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I'm flying into Sydney airport in about a week, and there's a chance that I'll find myself wanting to look online for a last minute hotel. However, because I will just have arrived, I won't have had a chance to go and get an Australian SIM card.

Is there wifi available in Sydney Airport? And if so, is it free or paid-for? I'm particularly interested in the arrivals side for this, but information on departures side would be good for the future too!

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Won't bother adding another answer, but will point out I was there 6 weeks ago and used it just fine - totally free, and is accessible on both arrivals and departures side. –  Mark Mayo Dec 4 '12 at 2:20

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Yes, at T1 (International Terminal) and T2 (Domestic Terminal).

I was there in 2011 but can't remember the details (except that I did use internet connection at the airport). Anyway, Foursquare is a good memory aid, and several tips from 2011 and 2012 say there's indeed wifi available.

February 10, 2012:

Free wifi all over with the "FREE WIFI BY EXPEDIA SYD" network. Just choose a destination and flight number.

August 24, 2012:

You get free and fast wifi here!

March 11, 2011:

Free wifi in the international terminal (T1)

October 2, 2012:

Aquí el wifi gratis funciona!!!

Update: The Sydney airport website also confirms this:

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout International Terminal (T1) and Domestic Terminal (T2).

Sydney Airport now provides free Wi-Fi for all travellers at both the Domestic (T2) and International (T1) Terminals. You can use any Wi-Fi enabled device to connect including your laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Simply select “Free Internet by sponsors name & SYD” from the list of available networks, answer the questions, read the terms and conditions and click "Proceed". You will be shown a sponsored message then directed to a website.

From there you can browse the internet for up to 2 hours and 500MB of data.

Coverage is provided throughout the entire International Terminal (T1) and Domestic Terminal (T2).

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(Elsewhere in Sydney, in restaurants and bars, I found wifi to be a rarity. Quite a contrast to Argentina, where I was coming from, where most restaurants and even ice cream shops etc had free wifi.) –  Jonik Dec 3 '12 at 13:54

Based on Jonik's answer, I went and did some more googling. I eventually found a Free Wifi page on the airport website

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout International Terminal (T1) and Domestic Terminal (T2).

Sydney Airport now provides free Wi-Fi for all travellers at both the Domestic (T2) and International (T1) Terminals. You can use any Wi-Fi enabled device to connect including your laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Simply select “Free Internet by sponsors name & SYD” from the list of available networks, answer the questions, read the terms and conditions and click "Proceed". You will be shown a sponsored message then directed to a website.

From there you can browse the internet for up to 2 hours and 500MB of data. Coverage is provided throughout the entire International Terminal (T1) and Domestic Terminal (T2).

So, looks like I should be able to get enough free wifi to find a hotel if I need one, and there'll also be some for when waiting to fly out again!

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Btw, I expanded my answer an hour ago to include the exact same info from airport website :) –  Jonik Dec 3 '12 at 14:38
    
(Also, you can insert that link just fine with the 'insert hyperlink' button; it gets escaped so that it works. See my edit.) –  Jonik Dec 3 '12 at 14:40
    
Thanks for sorting that! –  Gagravarr Dec 3 '12 at 14:41

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