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Optus Australia Review: Awesome But Not Flawless (+Speedtests)

Back in 2019/2020, I was supposed to stay in Australia for a year.

Unfortunately, things were cut short due to the pandemic.

While I intended to stay in Taiwan for only a month until my boyfriend's mom would go back home again (she decided to come to visit for just two months… and the apartment was too small for the three of us), I was in Taiwan for an entire year.

Yeah… that escalated quickly. Australia was closed off, and Europe, where I am from, was crazy.

Taiwan was kind enough to let me stay longer than my visa-exempt status would typically allow me to stay (90 days – but that was extended to 840 days if I wanted to 🤯 (read: had the savings, lol)), so I decided to stay.

And that may have been the best decision I had made in the 2020s century (the Dutch government arranged a flight back home… but I declined it).

The year spent in Taiwan allowed me to test the six Taiwanese SIM cards extensively… and I have taken that experience and applied it to any other country I visited afterward.

You see, before Taiwan, I did not do extensive testing with the SIM cards I wanted to review.

I did a few speed tests here and there, used only one SIM card as my main one, and I was done

But after Taiwan, I upped my game (because I did tests at more than 100+ locations in nine counties) so that you can make a solid decision when buying local SIM cards.

As a result, I tested seven Australian SIM cards, including Optus, and five travel eSIMs to be used here.

Btw, I wrote an Optus review back in 2020. You might have read an excerpt of it if you came from Google. You are not missing out – the review was subpar 🗿.

I went to six different cities across five states.

I did more than 120+ speed tests with each SIM card and (travel) eSIM – going to tourist attractions and off the beaten track so that you can have a solid idea of how each SIM card or eSIM performs depending on your style of travel.

So I spent about 1000 AUD (Australian Dollar) for my Australian SIM card review series – who else is this crazy? 🤪

Optus is wholly owned by Singtel from Singapore, which is active in a few other countries as a (minority) shareholder.

In the title, I mention that Optus is awesome but not flawless.

But I cannot say something like that without (extensively) testing it against its competition.

And in the case of Australia, that would be Telstra and Vodafone Australia, but also a few Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), such as ALDImobile Australia (Telstra MVNO – speed restricted), Amaysim (Optus MVNO), Boost Mobile Australia (Telstra MVNO – speed NOT restricted) & Lebara Australia).

And as (travel) eSIMs are also becoming rapidly popular, I also tried out Airalo (Yes! Go! – can be used in Australia only & Discover Global – can be used in 85+ countries), Holafly, Nomad & SimOptions (3 HK).

Yeah… I went all out! But in this review, I will mostly focus on Optus.

Let's get started, shall we?

Optus Australia Review by Phone Travel Wiz

Original publication: 12th of April 2020 (but rewritten on the 30th of November 2022 as part of an updated and revamped review). Last updated: 2nd of December 2022.


Table of Contents

Who is Optus?

Optus Australia Logo
© Optus

Optus is the second-largest mobile operator in Australia.

It is also referred to as Yes Optus, but that is mostly by its marketing team and some staff members.

Optus is wholly owned by Singtel – a mobile operator from Singapore.

Currently, Optus has the fastest 5G NR speeds – it even won a Australia Speedtest Fastest 5G Mobile Network award.

Although not confirmed by Speedtest yet, Telstra has (unfortunately for Optus) overtaken Optus already.

But… what is a Telstra or who is that?

In Australia, you have three mobile operators and 12 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) offering prepaid services easily accessible to tourists:

  • Telstra
  • Optus
  • Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom)
  • ALDImobile (Telstra MVNO)
  • Amaysim (Optus MVNO)
  • Australia Post Mobile (Optus MVNO)
  • Belong Mobile (Telstra MVNO)
  • Boost Mobile Australia (Telstra MVNO)
  • Coles Mobile (Optus MVNO)
  • Gomo Australia (Optus MVNO)
  • Gotalk Australia (Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom) MVNO)
  • Hello Mobile Australia (Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom) MVNO)
  • Lebara Australia (Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom) MVNO)
  • Lycamobile Australia (Telstra MVNO)
  • Woolworths Mobile (Telstra MVNO)

You have many, many more MVNOs in Australia (about 40 or so), but most offer postpaid services only, or you need to order the SIM card online (which can take some time, depending on where you are).

I tested the other two mobile operators and four MVNOs while in Australia. You can read about them here: Telstra, Vodafone Australia, ALDImobile Australia, Amaysim, Boost Mobile Australia & Lebara Australia.

