Free Wi-Fi brought to key SA towns

WIFI: Rodney Harrex from SATC with Mark Bolton from Telstra in Hahndorf at the announcement on Wednesday.
WIFI: Rodney Harrex from SATC with Mark Bolton from Telstra in Hahndorf at the announcement on Wednesday.

The South Australian Tourism Commission through a joint initiative with Telstra are switching on 60 key tourism sites to a free Wi-Fi service. 

The project will provide connectivity for visitors at some of South Australia’s most iconic and remote locations, allowing free access to unlimited data for one hour per day, using their smart phone, mobile device or laptop.

Across the Spencer Gulf, Yorke Peninsula and Flinders Ranges towns that will be receiving the Wi-Fi include Hawker, Moonta Bay, Port Augusta, Quorn, Port Broughton, Port Victoria, Port Vincent, Wilpena Pound and the Whyalla Foreshore. 

Nine hotspots have already been switched on in Hahdorf, Moana, Moonta Bay, Angaston Beachport, Port MacDonnell, Victor Harbor, Tailem Bend and Kingscote. 

The rest of the hot spots will be rolled out in the coming months. 

The Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway has said they hope the connectivity will enhance visitor experiences and allow guests to make the most of their time in South Australia. 

“We know people want to be able to locate our restaurants, use maps and share their experiences and happy snaps online, in real time”, Mr Ridgway said.

“Technology is transforming tourism and we want to use it to produce social and economic benefits for South Australia.”

The South Australian Tourism Commission are just as delighted to see Telstra come on board with the project. 

Rodney Harrex, the CEO of the commission says it is a big benefit for them as they want to see their visitors become mini-ambassadors for the state, sharing their trips on social media. 

“A picture is worth a thousand words, and #SeeSouthAustralia is quickly becoming a global resource where people plan their holidays, recreate images or share their experiences with their friends”, Mr Harrex said. 

Once the rollout is completed, visitors and locals will be encouraged to get out to the regions and use the new Wi-Fi service to share their travels using #SeeSouthAustralia.