Is Australia the right digital nomad destination for you? Is it too expensive? If you go, which cities should you visit? In this Digital Nomad Australia Guide, all these questions (and many more) will be answered.
Australia, this HUGE sunny country is a wild paradise ready to welcome new explorers, and though it may not be the top budget-friendly nomad place it sure is one of the most beautiful and interesting places for digital nomads!
Here is a summary of what’ll you see in today’s digital nomad article :
- Why Become A Digital Nomad In Australia?;
- Cost Of Living In Australia;
- Australia Weather;
- Digital Nomad Australia Visa;
- Top Destinations For Digital Nomads In Australia;
- Cool Coworking Places For Digital Nomads In Australia;
- Best Places In Australia For Digital Nomads;
- Best Food To Try In Australia;
- How To Get Around In Australia;
- Things You Should Know Before Living In Australia.
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Why Become A Digital Nomad In Australia?
1.Lots Of Different Things To Do
In Australia you will never get bored, you can do amazing things like:
- surfing in Bells Beach,
- diving in the Great Barrier Reef,
- hiking the Blue Mountain trails, or
- even skiing and snowboarding in Thredbo!
Besides natural attractions in Australia, you can go to fun cultural events such as:
- The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival,
- Perth International Arts Festival or
- go to one of the many upbeat music festivals as the Splendour in the Grass Festival in Yelgun.
2.Passionate Foodie Culture
This is one of the biggest reason I want to become a Digital Nomad in Australia! Aussies are known for being foodies; they are fans of BBQs, beers, and coffee. So you will have plenty of places to eat, have fun and drink innovative craft beer.
For example, if you are a beer nerd, you should definitely visit the Black Hops Brewery taprooms and while you’re on it, make some new Aussie friends!
Also, BBQs are not the only thing Aussies eat, although they do LOVE meat and even eat kangaroos and crocodiles, they also have a wide range of international food options.
Tip: If you like street food and beach sunsets, you must go to the Mindil Beach Sunset Market in Darwin.
There you can explore the market stalls offering local art, crafts, services, clothes, and a bunch of different types of international foods!
Such as seafood, greek, Australians, French, etc. And then walk to the beach and enjoy a magic tranquil sunset while enjoying your taste food 🙂
3.No Language Barrier If You Know English
If you speak English, becoming a Digital Nomad in Australia will be a breeze. For those who speak English, this is a great benefit as getting around and meeting new friends will be easier as Australia’s official language is English.
However, do bear in mind Australians have a very distinct accent and some local slangs that may confuse native and non-native English speakers.
Here is an extensive list of Australian slangs, these are some examples that come in handy when traveling to Australia:
|How you going?||How are you doing?|
|Cuppa||Cup of tea or coffee|
|Schooner||Glass of beer|
Friendly Locals And Opportunities To Network
Last but not least, another great benefit of becoming a Digital Nomad in Australia is that the friendly people you encounter, Aussies are known for being open and welcoming.
As a plus, opportunities for networking whether it is in coworking spaces, networking events, or meetup groups with other digital nomads and entrepreneurs are on the rise year by year.
Here I will leave you some places to follow and start making connections!
- Digital Nomads Australia Meetup Groups List;
- Facebook Digital Nomads Australia;
- Australia Eventbrite Networking Events.
Cost Of Living In Australia
If you are livin’ la Vida Broke, becoming a Digital Nomad in Australia is probably not for you. According to Expatisian, Australia’s average cost of living per month is $2,808 for one person and $5,026 for a family of four.
This amount will vary based on the city you stay in.
For example, as stated by Numbeo, as a single person in Canberra your monthly expenses would be around $2814 while in Sydney you would need $3672 per month.
Note – All the prices I mention were converted in $ USD.
Necessary Living Expenses In Australia
To help you have a general overview and plan your budget, here is a table list of the basic services you would need to save for your digital nomad Australia nomad expenses.
Note – This is a basic budget I made using trustworthy authoritative sites such as Numbeo. However, please do a further updated investigation once you decide where to stay.
Australia Living Expenses List
|Meals in restaurants||$15-$70|
|One way local bus ticket||$2.29-$4.58|
|Taxi cost (per 1 mile)||$1.99-$3.93|
|Basic utilities (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water)||$91-$305|
|Unlimited Data (Telstra)||$69|
|Rent 1 bedroom apartment||$1600-$2500|
Rent Note – Prices will vary based on city, season, and neighborhoods. Here is an example of what you can get for $1031 per month if you rent an entire apartment in a Melbourne suburb close to the city center between June and July.
Australia Internet Service Providers
These are the top Australia’s ISPs that offer the best internet services in the country when you become a Digital Nomad in Australia:
Which Are The Fastest ISPs In Australia?
Telstra, according to Ookla Speedtest 2018 Awards, which internet broadband packages start from $57 per month for 500GB.
Although Australia is known for having humid and hot temperatures, due to its huge size, this country has different types of climate zones all over the territory.
This is why it’s important to check out the temperature and climate conditions of the region you’re going to instead of the country average estimate.
Also, it is important to notice that the tropical north regions such as North Queensland, Cairns, and Darwin have wet and dry seasons; November to April the first one and May to October the second one.
Nonetheless, to have a general overview you should know Australia has 4 seasons, which are in the opposite time to the northern hemisphere.
- Summer (December to February);
- Autumn (March to May);
- Winter (June to August);
- Spring (September to November).
Average season temperatures will vary based on region.
For example, in Autumn, while in Sydney the maximum temperature and minimum temperatures would be 29°C and 14.1°C respectively.
In Hobart, maximum temperature and minimum temperatures would be 17.1°C and 8.9°C respectively.
Best Time To Visit Australia?
