GPS for rental car in Australia: options

Old Apr 2, 18, 4:22 pm
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GPS for rental car in Australia: options

I guess one option is to rent a GPS when renting a car (we are renting a car from Budget in Hobart for 1 week from April 17).

I wonder if one can load a program for Australia into a North American GPS - we have both a Garmin and a Tom Tom.

I wonder if there are other options?

Maybe use our Canadian cell phone?
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Old Apr 2, 18, 4:38 pm
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Its hard to get lost in Tassie!

Most GPS's can load other software, but check with your software / device supplier.

You would need to get a local Au SIM card, unless your Canadian phone has roaming. Google map will give directions.
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Old Apr 2, 18, 4:48 pm
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You should be able to load maps for other regions onto your GPS....if it supports such updates. I bought a "free lifetime maps" Tom Tom and switch between Australian, US and Europe maps routinely....
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Old Apr 2, 18, 5:05 pm
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I always pick up an Australian SIM, with some cheap data.

Besides maps when driving, I have maps when walking, and all the stuff you get from the internet- restaurants, sightseeing, address looks ups, texts, emails, etc, etc.

The ONLY caveat is in the outback where there is no cell service. I loaded aus maps on my hand held magellan explorist 510/
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Old Apr 2, 18, 5:06 pm
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Depending on your cell phone, options for offline directions could include Google Maps and Here Maps. Both have the ability to download and use offline maps.
But as commented, it is hard to get lost in Tasmania!!!
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Old Apr 2, 18, 8:22 pm
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I just use my phone. I used to take a GPS when traveling but now that AT&T allows me unlimited data for $10 a day, I just use it as I would at home.
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Old Apr 3, 18, 2:13 am
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Download Google Maps offline before you depart a Wifi signal. Sorted.

Or ask a nice Tasmanian along the way.
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