So far the road trip is going so well. The kids are singing, there’s hardly been any bickering, the sun is shining, the traffic is light, we’ve got snacks and tunes and a holiday to get to. But then I hear it….

Kid: “Muuuuuuum, I need a wee!”

Mum: “Seriously, we literally left home about 10 minutes ago! Didn’t I tell you about a hundred times to go before we left?”

Kid: “Yes, and I did go….but I need to GO again!”

Dad: “Ok, all good kid. Hon, just pull off at the side of the road!”

Mum: “You crazy! It’s a 10 lane freeway with cars rocketing past at 100 kays!”

Kid: “Hurry, I’m busting!!”

Mum: “Harumphhhhhh!”

Finding That Elusive Toilet On A Road Trip

Sound familiar? Finding a toilet on a road trip, whilst on some desolate country path or in the middle of a bustling highway is my WORST! And inevitably, once we set off again after the toilet visit, another kid decides they now need a pee, or worse…a no.2! Oh, the insane stress!

But I’ve recently discovered that there is a glorious solution – something called The National Public Toilet Map – which has been created to save marriages and parent-child relationships across the land.

Don’t Get Stuck Without A Loo

The National Public Toilet Map, which lists over 19,000 toilets across the country, is the key to finding a toilet on a road trip and means there is no need to get stuck without a loo while you are travelling or out and about.

But it’s not only kids that struggle with long stretches of time without a toilet close at hand. The National Public Toilet Map has also been designed to support the millions of Australians living with continence-related issues by providing them with a real time, reliable map of public toilets across the country.

Hunt for More Toilets

The Continence Foundation of Australia believes there could be thousands of regional toilets across Australia that are not on the map and is asking for help to hunt down Australia’s regional public toilets!

“There are small towns, bigger regional areas, parks and service stations, not to mention new builds of community centres and play areas that are coming online all the time. We are keen for people to share local knowledge to support Australians living with continence issues,” said Rowan Cockerell, CEO of the Continence Foundation of Australia.

People living with a variety of health conditions, expectant or new mothers and the elderly can all be living with incontinence but the toilet map is also an asset to families with young children, grey nomads and day trippers alike.

“The fear of not having access to toilets in public can restrict, and even stop, people from leaving their home for everyday activities,” said Ms Cockerell.

Join The Great Dunny Hunt!

The Foundation is asking those who are out and about across the regions, whether on family holidays, road trips, weekends away or those who just want to help people out, to register the location of regional public toilets on The National Public Toilet Map through www.toiletmap.gov.au or on the App, available on Google Play or the App store.

The Great Dunny Hunt kicks off on Thursday 1 April and runs until Sunday 20 June, 2021. Upload the details of regional public toilets on www.toiletmap.gov.au and go in the draw to win one of three $500 Eftpos vouchers.

What do you do when the kids (or you) need the toilet on a road trip? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • What a fabulous idea…the problem is finding a clean toilet


  • We try and stop whenever we can!


  • We try stop whenever we see a fast food restaurant. It’s mostly my daughter that needs all the wee breaks.


  • Honestly it’s always last minute and there’s never time to much around finding a toilet half the time. This map sounds like a brilliant idea!


  • I guess when you gotta go, you gotta go. If you need to go beside a tree, so be it.


  • We do frequent stops. Although we prefer a proper toilet, we go in the bush when needed


  • This is the hardest thing for me.But i always remind them to go toilets where ever we stopped.


  • LOL so many places in Tassie could do with more loos- good to know there’s a national list.


  • I use an app lol bunnibgs are a great stop


  • By the side of the road!


  • Thanks for sharing this, it will be handy when we attempt to drive to qld in 3 weeks! We’ll now also keep an eye out for extra toilets to add to the map


  • We would have just pulled over and had him wee near a tree or by the car!


  • I have had the AP on my phone for the past 4 years, I wouldn’t take a trip without it


  • We just stop regularly for toilet and coffee and stretching the legs and make sure everyone goes.
    I once traveled in China with a friend. It was a 3day train trip and my friend decided not to eat and drink other than here and there 1 sip and 1 bite, so she wouldn’t have to use the toilet on the train as they’re totally gross….


  • For younger kids you can take a potty! Makes it easier for everyone. Plus always put a towel under them incase of an accident!


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