Complete Guide to Australian Sim Card 

October 10, 2023

Heading down under to Australia, are you? We’re a tad envious! It’s a land of thrilling adventures, stunning coastlines, and those adorable kangaroos, guaranteeing you an absolute blast. But before you embark on your Aussie journey, don’t forget the nitty-gritty stuff, like sorting out your data plan while abroad! If you haven’t locked that down yet, our buddy Shaked is here to walk you through all the SIM options for your Australian escapade. Let’s dive right in!

Oh, and here’s a little bonus tidbit before we dive in – if your phone is eSIM-ready, you can enjoy calls and internet connectivity in Australia without the need for a physical SIM card. Pretty intriguing, right? We’ll delve into this virtual SIM option a bit later, so stay tuned!

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Where to Purchase a SIM Card in Australia?

Planning your trip Down Under and wondering where to score an Australian SIM card? It’s a question that often crosses travelers’ minds, and we totally get it. The last thing you want after touching down in a new place is to feel disconnected, frantically searching for free Wi-Fi or hunting down a local SIM provider.

Lucky for you, there are a couple of convenient options:


      1. Purchase an Australian SIM Card Online: Thanks to modern technology, you can effortlessly buy an Australian SIM card online. Activation is a breeze – simply scan a QR code, and you’re all set. If you want more in-depth information on this method, you can read up on it [here](link to more info).

      1. Acquire a Physical Australian SIM Card in Stores: If you’re more of a hands-on traveler, you can opt for the traditional approach and visit a physical store to secure your Australian SIM card. These stores are strategically located, often at airports or within the city where you first land. It’s as simple as that!

    Get a Head Start with a Virtual SIM for Australia

    Back when I traveled to Australia, there weren’t any devices that could handle a virtual SIM, so I had to wait until I arrived to sort out my SIM card.

    However, things have changed today, and you can now purchase a virtual SIM card for Australia online. This means you can hit the ground running as soon as you touch down at the airport, with the freedom to browse, make calls, and send texts right away

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    An Overview of Domestic Sims for Australia 

    If you’re someone who prefers to make your purchases in person or your device doesn’t support eSIM, you can still purchase a SIM card when you get to Australia.

    The downside, of course, is that you’ll have to be without connection or calls until you find free WiFi. In Australia, you can buy SIM cards at stores like Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone. These shops can be found at certain airports, and in city shopping centers, among others. 

    Here’s a breakdown of Australia’s SIM card providers:


    One of the first options is to buy a SIM card through Telstra. This company has packages that are suitable for tourists and can be filled at a variety of shops throughout Australia.

    There are short, medium, and long-stay plans, ranging from 2GB of data for use within 7 days, to 65GB for use within 28 days.

    All plans include unlimited calls and messages to Australian numbers as well as access to 4G and 5G networks. If you use the My Telstra app, you can set up automatic renewal of your chosen plan.


    Your other option is a company called Optus. They have an entire section in their services designed for prepaid customers. So if you visit Australia, you can purchase their Optus Flex plans, offering options from 7GB for 7 days, 30GB or 40GB to use within 30 days, and even options for annual subscriptions.

    All their packages include unlimited calls and messages to Australian numbers. This SIM card also has access to a 4G network, but you can choose to pay a higher amount for a 5G network.

    How much do local packages cost in Australia?

    There are plenty of plans that will be available to you in Australia from one of the local providers, some of which I mentioned here, and accordingly, the price range is relatively wide. However, Australia is considered relatively expensive when it comes to communication compared to other destinations. 

    Therefore, prepare yourself to spend around $60-$80 for plans for a single month.

    If you plan to stay there for a while, then there are options for packages that are valid for six months to a year that range in price from $200 to $400.

    If you still can’t find a plan that’s right for you, check out eSIMple’s eSIM plans.

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    eSIM for Australia – The Cheapest & Most Reliable Solution

    If you travel a lot, I highly recommend checking out eSIMple’s eSIM. This digital SIM card is revolutionizing the way we stay connected abroad. Offering affordable plans tailored to your trip duration and data needs, plus great customer service, and the simplest installation process, eSIM makes your life easier. 

    The Advantages and Disadvantages of Virtual SIM Cards

    Here, I’ll share with you all the pros and cons of traveling with an eSIM. 


    Instantly Connect – The whole set-up process with eSIMs happens in a matter of minutes. All you have to do is download the app, choose your plan, and activate the package by scanning a QR code. Boom! It’s that simple. By purchasing your plan ahead of time, you can be connected to the internet and make calls as soon as you land in Australia. 

    Save Money – An eSIM from eSIMple saves you a lot of money, as it’s far cheaper than local companies.


    Not All Devices are Supported – As mentioned earlier, virtual SIM cards are only available on the newest generation of smartphones. Make sure your device supports the system before purchasing. 

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    FAQ About SIM Cards for Australia

    What if I have a problem with my eSIM?

    If you buy an eSIM through eSIMple, their helpful customer service team is always available by phone or email. 

    How do I get a SIM card for Australia?

    Through online stores like eSIMple, you can simply go to the website, select your destination, and then complete your purchase to get a virtual SIM for Australia. You can also buy a physical SIM card once you arrive in Australia.

    What are the popular mobile companies in Australia? 

    Currently, Australia has two main cellular companies – Vodafone and Optus. 

    Why should I buy a SIM card for Australia?

    A SIM card, physical or virtual, is a must for anyone going on vacation or traveling. A SIM card abroad allows you to stay in touch with your loved ones throughout the trip, without having to rely on free WiFi spots.

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