This is your sign to consider living abroad, just because you can. Living in Australia is one of the best decisions you can make as a global citizen – it’s safe, it’s clean, plenty of beautiful beaches, the people are hospitable, great career opportunities and more. Which is why we’ve sieved out a list of some of the best places to live in Australia – complete with what to look forward to when living there.
But why bother? Here’s the catch. Switching up your living environment can change and shape your character in many mysterious ways, and often for good reason! Being a global citizen is more than just fulfilling a desire for greener pastures, it connects people and allows us to become more adaptive and empathetic. It opens your eyes to many perspectives and wonders the world has to offer, and also to the many challenges that still exist. To sum it all up: It’s all about growth. Personal growth not only helps you, but the people around you. And who knows? You might just impact and pass on the goodness to the people around you, and so on.
Best cities to live in Australia for the bright lights of the night lover
1. Adelaide, South Australia
As South Australia’s capital, Adelaide is brimming with food estabs offering some of the best eat and drinks around the country. Named after Queen Adelaide, it was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for the only freely settled British province in Australia. Today, Adelaide is known for its many festivals, delicious food and premium wine, sporting events, coastlines and financial institutions. If you’re a food and culture junkie, Adelaide may just be the place for you. Not convinced yet? Check this: Property here is affordable plus – it’s one of the cleanest cities in Australia.
Speaking of food and wine, Adelaide is also home to Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s oldest and finest wine producing regions (with over 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors!). Barossa Valley is just 60 kilometres north-east of Adelaide City Centre, making it an ideal weekend trip to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Oh, ever heard of Jacob’s Creek wine? This is where it comes from.
It is also known for its many churches scattered across the city. Plus, did we mention how convenient it is to get around? Travelling within the city only takes about 20-minutes to and from most destinations.
Families will also appreciate its laid-back lifestyle (think family BBQs) in the leafy foothill suburbs of Belair or Banksia Park. Tip: For a true rural experience, head to the German village of Hahndorf – a small town filled with original German-style architecture and artisanal food.
In terms of climate, Adelaide experiences mild winters (15 to 16 degrees Celsius) with warm and dry summers (29 degrees Celsius). Note: Winter tends to invite plenty of rain. Sunlight hours are the shortest in June (4 hours) and longest in January (10 hours).
2. Sydney, New South Wales
If you’re looking for a place with great career prospects, there’s no city like Sydney. This city needs little to no introduction. As Australia’s largest cities with more than 5 million residents, Sydney is a vibrant and bustling capital of New South Wales home to world-famous icons like the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and the Sydney Harbour.
Be greeted with a true city experience by walking along George Street, also known as Sydney’s original high street. It remains as one of the busiest streets in the city centre, home to many 100 of Australia’s largest listed companies. To add, Central Station, Queen Victoria Building, Martin Place (Sydney’s best-known pedestrian mall known for hosting many festivals and events) and Dixon Street (brimming with Chinese fare) are also just around the vicinity. Theatre lovers will appreciate Sydney’s Capitol Theatre located in the nearby Campbell Street, too.
For late night entertainment, Kings Cross (also known as “The Cross”) is a bustling hub of Sydney’s nightlight. Alternatively, head to Potts Point and Woolloomooloo, a harbour-side suburb where you can find colonial-style architecture.
However, being at the centre of the world stage has its downside. Property prices are almost on par with major cities like New York. Apart from property, things like public transport remain one of the most convenient and affordable in the world.
In terms of climate, Sydney enjoys a predominantly sunny climate with warm summers (18 to 26 degrees Celsius) and mild winters (8 to 17 degree Celsius). Do note that it can get pretty humid during the summers. Tip: Sunlight hours are the longest in December (about 15 hours) while June has the least (10 hours).
3. Perth, Western Australia
Perth is often renowned for its climate, being the sunniest capital in Australia with almost 8 hours of sunshine each day. With warm weather for a good 9 months of the year, this place is perfect for people who love being out in the sun. It’s also the world’s most isolated major city – as confusing as it is, this means its nearest other city is so far that it could very well be an island of its own. As one resident Lacy Gow describes it for The Guardian, “Perth is so isolated that it is quicker, easier and cheaper to fly to Bali than to fly to the east coast.”
Apart from its remoteness and great climate, Perth is also a bustling hub for people who wish to work in the mining, tourism, health and tech industry. Vibrant neighbourhoods like Victoria Park and Applecross are well-loved by families for its proximity to well-established educational institutions.
Not to miss, Perth is incredibly famous for its pristine beaches (Cottesloe, Port Beach, City Beach and more) where many resident flock to enjoy the warm sun and golden sands. As isolated as it is, you’re never too far away from the region’s nearby islands and nature reserves where you can bask in the view of impressive rock formations, sacred aboriginal sites, quaint country towns and more. Rottnest Island and Penguin Islands are also popular day-trips destinations for families due to its snorkelling activities.
As mentioned earlier, Perth’s climate is a popular plus point for its residents. Summers are hot (17 to 30 degrees Celsius) and winters (8 to 19 degrees Celsius) can be very rainy with huge downpours and thunderstorms.