You want to become a Digital Nomad in Australia at the right time… right? It will highly depend on where you are going and what kind of activities you want to do.
In Australia, there are events and cultural activities throughout the year.
- Want to enjoy sunny beaches? Go in summer to Sydney and swim on its top beaches; Bondi, Palm, Manly, Shelly, Bronte, and many more!
- Want to enjoy free concerts and hot weather is not a problem? Go to Melbourne in Summer and enjoy the amazing FREE performances of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
- Love wine and culture festivals? Then going to Adelaine is a match made in heaven for you and going in Autumn for the Barossa Vintage Festival is a must on your to-do list.
And..for better prices, less humidity, and fewer crowds?
The best time to go to Australia for fewer crowds and less humidity are Autumn and Spring (shoulder season), as you can enjoy warm temperatures but without extreme heat and the uncomfortable humidity of the summer, and better prices than in the high season (winter).
Digital Nomad Australia Visa
Do You Need A Visa To Visit Australia?
All visitors need a visa to enter Australia, and the only ones who can apply for it upon arrival are New Zealand passport holders. All other nationalities need to apply before arrival.
Types Of Visitors Visas
For visiting and tourism, there are 17 available visas.
Some of them are for special circumstances regarding medical treatment, family reunions, business visitors, or for specific nationalities like New Zealand visitors or China citizens.
However, the most common visas the majority of nationalities can apply to and you can use as a digital nomad to visit Australia are the:
- Tourist stream (apply outside Australia);
- eVisitor Australia;
- Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (subclass 601);
Note: The Immigration Home Affairs Australia website does not specify how much funds are required for these Australia visas. Disclaimer: This is not legal advice, however, you can make an estimate with the average Australian cost of living, so having between $2000-$3000 per month should be ok.
- Stay: Up to 12 months
- Cost: $110
- Requirements: Have enough money to stay in Australia and not work in Australia.
- You can: Visit family and friends, go on a cruise or be in Australia as a tourist.
Note: Although there is no nationalities list to quickly check if you are eligible for this visa, here you can check if your country is eligible.
For example, nationalities form Latin American countries like Venezuela, Colombia or Brazil can apply!
- Stay: Up to 3 months at a time in 12 months.
- Cost: Free
- Requirements: Apply from outside Australia and have a passport from an eligible country, like Germany, Spain, Hungary, or Portugal. See the full list here.
- You can: Visit family and friends, go on a cruise or have a holiday, do business visitor activities and study or train for up to 3 months in specific circumstances.
- Stay: Up to 3 months at a time in 12 months.
- Cost: Free (There is an online application service charge of $15.28)
- Requirements: Apply from outside Australia and have a passport from an eligible country, such as Malaysia, the USA, or Singapore. See the full list here.
- You can: Visit family and friends, go on a cruise or have vacations and do business visitor activities.
Top Destinations For Digital Nomads In Australia
Want to be a digital nomad in Australia?
Here you will see a variety of top cities to live in Australia for different types of digital nomad’s lifestyles and interests!
These are the cities we are going to see today!
Digital Nomad Sydney
Sydney is an ideal city for outdoor activities; kayaking, hiking, cycling, running, and many more, this is a sunny city where beautiful beaches and warm temperatures reign.
Also, Sydney has a high culinary scene and art museums, ideal for those who love to eat delicious innovative food, admire art collections and enjoy endless theatre performances.
Although Sydney experiences a lot of rain all over the year, rains are not as heavy as those of Melbourne and Brisbane, having more sunny breaks and warm temperatures in general!
If you are a Digital Nomad in Australia and you hate rain. Sydney is for you!
Digital Nomad Sydney Info
- Cost of living in Sydney Australia: $3050-$3700 for 1 person, including rent and groceries.
- Monthly rent cost: In the city center you could pay between $1900-$2000 for an apartment. Here is an example of a budget-friendly entire guesthouse for 2 guests, 1 bed, and a dedicated workspace for $1109 a month.
- Wifi: 27Mbps average speed.
- Coworking space Sydney costs: $304 per month on average.
- Best time to visit Sydney: Between December to February to enjoy Sydney’s beautiful warm beaches.
Tip: One of the best times to visit Sydney is in October as it has great weather and the International Food Festival starts, offering an abundance of food with different price points. For more info about Sydney annual festival/events click here.
Pros Of Living In Sydney
- Amazing beaches at each turn;
- Usually sunny;
- Great place for outdoor activities like surf or hiking;
- Full of wonderful top restaurants;
- Lots of art galleries, cultural events, and museums to visit such as the Museum of Contemporary Art
- Good public transport.
Cons Of Living In Sydney
- Although Sydney transport is pretty good, as seen in this quora forum the public transportation system is not highly convenient as it does not cover all the regions and not all trains and buses work 24/7.
- Very expensive city to live in.
- Summer days can get very hot and humid with some days reaching temperatures of 30°C-40°C.
- If you live in Sydney get prepared to see some cockroaches as these are pretty common in Sydney.
Top 3 Things To Do In Sydney
- For nature and stroll lovers: Explore the amazing beauty of the Royal Botanic Garden
- For culture lovers: Visit the iconic Sydney Opera House
- For outdoor activities: Explore the natural beauty of the South Head Heritage Trail.
Digital Nomad Melbourne
Considered the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne is the place to be for digital nomads who are in love with art and music.
Moreover, if you are looking for an active social nightlife, in Melbourne you can find cool bars in almost every neighborhood with interesting offerings and great vibes.
Also, it is cheaper than Sydney so this makes it a good nomad base in case Sydney costs are too expensive for your budget.
Melbourne Digital Nomad Info
- The average cost of living: $2300-$2600 for 1 person, including rent and groceries.
