Journey SA

Project Info

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Team Name

The Nightwatch

Team Members

Andrew , Paul , Dhruv Divekar , Andrew Lelos

Project Description

Welcome to Journey SA: Where every exploration becomes an unforgettable adventure!

Our innovative travel app is designed to transform your South Australian journey into a personalised experience like no other. With the tagline "Because the Journey is as important as the destination," Journey SA takes travel planning to new heights, allowing you to uncover hidden gems, embrace spontaneous detours, and create memories that last a lifetime.

Key Features:

  • Personalised Adventures: Journey SA leverages the power of AI and machine learning to curate a travel experience tailored just for you. Whether you're a go-with-the-flow wanderer or a meticulous trip optimiser, Journey SA adapts to your preferences.

  • Smart Recommendations: Powered by Google Maps and the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW), Journey SA suggests handpicked attractions, landmarks, and activities along your route. Every recommendation is a curated gem, enhancing your itinerary with South Australia's unique charm.

  • Real-Time Insights: Stay informed with real-time weather updates from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). Adapt your plans on-the-go, ensuring a comfortable and safe journey, rain or shine.

  • Flexible Exploration: Choose your method of travel—walk, ride, or drive—and Journey SA will adjust recommendations to suit your pace. With route optimisation, you'll make the most of your time at every stop.

Envisioning the Future:

In a 48-hour hackathon sprint, we've only scratched the surface of what Journey SA can become. Given more time, we envision integrating additional datasets such as the SA Trip Planner Heatmap data, State Emergency Service REST API, Earth Nullschool real-time weather app, Country Fire Service RSS FEED, Trails SA, and Fisheries SA. This expansion will take Journey SA from an exciting innovation to an indispensable travel companion.

Join the Journey:

We invite you to join us in redefining travel in South Australia. With Journey SA, the exploration starts from the moment you begin planning. Uncover new horizons, embrace unexpected detours, and make every journey as captivating as the destination itself. Because in South Australia, the adventure is endless—and so is Journey SA's potential.

#travel companion #personalized adventures #ai-powered recommendations #machine learning integration #smart exploration #route optimization #travel themes #method of transportation #community enrichment #local tourism growth #business model innovation #user experience (ux) #travel planning #local discoveries #outdoor escapes #must-see landmarks #spontaneous travel #itinerary optimization #relaxation spots #business travel #short stops #sustainable tourism #technology integration #market trends

Data Story

Data Story: Elevating South Australian Travel Experiences through Data


The Journey SA app is born out of our consensus that it would be awesome to enhance South Australian travel experiences by harnessing the power of data. This "Data Story" sheds light on the key datasets that propelled Journey SA to become a personalised travel companion that celebrates the journey as much as the destination. By leveraging data from Google Maps, ATDW (Australian Tourism Data Warehouse), and BOM (Australian Bureau of Meteorology), we've transformed travel into a series of engaging and memorable adventures.

Data Sources

  1. Google Maps APIs: In the limited time available, we focused on integrating two key features of Google Maps APIs: Places and Geocode. These features lay the foundation for suggesting locations, mapping waypoints, and pinpointing attractions along the journey. With more time, we could explore additional features to enhance the navigation experience further.

  2. ATDW Utilisation: It's important to note that Google Maps integrates with ATDW, a government-provided dataset, under the hood. This collaboration enriches Journey SA's recommendations with a wide array of attractions, landmarks, and activities across South Australia.

  3. BOM (Australian Bureau of Meteorology): Real-time weather conditions are a pivotal part of travel planning. By integrating BOM's data, we provide travellers with up-to-date weather forecasts, enabling them to make informed decisions and ensure a comfortable and safe journey.

Data-Driven Insights

  1. Personalised Exploration: The synergy of Google Maps APIs and ATDW data results in personalised travel experiences. Users can explore South Australia at their own pace, discovering local treasures that align with their interests.

  2. Route Intelligence: Google Maps APIs enable us to optimise routes and break durations based on real-time travel data. This intelligence ensures that travellers enjoy seamless journeys while making the most of their time.

  3. Weather-Infused Adventures: By incorporating BOM data, we enhance travel preparedness. Travellers can adapt their plans based on weather forecasts, turning unforeseen changes into opportunities for exploration.

Envisioning the Future

With a 48-hour hackathon timeframe, our current implementation is just the beginning. Given more time, we envision incorporating additional datasets to enrich the Journey SA experience further:

  • SA Trip Planner Heatmap Data: By integrating heatmaps, we can provide users with insights into popular travel routes and destinations, enabling them to make well-informed decisions.

  • State Emergency Service Data: Incorporating the State Emergency Service REST API would empower travellers with real-time safety information and guidelines, ensuring secure journeys.

  • Earth Nullschool Data: Real-time weather information from Earth Nullschool would add another layer of precision to our weather forecasts, enhancing traveller confidence.

  • Country Fire Service Data: Integration with the Country Fire Service RSS FEED would keep travellers informed about fire safety and advisories, especially crucial during South Australia's hot seasons.

  • Trails SA and Fisheries SA: By tapping into Trails SA and Fisheries SA data, we can offer outdoor enthusiasts access to hiking trails and fishing spots, amplifying the app's appeal to adventure seekers.


Journey SA's data-driven evolution is a testament to our commitment to enhancing travel within South Australia. By combining data sources from Google Maps, ATDW, and BOM, we've laid a strong foundation. As we expand our horizons to encompass more datasets, we're poised to redefine how travellers experience South Australia — where the journey, powered by data, is indeed as important as the destination.

Evidence of Work



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Team DataSets

Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Description of Use We use the bom feed for weather information around the POI's

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Australian Tourism Data Warehouse

Description of Use This data set is leveraged by google maps api in the context of our application.

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Google Maps

Description of Use Google Maps uses a plethora of available data sets from around the world. More specific to our use case is the ATDW (Australian Tourism Data Warehouse). Given the 48 hour time frame this was the quickest way to POC

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Challenge Entries

Increase visitor expenditure through Smart Tourism

How can we use digital technology to "upsell" to visitors to South Australia by uncovering additional attractions and experiences and/or extending their stay?

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