they are "long drop" or otherwise known as "pit" ones.
by r.eng (score: 2|999) 396 days ago
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