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The complete Vodafone coverage map

A breakdown of Vodafone’s network coverage including analysis of 4G and 5G coverage.

Nathan Lawrence
November 17, 2021
5 min read

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There are a few mobile networks in Australia to choose from. Telstra has two and they’re both the biggest: first-party Telstra mobile customers get the biggest network, while Telstra wholesale customers get the second-biggest network. Optus first-party and MVNO customers are tapped into the next biggest network, while Vodafone has the third largest network. You can compare the coverage of all three networks and find out which is right for you.

There’s not a whole lot of difference between these networks in terms of the percentages of the population, but that’s for 4G and there’s currently a bigger divide when it comes to 5G that’s likely to continue into the future.

Current network coverage

For anyone who owns a 3G- or 4G-compatible phone (which includes backwards-compatible 5G phones), here’s how the coverage percentages break down in terms of the four key networks in Australia:

  1. Telstra first-party network (including Boost Mobile): 99.4% of the Australian population
  2. Telstra wholesale network (Telstra MVNOs): 98.8% of the Australian population
  3. Optus 3G and 4G (including Optus MVNOs): 98.5% of the Australian population
  4. Vodafone 4G (including Vodafone MVNOs): 96% of the Australian metropolitan population

Vodafone 4G coverage map

The interactive map below lets you select between Telstra, Optus and Vodafone network providers so you can see a visual representation of their coverage across Australia. This particular map below should default to the Vodafone network and offer at-a-glance info on Vodafone’s network coverage for 4G and 3G services.

Vodafone regional network
It’s worth noting that Vodafone calls its 3G network the “Vodafone regional network”. If you’re curious about an area that may only have 3G Vodafone coverage (with slower data speeds), uncheck the ‘4G’ box in the interactive map above. The Vodafone regional network is particularly important for Australians in rural areas seeking a phone service, as they may be dependent on 3G rather than the 96% of the Australian population in metropolitan areas who can access the Vodafone 4G network.

Popular plans on the Vodafone network

If 4G is all you need right now, you can always opt for a low-cost Vodafone MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). MVNOs are providers that lease usage of the Vodafone network to provide their own services. Without the overheads of a huge network provider, you'll often find MVNOs provide cheaper plans for the same coverage. Here's a look at some of the most popular plans on the Vodafone network this week. 

Vodafone 5G coverage map

The interactive map below is the same as the one above except that it should default to the Vodafone 5G network rather than the Vodafone 4G and 3G network. You may have noticed that the default Australia-wide view of the map above showed plenty of purple to indicate Vodafone’s network coverage. It’s a lot harder to see at a national level for Vodafone’s 5G network, and that’s because the Vodafone 5G network is noticeably smaller than its 4G and 3G networks.

Vodafone 5G is already available in more than 600 suburbs in Australia with an additional 1,600 sites in the planning and design phase. Vodafone is on track to have more than 1,000 sites live by the end of 2021. That said, those sites are across Australia’s six most populous cities: namely, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra. There are also plans for Vodafone 5G coverage in other parts of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

For anyone who doesn’t live, work or play in these areas—particularly those living outside of Australia’s most populous cities—you shouldn’t bank on receiving Vodafone 5G coverage. Admittedly, the Vodafone 5G network can be accessed from any Vodafone mobile plan, so it’s better treated as a bonus rather than a certainty for those living outside of currently supported or future planned Vodafone 5G areas.

Where is Vodafone 5G available?

This list of suburbs where Vodafone 5G is currently available.

Click on your state below for a dropdown list of every suburb where Vodafone 5G is live. 