Buying a SIM Card in Australia Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, ALDImobile, Amaysim, Australia Post Mobile, Belong Mobile, Boost Mobile, Coles Mobile, Gomo, Gotalk, Hello Mobile, Lebara, Lycamobile & Woolworths Mobile)

Let's talk about Optus' coverage first, after these quick frequency details:

  • 2G: N/A – shut down in August 2017
  • 3G: 900 MHz – shutting down in 2024
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1), 2300 MHz (n40), & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 1800 MHz (n3), 2100 MHz (n1), 2300 MHz (n40), 3500 MHz (n78) & 26 GHz (n258)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

Here you have Optus' APN settings:

  • Name: Optus Yes Internet
  • APN: yesinternet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.


Optus Coverage + My Experience

You can have a mobile operator providing you 1 Gbps download speeds.

But it will be useless if it covers only one street in Australia.

So, how is Optus' coverage?

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How to Get an Optus SIM Card (or eSIM) & Prices

I would discourage you from buying a SIM card at airports in most countries.

Either becaue of (overly) expensive tourist SIM cards are sold there, or the salespeople jack up the prices with high “minimum top-ups” or because they simply can.

While getting a SIM card at the airport can be convenient, especially when you arrive late or need to be connected as soon as possible, it is often (way) cheaper to buy SIM cards in town.

In Australia, however, things are a bit different – there is often no harm in getting SIM cards at airports.

In fact, some airport deals are very attractive and only available there.

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Optus Plans, Bundles & Offers

Optus has four data-featured prepaid plans:

  • Optus Flex 4G (combo)
  • Optus Flex 5G (combo)
  • Optus Epic Plans (combo)
  • Prepaid Mobile Broadband Recharges (data-only for data-only SIM card)

All Optus plans can be activated on the Optus app.

Disclaimer: these were the available plans at the time I was in Australia – the offering may have changed since then (including whether 5G NR is available to prepaid customers or not). To see Optus' current plans, check out my Australia SIM card buying guide (which gets updated regularly – at least four times a year).

I will list all the prices in AUD (Australian Dollar).

To convert AUD to your currency (let's say NZD – New Zealand Dollar) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Optus Flex 4G Plans

The Optus Flex 4G plans are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Optus Flex 4G can be activated on the My Optus app:

PriceDataLocal MinutesInternational Minutes 1Local SMSValidity
1 AUD1 GBUnlimitedN/AUnlimited1 day
1.50 AUD1 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited1 day
7 AUD7 GBUnlimitedN/AUnlimited7 days
8 AUD7 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
14 AUD14 GBUnlimitedN/AUnlimited14 days
17 AUD14 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited14 days
30 AUD30 GBUnlimitedN/AUnlimited30 days
35 AUD30 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
180 AUD100 GBUnlimitedN/AUnlimited1 year
300 AUD200 GBUnlimitedN/AUnlimited1 year

1 for local use and to 50 countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Paraguay, the Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay, Venezuela & Vietnam

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the My Optus app.

Optus Australia Optus Flex 4G Plans

Optus Flex 5G Plans

The Optus Flex 5G plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Optus Flex 5G can be activated on the My Optus app:

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
2 AUD2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 day
60 AUD60 GBUnlimited 1Unlimited30 days

1 for local use and to 50 countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Paraguay, the Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay, Venezuela & Vietnam

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the My Optus app.

Optus Australia Optus Flex 5G Plans

Optus Epic Plans

The Optus Epic Plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Optus Epic Plans can be activated on the My Optus app:

PriceDataLocal/International Minutes 1Local SMSValidity
10 AUD5 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited5 days
30 AUD40 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days
40 AUD50 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days
180 AUD100 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited365 days
300 AUD300 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited365 days

1 for local use and to 15 countries:Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom & the United States
2 for local use only

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the My Optus app.

Optus Australia Optus Epic Plans

Prepaid Mobile Broadband Recharges

The Prepaid Mobile Broadband Recharges are data plans (without 5G NR access)

Prepaid Mobile Broadband Recharges can be activated on the My Optus app:

PriceDataValidity
5 AUD 11 GB2 days
10 AUD 15 GB5 days
15 AUD 17 GB7 days
20 AUD12 GB10 days
30 AUD25 GB30 days
40 AUD 120 GB30 days
50 AUD 125 GB90 days
60 AUD30 GB90 days
70 AUD 135 GB90 days
80 AUD30 GB186 days
90 AUD50 GB186 days
100 AUD 160 GB186 days
130 AUD80 GB365 days

1 sold as vouchers in select stores only

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the My Optus app.

