Australia like most countries these days has every need for VPN use from data retention to accessing blocked content from abroad.
If you’re an Australia resident or just living or travelling through Australia then it can be extremely difficult to find out which is the best VPN for Australia and if you’re like me then you’ve probably been left frustrated wondering which to select and if you already selected one and it wasn’t up to the job then the wasted money can be even more of an issue.
In this guide I’ve been testing some of the most suitable providers for Australia which should hopefully give you a starting point on which provider to choose or if you prefer doing your own research then this guide will point you in the direction of the VPN providers you should be aware of.
So let’s find out which is the Best VPN for Australia in 2016.
Best VPN for Australia
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IPVanish is without a doubt the best VPN provider for Australia for a massive variety of reasons.
One of my favourite features of the service is their support for Australia and if you live or are travelling there then you’ll definitely appreciate their extensive network.
Australia has two locations covered with both Sydney and Melbourne being home to the Australian based servers.
IPVanish has 31 servers in total in Australia with 29 in Sydney so there is plenty of choices and if one server is heavily in use there are a wealth of other options available.
If you want to tunnel outside Australia then servers in New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and host of other Asian locations are available.
IPVanish also cover most other locations in North America and Europe so if you want to stream restricted content from services such as BBC iPlayer and others then you’re in luck.
IPVanish cost just $6.49 per month if taking an annual account so it’s not a price that will break the bank and a 7-day money back guarantee ensures if you’re unhappy with the service then you can get your money back.
Best VPN for Australia 2016
If having access to the most amount of servers is your goal then ExpressVPN is definitely a contender to take this title.
With servers in over 87 countries, they’re one of the biggest providers in terms of locations available.
Australia is covered with servers in Sydney and Melbourne so there is plenty of access for the whole of Australia.
As with IPVanish if you want to access services outside Australia or avoid Australian data retention laws then there is plenty of choice across the world with many local servers including New Zealand and throughout Asia.
ExpressVPN costs a little more than IPVanish at US$8.32 per month but it does have the additional bonus of coming with a massive 30-day money back guarantee giving you a full month to see if the service is suitable for your needs. If not then simply get yourself a refund.
VyprVPN comes in as a third option for using in Australia and like the providers above have an extensive world network.
One of the best features of VyprVPN is while they have servers in both Sydney and Melbourne like the two providers above they also have a third option in Perth. If you live on the west coast then this will be a big selling point for you as you’ll get the best speeds from a local server.
Along with the other providers the usual selection of worldwide connection points are available allowing you to watch region restricted content or access other services not available in Australia.
VyprVPN along with the other providers above offer software for Windows and Mac and apps for both Android and iOS which make getting connected extremely easy.
Within just a few clicks you can be connected to any server and either have your privacy protected or access blocked services.
For privacy purposes the very lowest tier account from VyprVPN isn’t suitable because it only allows you to connect using PPTP which isn’t secure so you’ll need to opt for their slightly higher mid to top range packages.
Overplay are a VPN service that has recently improved dramatically in the past few months and are now well worth a look if you’re interested in a VPN service for Australia.
They currently only have servers in Sydney but there are 29 servers available so the whole of Australia is well catered for as long as you don’t mind connecting to Sydney.
The software for both Windows and Mac has recently been redesigned which makes connection really easy. Unfortunately there are no mobile apps as of yet but Overplay did tell me they are in production so it’s possible they have been released by the time you read this article.
Like the earlier listed providers there is a large range of worldwide servers available too which makes accessing services outside Australia or circumventing Australia data retention laws a possibility.
Overplay only offer a 5-day money back guarantee but it should be enough for you to test the services. They cost $8.33 per month if taking a yearly service or $9.95 if you pay on a monthly basis.
VPN.ac round up the Australian selection and they are a provider you might not have previously heard of but surprisingly they make for a very good choice for Australia.
Like most of the other providers listed they offer servers in Sydney and Melbourne but also have a splattering of servers around the world. In the last year or two they’ve grown quickly to now include 20 different countries.
If you want to protect your privacy by connecting outside Australia or watch services from the US, UK and some of the other more popular ones then the VPN service will be ideal.
VPN.ac currently have software for Windows and Mac and an app for Android. If you’re an iOS user then you’re out of luck unless you want to set it up yourself but if you’re a beginner then you’ll probably want to look at some of the earlier services.
The best feature about VPN.ac is the speed of their network. Being a smaller provider a lot of their servers are underutilised and the speed benefits are evident.
Summary: Best VPN for Australia
There are numerous reasons for VPN use in Australia but my favourite provider is definitely IPVanish as they cover the majority of purposes that you’ll need a VPN for. However, if they don’t tick the boxes that you need then it’s worth taking a look at the other available providers too.
Data retention is a big deal in Australia and every URL you visit must be stored and logged by using a VPN service and tunnelling out of Australia you can avoid this.
A VPN will also allow you to access Australian services such as Stan or access services from other countries like the US or UK and watch content that otherwise wouldn’t have been available.
With prices costing under US$10 for most services they won’t break the bank and the privacy they will bring or services they’ll enable are well worth it.
To recap on the available options check the table below.
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