- Cost of living Melbourne: In the city center you could pay between $1300-$1600 for an apartment, here is an example of an entire central apartment with wifi, a dedicated workspace, and 1 bed for $1160 a month.
- Wifi: 15 Mbps average speed.
- Coworking Melbourne cost: $419 per month on average.
- Best time to visit Melbourne: Between December to February for enjoying warm temperatures, outdoor activities, and a lot of festivals.
Tip: If you love comedy go to Melbourne between March and April where you will enjoy The Melbourne International Comedy Festival!
Pros Of Living In Melbourne
- Wonderful nightlife, Melbourne has amazing laneway bars such as the Beneath Driver Lane
- Great city to see street art, enjoy outdoor cinemas, jazz clubs and lots of cultural activities.
- An ideal city for sport nomads or sports fans. For instance, you can go to the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in late November or join the sport, fitness, and recreational groups!
- Melbourne also has beautiful beaches where you can swim or do water sports like windsurfing.
- The Laidback and friendly atmosphere i perfect to make friends and chill out.
- A diverse offering of food with different price points and high-quality tasty coffee.
- Overall it is more affordable than Sydney.
Cons Of Living In Melbourne
- Melbourne weather is quite unpredictable, locals report to experience 4 seasons in 1 day! And, rainfall is heavier than Sydney’s;
- Some people prefer the natural beauty of Sydney’s beaches and harbor, but it’s a matter of taste, you’ll need to try.
- If you want to find great beaches to surf you have to spend at least 1 hour to get to a good surf spot, such as Bells Beach, an internationally renowned surf beach.
Top 3 Things To Do In Melbourne
- For coffee lovers: Drink amazing coffee in Patricia’s Coffee Brewers
- For the sports fan: Explore the sports museum Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
- For those who love to explore local farmer markets: Visit the 140+ years old Queen Victoria Market.
Digital Nomad Adelaide
Would you like a quieter city, close to amazing beaches and more affordable than Sydney? Then Adelaide is looking at you!
This laid-back city has a strong food culture and is the perfect spot for wine lovers as it’s very close to world-renowned wine regions as Barossa Valley, home of remarkable wine producers say Penfolds, founded in 1844!
Also, this city is known for having friendly locals so even though it is not as lively as Sydney or Melbourne you’ll still be able to make friends and establish local connections.
Adelaide Digital Nomad Info
- Cost of living in Adelaide City: $2000-$2300 for 1 person, including rent and groceries.
- Monthly rent cost: It will depend on where you stay, in the city center expect to pay between $910-$1600, here is an example of a beautiful guest suite with wifi, air conditioning, 1 bedroom and 2 beds for $1238 a month.
- Wifi: 15 Mbps average speed.
- Coworking Adelaide cost: $457 per month on average.
- Best time to visit Adelaide: Between March to May to enjoy warm weather and outdoor activities without too much humidity.
Tip: Go in March to experience the Adelaide Festival where visual art, theatre, dance performances, writer events, and music concerts are held.
Pros Of Living In Adelaide
- Beautiful beaches and parks to explore;
- Offers easy accessibility from the city center to beaches such as Glenelg Beach.
- The city and public transportation feel less overcrowded than in Sydney or Melbourne.
- One of the cheapest places to live in Australia .
- Strong food culture; good coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and one of the best wines in Australia.
- Interesting museums and historic places to visit.
Cons Of Adelaide
- Public transportation in Sydney and Melbourne is faster than in Adelaide.
- Can be too quiet for some people that prefer a more lively nightlife.
- Less variety of amenities such as hospitals, bars, and shopping malls than in Sydney or Melbourne,
- Although it is a very affordable city, the electricity in Adelaide is more expensive than in Sydney.
- Lees lush green views compared to Sydney.
Note: In this article, you can read an in-depth explanation why Adelaide (and South Australia) have the highest electricity prices. In short this is a problem of not having enough energy suppliers which leads to less market competition which leads to higher prices.
Top 3 Things To Do In Adelaide
- For wine lovers: Do a wine tasting tour to Barossa Valley or the other wine zones such as McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills, or Clare Valley.
- For book lovers: Visit the State Library of South Australia for some book nerd time.
- For history lovers: Visit and learn about history in the South Australian Museum.
Digital Nomad Brisbane
If you are looking for more affordable options to Sydney and Melbourne but Adelaine’s quiet vibe doesn’t seem the best fit for you I recommend you check out Brisbane.
Brisbane is also one of the most affordable cities in Australia, however, it is considered to have more cultural and music events than Adenine and better warm sunny weather all year round.
Besides, it is a highly biodiverse city with hundreds of parks to explore, top beaches to visit, and very friendly locals, so if you are going to Australia this should be on your top 5!
Brisbane Digital Nomad Info
- Cost of living in Brisbane: $2200-$2300 for 1 person, including rent and groceries.
- Monthly rent cost: It will vary based on the neighborhood you choose, in a centric area, expect to pay between $1200-$1500, here is an example of an entire apartment with wifi, a dedicated workspace, and 2 beds for $1380 a month.
- Wifi: 13 Mbps average speed.
- Coworking Brisbane cost: $293 per month on average.
- Best time to visit Brisbane: Between April and May where the weather is pleasantly warm, humidity and rainfall are low, making it a good time for outdoor activities.
Tip: If you are going to Brisbane the city bursts with amazing interesting events all year round, bookmark this website where you can see the dates, divide by categories of interests and check out free events.
Pros Of Living In Brisbane
- Affordable place to live;
- Great weather all year round, perfect for sun lovers and outdoor activities. ( Has an average high temp. of 26°C and minimum low of 16°C)
- Amazing nature to explore, lots of parks, mountains, and paradisiac beaches nearby such as Bulwer Beach in Moreton Island.
- Lots of free activities to do such as cooling off in the inner man-made city beach named Street’s Beach .
