We are switching on the first 150 Wi-Fi hotspots in our national Wi-Fi network today.

Across the country, Australians will be able to trial free Wi-Fi at some of Australia’s busiest and most iconic locations including Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne, Hyde Park in Sydney and King George Square in Brisbane as well as in many regional towns and cities across Australia

More than 100 towns and cities will benefit from the roll out of the hotspots before Christmas.

The launch of the first Wi-Fi hotspots is an exciting milestone in achieving our ambition of providing Australians with one of the world’s largest Wi-Fi networks.

We want customers to have greater options for connecting when they’re out and about. From browsing the web, checking emails to sharing photos with friends and checking their social networks, we want customers to have a taste of what the network will be like next year, when Telstra Wi-Fi members will be able to use their home broadband allowance at the hotspots.

Today we are also confirming the next hotspot locations set to go live ahead of Christmas, bringing the number of trial sites to 1000. We have selected towns, regional hubs and holiday destinations where we know people will be spending time this holiday season.

Underscoring the national reach of the program, Wi-Fi hotspots will soon be switched on in communities including Katherine in the north, Byron Bay in east, Launceston in the south and Margaret River in the west.

The first Wi-Fi trials will be located at payphone sites in the heart of local communities in metro and regional areas as well as holiday hotspots, focusing on parts of the communities where people congregate and spend time. In future, Telstra-built hotspots will also be located at Telstra retail outlets and exchange buildings.

Access to Wi-Fi will be free at the 1,000 trial sites until the network officially launches early next year.

We are looking to switch on more than two million hotspots across the nation over the next 5 years giving our customers the best Wi-Fi experience in and out of the home.

To login:

  • Find your nearest hotspot.
  • Once you are in range, find ‘Free_Telstra_WiFi’
  • Accept T&Cs and begin using the free Wi-Fi