An Interactive Guide to Public Toilets in Australia


An Interactive Guide to Public Toilets in Australia

Traveling requires planning. Where do you want to go? How will you get there? Where will you stay? What will you eat? These are the obvious questions we ask ourselves when planning work trips or beach holidays. But what if I told you there was a crucial question that many forget to ask? Not answering it may well leave you down in the dumps.

Do you see where this is going?

As someone who travels a lot for InterWorks’ growing Australian business, the question of “Where am I going to take care of another kind of business?” is important to keep in mind. A little foresight might mean the difference between comfortable dunny (Australian for “restroom”) and embarrassment. That inspired me to create a data visualization to help others traveling in Australia avoid a terrible fate.

Tableau Your Toilet

Using Tableau as my data visualization tool of choice and open datasets made available by the Australian government, I was able to map all known public toilets across Australia. Each orange mark represents a public toilet, and you can see info for each, such as handicap accessibility or whether you have to pay for use, by hovering over the mark with your mouse. If you’re looking for toilets in a specific state or city, try using the filters at the top-right of the viz.

That’s all there is to it. Hopefully, this Tableau viz helps you find the perfect commode on your next Australian trip.

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