Australia is known for being an expensive place to travel, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be costly to stay connected. I have looked at the best providers to prevent further haemorrhaging to your wallet.
There are Three network providers in Australia,Optus, Telstra and Vodafone. There are also a bunch of smaller companies that resell the network of these three, which are usually cheaper and offer a better deal.
Where to Buy?
Australia requires mobile network customers to collect ID before activating new SIM cards, so take your passport when you go to the store.
However, our top recommendation Amaysim have bypassed this step with an online activation system, meaning you don’t need to verify your identity in store.
Top up your phone in convenience stores, newsagents, supermrkets. All of the big providers will be able to top up at these common places.
Telstra has the widest coverage, covering even remote areas. it’s best to check the mobile network coverage maps as some telcos have better coverage than others. You can find the mobile network coverage maps here: Telstra, Optus, Vodafone.
Telstra and Optus is somewhat better in remote areas. Unless you intend to remain in a capital city, it is important, therefore, to get a sim card from Telstra or Optus or a smaller telco which is hosted by Telstra or Optus.
Usable free Wi-fi is relatively rare, even in many hotels.
So, Which is the Best SIM card for Australia?
For most visitors, we would recommend going with AmaySIM, but for anyone heading to more remote areas, Telstra offer the widest coverage.