  • Bruce
  • Canberra
  • Canberra CBD
  • Capital Circle
  • Hall
  • Parkes
  • Phillip
  • Abbotsbury
  • Annandale
  • Annangrove
  • Arcadia Vale
  • Artarmon
  • Ashfield
  • Auburn
  • Balgowlah
  • Banksmeadow
  • Bankstown
  • Baulkham Hills
  • Belfield
  • Bella Vista
  • Belmont
  • Belrose
  • Beverley Hills
  • Blacktown
  • Botany
  • Bondi Junction
  • Breakfast Point
  • Burwood
  • Cabramatta
  • Cameron Park
  • Canterbury
  • Carlton
  • Carrington
  • Castle Hill
  • Casula
  • Chatswood
  • Chippendale
  • Condell Park
  • Dee Why
  • Denham Court
  • Double Bay
  • Dulwich Hill
  • Eastgardens
  • Eastlakes
  • Eastwood
  • Edensor Park
  • Edgeworth
  • Emerton
  • Epping
  • Fairfield Heights
  • Freshwater
  • Granville
  • Greenacre
  • Gregory Hills
  • Guildford
  • Haymarket
  • Homebush
  • Homebush West
  • Huntingwood
  • Hurstville
  • Jamisontown
  • Kellyville
  • Kensington
  • Kingsgrove
  • Lane Cove
  • Lindfield
  • Liverpool
  • Maroubra Junction
  • Mascot
  • Mayfield
  • Merrylands
  • Merrylands North
  • Miller
  • Miranda
  • Mona Vale
  • Moore Park
  • Morisset
  • Mosman
  • Mount Annan
  • Mount Ousley
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Newtown
  • North Parramatta
  • North Ryde
  • North Sydney
  • Northmead
  • Parramatta
  • Peakhurst
  • Pennant Hills
  • Petersham
  • Punchbowl
  • Pyrmont
  • Quakers Hill
  • Queanbeyan
  • Redfern
  • Riverstone
  • Rooty Hill
  • Rose Bay
  • Rosehill
  • Roselands
  • Ryde
  • Seven Hills
  • Smithfield
  • St Leonards
  • Strathfield
  • Surry Hills
  • Sydney
  • Sydney Hyde Park
  • Sydney Martin Place
  • Telopea
  • Toronto
  • Ultimo
  • Villawood
  • Warrawong
  • West Hoxton
  • Wollongong
  • Woodpark
  • Yennora
  • Alexandra Hills
  • Ashmore
  • Aspley
  • Belmont
  • Brighton
  • Brisbane
  • Brisbane CBD
  • Bundall
  • Buranda
  • Burpengary
  • Caboolture
  • Christine
  • Coomera
  • Coopers Plains
  • Eagle Farm
  • Eatons Hill
  • Fortitude Valley
  • Geebung
  • Glamorgan Vale
  • Gold Coast
  • Goodna
  • Highgate Hill
  • Hillcrest
  • Ipswich
  • Kangaroo Point
  • Kedron
  • Labrador
  • Little Mountain
  • Lutwyche
  • MacGregor
  • Manly West
  • Mansfield
  • Meadowbrook
  • Miami
  • Milton
  • Mitchelton
  • Moorooka
  • New Farm
  • Parkinson
  • Petrie Terrace
  • Redbank
  • Riverview
  • Rocklea
  • Southport
  • South Brisbane
  • Spring Hill
  • Springfield
  • Springfield Lakes
  • St Lucia
  • Sunnybank Hills
  • Surfers Paradise
  • Taigum
  • Tallebudgera
  • Toowong
  • Tugun
  • Upper Mount Gravatt
  • Virginia
  • West End
  • Willawong
  • Woodridge
  • Yeerongpilly
  • Yeronga
  • Adelaide
  • Adelaide CBD
  • Adelaide CBD North
  • Adelaide CBD West
  • Aldinga Beach
  • Angle Vale
  • Christie Downs
  • Darlington
  • Echunga
  • Elizabeth Park
  • Gilles Plains
  • Glenelg
  • Green Fields
  • Hindmarsh
  • Kidman Park
  • Netley
  • Norwood
  • Oaklands Park
  • Outer Harbor
  • Prospect
  • Royal Park
  • Salisbury North
  • St Marys
  • Willunga
  • Wingfield
  • Woodville North
  • Woodville South
  • Armadale
  • Ashwood
  • Avalon
  • Batesford
  • Berwick
  • Box Hill
  • Braybrook
  • Broadmeadows
  • Brooklyn
  • Bundoora
  • Burnside Heights
  • Burwood
  • Burwood East
  • Camberwell
  • Carlton
  • Carnegie
  • Chadstone
  • Cheltenham
  • Craigieburn
  • Cranbourne
  • Croydon South
  • Dandenong
  • Dandenong North
  • Dandenong South
  • Derrimut
  • Derrimut North
  • Docklands
  • Doncaster
  • Doncaster East
  • Dromana
  • Elwood
  • Eumemmerring
  • Ferntree Gully
  • Footscray
  • Footscray West
  • Geelong North
  • Glenroy
  • Greensborough
  • Hampton Park
  • Heidelberg Heights
  • Hopetoun Park
  • Hoppers Crossing
  • Huntingdale
  • Lalor
  • Laverton
  • Laverton North
  • Lilydale
  • Maidstone
  • Malvern
  • Maribyrnong
  • Meadow Heights
  • Melbourne
  • Melton
  • Melton South
  • Moonee Ponds
  • Moorabbin
  • Mt Waverley
  • Murrumbeena
  • North Melbourne
  • Oakleigh
  • Pakenham
  • Point Cook
  • Prahran
  • Preston
  • Reservoir
  • Richmond
  • v
  • Rowville
  • South Melbourne
  • South Morang
  • Springvale
  • St Albans
  • St Albans South
  • St Kilda
  • Sunbury
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine North
  • Sydenham
  • Tarneit
  • Thomastown
  • Toorak
  • Truganina
  • Vermont South
  • Wandana Heights
  • Wantirna
  • Wantirna South
  • Werribee
  • West Coburg
  • West Footscray
  • Wheelers Hill
  • Williamstown North
  • Wyndham Vale
  • Balcatta
  • Baldivis
  • Burswood
  • Cloverdale
  • Canningvale
  • Golden Bay
  • Halls Head
  • Jandakot
  • Joondanna
  • Maddington
  • Malaga
  • Morley
  • Munster
  • Perth
  • Riverton
  • Rockingham
  • Whiteman
  • Willetton
  • Vodafone vs Telstra vs Optus network coverage

    Looking at the respective networks on the interactive map, that initial Telstra, Optus, Vodafone ranking for network coverage is reiterated. Vodafone’s trend towards focusing on populous cities also carries over to its 4G network.

    Side-by-side comparisons between Vodafone 4G, Optus 4G and Telstra 4G maps shows comparable networks when it comes to Australia’s biggest cities, but Telstra is the clear winner when it comes to rural areas. Optus, too, drives its network deeper inland in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and east from Perth, as well as in more places along the coast and inland in Western Australia. Vodafone has some inland presence in the bigger states but it’s nowhere near comparable to Optus or Telstra.

    Things start to fill out a bit more if you factor in Vodafone’s 3G rural network but even the combined 3G and 4G Vodafone networks pale in comparison to what Optus and Telstra offer, which isn’t just concentrated around major population groups. Bottom line: Vodafone has great coverage for more populous towns but you should absolutely use the map to see if the areas you live, work and/or play are part of Vodafone’s footprint before signing up for a plan.

    Nathan Lawrence
    Written by
    Nathan Lawrence
    Nathan Lawrence has been banging out passionate tech and gaming words for more than 11 years. These days, you can find his work on outlets like IGN, STACK, Fandom, Red Bull and AusGamers. Nathan adores PC gaming and the proof of his first-person-shooter prowess is at the top of a Battlefield V scoreboard.

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