- And, a lot of things to do for different tastes! Visiting a local craft brewery, kayak on the Brisbane River, or have a picnic next to the river, you name it!
Cons Of Living In Brisbane
- It lacks daylight savings meaning shorter summer nights.
- A mosquito repellent is a must in Brisbane, especially in summer.
- Summer in Brisbane can get very hot and humid, some people don’t feel comfortable with this heat with average temperatures of 21°C – 29.8°C.
Note- From December to February nights are very humid and mosquitoes are everywhere. And, to make things worse, you could get infected with Ross River fever disease because of the mosquitoes, so avoid mosquito bites at all costs!
Top 3 Things To Do In Brisbane
- For foodie lovers: Do yourself a favor and go eat at the Eat Street Northshore where you’ll eat a grand variety of international street food and beers!
- For nature lovers: Go for a calm stroll into the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-ha .
- For nightlife and jazz lovers: Visit the Brisbane Jazz Club, one of the best jazz club bars in Brisbane with amazing views of the river!
Digital Nomad Hobart
Want to have a detox from city life?
Then there is a place in Australia for you, the digital nomad who wants a quiet place to recharge their soul and have breathtaking silent sunrises, surrounded by nature and by friendly locals.
In Hobart, the capital of Tasmania Island you can have a full city detox.
Also, in this city, you can enjoy fun and interesting festivals such as the popular Australian Wooden Boat Festival ideal for those interested in the marine world and wood-made things.
Hobart Digital Nomad Info
- Cost of living in Hobart: $2000-$3000 for 1 person, including rent and groceries.
- Monthly rent cost: It will depend on where you stay, in the CBD expect to pay between $1700- $3000, here is an example of an entire relaxing guest suite with wifi, and conveniently close to the CBD for $1139 a month.
- Wifi: 17 Mbps average speed.
- Coworking cost: $168 per month on average.
- Best time to visit Hobart: Between December and January (Summer) to enjoy outdoor activities and warm temperatures ranging around 23°C in summer.
Pros Of Living In Hobart
- One of the cheapest place to live in Australia;
- Fun and unique festivals in different categories; food, culture, nature, art, and music including eclectic theme concerts!
- Lots of amazing nature for hiking, running, and cycling.
- One of the best places in Australia for digital nomads whose main priority is to connect with nature and get away from the city noise.
- Offers good places to eat and museums to explore.
- It has aesthetically beautiful spots thanks to the old buildings and colonial architecture.
- Great walkability and bicycle-friendly city.
Cons Of Living In Hobart
- Hobart’s climate is colder than other Australian cities, in July the average high temperature is 10.9°C whilst the average low is 5.1°C.
- It has a lower social nightlife and cultural festivals compared to Sydney or Melbourne.
- It can be too quiet and isolated for some people.
Top 3 Things To Do In Hobart
- To explore the local vibe: Go for a stroll in the morning to the Salamanca Market and see all the interesting things local farmers and artisans offer.
- For museum lovers: Visit the MONA museum!
- For nature and hike lovers: walk up to Mount Wellington and see spectacular panoramic views of Hobart.
Coworking Places For Digital Nomads In Australia
Here you will find a list of the best coworking spaces in the top 5 cities in Australia for digital nomads previously mentioned.
Note – All the prices are without GST, to have the full price you need to inquire.
Coworking Space Sydney
Located in York St, Fishburners supports startup and networking facilities to help entrepreneurs and businesses grow.
This is a great shared office space Sydney spot for those who are seeking to grow their startup or business and want to seek guidance or network with other entrepreneurs.
In this place, you can book a community desk for $366 per month and a dedicated desk for $453 per month.
- 500 Mbps high-speed internet;
- Friday drinks and pitch nights with free drinks for all members;
- Google Global Passport to access 40+ co-working spaces and hubs labeled as ‘Google For Startups’ partners;
- Discounts and exclusive perks from Google, AWS, Hubspot, and many others;
- Premium membership to the founder’s hub (a digital platform with extensive resources for entrepreneurs).
Any free drinks and/or food? Barista coffee and tea.
Extras: They offer opportunities to pitch at investor events, weekly learning workshops, and networking events.
Other cool coworking spaces in Sydney:
- Coworking Space Sydney: Located in Pitt St, starting at $290 per month.
- Work inc: Located in Northern Sydney, starting at $534 per month.
Coworking Space Melbourne
Located in St Kilda, CoWork Me is a coworking space just 5km away from Melbourne CBD and a 10-minute walk to St Kilda beach!
It is also strategically placed near trams so you can get to Melbourne cafes, restaurants, other beaches, parks, and supermarkets in a short time.
Memberships start from $225 per month for a hot desk and $494 per month for a dedicated desk.
- 400 Mbps internet speed;
- 24/7 access;
- Equipped kitchen;
- Personal lockable storage unit;
- Change rooms equipped with showers;
- Interior and outdoor spaces to work and relax.
Any free drinks and/or food? No.
Extras: Access to Weekly Social and Business Events and a Podcast Room to record your episodes.
Other cool coworking Melbourne spaces:
- DeskPlex: Located in Church st, starting at $420 per month.
- Dimension5: Located in South Melbourne, starting at $324 per month.
Coworking Space Adelaide
Located on vibrant Peel Street, Hub Adelaide is a beautiful coworking space close to buses, trains, and trams helping you get to any other place faster.
They offer flexible hot desk memberships starting from $191 for 8 days per month and dedicated desks membership starting at $343 per month.
- Parents space to take care of their child;
- Fitness studio;
- Media studio to create professional content;
- Member software discounts;
Any free drinks and/or food? Yes! Free tea and coffee.
