Internet on the go: How to access WiFi when travelling Australia

If you’re planning a summer trip around Australia, you don’t need to sacrifice a reliable internet connection – even if you’re camping or going off-grid. Sometimes you need to stay online when holidaying, be it to catch up on some work, to watch some Netflix in the caravan, or to just make sure you’re not stranded without access to maps, banking, or booking details.

Thankfully, there’s so many choices out there for connecting to WiFi when travelling throughout Australia, just in case you’re after internet on the road.

Internet for travelling: The best WiFi for holidays

There’s plenty of choices out there for if you’d like to use data when away from home, and we’ve got several options for you in this article. But just briefly, here’s some quick solutions to your holiday internet woes:

The above three options are your best bet for getting some decent internet while you’re at camp or relaxing in the caravan, unless there’s free WiFi at your campgrounds or in your accommodation. If you’re unsure which connection is right or you, we’ll be going through each option and outlining some of the best plans available.

Just make sure there’s a good mobile network signal where you’re travelling. If you’re unsure if coverage is available, check your provider’s website for more information. You don’t want to be out of range, otherwise you won’t be able to get online.

Mobile broadband plans for the holidays

Mobile broadband should be one of your go-to options if you need WiFi on the move. Essentially, mobile broadband is an internet connection that relies on the same 4G, 3G (and sometimes 5G) network signals used by your smartphone. Getting connected is easy, and generally all you need  is a SIM card which can be slotted into your phone, tablet, WiFi dongle, or laptop if a slot is available.

There’s no phone number attached to these SIM cards, so calls and texts aren’t included – you’re paying solely for data (and whatever other bonuses your provider offers, such as data-free streaming or hotspot access). You can find mobile broadband plans below.

Telstra Mobile Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Telstra mobile broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Extra Small

  • SIM only plan – pay upfront via AutoPay
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • No 5G access
  • Share your data with up to 10 plans across your account

min. cost $15 over one month

5GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
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Small

  • SIM only plan – pay upfront via AutoPay
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • No 5G access
  • Share your data with up to 10 plans across your account

min. cost $25 over one month

30GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
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Medium

  • SIM only plan – pay upfront via AutoPay
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • 5G access included
  • Share your data with up to 10 plans across your account

min. cost $55 over one month

75GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
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Large

  • SIM only plan – pay upfront via AutoPay
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • 5G access included
  • Share your data with up to 10 plans across your account

min. cost $85 over one month

400GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Vodafone Mobile Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Vodafone mobile broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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10GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $20 over first month

10GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Cost^^/billing period

Link to provider unavailable

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40GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $40 over first month

40GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period

Link to provider unavailable

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100GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $60 over first month

100GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Cost^^/billing period

Link to provider unavailable

View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Amaysim Mobile Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of  published Amaysim mobile broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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SIM Only 7GB

  • SIM Only

min. cost $15 over 28 day billing period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period

Link to provider unavailable

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SIM Only 50GB

  • SIM Only

min. cost $40 over 28 day billing period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period

Link to provider unavailable

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SIM Only 90GB

  • SIM Only

min. cost $60 over 28 day billing period

90GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Cost^^/billing period

Link to provider unavailable

View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Southern Phone Mobile Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Southern Phone mobile broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Extra Small

  • SIM Only

min. cost $180 over 12 month plan period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
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Small

  • SIM Only

min. cost $300 over 12 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
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Medium

  • SIM Only

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
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Large

  • SIM Only

min. cost $780 over 12 month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Big data phone plans for travelling

A relatively simple solution to your holiday data woes could be to upgrade your phone’s data plan, and use a mobile hotspot to connect your devices. Telstra, Optus and Vodafone all offer ‘unlimited’ data on postpaid mobile plans in addition to a monthly high-speed data allowance. This ‘unlimited’ or endless data is going to be speed-capped: depending on your plan or provider, these speeds may be limited to 1.5Mbps, 2Mbps, 10Mbps or 25Mbps.

If you’re concerned about accidentally going over your plan inclusions, this might be something worth considering, although there’s plenty of other smaller telcos offering big data inclusions to consider. You could just switch your number to another provider, or buy a new plan all together, and just use its data. You can find plans in the table below.

The following table shows a selection of SIM-only postpaid plans with a minimum of 40GB data on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of their standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our tool for simple mobile phone plan comparison to easily compare plans from a range of providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

The following table shows a selection of SIM-only prepaid plans with a minimum of 40GB data on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of their standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our tool for simple mobile phone plan comparison to easily compare plans from a range of providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Home wireless broadband plans for the holidays

An alternative solution to your internet woes is a home wireless broadband plan. Using 4G, 3G, and (from selected providers) 5G networks, home wireless broadband gets you on the internet with a wireless modem. The catch is the modem needs mains power, and you’ll need to be in range of a mobile network to connect.