Optus Australia Prepaid Mobile Broadband Recharges

Optus Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check

Optus top-up vouchers are sold in Optus stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Australia.

But the most convenient way to recharge (or get a (new) plan) is online or through the Optus app.

To top up your Optus SIM card, text MENU to 9999 and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Text BAL to 999 to check your Optus balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Optus app (Android/iOS).

Optus Australia My Optus App
© Optus

Optus Speed Test Results (in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Shepparton & Sydney)

Alright, now it is time to talk about the speeds you can expect with Optus after covering all the other essential topics like coverage.

But before I share my 128 speed test results in Adelaide (SA – South Australia), Brisbane (QLD – Queensland), Canberra (ACT – Australian Capital Territory), Melbourne (VIC – Victoria), Shepparton (VIC) & Sydney (NSW – New South Wales), I want to set the stage first and make a small comparison with Optus' competition.

Optus is regarded by Speedtest as the second-fastest mobile operator in Australia in Q1-Q2 of 2022.

With a median download speed of 75.27, Optus is ahead of Vodafone Australia (59.15 Mbps) but behind Telstra (81.57 Mbps).

When I arrived in Australia, 5G NR was already available to Optus prepaid customers (unlike its competition that took a bit longer).

So I have plenty of 5G NR results to share with you.

I did speed tests with the Speedtest app in six cities (although Australia has sub-cities (like the City of Monash in metro Melbourne), making the number of cities 17) across five states.

So I will go city to city, allowing you to just read the results of the city/cities/state you plan to visit.

For reference, I consider an average download speed of 25 Mbps and an average of 10 Mbps upload speed fast enough.

Preferably, download speeds should be 100 Mbps+ on 4G/LTE… but we are not there yet 🗿.

But why these averages?

A download speed of more than 25 Mbps is enough to video stream content @ 4k resolution.

Social media sites that allow for live streaming, like Facebook Live, recommend an upload speed of at least 10 Mbps.

So, that is why – but that does not mean that a download speed of less than 100 Mbps excited me 😏.

But Australia spoiled… everything slower than 300 Mbps is slow now 🤣.

Optus Speed Test Results in Adelaide (South Australia)

Flag of the city of Adelaide in Australia

Adelaide is the capital of South Australia (SA), the second-least-populated Australian state (excluding the territories), and precisely in the middle (fifth-most-populated of nine) when taking internal territories into account.

Personally, I thought Adelaide was a boring city 🗿, and my fellow Melburnians agree (and I probably pissed off some Adelaideans – I still love y'all 🫶🏿🥹).

Luckily, my stay was short because I did not want to stay longer than an extended weekend.

Anyway, I mostly stayed in the city and did not explore the rest of South Australia (I may go in the not-near future).

Flag of the state of South Australia Flag

Let's see how Optus performed in Adelaide:

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Optus Australia Speed Test Results in Adelaide South Australia

Fast speeds with Optus in Adelaide!

In fact, Optus had the fourth-fastest download speed but the third-slowest upload speed in Adelaide.

Yeah… the competition was fierce in Adelaide 🗿.

Optus Speed Test at Birkenhead National Railway Museum in Adelaide (381.95 Mbps)
Birkenhead National Railway Museum Adelaide

I had an average download speed of 147.39 Mbps and a median download speed of 92.26 Mbps with Optus: it passed the 4K video streaming test in Adelaide.

Optus Speed Test at Adelaide The University of Adelaide Campus in Adelaide (49.2 Mbps)
Adelaide The University of Adelaide Campus Adelaide

The same counts for the HD live streaming test in Adelaide – Optus had an average upload speed of 18.99 Mbps and a median upload speed of 19.42 Mbps.

Optus' slowest download speed was at Clio Cafe in Adelaide CBD (37.10 Mbps on 4G/LTE).

Optus Speed Test at Adelaide Clio Cafe in Adelaide (37.10 Mbps)
Adelaide Clio Cafe Adelaide

This was fast enough to pass the 4K video streaming test (minimum of 25 Mbps), but it still resulted Optus in being the worst performer at this location (with Amaysim, an Optus MVNO, being the second-slowest (69.87 Mbps on 4G/LTE).

