An increasing amount of people are calling their home their workplace but did you know that ‘home’ can be anywhere? Having the freedom to choose where to work provides us with the ultimate work-life balance we all yearn for. The challenge is choosing where you want to work remotely from and then finding a balance between productivity and play while you’re there! Whether you’re already working from home or getting started on your ‘remote’ work life, check out our top Aussie cities where you’ll find excellent wifi, great-value accommodation, existing co-working spaces and an exceptional quality of life.
Home to the iconic Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and much more, Sydney is a great haven for those seeking the ‘work hard, play hard’ lifestyle. This thriving city metropolis offers plenty of accommodation options to choose from and cool co-working spaces such as Fishburners, Tank Stream Lab and Hub Sydney. In summer you can spend mornings at Bondi Beach or go up further north to explore beautiful Manly and the Northern Beaches and still have access to a decent wifi connection. Need some time out from your computer screen? Take a stroll through the Botanic Gardens or indulge in some retail therapy at Pitt St Mall and then head back to your harbour view room at the Sofitel with ample time to meet any deadlines you may have. If you’re after more budget accommodation options, there’s plenty of them to choose from too. Check out all Sydney accommodation options.
Image: Sydney Harbour Bridge by Tourism Australia
Melbourne has consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities which is why you’ll find many ‘remote’ workers flocking to this bustling and vibrant city. Known for its diverse arts scene, amazing alleyways and café culture, Melbourne is chic, cool and unique in its own way. Accommodation options are plentiful, from budget right through to luxury stays. Getting a good wifi connection is easy with plenty of cafes offering free wifi and there’s also a great selection of beautiful co-working spaces. The Commons, the pioneering Inspire9 or Hub Southern Cross provide a great co-working environment, whether it’s to buckle down to get the work done or to mingle and connect with like-minded people. Need a break? Check out the unique street art at Hosier Lane, enjoy a sip of world-class coffee at a local café and be back in time for that afternoon team meeting. Check out all Melbourne accommodation options.
Image: Laneways, Melbourne Victoria by Visit Victoria
With its great climate all year round, world-class beaches of the Gold Coast less than an hour away and a laid-back outdoor lifestyle, Brisbane is fast becoming one of the most popular cities to live and work in. Living costs are much more affordable when compared to Sydney and Melbourne and there’s a great range of accommodation options to choose from should you want a short stay or long stay. Imagine taking a morning kayak down the Brisbane River and then getting down to business while you bask in the sunshine at South Bank Parklands. Life is truly good. If you’re after co-working spaces, check out River City Labs, The Ice Cream Factory Collab in West End or Little Tokyo Two in the CBD. You’ll get a great wifi connection and might even meet some like-minded people within such a diverse community. Another bonus to this great city is that the Government of Queensland has dedicated $500m for programs fostering the local startup ecosystem so there's no doubt Brisbane will continue to grow as innovation hub with plenty of opportunities. Check out all Brisbane accommodation options.
Image: Kayaking on the Brisbane River, Brisbane Queensland by Brisbane Marketing
4. Gold Coast
Endless sunshine, long golden beaches and an abundance of things to see and do, welcome to the Gold Coast. This lively and energetic city is the perfect destination for that ‘remote’ work life we often crave. Take a morning surf and then chill out beachside with a great coffee and your laptop in hand while you take in those amazing beach views. The Gold Coast Hinterland is also at your doorstep so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle. Accommodation options are extensive and you’ll find great apartment style alternatives too. There’s also great collaborative work spaces such as the New York loft-inspired space Warehouse No.5, situated in Burleigh Heads, Co Spaces Exchange or Cojimbo situated towards the Northern Gold Coast area. There’s no doubt you’ll get a great quality of life if you decide to work remotely from the Gold Coast. Check out all Gold Coast accommodation options.
Image: Gold Coast, Queensland by Tourism Australia
Hobart, if you’ve always dreamed of a simple and quiet life away from the hustle and bustle of big cities then this little city is for you. Hobart is the gateway to many breathtakingly beautiful wilderness experiences including including the Bay of Fires, Cradle Mountain National Park and Wineglass Bay. Take an early morning hike up to Organ Pipes at Mount Wellington and enjoy panoramic views over the city and be back in time to dedicate the rest of your afternoon to smashing out your work goals. Believe it or not, Hobart also has fantastic co-working spaces such as the Parliament or The Typewriter Factory right in the CBD. Wifi connection is decent at most places and there’s a good range of accommodation to choose from. Check out Hobart accommodation options.
Image: Mount Wellington Lookout, Hobart, Tasmania by Tourism Australia
If you’re after a small city that has that big city feel then Adelaide is the perfect place for you. It’s safe and quiet, yet bustling with an eclectic arts and culture scene that’s unlike any other city in Australia. Start the day right and be inspired by the many magnificent churches and cathedrals that surround every corner in Adelaide city. Known as the ‘City of Churches’, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. Adelaide also has exceptional picturesque surroundings with stunning beaches, coffee shops, fine dining restaurants and bar strips where getting a wifi connection is easy. Co-working spaces are plentiful, the Hub Adelaide, WOTSO Adelaide and Space SA provide great spaces to get your creative juices flowing and are reasonable in price. Finding accommodation to suit your budget is also easy. Check out all Adelaide accommodation options.
.Image: Adelaide, South Australia by South Australia Tourism Commission