Quite simply, this type of internet needs its own power, which could be an issue if you’re travelling remotely. However, an advantage it has over mobile broadband is that data limits are typically larger, and might work better for you if you’re doing large downloads or constantly online.

Home wireless broadband could be the right choice for you if you’re staying in a holiday home, in a caravan with mains power, or taking a generator with you. You can find a range of home wireless broadband plans below.

iiNet Wireless Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published iiNet home wireless broadband plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of their standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Home Wireless Broadband Liimitless Plan

  • Up to 20Mbps speed
  • $0 set up fees and no lock-in contract
  • $0 premium WiFi modem
  • Special offer: one month plan fees free. Terms apply.

min. cost $59.99 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

TPG Wireless Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published TPG home wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Home Wireless Broadband Unlimited Plan

  • Up to 20Mbps speeds
  • $0 setup fee with no lock-in contract
  • $0 home wireless modem
  • Special offer: First month plan fees free. Terms apply.

min. cost $54.99 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $54.99Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Optus 4G Home Internet Plans

The following table shows a selection of Optus 4G Home Internet plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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4G Home Internet Lite 200GB (24 Months)

  • Includes: B818 Modem
  • Cost of 1MB included data is $0.0003
  • Available in selected areas

min. cost $1,416 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
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4G Home Internet Lite 200GB (Month-to-Month)

  • $216 upfront modem cost for B818 Modem
  • Cost of 1MB included data is $0.0003
  • Available in selected areas

min. cost $275 (incl. $216 modem cost) over first month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
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4G Home Internet Everyday 500GB (24 Month)

  • Includes: B818 Modem
  • Cost of 1MB included data is $0.0002
  • Available in selected areas

min. cost $1,656 over 24 month plan period

500GBMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
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4G Home Internet Everyday 500GB (Month-to-Month)

  • $216 upfront modem cost for B818 Modem
  • Cost of 1MB included data is $0.0002
  • Available in selected areas

min. cost $285 (incl. $216 modem cost) over first month plan period

500GBMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Southern Phone Wireless Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Southern Phone wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Home Wireless 50

  • $79 upfront WiFi modem
  • Optus 4G wireless broadband network

min. cost $1,279 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
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Home Wireless 70

  • $79 upfront WiFi modem
  • Optus 4G wireless broadband network

min. cost $1,759 over 24 month plan period

500GBMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Tangerine Wireless Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Tangerine wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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200GB Plan

  • Optus 4G Plus Network coverage
  • Optional modem from $259.90 upfront
  • Special offer: $59.90 per month for first 6 months, then $69.90 ongoing

min. cost $59.90 over first month

200GBMax Data**/billing period $69.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
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500GB Plan

  • Optus 4G Plus Network coverage
  • Optional modem from $259.90 upfront
  • Special offer: $69.90 per month for first 6 months, then $79.90 ongoing

min. cost $69.90 over first month

500GBMax Data**/billing period $79.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
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1000GB Plan

  • Optus 4G Plus Network coverage
  • Optional modem from $259.90 upfront
  • Special offer: $89.90 per month for first 6 months, then $99.90 ongoing

min. cost $99.90 over first month

1000GBMax Data**/billing period $99.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Link to provider unavailable
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Find accommodation that provides its own internet

One more thing you can try – which may be the easiest option if you want a no-fuss way of getting online – is finding accommodation that provides its own internet, typically through a WiFi signal. There’s no guarantee that your campsite will have an internet connection available; there’s also no guarantee that your connection will be all that fast or reliable. However, it’s definitely worth looking into before you book a spot or hit the road.

Here’s a quick rundown of popular Australian campsites that offer WiFi:

  • Dunk Island View Caravan Park, QLD
  • Eden Gateway Holiday Park, NSW
  • Camp Elim, NSW
  • Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park, SA
  • Gracetown Caravan Park, WA
Via pitchup.com

How do I use my internet while I’m travelling?

Each one of the above options is slightly different in how they operate, but overall they achieve the same thing – getting you online. Whatever broadband type you opt for, you can connect through your device or computer’s internet or network settings, just as you would for home WiFi. Before you do this though, check the following:

  • For using data from your phone plan, and for mobile broadband plans used through phones, use our hotspotting guide.
  • For home wireless broadband plans, make sure your modem is plugged in, and you have the required password.
  • For WiFi available in your accommodation, make sure you check costs, data allowances, and get the required information such as passwords and terms and conditions.

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