Yeah… somehow the MVNO was faster than the mobile operator itself… uncommon 🤔.

When we also look at the travel eSIMs I tested, Optus was only slower than Nomad (54.95 Mbps – on the Optus 4G/LTE network).

Again… an uncommon and odd result for Optus 🥸.

Optus' worst upload speed performance was at Port Adelaide Plaza (1.50 Mbps on 5G NR), making it fail the HD live streaming test (minimum of 10 Mbps).

Optus Speed Test at Port Adelaide Plaza in Adelaide (1.5 Mbps)
Port Adelaide Plaza Adelaide

But I cannot blame Optus that much because all the other SIM cards and (travel) eSIMs I tested struggled to get an upload speed faster than 8 Mbps (with Lebara Australia, a Vodafone Australia MVNO, being the fastest (7.08 Mbps on 4G/LTE).


Optus Speed Test Results in Brisbane (Queensland)

Flag of the city of Brisbane in Australia

Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland (QLD), the third-most-populated Australian state. It is also the third-largest when taking internal territories into account.

Before I went to Brisbane, I asked some of my Melbourne friends if Brisbane was fun.

They all said Brisbane is a big country town – some even said it was as boring as Adelaide.

I can tell you that Brisbane is not boring at all – they were all liars.

I confronted one of those spreading anti-Brisbane propaganda… she told me that some other friends of her had visited the city between the time she told me about Brisbane, all saying it is actually quite fun.

She herself did not go to Brisbane in 20 years 🗿 so it may have been a boring country town in the past… but not anymore!

Anyway I mostly stayed in the city and did not explore the rest of Queensland (unlike South Australia, I would be willing to go back again, to Cairns, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast).

Flag of the state of Queensland in Australia

Let's see how Optus performed in Brisbane:

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Optus Australia Speed Test Results in Brisbane Queensland

Blazing-fast speeds with Optus in Brisbane!

In fact, Optus had the third-fastest download– and the second-slowest upload speed in Brisbane.

Optus Speed Test at Kelvin Grove Normanby Station in Brisbane (750.18 Mbps)
Kelvin Grove Normanby Station Brisbane

I had an average download speed of 176.93 Mbps and a median download speed of 130.04 Mbps with Optus: it passed the 4K video streaming test in Brisbane.

Optus Speed Test at Woolloongabba Princess Plaza Shopping Center in Brisbane (54.52 Mbps)
Woolloongabba Princess Plaza Shopping Center Brisbane

The same counts for the HD live streaming test in Brisbane – Optus had an average upload speed of 21.05 Mbps and a median upload speed of 17.26 Mbps.

Optus' slowest download speed was at Toowong Village, a shopping center in Toowong, one of Brisbane's inner suburbs (6.49 Mbps on 3G).

Optus Speed Test at Toowong Village in Brisbane (6.49 Mbps)
Toowong Village Brisbane

This was too slow to pass the 4K video streaming test (minimum of 25 Mbps).

I am not sure what was happening at this shopping center, but every SIM card and (travel) eSIM using the Telstra network had no reception at all – not even 3G.

All on the Vodafone Australia did surprisingly well, with Vodafone Australia itself having a download speed of 81.02 Mbps – the fastest result of all the SIM cards and (travel) eSIMs I tested.

It probably does not come as a surprise that Optus' slowest upload speed was also at Toowong Village (0.32 Mbps).

Optus Speed Test at Paddington Central Shopping Center in Brisbane (1.31 Mbps)
Paddington Central Shopping Center Brisbane

Only Amaysim, an Optus MVNO, Airalo's Yes! Go! Australia eSIM (on the Optus 4G/LTE network) & Holafly (on the Vodafone Australia 4G/LTE network) had a slower upload speed than Optus.


Optus Speed Test Results in Canberra (Australian Capital Territory)

Flag of the Australian Capital Territory

Canberra is the largest city in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), which, as the name implies, is also Australia's capital city.

Not Sydney or Melbourne (and certainly not Brisbane) – Canberra.

Just like how Wellington is New Zealand's capital and not Auckland… or how Toronto and Vancouver get called Canada's capital instead of Ottawa.

The Australian Capital Territory is the most-populated internal territory (ahead of the Northern Territory and Jervis Bay Territory, which often gets forgotten), but the ACT has a smaller population than any other state.