Extras: Offer regular wellness, professional development, and networking events. And, you can access other interstate coworking Hub locations with Hub passport (available in Sydney, Brisbane, and Canberra).
Other cool coworking spaces in Adelaide:
- WOTSO Adelaide: Located in Flinders St, starting at $252 per month.
- 313 Halifax Street: Located in Halifax Street, starting at $84 per week.
Coworking Space Brisbane
Located in Fortitude Valley, River City Labs is a coworking and accelerator founded in 2012 that has helped various startups to grow and form strong networks.
In this bright open designed coworking space, you can book a hot desk for $229 per month and $343 per month for a permanent desk.
- Fibre Broadband High-Speed Internet;
- Printing Facilities;
- Shared areas such as the main kitchen, seating booths, high bench tables, and stools;
- Private lockers.
Any free drinks and/or food? Offers free coffee and tea.
Extras: Weekly and monthly community networking events.
Other cool coworking spaces in Brisbane:
- WOTSO Brisbane: 2 locations; Chermside and Fortitude Valley, starting at $168 per month.
- The Cove Workspace: Located in Doggett St, starting at $229 per month.
Coworking Space Hobart
Located in Macquarie Street, WOTSO Hobart is the biggest coworking space in Hobart with lots of spaces to chill out, socialize, work, and with a pleasant industrial modern design that boosts creativity.
In this coworking space prices are very affordable, hot desk plans cost $126 per month, while a dedicated desk costs $191 per month.
- High-Speed Internet;
- Private storage lockers;
- Pet friendly;
- Print station;
Easy access to bus stops.
Any free drinks and/or food? Offers free wine and beer at the end of the day!
Extras: Networking and social events for their members every month.
Other cool coworking spaces in Hobart:
- Parliament Coworking / Hobart: Located on Morrison St, starting at $152 per month.
- Servcorp – Reserve Bank Building: Located on Macquarie St, starting at $228 per month.
Best Places In Live Australia For Digital Nomads
Wondering where to stay for your digital nomad Australia experience?
Cool as! (Really cool Australia slang).
So, in this section, I will show you some cool as Airbnb and Coliving Australia places to stay and a list of recommended neighborhoods!
Best Places To Live In Sydney For Digital Nomads
Where To Stay In Sydney?
- Lower North Shore: Best affordable Sydney suburbs close to the CBD.
- Darlinghurst: Gay-friendly neighborhood, close to the city, and with easy access to public transportation.
- Kings Cross: Best neighborhood for nightlife, food, and restaurants.
- Gorokan and Mount Druitt: Most affordable neighborhoods in Sydney in the Central Coast Region.
- Circular Quay: Best Neighborhood for the best access to transport.
- Bondi, Manly, and Palm Beach: Best neighborhoods to be close to amazing beaches.
- Haymarket, Ultimo, Waterloo, and Chippendale: Great walkable neighborhoods in Sydney.
Airbnb In Sydney
Entire guesthouse in Waterloo ($1638/month)
Located in Waterloo, this beautiful sunny guesthouse has plenty of natural light, a spacious workspace, a fully equipped kitchen, and air conditioning to cool you on hot days.
The rent per month costs $1638 for 2 guests and 1 bedroom.
- Laundry facility;
- Small balcony;
- Quiet place;
- Good location! Close to bus stops.
Moore Park Rd – Paddington ($1475/night)
Located in Paddington, this conveniently located coliving place offers modern studios with coworking spaces, a fully equipped kitchen to cook your meals, and wonderful outdoor courtyard spaces to chill out and chat with other people.
The Wifi speed is 50Mpbs and the price starts from $1475 for 1 bed in a private room. The minimum stay is 1 month.
- 7 minutes to the CBD;
- 7 minutes away from Bondi;
- Offers social activities.
- 4 minutes away from Centennial Park!
Best Places To Live In Melbourne For Digital Nomads
Where To Stay In Melbourne?
- Prahran and Windsor: Great neighborhoods for foodies, close to cool bars and restaurants.
- St Kilda: Close to the beach and plenty of seaside activities to enjoy.
- South Melbourne: One of the best affordable suburbs to stay and it is close to interesting places such as the South Melbourne Market.
- Fitzroy: located near galleries and a wide range of bars so it is a perfect place for nightlife.
- City Center: Best area in Melbourne for sightseeing and it is close to the beautiful Yarra River.
Airbnb In Melbourne
Modern City Studio ($1226/month)
Located in the city center, this conveniently modern studio is a quiet beautiful place perfect for long stays and strategically close to transportation so getting around in Melbourne is pretty easy.
Also, it is close to sunny gardens so is perfect to chill out and walk around.
The rent per month costs $1226 for 2 guests and 1 bedroom.
- Dedicated workspace;
- Air conditioning;
Together Co-Living ($1374/month)
Located in Bell St, Together Co-Living offers fully furnished private studios for your comfort, a dedicated workspace, and a shared kitchen to cook your healthy or guilty pleasure food.
It also offers a pool and a fitness room for you to sweat out.
The price starts from $1374 for 1king bed in a private shared room.
- Shared Kitchen;
- Laundry on-site;
- Private bath;
- Near restaurants and shopping malls.
Best Places To Live In Adelaide For Digital Nomads
Where To Stay In Adelaide?
- Salisbury and CBD: Most affordable neighborhoods and easy access to transportation.
- Henley Beach, Glenelg, and Dover Gardens: Beautiful suburbs close to bus stops, shopping malls, and within walking distance to the beaches.
- CBD and North Adelaide: Interesting neighborhoods for active nightlife and to enjoy the beautiful parks of Adelaide.
Airbnb In Adelaide
Entire guesthouse in Dover Gardens ($1685/month)
Located in Dover Gardens, this spacious cozy apartment has a beautiful backyard and outdoor setting to relax and take sunbathes. It is also conveniently located in a quiet street and with easy access to public transport.
