Coast to coast, Australia is a wild and beautiful country. Not short on natural attractions and activities, it also enjoys all the perks of a modern nation. With its connected cities, remote working spaces, and creative communities. Australia is an ideal country to embrace a cubicle-free life, and become a digital nomad. If you’re wondering which destinations fit the bill, check out top five below.
Camped at the base of the Dampier Peninsula on the Kimberley’s far-western edge is Broome. Like the rest of Western Australia, this coastal town is packed with adventure. So, if you fancy swimming with whale sharks, getting up close and personal with crocodiles, camel riding at sunset, a spot of pearl diving, or learning how to drive cattle in the outback – Broome has you more than covered.
As adventurous as the town is, it’s also a great place to establish yourself as a digital nomad, with co-working spaces like Bizspace having picked up on the growing trend of similar setups across the world. Without the worry and cost of taking on an office lease, you can work in a shared space with access to meeting rooms, fast Internet, printers, kitchen facilities, and as an added bonus – like-minded professionals like yourself.
The Whitsundays are 74 islands of hypnotic beauty, rubbing shoulders with one of the seven natural wonders of the world – the Great Barrier Reef. Let’s just say if you’re looking to set up your laptop somewhere out of this world, this might be the place.
The Whitsundays are an ecotourism hotspot, which makes seeing the sights not just a fun thing to do – but a sustainable one too. You can cruise to iconic places like Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island, snorkel and swim on the outer reef, or go bushwalking on any of the island’s great trails.
While most of the islands are uninhabited, five of them have resorts – all of which offer the kind of laid-back environment in which digital nomads thrive. Whether you’re staying long-term or working remotely for only a week or two, it’s certainly worth ticking the Whitsundays off your nomad bucket list.
With a lower cost of living than most of Australia’s other capital cities, and a budding startup scene to boot, there’s never been a better time to set up shop as a digital nomad in Hobart.
Tasmania’s capital serves as the ideal base to see what the island state has to offer. With Mount Wellington towering in the background, Cradle Mountain four hours drive away, and Wineglass Bay just up the coast – it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Another drawcard is Hobart’s world-class food scene. Built around fresh seafood and seasonal produce, you’re never too far from a delicious feed.
Along with the amazing sights and bites, Hobart plays host to a vibrant and collaborative digital community. So if you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur or online business owner looking for a piece of the action, become a member at co-working spaces such as Parliament or The Typewriter Factory, or get in touch with Startup Tasmania.
Byron Bay is famous for its hazy afternoons, boho lifestyle, epic surf breaks, and fire-twirling sunsets. This vibe alone makes it a cracking place to slip into your remote working career. But what’s less talked about – yet equally appealing – is the town’s young and exciting startup culture.
Innovation hubs such as StartInno are bringing in new waves of entrepreneurs to the coast. And they’re not just offering a shared co-working space for digital nomads – they’re actually helping people develop new ideas through incubator programs. Other spaces such as The Work Pod also offer freelancers, creative, and startups a laid-back environment to work and collaborate.
With the Great Barrier Reef knocking at its doorstep, Cairns is the perfect destination for lovers of swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing. The city embraces a tropical vibe, which extends to an impressive range of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
While Cairns is known worldwide as a holiday destination, it’s also known locally for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation. Like StartInno in Byron Bay, the city has its very own innovation hub called the theSPACE, which offers startup and innovation programs to help passionate people turn their ideas into reality.
It also has a co-working space with lightning quick Internet and a creative, collaborative environment – everything you need to get stuff done and build your business. With its combination of good looks, creative spaces, and activities, Cairns is fast becoming more than just a pit stop on the international tourist trail.
See Australia, on your terms
Australia is a massive country. Because of this, people often find it tricky to travel around it. However, one way to do it is through embracing the digital nomad lifestyle. These days, there are so many cities and towns (like the ones above) that cater for remote workers, which makes it not only an easy way to explore this beautiful country – but a smart one too.
Katie Ford is an Aussie gal who’s always on the move. She travels so often chances are you’ve met her in an airport lobby. Connoisseur of travel, food and fashion, Katie wants to inspire readers to take a leap and experience the world.