One thing I find unfortunate about Canberra's reputation is that everyone says it is boring – even the security guy at the airport asked if I thought Canberra was boring.

Honestly… Canberra is not boring at all!

Sure, it is not as exciting as Brisbane, Melbourne, or Sydney, but it is certainly pretty.

Canberra Airport used to host two international flights (after years of lobbying) from Qatar and Singapore.

The latter scrapped the flight because of COVID – the former planned to resume its Melbourne – Canberra – Doha flights in October, then December, before ultimately ditching it, unfortunately.

But I do not think you should visit only Canberra when visiting Australia… that would be disappointing 🗿.

Let's see how Optus performed in Canberra:

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Optus Australia Speed Test Results in Canberra Australian Capital Territory

Again fast speeds with Optus in Canberra!

In fact, Optus had the second-fastest download– and the third-slowest upload speed in Canberra (the former behind Telstra (568.17 Mbps on 5G NR)).

Optus Speed Test at Braddon McDonald's in Canberra (362.44 Mbps)
Braddon McDonald's Canberra

I had an average download speed of 141.85 Mbps and a median download speed of 101.25 Mbps with Optus: it passed the 4K video streaming test in Canberra.

Optus Speed Test at Canberra CBD Glass House in Canberra (36.74 Mbps)
Canberra CBD Glass House Canberr

The same counts for the HD live streaming test in Canberra – Optus had an average upload speed of 16.55 Mbps and a median upload speed of 14.61 Mbps.

Optus' slowest download speed was at my Airbnb in the Reid suburb – part of the District of Canberra Central (3.90 Mbps on 4G/LTE)

Optus Speed Test at Reid Accommodation in Canberra (3.90 Mbps)
Reid Accommodation Canberra

This was way too slow to pass the 4K video streaming test (minimum of 25 Mbps).

Only the SIM cards on the Telstra network, including Telstra itself, ALDImobile Australia & Boost Mobile Australia, had a much faster download speed (65.71 Mbps on 4G/LTE, 79.05 Mbps on 4G/LTE (fastest all the SIM cards and (travel) eSIMs I tested) & 69.19 Mbps on 5G NR, respectively).

It probably does not come as a surprise that Optus' slowest upload speed was also at my Airbnb (0.16 Mbps).

Optus Speed Test at Lyneham Jet Flight Simulator Canberra in Canberra (4.01 Mbps)
Lyneham Jet Flight Simulator Canberra Canberr

Only Vodafone Australia had a slower upload speed (0.15 Mbps on 4G/LTE).

When we also look at the travel eSIMs I tested, Optus was only faster than the Holafly eSIM (0.02 on the Vodafone Australia 4G/LTE network).


Optus Speed Test Results in Melbourne (Victoria)

Flag of the city of Melbourne in Australia

Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria (VIC), the second-most-populated Australian state (including the internal territories).

Greater Melbourne is also the second-largest city in Australia, just behind Sydney.

I may be baised because I live in Melbourne, but Melbourne is my favorite Australian city 😍.

The vibe, the way the city is set up & the attractions are why I, and especially my boyfriend, love (living in) Melbourne.

Adu from Phone Travel Wiz with his boyfriend in Docklands Melbourne Victoria Australia
My boyfriend and I in a hotel in Docklands in Melbourne – matching outfits!

Sydney is not bad either – not at all. The issue is that things are too spread out… and I thought it felt a bit too corporate 🤔.

Moreover, Melbourne has the most extensive tram network worldwide (thanks to Major General Sir Robert Joseph Henry Risson) and the largest shopping mall in the southern hemisphere – Chadstone (take that, Sydney!).

Flag of the state of Victoria in Australia

Let's see how Optus performed in Melbourne:

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Optus Australia Speed Test Results in Melbourne Victoria

Lightning fast 5G NR speeds with Optus in Melbourne!

In fact, Optus had the second-fastest download– and the fastest upload speed in Melbourne (the former behind Telstra (849.66 Mbps on 5G NR)).

Optus Speed Test at Oakleigh Melinda's Kitchen in Melbourne (842.59 Mbps)
Oakleigh Melinda's Kitchen Melbourne

I had an average download speed of 360.39 Mbps and a median download speed of 387.31 Mbps with Optus: it passed the 4K video streaming test in Melbourne.