4. Hobart, Tasmania
Given everything that Hobart is known for, it’s hard to even fathom that it was once the grounds of brutal punishment as a penal colony. Now, Hobart is a great place for those who prefer cooler temperatures, a more relaxed pace of life and, of course, affordable housing. As the second oldest city in Australia and the capital of Tasmania, it is not only the financial and administrative hub of the state, but it also boasts a vibrant food scene and rich seafaring tradition. Word even has it that Wineglass Bay has some of the best bayside eats and panoramic views across its harbour. Did we also mention that it has the best Tasmanian beer you can find?
Of course, you can’t miss the natural wonders at Hobart, too. Blessed with lush greenery, majestic mountains and cascading waterfalls – going on a much-needed escapade is never too far away. The views atop Cradle Mountain have been argued to give one of the most breath-taking sights in all of Tasmania. Or, head over to Montezuma Falls, the highest waterfall in the state. For a historical tour, head to Port Arthur, a World Heritage-listed site that’s one of the last remnants from the city’s brutal penal colonial history.
Its riverside suburbs are incredibly popular with families and retirees – particularly the suburb of Kingston. Those looking for careers in construction, viticulture and engineering will appreciate Hobart’s growing employment market, too.
Hobart experiences a relatively mild temperate oceanic climate with four distinct seasons – with the warmest summer months being December to March (averaging 17 to 23 degrees Celsius). Winter temperatures sit around 3 to 11 degrees Celsius, typically with rainfall.
5. Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
The capital of Australia boasts a type of sophistication that’s nearly unrivalled in any other cities. With a population less than 500,000, living in Canberra is ideal for those who aren’t a big fan of crowds. Think: Small town, pretty line-up trees, beautiful lakes for fishing and more. Teeming with family-friendly suburbs like Tuggeranong and Belconnen, the peaceful lifestyle Canberra offers is the main reason it’s so popular with families.
You can find many residents enjoying picnics and bike ride along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. It’s also one of the safest cosmopolitan cities with the lowest crime rates in all of Australia, making it an ideal place to raise a family. Canberra is also known as an education hub where some of the world’s best universities, public and private schools are found – talk about a great plus for raising kids!
For a much-needed break, the city is also overflowing with bars, clubs and everything needed to get you sorted for a good night out. Multiple eateries and international fares are also dotted across this city, so your craving for international cuisine is never too far away. (Coffee afficionados, you’ll also be in for a treat.)
Moreover, perhaps the biggest plus of living here is Canberra’s diversity. More than 25 percent of residents born overseas, and there are numerous international embassies in the city.
In terms of climate, Canberra is known to have quite a lot of rain – even during the driest month of June! Do note: October is notoriously known to have huge amounts of rainfall. Summers are usually balmy (with January being the sunniest) and temperatures average at 28 degrees Celsius, while winters can get quite harsh, averaging at 11 degrees Celsius (and can ever drop to 1!).
6. Melbourne, Victoria
Culture junkies, this one’s for you. Brimming with beautiful artsy museums, music festivals, bars and eateries aplenty, luxurious and glitzy hangouts, many flock to Melbourne for a taste of its eclectic offerings. And it’s not too hard to see why, after it’s consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities. Its residential neighbourhoods range from family-friendly suburbs to lavish gated communities for the ones who love the finer things in life.
Suburbs like Surry Hills and Camberwell are a popular spot among expat families, while St. Kilda – a hipster beachfront – is the place for the youngins. According to The Travel, Melbourne is also “a coffee addict’s heaven,” with a nearly unrivalled coffee culture backed by “trendy cafes around every corner.”
Culture vultures will also love its “riotous street art” as described by The Telegraph on the many reasons why Melbourne is the world’s greatest city. According to The Telegraph’s Melbourne expert Cristian Bonnetto, Melbourne Street Art Tours are a great experience because “they’re led by some of the city’s top street artists, which means [you get] an insider perspective on creative techniques, issues and controversies.”
For sports lovers, Melbourne is also touted as “the sporting capital of the world” – no matter what sport your pledge your alliance to.
Probably the only downside of Melbourne is its erratic weather, with residents recounting experiencing up to four seasons a day. According to news.com.au, “it can be 35 degrees one minute and 18 degrees the next. You can step outside in shorts and a T-short at 9 a.m. and be soaked and shivering by midday.” With that, Melbourne summers can be very unforgiving with temperatures going up to 40 degrees Celsius. Winter temperatures average between 6.5 to 14 degrees Celsius.
Best rural places to live in Australia for the quaint and suburban lifestyle lover
6. Mudgee, New South Wales
Located 270 kilometres northwest of Sydney, Mudgee is ideal for country lovers who prefer a laidback lifestyle without giving up a little indulgence. This rural town exudes a mix of country charm and sophisticated epicurean delights owing to its flourishing food and wine scene, making it a true gourmet experience for its residents. Mudgee is the third largest grape-producing region in New South Wales and home to over 35 wineries. (You can even go hot-air ballooning over the vast farmland!)
