How to watch Australian TV in Bali: Beginner’s Guide



Chris, a UK-born media connoisseur, is an expert in watching international TV. Known as "The Global Screen Wanderer", he has travelled extensively across the globe with long stints away from home. With over 10 years of experience he has become the go-to guru for streaming content from home and abroad.

If you’re in Bali and you want to watch Australian TV then you’re not alone and in this guide we’re going to show you hw you can do exactly that.

The easiest way to watch Australian TV in Bali is to use online streaming services such as SBS, Foxtel Go, ABC and others but if you’ve already tried to access these while in Bali then you’ll know you’re blocked from watching.

The good news there is a really simple app called a VPN that will let you avoid this block and let you watch all your favourite Australian TV from both free and subscription services while in Bali.

Keep reading below and we’ll show you how.

How to watch Australian TV in Bali

If you try to visit any of the popular Aussie online TV streaming services from Bali such as SBS or Foxtel you’ll already know instead of being able to access your favourite shows, you’re blocked with a message that looks a bit like this:

Content blocked

An example of a block message you may see.

The reason you’re blocked is clear, you’re in Bali and not in Australia.

All you need to avoid this block is to get yourself an app called a VPN which is available for phone, tablet, laptop and desktop computers.

Just follow the simple instructions below and you can watch Australian TV in Bali in no time.

How to watch Australian TV in Bali:

  1. Visit the VPN provider IPVanish and sign up to their service.
  2. Download the correct app for your device from their Apps area.
  3. Install and run the app and login when required.
  4. Select Australia.
  5. Press Connect.

Below you can see an example of how to connect on both a mobile device and a more traditional computer such as a laptop or desktop.


IPVanish Australia Android


IPVanish Australia

Once you’ve pressed connect it only takes around 15 seconds for the IPVanish app to connect either on a mobile device or a computer.

Once it has connected all you need to do now is visit your favourite Australian TV network’s streaming website and rather than be blocked like earlier you’ll now be able to watch any show you want.

It works with both free services such as SBS and ABC but also with any services you have a subscription for such as Foxtel Go and Stan.

When you’ve finished watching simply press disconnect on the IPVanish app and everything returns to normal. You can reconnect at any time and as many times as you want as long as your subscription to IPVanish is valid.


Depending on your internet connection in Bali will depend what quality of video stream you’ll get.

If you’re in a well connected city at a hotel then you should have no problems but if you’re staying out in the country at an AirBnB or with locals then the internet might not be all that fast.

There are a few things you can try if you suffer any buffering issues.

Firstly go to Settings on the IPVanish app and press Connection, then select OpenVPN UDP.

If this still doesn’t solve the problem then select PPTP.

You can also change server locations, under Best City you can change between Melbourne and Sydney and under Best Server, you can even select individual servers.

Changing the city and servers may make a difference if you are experiencing issues. However, if everything is OK it’s best to leave it on Best City and Best Server and let the app choose for you.

Alternative VPN Services

IPVanish is our top choice when it comes to accessing Australian TV in Bali but if you want to shop around for alternative services then there are certainly others who are suitable.

You’ll need to use a VPN service that offers Australia “VPN Servers” and not all do so it’s critical you check otherwise you won’t be able to watch Australian TV in Bali.

The other important factor is speed. Choosing a VPN service that is fast can make the difference between a high quality stream and one that buffers and stutters all the time.

Three more providers we recommend that are suitable to watch Australian TV in Bali are:

Just click on one of their names to visit their website and sign up. They work exactly the same as IPVanish, the only difference is their app will look a little bit different.

Don’t forget you can watch Australian TV in Bali simply by getting a VPN, just click the button below to get one and follow the instructions earlier in this guide.


6 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    This doesn’t work at all!! I’m in Bali right now and have the vpn set for Sydney with strong internet connection. Foxtel Go and Sportsbet still know I am overseas and they decline connection

    • Chris says:

      Hi Michael,

      Which VPN are you using? Have you tried a few different cities not just Sydney?

      What type of device are you using? There are multiple reasons that could be causing this and often there’s a simple fix.

  2. Matt angus says:

    I am in Bali and set up as per instructions. But still can’t stream Foxtel? Message says can’t view outside of Australia. Can someone help with any suggestions?

    • Chris says:

      Hi Matt,

      You might need to try a few different servers before finding one that works. If not grab a refund and keep us posted please.

  3. michael says:

    ya. But 7Mate, which broadcasts the AFL live, will not live stream that program, the only one worth watching. And Im still trying to work out how to live stream Australia Network, which is on any sat tv service here, but many hotels etc dont have the full packet of sat channels, and Aust Network is often left off a hotel connection, for example. Many places DO have IndoV (MNC V), complete, but many dont. And you end upwith the shit on Fox, maybe CNN, but not Al Jazeera or Australia Network…so, crap news, and, no footy!!!!! Any tips for getting Australia Network live (on IP Vanish?) here (Bali)?

    • Chris says:

      Hi Michael,

      You can’t get access to 7Mate? Have you looked on the 7Plus website as you can select 7Mate from the live streaming section.

      I’m not familiar with Australia Network but if you or someone you know back in Australia has a subscription to this service and they have an online streaming platform then you could use a VPN with that. I know Kayo Sports, Stan and other subscription services work well with a VPN.

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