Optus Speed Test at Broadmeadows Station in Melbourne (144.86 Mbps)
Broadmeadows Station Melbourne

The same counts for the HD live streaming test in Melbourne – Optus had an average upload speed of 36.52 Mbps and a median upload speed of 22.24 Mbps.

Optus' slowest download speed was at Akwaaba Restaurant in St Kilda (part of the City of Glen Eira in Southeast Melbourne), with a download speed of 8.86 Mbps on 4G/LTE.

Optus Speed Test at St Kilda Awkaaba Restaurant in Melbourne (8.86 Mbps)
St Kilda Awkaaba Restaurant Melbourne

This was way too slow to pass the 4K video streaming test (minimum of 25 Mbps).

Surprisingly, every other SIM card and (travel) eSIM I tested at this location, besides the SimOptions 3 HK eSIM (12.17 Mbps on the Vodafone Australia 4G/LTE network), were slower than Optus.

Optus' slowest upload speed was at Holmesglen Institute in Malvern East (part of the City of Stonnington in Southeast Melbourne), with an upload speed of 0.45 Mbps on 5G NR, making it fail the HD live streaming test (minimum of 10 Mbps).

Optus Speed Test at Malvern East Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne (0.45 Mbps)
Malvern East Holmesglen Institute Melbourne

This was quite a surprise because Optus' download speed was 115.94 Mbps.

None of the other SIM cards and (travel) eSIMs I tested were slower than Optus, with the SimOptions 3 HK eSIM being the second-slowest (1.09 Mbps on 4G/LTE).


Optus Speed Test Results in Shepparton (Victoria)

Greater Shepparton Logo
© Greater Shepparton

Shepparton-Mooroopna (not to be confused with Shepperton, Surrey in the United Kingdom) is the sixth-largest city in Victoria.

While I had nothing to do there, my boyfriend always wanted to see the museum up there (Shepparton Art Museum – SAM).

Adu from Phone Travel Wiz with his boyfriend in Shepparton Victoria Australia
My boyfriend, with his super cool sunglasses, and I on a bridge in Shepparton on our way to Mooroopna

Moreover, it was a great opportunity to test the mobile operators' and travel eSIMs' performance in regional Australia.

Shepparton is certainly not part of The Outback, but it is far from the metro area to call it regional.

But if you want to visit more exciting regional cities in Victoria, you are better off in Ballarat and Bendigo – both reachable by V/Line regional trains.

Let's see how Optus performed in Shepparton:

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Optus Australia Speed Test Results in Mooroopna and Shepparton Victoria

Decent speeds with Optus in Mooroopna and Shepparton.

In fact, Optus had the third-fastest download– and third-slowest upload speed in Shepparton.

Optus Speed Test at Mooroopna McDonald's in Shepparton (87.88 Mbps)
Mooroopna McDonald's Shepparton

I had an average download speed of 39.60 Mbps and a median download speed of 37.64 Mbps with Optus: it passed the 4K video streaming test in Shepparton.

Optus Speed Test at Shepparton Accommodation in Shepparton (16 Mbps)
Shepparton Accommodation Shepparton

The same counts for the HD live streaming test in Shepparton – Optus had an average upload speed of 10.59 Mbps and a median upload speed of 7.10 Mbps.

Optus' slowest download speed was at the sole Riverlinks Westside in Mooroopna – part of Central Shepparton (1.32 Mbps on 4G/LTE).

Optus Speed Test at Mooroopna Riverlinks Westside in Shepparton (1.32 Mbps)
Mooroopna Riverlinks Westside Shepparton

This was way too slow to pass the 4K video streaming test (minimum of 25 Mbps).

Optus was the worst performer at this test location compared to its competitors.

When we also take a look at the travel eSIMs I tested, Optus was only faster than the Airalo Yes! Go! eSIM (0.19 Mbps on the Optus 4G/LTE network).

Optus' worst upload speed performance was at the sole Woolworths supermarket in Shepparton (2.83 Mbps on 4G/LTE), making it fail the HD live streaming test (minimum of 10 Mbps).

Optus Speed Test at Shepparton Woolworths in Shepparton (2.83 Mbps)
Shepparton Woolworths Shepparton

Only Vodafone Australia was slower than Optus (1.84 Mbps on 4G/LTE).

The SimOptions 3 HK eSIM, on the Vodafone Australia 4G/LTE network, could not connect.

The Nomad eSIM, on the Optus 4G/LTE network, was slightly slower than Optus (0.87 Mbps).


