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Digital nomad accommodation in Australia is designed for the working traveller. Here are 8 Australian hostels and hotel with a focus on high-speed internet, in-house coworking spaces, or in-room desk space with extra charging outlets. Don’t work from a wonky bar stool again.
Why Digital Nomad Accommodation?
In digital nomad accommodation like a coworking-focused hostel or hotel, you know that you will have both a quiet workspace and be surrounded by like-minded folk to network with or chat with at the end of the day.
As a full-time digital nomad for the last three years, I know that there is nothing worse than trying to finish your work while sitting on a beanbag in the hallway while a bunch of drunken tourists sing off-key nearby! #truestory
From $36AUD/night in hostel dorms to private rooms at over $300AUD/night, there is accommodation for you in Australia no matter if you are a digital nomad, freelancer, remote employee or self-employed traveller.
Interested in accommodation like house swapping, house sitting and hospitality exchange? Read my “Australia for Digital Nomads: The Local Guide to Work and Travel Down Under” for more information.
Digital Nomad Accommodation Australia
Wake Up! Sydney (NSW)
This historic building (a short walk from Sydney’s Central Station) houses a conveniently located and stylish hostel. Wake Up! Sydney Central offers special #WorkFromHostel rooms with “Furiously fast & free Wi-Fi, Dedicated desk & chair and Complimentary barista-made coffee…“, daily all-inclusive social and wellness activities, plus an onsite cafe and bar.
Reviews: 9/10 (hostelworld.com)
Price: From $159 AUD/night (Private)
Address: 509 Pitt Street (Opposite Central Railway) Sydney, NSW 2000
Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo (Sydney, NSW)
If you are looking for a boutique hotel to stay in while you clear that inbox, The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo is located in picturesque Darling Harbour. Their Queen, King, King Deluxe, Loft and Junior Suite rooms all come with an in-room workstation and free high-speed Wi-Fi. As you aim for inbox zero, you can utilise free local calls, free 24hr access to Snap Fitness Pyrmont, free self-laundry and a free daily social hour.
Reviews: 8.7/10 (booking.com)
Price: From $272 AUD/night (Private, Queen Room)
Address: 39 Murray Street, Pyrmont, Sydney CBD, NSW 2009
YHA Y-Hive (Katoomba, NSW)
YHA (Youth Hostels Australia) have just launched their first coworking space in the Blue Mountains (Katoomba) YHA, with Brisbane and Byron Bay spaces opening in the next few months. Perfect for those who want to stay in a shared, social hostel but with a quiet place to work next door, an hour northwest of Sydney. Their coworking space has “daily, weekly, and monthly rates, comfortable desks with ergonomic chairs and high-speed Wi-Fi.”
Reviews: 8.4/10 (booking.com)
Price: From $36 AUD/night (Shared) and coworking from $20 AUD/day
Address: 207 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780
The Surf House (Byron Bay, NSW)
The Surf House is premium accommodation with a healthy balance of work and play, only 50m from the beach. You can enjoy a complimentary drink on check-in, or use the large tables in the common space to get some tasks done first on their “Furiously Fast & Free Wifi“. The Twin and Quad rooms come with in-room workspaces with desks, if you’d prefer some privacy. Head upstairs to Byron’s only rooftop bar or have a quick surf with a complimentary surfboard or boogie board.
Reviews: 9.6/10 (hostelworld.com)
Price: From $85 AUD/night (Shared), from $309 AUD/night (Private, Double Bed)
Address: 23 Lawson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Selina Central Melbourne (VIC)
Selina (Central Melbourne) is part of a group of hostels “custom-built for today’s nomadic traveler, providing guests with a global infrastructure to travel and work abroad seamlessly“.
Located on iconic Flinders Street, the hostel overlooks the scenic Yarra River, and has a on-site library, cinema room, kitchen, “a productivity-inducing cowork space complete with complimentary WiFi“, and a basement bar.
Reviews: 8.9/10 (hostelworld.com)
Price: From $56 AUD/night (Shared) and $215 AUD/night (Private)
Address: 250 Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
lyf Collingwood (Melbourne, VIC)
lyf Collingwood (Melbourne) is one part art project, one part coworking space, and one part pet-friendly cafe.
Their One-Of-A-Kind/Plus studios/apartments have free Wifi and a desk, perfect for digital nomads with or without a furry companion. Use the social lounge on the ground floor for access to high-speed wifi and outlets.
There are also free bikes, private parking, and a terrace; only a few minutes from the world-famous Smith Street and Melbourne CBD.
Reviews: 8.6/10 (booking.com)
Price: From $175AUD/night (Private)
Address: 42 Oxford Street, Collingwood, Melbourne, VIC 3066
Selina Brisbane (QLD)
Selina Brisbane is only 150m to Roma St Station, and once you arrive, you’ll be greeted with free Wifi and in-house coworking space to get started on your tasks. The Standard Private rooms also have an in-room desk. While you’re here, enjoy the on-site restaurant and bar, outdoor cinema terrace, library nook and free yoga.
Reviews: 8.0/10 (booking.com)
Price: From $54 AUD/night (Shared)
Address: 466 George Street, Brisbane CBD, QLD 4000
Quay Perth (WA)
If you’re in the Western Australian capital, Quay Perth is a boutique hotel situated on Perth’s waterfront Esplanade that is the “…city’s ultimate destination in which to co-work, co-live and co-play“.
Level Nine is their on-site full-service, 24/7 co-working space that’s free for hotel guests. Views of the Swan River, private offices and boardrooms are also available for hire (additional costs apply). After work, enjoy a meal at their 10th-floor rooftop, HQ Bar + Kitchen.
Reviews: 8.2/10 (booking.com)
Price: From $225 AUD/night (Private)
Address: 18 The Esplanade, Perth CBD, WA 6000
Digital nomad accommodation in Australia offers the perfect alternative to traditional business travel, with the bonus of social and coworking spaces. With the number of remote workers heading down under, expect hostels and coliving accommodations that encourage both hard work and an excellent time to continue to grow.
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Kate is a teacher, writer and CEOh of ohnomad.com and teachenglishonline.com.au. After travelling for years, she became a digital nomad/house sitter in 2019. Offline, she’s patting every dog at the park. Online: Twitter/LinkedIn.