Since 2016 The Pirate Bay has been blocked in Australia by law, with the federal government compelling the country’s ISPs to deny their customers access to website. Fortunately however most of the ISPs have taken the easiest and least effective measures to restrict access to The Pirate Bay, so there are a number of ways you can circumvent the block in order to download torrents from the world’s most popular P2P filesharing site.
In this article we’ll go through four different ways to access The Pirate Bay from within Australia, starting with the easiest and most convenient.
Method One: Change the DNS on your computer
Most of the ISPs in Australia implement a simple DNS block in order to restrict access to The Pirate Bay for their customers. This complies with the federal requirement even though it only works when the customer is using the ISP’s DNS server. If your Internet router is ISP provided then by default you’d be using their DNS server, however this can easily be changed on your local computer providing you have administrator permissions (aka it’s not a school or work computer).
The fastest and most popular DNS servers in the world are hosted by Cloudflare and Google, so simply change the DNS server on your computer to 126.96.36.199 or 188.8.131.52 and you’ll be good to go torrenting off The Pirate Bay. For instructions on how to do this click here for Windows or click here for Mac.
I would assume if you’re using a phone on 4G you’re not going to be downloading torrents, however if you want to access TBP on your phone skip to method four (VPN) of this article.
Method Two: Change the DNS on your router
Changing the DNS at the router level will achieve the same results as Method One, however instead of effecting only your individual computer it will take effect for all computers connected to your home’s Internet connection. So although it might be a bit trickier, this method will be more convenient and comprehensive for the long term.
The challenge is getting access to your home’s router in order to change the DNS server. Unless you have changed them your router’s login credentials will be default ones that are likely printed on a sticker on the back/bottom of the device. If not you can search up the default credentials for your model of router on the Internet or call your ISP to reset them.
So once you have the credentials how do you login to your router and change the DNS server? A good article can be found here explaining how to change the DNS server on a number of common router brands such as Netgear, Linksys, D-LINK etc. If your router’s brand is not listed in the article your best option is to google “how to change DNS on [XYZ model] router”.
Once you have changed the DNS server on your router, any computer you connect to it will by default have access to The Pirate Bay (unless the DNS has been changed on that specific computer to something custom). This is much more convenient than having to manually change DNS on every computer in your home.
Method Three: Use Pirate Bay web proxies
This method won’t allow you to access The Pirate Bay directly, rather it will give you access by using a mirror site which redirects you to TPB. This is one of the easiest methods, although slower and less reliable as Pirate proxies go offline frequently and are often loaded up with adware or worse. The best use for this method is in the case you are trying to access TPB from a work or school computer where you have no control over the DNS due to no admin rights.
To find a Pirate Bay proxy visit this site. It is common for Pirate proxies to be offline or broken, so if one doesn’t work keep trying different sites until you find a working one. If you need more simply google up “Pirate Bay proxies”.
WARNING: If you are using your own computer make sure it has an antivirus program installed before visiting Pirate proxies, as they frequently have spyware, viruses etc.
Method Four: Use a VPN
If you would like some anonymity while browsing, then purchasing a VPN service will also allow you to access The Pirate Bay. You can connect to the VPN on any computer or mobile device (Windows, Mac, Android or iOS) and then simply choose a server outside of Australia to access TPB. So long as you choose a VPN based in a country with strong privacy protections no logs of your activity will be kept (or if they are it will be difficult for authorities to get access to them). With that in mind here are three of the top paid VPN services which Macsx would recommend:
+ TOP download speed
+ Torrenting allowed
+ Netflix working
+ Very Secure
+ 1500 servers
– Relatively high cost
+ Secure (strong encryption)
+ Great features
+ Works with Netflix
+ Torrenting allowed
+ Kill Switch
– Company not as transparent
– High-cost month-to-month plan
+ Great usability
+ TOP 10 Download Speed
+ Torrenting allowed
+ 30-day money back guarantee
– Not working on Netflix
– AES 128 encryption (not 256)
– Customer support could be better