AMAZON is offering free two business day delivery to nearly 90 per cent of the country with the launch of Amazon Prime in Australia.

The membership program is used by more than 100 million paid members around the world.

Prime members in Australia will get the same benefits as customers in the U.S and other countries, including free delivery on local and international items.

But that may not be much consolation to shoppers who say the Australian store is a lacklustre version of Amazon's international stores. 

"We have been working hard to expand selection, ensure customers get great value," country manager of Amazon Australia Rocco Braeuniger said.

In a statement, Amazon said free two business day delivery was available to customers in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Coffs Harbour, Lismore and Gympie. 

Rural and remote locations not on the list can expect to wait four to five days for their orders.

Amazon is offering a free trial for a month. After that, it'll cost $6.99 a month. Until January 2019, it is available for an introductory offer of $4.99 a month.

Amazon Prime launched in Australia.
Amazon Prime launched in Australia.


Amazon Prime Video: Prime members can stream or download popular and award-winning Prime Original series like The Grand Tour, Golden Globe winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Emmy winner The Man in the High Castle, American Gods, and the highly anticipated Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan starring John Krasinski, which will premiere on 31 August 2018.

Amazon Prime Reading: Members enjoy access to more than 1,000 e-books, short reads, comics, travel guides, children's books and more - including best sellers like Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and The Fourth Friend, Australian classics from Miles Franklin and Marcus Clarke, as well as nonfiction like Up From the Mission and Dane Swan's autobiography. 

Twitch Prime: Prime members enjoy a selection of free games every month, access to free in-game loot for some of the world's biggest games, like Fortnite, Call of Duty WWII, and Heroes of the Storm, a Twitch channel subscription every 30 days, an expanded set of chat emotes and colours, an exclusive chat badge, and more.

Exclusive Deals: Australian Prime members will be able to shop the site on Prime Day, Amazon's deal-shopping event exclusively for Prime members.

Discounted Priority Delivery: Prime members can save money on all Prime eligible Priority deliveries, receiving deliveries in as fast as one day.

Alexa Shopping: Prime members will now be able to shop via voice on Alexa enabled devices.

Free Release Date Delivery: Nearly 90% of Australians will be able to pre-order Prime-eligible products including video games like Red Dead Redemption II, Avengers Infinity War and Call of Duty Black Ops 4, and have them delivered on release date.