Brisbane is starting to become a hub of free wifi hot spots. Over the last couple of months I tested out some of these hot spots with my computer.
When you first login to a free wifi spot you will need to be patient and accept the conditions (usually a webpage will pop up). I have found this may take one to ten minutes, depending upon the popularity of the area and the time of the day.
The best wifi spot would be the Brisbane City Council main library (Brisbane Square). I was able to surf the web, read email and use social media for about half the day until I was blocked.
I have heard the The State Library of Queensland wifi would come in a close second. There are plenty of comfy chairs and study spots which makes it a popular location with university students during the school term.
The David Jones wifi was also good. Although I had to try a couple of times to login before I was accepted. Target was excellent although I am now signed up to their mailing list. I couldn't get on the Westfield network.
If you are hungry and don't mind eating and working then many cafes around Brisbane are starting to offer free wifi. The only downside is that you'll need to be a legitimate customer and ask for the password (which may change frequently).
Brisbane City Council has announced some new hot spots, so you can find free wifi in these locations:
James Street and the surrounding New Farm Caxton Street and Petrie Terrace South Bank to the CBD
Fortitude Valley mall
- And twenty-two parks and public spaces.
The government's Stay Smart Online website (www.communications.gov.au) recommends that you take care when you use free wifi and avoid sending sensitive or personal information over any untrusted networks.
Great and informative article. When I come to Brisbane in April I will hopefully be able to use the wifi. And if you hadn't heard of Telstra free wifi then it's good that Sempe mentioned it below. I haven't heard much about Telstra free wifi either.