Setting up a day trip in Wollondilly will soon be as simple as tapping your screen.
An innovative new app called Dream Tap – which gathers information, directions, and price guides in one place – will launch in the coming weeks, with Wollondilly being its first subject.
The app has come about after the hard work of the Wollondilly Tourism Association, a largely volunteer organisation which counts many of the shire’s tourism operators in its membership.
Wollondilly councillor and tourism association member Blair Briggs said the app’s launch was a long time coming.
“It’s essentially the accumulation of a two-year project,” he said. “We’ve had great support from Wollondilly Council as well.
“This app will essentially be a one-stop-shop for day-trippers from Sydney or Wollongong to find everything they need about tourism in the shire.”
The app will work in tandem with a website that was launched earlier this year: Visit Wollondilly.
Cr Briggs, who runs Mowbray Park FarmStay, said the app had enormous potential to increase tourism in the shire.
He said it was important to get as many of the region’s tourism operators and businesses on board as possible, so users would have the clearest picture of the shire’s offerings.
“The app will also include a feature where people can scan QR codes at businesses and learn more information in the palm of their hand,” Cr Briggs said.
Fellow Wollondilly Tourism Association member – and former tourism and economic development coordinator at Wollondilly Council – Lyn Davey said the QR codes could provide visitors with a chance to get to know their local business owners and tourism operators better.
“You can learn about our fruit growers at our orchards, or the farmers,” she said.
“I believe having bios for our locals will be a big economic stimulus for visitors, especially in the agricultural tourism sector.”
Ms Davey said people would be more likely to spend their money with people that they felt connected to, and the app could help them achieve that.
She said the recent mural trend appearing in the shire – several artworks by Tahmoor painter Joe Quilter have been commissioned at various Wollondilly locations – could also be tied into the app.
“We can have an arts trail, where the visitors need only use the app to scan the painting and find out more about the artist and the subject,” she said.
Wollondilly Tourism Association members will receive a demonstration of the app next week, with roll-out expected soon after.