The rent per month costs $1685 for 4 guests, 1 bedroom, and 3 beds.
- Dedicated workspace;
- Fully equipped kitchen and coffee maker;
- BBQ grill;
- Air conditioning;
Share House in Wayville ($456/month)
Located in Wayville, this cozy townhouse is a large quiet house with a big garden, an outdoor grill area, and lots of places to chill out throughout the house.
It is advertised in Flatmates.com.au, a place to find shared rooms across Australia, and its host is very welcoming and is looking for sociable people to share the house.
The price starts from $456 for 1 private room with a shared bathroom.
- Air conditioner;
- Reading nook;
- Netflix subscription;
- An espresso machine;
- A front veggie garden that provides herbs, salad, and kale.
Best Places To Live In Brisbane For Digital Nomads
Where To Stay In Brisbane?
- West End & South Brisbane: ideal neighborhood to enjoy diverse food, eat out in affordable restaurants, relax and walk a lot in the Southbank Parklands.
- Brisbane CBD: great place to get around to different places in the city and near the Riverside Garden Market.
- Petrie Terrace: nice play near public parks and an ideal area for budget-friendly accommodations.
- Fortitude Valley: best neighborhood to experience culture and fun nightlife surrounded by bars, rooftop cocktail lounges, dance clubs, and many great places to eat.
Airbnb In Brisbane
Modern Studio Apartment in the heart of Brisbane ($1466/month)
Located in South Brisbane, this clean bright apartment is near the Brisbane river, shopping malls, restaurants, cafes, and green areas.
It is also very spacious, has a dedicated workspace, and is within walking distance to bus and train stations.
The price starts from $1466 for 2 guests and 1 bed.
- Great location;
- Wifi and dedicated workspace;
- Air conditioning;
- The bed is very comfortable.
- The host and receptionist are very friendly.
Shared House in Brisbane City ($484/month)
Located in Norman Park, this shared house is within walking distance to shops, cafes, and pubs.
It also offers networking and social activities including free access to a coworking space, surfboard, bikes, and many more.
The price starts from $484 for 1 private room with a shared bathroom. The minimum stay is 3 months.
- Accepts pets;
- They have a mix of social and professional people in their early 20s.
- Have a strong interest in providing social and networking opportunities.
Best Places To Live In Hobart For Digital Nomads
Where To Stay In Hobart?
- Hobart CBD: walkable district with proximity to convenient places such as restaurants, bars, shopping malls, and museums.
- North Hobart: best neighborhood for nightlife fun close to great bars such as the Republic Bar & Café.
- West Hobart: best neighborhood to stay for affordable accommodations, hike, and explore nature as it’s close to Mount Wellington.
- South Hobart: Best neighborhood for safety and local vibes. It is also close to public transportation, parks, and the wonderful Cascade Gardens.
Airbnb In Hobart
Entire apartment in Mount Nelson ($1235/month)
Located in Mount Nelson, this bright cozy apartment oozes calmness thanks to nature and quietness surrounding the property. Here you will be very close to nature and could see wallabies, pademelons or potoroos.
The place includes wifi, an equipped kitchen and a washing machine for you to wash your clothes.
The rent per month costs $1235 for 2 guests and 1 bedroom.
- Breakfast included;
- Wifi and dedicated workspace;
- Beautiful big place to connect with nature;
- The host is very welcoming and open to give you local travel tips to explore Tasmania.
- Long-term stays are allowed.
Shared house in South Hobart ($684/month)
This family house is a tranquil coliving place within walking distance to Hobart CBD, grocery stores, and wonderful parks.
The price includes the internet and a small kitchenette in the room.
The price starts from $684 for 1 private room with a queen bed and shared bathroom. The minimum stay is 3 months.
- Calm neighborhood;
- Easy access to transportation;
- Close to Hobart CBD.
- Close to Cascade Gardens.
Best Food To Try In Australia
Are you up for some Yuuum?
Here I will show you 5 dishes Aussies are known for and which city created them. DO NOT leave Australia without trying them! Your Digital Nomad in Australia experience will be a bit wasted if you don’t experiment with the local cuisine.
Sydney Rock Oyster
Sydney is famous for its Rock oysters.
These Australian oysters are creamy and although the flavor will change based on the region and environment conditions, the Sydney Rock oysters have a distinctive deep sweetness that will make you go Mmmmm!
Oysters can be cooked and accompanied with bacon and Worcestershire sauce, which is a popular match to bring out the oyster briny notes. Nonetheless, a great way to eat oysters is in their fresh raw version.
Where to eat Sydney Rock Oysters?
In the local shops of the Sydney Fish Market!
Hot Jam Donuts
A Melbourne well-known dish, Hot Jam Donuts.
This Melbourne favorite, locally called the Melbourner is a white sugar-coated red jam-filled doughnut made with yeasted dough.
It’s inspired by the German version Berliner pfannkuchen. However, the Melbourne variety is unique, only made in Melbourne, where donuts are served straight out of the frier and instantly injected with jam.
Where to eat Hot Jam Donuts?
Pie Floater is an Australian dish that originated in South Australia and is very popular in Adelaide.
This typical food origin goes back to the 1870s and was recognized as a South Australian Heritage Icon in 2003.
It’s common to eat this dish after a fun drinking night out.
The dish consists of tomato sauce garnish and an inverted meat pie in pea soup. You can also add mint sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or malt vinegar.
Where to eat Pie Floater?
Lamnighton is a popular Aussie sweet cake created in Brisbane.
This soft little cake consists of squares of sponge or butter cake coated in chocolate and covered all over with desiccated coconut.
Also, you can find variations as lamingtons with white chocolate cream, with strawberry jam, or even different flavored sponges like coffee or orange flavors.