Optus Speed Test Results in Sydney (New South Wales)

Flag of the City of Sydney in Australia Flag

Sydney is the capital city of New South Wales (NSW), the most-populated Australian state (including the internal territories).

Greater Sydney is also the largest Australian city (just ahead of Melbourne).

Sydney is a lovely city with plenty of things to see and do.

Adu from Phone Travel Wiz in front of the Sydney Opera House New South Wales Australia
This photo does not really need a caption, right? 🤪

But it is a rather car-centric city, making visiting multiple key attractions in one day a bit challenging.

Let alone how expensive everything is over there 🤑.

But I do love Sydney's doubledecker suburban trains – they are fun!

Let's see how Optus performed in Shepparton:

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Optus Australia Speed Test Results in Sydney New South Wales

Extremely rapid 5G NR speeds with Optus in Sydney!

In fact, Optus had the fastest download– and upload speed in Sydney.

Optus Speed Test at Surry Hills Prince Alfred Park in Sydney (913.12 Mbps)
Surry Hills Prince Alfred Park Sydney

I had an average download speed of 264 Mbps and a median download speed of 147.23 Mbps with Optus: it passed the 4K video streaming test in Sydney.

Optus Speed Test at Sydney CBD King Street Wharf Darling Harbour in Sydney (95.6 Mbps)
Sydney CBD King Street Wharf Darling Harbour Sydney

The same counts for the HD live streaming test in Sydney – Optus had an average upload speed of 30.98 Mbps and a median upload speed of 25.55 Mbps.

Optus' slowest download speed was at Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo – one of Sydney's eastern suburbs (5.54 Mbps on 4G/LTE).

Optus Speed Test at Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf in Sydney (5.54 Mbps)
Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf Sydney

This was way too slow to pass the 4K video streaming test (minimum of 25 Mbps).

Optus was only faster than Vodafone Australia (2.11 Mbps on 4G/LTE).

When we also look at the travel eSIMs I tested, only Holafly, on the Vodafone Australia 4G/LTE network, was slightly slower (5 Mbps).

Optus' slowest upload speed was at the Ribs & Burgers restaurant in Chippendale – one of Sydney's inner suburbs (4.55 Mbps on 5G NR).

Optus Speed Test at Chippendale Ribs & Burgers in Sydney (4.55 Mbps)
Chippendale Ribs & Burgers Sydney

This was way too slow to pass the 4K video streaming test (minimum of 25 Mbps).

Even then, Optus had the fastest upload speed, as every other SIM card and (travel) eSIM I tested struggled to perform at this restaurant.


My Overall Experience with Optus – Is It Any Good?

I would recommend Optus, and it would be one of my top recommendation for anyone wanting to buy an Australian SIM card.

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Australian SIM Card Reviews

As mentioned earlier, I also tried out Telstra, Vodafone Australia, ALDImobile Australia, Amaysim, Boost Mobile Australia & Lebara Australia when I was in Australia.

You should read those reviews too.

>>> Telstra Review | Vodafone Australia Review | ALDImobile Australia Review | Amaysim Review | Boost Mobile Review | Lebara Australia Review <<<

Later, I will make a comparison post of the seven Australian SIM cards I tried… but that will take a while (I have many reviews of other countries that I still need to write, so they are prioritized).

But you can still make an educated purchased after reading the Australian SIM card reviews.

ALDImobile, Amaysim, Boost Mobile, Lebara, Optus, Telstra & Vodafone SIM Cards Held by Adu from Phone Travel Wiz

I also tried out various travel eSIMs that work in Australia: Airalo (Yes! Go! & Discover Global), Holafly, Nomad & SimOptions.

You should also read those reviews.

>>> Airalo Yes! Go! Australia eSIM Review | Airalo Discover Global eSIM Review | Holafly Australia eSIM Review | Nomad Australia eSIM Review | SimOptions 3 HK eSIM in Australia Review <<<

Check out my reviews page if you want to read all the other reviews I have written, including other Oceanian SIM cards.

Australia SIM Card Buying Guide

There are 14 other SIM cards to choose from in Australia besides Optus.

I analyze and discuss them in-depth in my Australia SIM card buying guide.

Buying a SIM Card in Australia Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, ALDImobile, Amaysim, Australia Post Mobile, Belong Mobile, Boost Mobile, Coles Mobile, Gomo, Gotalk, Hello Mobile, Lebara, Lycamobile & Woolworths Mobile)

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