WiFi & Mobile Access

The need to have, or to get away from, WiFi and mobile phone (cell phone) access while on holiday causes many a lively discussion. In remote regional Australia, providing access can also be challenging. For those who need to stay connected, or simply enjoy it while traveling, here is a summary of WiFi and mobile access at Australia’s luxury lodges.

Arkaba, Flinders Ranges, South Australia:  WiFi is available in the library and guest rooms.  Given the intimate nature of Arkaba, usage of mobile phones, laptops, ipads etc is discouraged in the indoor and outdoor public areas. There is mobile access at the homestead (though not necessarily elsewhere on the property).

Bamurru Plains, Top End, Northern Territory: There is no internet, WiFi or mobile coverage at the property.

Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales: Complimentary WiFi and internet are offered. There is no mobile phone coverage at the property.

Cape LodgeMargaret River, Western Australia: Complimentary WiFi access is offered in all rooms and public areas. There is no mobile phone coverage at the property.

Crystalbrook Lodge, Northern Outback Queensland: is very isolated however telephone is available for limited guest use by landline (no mobile reception).  Similarly limited satellite internet use is available.

El Questro Homestead, The Kimberley, Western Australia: El Questro Homestead offers a shared computer with complimentary internet access. Wireless broadband is available in guest public areas. Please note there is no mobile phone coverage at El Questro.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan ValleyBlue Mountains, New South Wales: Complimentary wired internet and WiFi access is offered in all rooms and public areas. There is no mobile phone coverage at the property.

Lake HouseDaylesford, Victoria: Complimentary WiFi access across the property. There is good mobile phone coverage with Telstra & Optus. However, there is no coverage with Voda-Phone.

Lizard IslandGreat Barrier Reef, Queensland: Offers a WiFi hotspot. There is no mobile coverage on the island.

Longitude 131, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Northern Territory: Complimentary WiFi access across the property. There is no wired internet access. There is mobile phone coverage with Telstra Next G and Vodafone. Telstra has the best coverage at full 3G speeds.

Pretty Beach House,Bouddi Peninsula, New South Wales:  Complimentary WiFi access across the property as well as mobile coverage with most providers. There is also a guest laptop.

qualia, Hamilton Island, Queensland: Complimentary WiFi access across the property. There is good mobile phone coverage with Telstra, Optus and most other phone service providers.

SaffireFreycinet, Tasmania: Complimentary wired internet and WiFi access across the property. There is mobile phone coverage with Telstra being the most reliable. There is no Optus phone coverage. Coverage can be patchy with other phone service providers enroute to Saffire.

Sal SalisNingaloo Reef, Western Australia: There is no internet, WiFi or mobile coverage at the property.

Silky Oaks LodgeThe Daintree, Queensland: Has excellent  Wi-Fi and mobile phone reception. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in and around the main lodge.

Southern Ocean LodgeKangaroo Island, South Australia: Complimentary WiFi and internet are offered. There is limited mobile phone coverage by Telstra or a Telstra affiliated carrier at the property.

Spicers Peak Lodge, Scenic Rim, Queensland: Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in all areas of the property, including the Private Lodges. There is mobile coverage with Telstra, although a little patchy in some areas.

The LouiseBarossa Valley, South Australia: Complimentary WiFi access across the property and complimentary wired internet access in each guest room. There is good mobile phone coverage with Telstra and Optus and most other phone service providers.

True North (North Star Cruises)The Kimberley, Northern Territory: There is internet access, and Wifi coverage throughout the ship. However as this is accessed via ship’s satellite – which is quite a bit more complicated than accessing a satellite from a land based or stationary position – there is a nominal charge for use. Mobile phone coverage depends on where the ship is, but in remote areas, is very limited.

 

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