Interesting fact: In 2009, Lamington was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland.
Where to eat Lamington?
Datick back to the latest 1800s when a big scallop discovery was made in the River Derwent this savory pie originated in Tasmania and is a popular dish in Hobart.
The essential ingredients for this pie are scallops and curry sauce; the scallops are plunged in the curry and then stuffed in a pastry that could contain smashed potatoes, white wine, cream, and sometimes cheddar cheese.
Interesting fact: It is best to eat this pie between Easter and late July (Tasmania’s scallop fishing season), so you can be sure you’re getting the freshest scallops.
Where to eat Scallop Pie?
How To Get Around In Australia?
When you are a Digital Nomad in Australia, the best way to learn the new culture is to get around! The best and cheaper way of getting around in Australia will vary based on where you are and your destination.
In general, the public Australian transport system consists of:
- Light Rail (Trams);
There are also private ways of transportation like taxis, users, bicycle rental, and regional domestic flights which are considered one of the cheapest and quickest ways of transportation when traveling large distances.
For those domestic flights the major used airlines are:
Also, here you can find cheap domestic flights if you plan to travel to different regions in Australia.
Best Way To Get Around In Sydney
NSW Trains are the easiest and best ways of getting around in Sydney!
- Opal card: this is the smartcard ticketing system in Sydney, and is the most affordable way to pay as you get a discount for regular fares. You can get one in any of the Opal retailers in Sydney.
Note- There is no charge for an Opal card, but you’ll need a minimum top-up value of $15.31.
- Train fare: Fares will depend based on your age, when do you travel, and the distance. For example, an adult fare for a distance of 0-10km starts at $2.76 if you have an opal card and if you travel off-peak time.
- BudgetTip: You will get a 30% discount on metro/train, bus, and light rail services when traveling off-peak time and on weekends. On the train, the peak times are 6:30 am-10 am and 3 pm-7 pm.
Note- To check out the best available transportation services near you click here, which is the official transportation website of the NSW Government.
Also, download the Opal Travel app to plan your trip, get opal card fare estimates, set auto top-up, find nearby Opal retailers, and much more.
The second best way of getting around in Sydney is by bus, this is also the best option for the places train lines do not reach. To plan your trip, here you can find the route maps and timetables
- Ticket fare: It will vary based on your age, if it’s a peak time, the distance, and if you have an opal card or a single bus ticket. E.g., for an adult, a distance of 3-8 km, traveling in peak time, and having an opal card expect to pay $2.45.
Best Way To Get Around In Melbourne
1.Trams and Trains
In Melbourne, it is easy to get around and the number one choice for transportation are Trams and Trains, which are the most convenient and easy to use.
In this link, you can see all the maps for public transportation across Melbourne and Victoria state, bookmark it to correctly navigate the city!
- Myki smartcard: the most affordable and convenient way of paying for public transportation (trams, trains, and buses). Here you can see where to and how to buy the card. The myki smartcard costs $4.59 for adults.
- Fares: Fares change based on the zones you go, the type of myki ticket you purchase (e.g. daily or by the hour), and the time ( e.g. off-peak). For example, a miky money 2-hour fare starts around $2.29-$3.44. Here you can see the fares in more detail.
- Budget tip: Some tram zones are free to use. Check here to find out which ones.
Note- You can buy a physical myki card or a digital myki called Mobile myki that you use with your smartphone!
Also, here is the official transportation website you can check out the best available transportation routes based on your location. And, don’t forget to download the myki app to plan your trip and use myki from your smartphone.
Just as in Sydney the second best choice of transportation are buses to get where trains and trams fell short.
- Ticket fares: As for the fare information is the same as previously mentioned. The cheapest fares start at $2.30.
Best Way To Get Around In Adelaide
1.Trains and Trams
Within the city center and near outside city attractions the best way of getting around is with trains and trams.
- MetroCard: this is the best way of paying for public transportation in Adelaide, the card costs ($7.65), and can be purchased online or in any of the available retailers. Another way of paying for your ticket fares is with your visa, MasterCard, or (enabled) smart device.
- Fares: Fares will depend on the days and times, the fares start around ($1.61-$2.90) when traveling from 9:01 am to 3:00 pm on Mondays to Fridays and Sundays.
- Budget Tip: On this page, you can see the special free transportation services Adelaide city offers, including bus and city tram routes.
2.Rent a car or Uber (outside the city)
On the other hand, when traveling outside the city your best choice would be renting a car which you can do with companies like VroomVroomVroom ( will vary, for example, a Toyota Corolla Hatch for 3 days costs $136).
As for Uber, the minimum fare is $7.
Best Way To Get Around In Brisbane
1.Buses and Train
Brisbane public transportation is very efficient. The best way to get within the city center and near city attractions are Bus services and Train lines.
- Go Card: To use Brisbane public transportation you need to purchase the Go Card (you’ll have to pay a refundable deposit of $7.65). Here you have a list of the retail shops available in Brisbane City (you can set a specific location to find available retailers near your neighborhood ).
- Ticket fares: The fares will vary based on the zones you go to, if you have a go card or purchase a single ticket and if it’s off-peak time. Here you can see the fares, for example, a daily ride in peak time, at zone 1 costs $2.57 without a go card and $1.91 with it.
- Budget Tip: Here you can see the free Brisbane City services, named City Loop and Spring Hill Loop, those bus services work from Monday to Friday, between 7:00 am to 6:00 pm which goes to key points such as the key spots such as the Botanic Gardens.
Note- To plan your journey and see the best available transportation services check out here, which is the official transportation website of the Queensland Government.
Also, download the official transportation app, MyTransLink app that will help you plan your travel, get fare estimates and find about service disruptions.