The local farmers markets are also brimming with fresh produce and eats by the day, thanks to fertile farmland. You can also expect its restaurants to have the freshest of ingredients, as well. For adventure seekers, head over to Wollemi National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site) or the Cudgegong River Valley to be greeted by the best nature has to offer.
Mudgee’s night skies are a treat for stargazers. After all, living in rural areas does have its perks. It’s also said that the Milky Way is visible though Mudgee Observatory’s telescopes.
Climate in Mudgee is relatively warm and temperate, with January being the warmest (22.9 degree Celsius) and July being the coldest (7 degrees Celsius). In terms of precipitation, December brings in the most rain (do note: there can be a lot of rain even in the driest month of April).
7. Maldon, Victoria
Known as Australia’s “first notable town” by the National Trust and awarded the “most intact heritage streetscape”, Maldon is a historic town that offers the best cottage-living lifestyle that combines the charms of the 19th century Australian gold-rush era with modern living. We’re talking colonial-looking buildings, old weatherboard homes, antique shops, steam trains and even picket fences! If you’ve ever wanted to grow your own produce in your backyard and be greeted by kookaburras in the morning – Maldon provides just the quiet, humble living environment you may want.
With only around 1,500 resident, this quaint town is also ideal for those who desire a break from the cityscapes. Plus, there’s many things to do! Take a hike up to Maldon Historic Reserve to bask in the beautiful sunrise and sunset views. Or discover many hidden treasures at its many antique collectable shops – like Tansley & Co Vintage Merchants – around town.
Historic buildings concentrate around the town centre that’s bounded by Main Street, High Street, Camp Street and Church Street.
With a warm and temperate climate, Maldon is known to have quite a bit of rain even during dry months. August has the highest precipitation while March has the least. The month of January is also the warmest (21.5 degrees Celsius) while July is the coldest (4.5 degrees Celsius).
8. Renmark, South Australia
Renmark is a Riverland destination boasting dry climate and year-round sun. Sitting on the flourishing banks of the River Murray and just a three-hour drive from Adelaide, secluded creeks, billabongs, wetlands and riverscapes are just some things to look forward to when living here. Its rivers also offer excellent spots for fishing, waterskiing and boating.
Renmark is also known for the cultivation of grapes, citrus fruits, tomatoes, vegetables and more. You can even find Orange trees, vineyards and drupe orchards stretching across hectares. It also has a bustling rose industry – playing host to the Renmark Rose Festival annually in October.
Cool fact: Renmark is home is Twenty Third Street Distillery, a century-old cellar producing one of South Australia’s most beloved gin. Summers can get really hot in Renmark while winters are cold and windy. December to March is said to be the warmer months, with January being the hottest recording up to 34 degree Celsius. May to August are the coolest months, with July being the coldest recording 5 degrees Celsius.
9. Montville, Queensland
This hinterland town is surrounded by breath-taking natural wonders, leafy trees, beautiful architecture and quaint cafes. Montville is also located close to the Kondalilla National Park, an ideal place for hiking, having a picnic, or simply marvel at its beautiful waterfall. Hiking lovers may wish to take on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk – a trail that stretches 58 kilometres from Montville and offers beautiful panoramic views of the coast and hinterland.
Montville also is known to be a thriving creators’ hub – think pottery studios, craft cottages, boutique shops and art galleries aplenty. There are also plenty of accommodation options that range from rainforest cabins, hinterland cottages to luxury resorts – couples, take note of Secrets on the Lake, a beautiful treehouse cabin nestled on the edge of Lake Baroon.
Head to Flame Hill Vineyard for a spectacular farm-to-table experience sipping hand-harvested wine or stop for a bite at Misty’s Micro Brewery – a beloved restaurant and beer haven all-in-one.
Montville has a warm and temperate climate. The months of May to September boast pleasant weather with temperatures ranging between 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. On the other hand, December to February are the warmest months. (Note: February is known to have most rainfall while August is the driest.)
10. Richmond, Tasmania
Richmond is a picture-perfect historic village tucked in the heart of the Coal River Valley, and it’s also one of the most affordable country towns to move to. Steeped in history, it’s home to charming Georgian villages nestled peacefully along the banks of the river, preserved Georgian architecture housing galleries, restaurants, teahouses, pubs and museums. Richmond is also just a 30-minute drive from the city of Hobart.
Not to be missed is the Richmond Bridge that’s built in the early 1800s. It remains as the oldest usable bridge in Australia. Delicious Tasmanian fare and wine is plentiful around this town, too. Tip for wine aficionados: There are also over 200 cellar door venues and vineyards located throughout the Coal River Valley wine district.
With lush greenery aplenty, be prepared for breath-taking, picturesque views of the best nature has to offer.
Richmond has four distinct seasons, with the warmest (but also most pleasant) months being December to March (20 to 25 degrees Celsius). Winters can get pretty cold and wet, June being the wettest and July being the coldest (12 degrees Celsius).