Let’s talk about BIG

Straight to the point I'll get straight to the point, then add a little history. While Bay Islands Guide is completely free to download and use, there are costs involved in keeping the system running. If you can donate to help us cover development and running costs, please do. But remember, it is in no way mandatory. A little history Bay Islands Guide was born in April of 2014 as a paid app (costing $1.99), where it saw 7 uses in the first month. As word of mouth spread, the usage quickly grew. Within a year we had reached almost 3500 trips planned per month. Fast-forward to July 2017 when we made the app completely free to download and use, the usage started to spike. By September 2017 we were seeing almost 8,000 trips planned per month, and we reached a milestone of 150,000 trips planned in total. Present Day As of December 2018, Bay Islands Guide is used to plan around 35,000 to 40,000 trips every month. As of this writing, it has been used 562,487 times to hel…
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Internet Radio for the SMBI

In 2016, we started a project. We wanted to bring Internet Radio to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. Unfortunately, life and other commitments got in the way, and Bay Islands Radio was put on the back-burner. Recently, we were given the chance to resurrect the project, to help the Friendly Bay Islander realise their dream of a radio station. With 10 years experience in Internet Radio, we started work on a platform that can be shared by many radio stations around the world, enabling them to reach larger audiences. The end result, is Bay Islands Radio and RadioFBI, both running on a software platform that was designed and developed on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. Not only that, the Android and iPhone apps that can be used to tune in, are also made here. You can get the Bay Islands Radio app in the Google Play Store, with the iPhone version still in development, due to be released in the near future. Also, users of our Bay Islands Guide app now also have o…
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Bay Islands Guide v5.0 for Android

Here at Bay Islands Info, we pay attention to what our Bay Islands Guide users say. We've been reading your app reviews and comments, and have implemented a few new features we think you're going to love. As well as reading your app reviews and comments, we've taken notice of what islanders ask for most frequently on Facebook. New features for the 'Ferry Planner': Completely redesigned, easier to read 'ferry results' screen - now with a route map! You can now see what time you will arrive at each stop - great if you're meeting someone on another island on the way to the mainland. A 'previous ferry' option is now available - a much requested feature. The ability to call a taxi - if your destination island has a taxi service, we've made it simple to call them to make a booking. Real-time ferry data - Still in BETA, but will soon be able to show you the ferry you are planning to catch is running on time or not. New features for the 'Business Directory': …
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Farewell 2017

As we say goodbye to 2017, here are a few updates and highlights: Bay Islands Guide Our little island app 'Bay Islands Guide' has been experiencing fantastic growth in user base, and plays a significant role in making island life easier. In 2017, we helped plan 82,315 ferry trips, with 81,034 of those planned using BIG, with an astonishing 14,444 of those planned in December alone (our biggest month yet!). But its not all about ferries.. BIG was used to search for local businesses 1581 times, with turn-by-turn directions being requested 382 times. We currently have 76 active listings in our Business Directory and we expect it to continue to grow throughout 2018. As we move into 2018, we have many exciting plans on the horizon, with the addition of Local Events and Local News to be included in BIG. Announcements During 2017, we made some pretty large announcements. We released our Bay Islands Info wallpaper pack, consisting of several high quality photographs…
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BIG is getting bigger!

Over the years Bay Islands Guide (BIG) has been gaining momentum, with more and more users installing it on their phones to make island life that little bit easier for themselves. When initially released in April 2014, BIG was only used 7 times to search for ferry times. This quickly changed however, with over 700 searches being done in May 2014. As the weeks and months went by, more and more people came to see how quick and easy our little app is to use, and the monthly ferry trips planned using BIG climbed. By March 2015 we started to see around 3500-4000 searches per month, with this trend continuing through until around July 2017. In July 2017 we added a whole bunch of new features to the Android version of our app, released some bug fixes, and even made the app FREE. At that point, the numbers really started to pick up! By November 2017 we had reached a new milestone - over 10,000 searches in a single month (10,590 to be exact). We would like to take this o…
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Bay Islands Guide reaches a milestone

In early 2014, we developed and released the very first version of Bay Islands Guide. It was born out of the frustration of there being no way to look up ferry times for the SMBI in a quick and easy fashion on your smartphone. Originally only release for iPhone, Bay Islands Guide was an instant local success, with around 1500 trips being planned using the app per month. Over the years, we've added other features, such as our local Business Directory, and even Go-Card balance checking. It wasn't until May 2016 that we would release our first ever Android version of Bay Islands Guide. We picked up quite a few new users, and our monthly ferry searches increased to around 3000-3500 per month.. not bad for a little island app! Fast forward to August 2017: We continued to design and implement new features.. new features which we thought would benefit from having as many users as possible. So, on the release of Bay Islands Guide v4.0 for Android, we made the app FREE for ever…
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Bay Islands Guide 4.0.0 BETA

This is a pre-release BETA version of Bay Islands Guide. It is a work in progress, and may contain bugs. Although all due care has been taken, this version isn't very well tested, and could possibly beat you up and take your lunch money. New features that are being tested are: 1) Push notification categories - Allows you to subscribe to getting certain types of notifications. 2) Location reminders - Allows you to mark (among other things) where you parked your car, allowing you to find it easier next time. If you don't want to deal with potential bugs, please don't get this version. But if you want to help us in developing this app, please get this version and test it for us, and give us any feedback. Remember, this is a very early beta version, and things are likely to change a lot, before its finished. You will need to uninstall the Play Store version of this app before installing the beta. Don't worry, you still own and can reinstall the Play Store version in the f…
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Free Wallpaper Pack

Are you tired of having the same old desktop wallpaper on your computer? Do you want to see beautiful local scenes on daily basis? Well, look no further. Today we are releasing the first version of our FREE "Bay Islands Info Theme" for Windows computers. Simply download it and double click the file to add 16 locally taken photographs to your computer, and set them as the desktop wallpaper. By default, the theme will automatically change wallpapers at a regular interval. Here is a sample of the wallpapers included in version 1.0:   You can download the wallpaper pack here: PLEASE NOTE: The images in this 'theme pack' are for personal use only. They are not to be used for commercial use without prior permission from Bay Islands Info.
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Local pastel artist recreates a 4 Islands Festival moment.

Recently, we were contact by Jo-Anne Keirnan of Macleay Island Art Supplies. She requested permission to use one of our photographs of a Quandamooka didgeridoo player to do as a pastel. We of course said "YES!". So here it is, the completed pastel, shown side-by-side with the original photograph. We think the work is outstanding! What about you? Move the slider side to side to see the differences
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