The second best way of getting around in Brisbane is riding a bicycle! This fun and sustainable way of moving around is free for the first 30 minutes and fares can be paid with the go card.
- Fares: Current fares can be seen here. If you ride between 31-60 minutes you need to pay $1.53 whilst every 30 minutes after that costs $3.82.
Note- You’ll need to pay a security deposit of $36 to use the bicycle, this will only be debited if you fail to comply with the Terms and Conditions of CityCycle or if you don’t return the bicycle in 24 hours.
Best Way To Get Around In Hobart
Metro Tasmania (MetroTas) local bus network is the best way to get around Hobart and visit its cultural and natural attractions.
- GreenCard: the best affordable way to pay with the GreenCard you get a 20% discount off regular fares and get free 90 minutes transfers. It costs $19 and the card comes loaded with $15.24 fare credit.
- Fares: Fares are divided into urban fares and non-urban fares. E.g., In the urban zone fares start at $2.67 without GreenCard and $2.13 with it.
Note- You can plan your trip using the official MetroTas Trip Planner. There is also an available official app to plan your trip and manage your card however it hasn’t been updated and reviews are low, hope this changes soon!
Another great way to get around Hobart and explore its fresh revitalizing nature is by riding a bicycle!
The city is bicycle-friendly so this is an ideal sustainable and fun way to explore the surroundings. Here is a list of available rental and tour companies to choose from.
- Hobart Bike Hire: starts at $23 per day for a city bike.
- Roll Cycles: starts at $37 per day for a Riprock 24 (HOB).
- Long Haul Tasmania: starts at $50 per day for a Touring Bike.
Things You Should Know Before Living In Australia
Australia Is Not Cheap
Unlike cheaper digital nomad destinations in Asia, you need to have quite a bit of money as a Digital Nomad in Australia. As you may have noticed Australia is not an affordable place to live, therefore you should look for free activities and services in each city.
For example, did you know most of the ocean pools in Sydney are free or very low cost to enter? For instance, the Bondi Icebergs Pool costs around $5 to enter.
It is also advisable to look for cheap eats in your zone, for example, in Sydney Joe’s Sandwich Bar is popular for doing delicious crispy vegetarian-friendly bites at $9.9.
Also, not everyday you need to eat out, cook your own food and go to the local farmer markets to get the best low-cost deals!
UV Rays Are Very Strong In Australia
As Australia is beneath the thinnest part of the ozone layer, UV rays get through easier and can cause major skin problems if you do not wear sunscreen.
Besides this, Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world (along with New Zealand), and during summer exposure to UV rays increases as the Earth’s orbit brings Australia closer to the sun.
Solution? Sunscreen. Sunscreen. Sunscreen.
Here are some top recommendations of quality sunscreen to protect from Australia strong UV rays so you don’t burn to a crisp as a Digital Nomad in Australia:
Is Internet Speed In Australia Slow?
As a Digital Nomad in Australia, this is an important factor to bear in mind.This may come as a surprise to you, but internet users in Australia complain about the fixed broadband speed in Australia.
The reasons are complex in brief because of the country’s size ( Australia is Huge) and because of network mismanagement and competition as users explained here.
On the current Ookla Global Speed Test, you can find that Australia is in the 57 positions, however, it has an average download speed of 71 Mbp which overall is good.
However, this is an average speed, thus will vary based on the city you are in and the internet service provider you use.
Therefore, as a backup plan if you are concerned about having a 100% reliable fast connection no matter where you are, then I suggest you unlock your phone and get a local SIM to use Australia’s mobile broadband (which is faster) and/or invest in a Mobile Wifi Hotspot.
Also, remember to bookmark the top Australia ISPs providers I previously mentioned in the cost of the living section; with those companies’ internet packages and your Mobile Wifi Hotspot, your internet connection defense would be unbreakable!
Does Australia Have A Lot of Dangerous Animals?
One of the biggest concerns I have about becoming a Digital Nomad in Australia is the dangerous animals! O_O
Yes, it is true 21 of the 25 most venomous snakes in the world are in Australia. And, many other venomous and dangerous animals such as spiders, jellyfishes, bees, crocodiles, and so on.
Nonetheless, they are not on the hunt to kill you.
Australia may seem like a death trap and that makes a lot of people think twice before coming here, but these animals are found in the wildlife and it is highly unlikely you will find them at every corner.
Now, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautions, here are some tips to take care of yourself while visiting this beautiful country:
- Watch out for warning signs, usually, these would indicate to you if the place or beach is safe to swim on or if it is best to avoid because dangerous animals like the box jellyfish are in.
- Always shake your shoes or see before putting your hand in, this is a good tip to avoid spider bites, as these can hide in shoes or behind cabinets.
- Never put your hand in hollow grass or dark spaces before inspecting as snakes or spiders can be there.
- Use solid high boots when hiking and long trousers to protect yourself from snakebites.
- Always swim between the flags which indicate the shark-free areas and save you from going to dangerous swells.
- Bookmark the Magpie Alert website, as every spring these birds get very aggressive and can cause bad injuries, attacking you out of nowhere.
Are you excited to start your digital nomad Australia adventure?
As you could see Australia is a huge country where sunny beaches, innovative food, and interesting things to do seduce travelers and digital nomads all around the globe.
Yes, the heat and humidity can be too much sometimes….but life in Australia is exciting and fun! Sweating and wild animals are just some part of it.
Those who want to network and swim on beautiful beaches go to Sydney, taste exquisite wine and amazing food go to Adelaide or Brisbane.
And, those who just want to hike and lose themselves in pristine nature go to Hobart, there is a place for each type of nomad!
Tell me in the comments what you think of this beautiful country? Do you want to go start your Australia work and live quest? Why? I would be happy to know!