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Where’s the Best Weather for Working in Australia?

November 16, 2022 0 Comments

If you’re thinking about a change of scene, here are some of the best weather places in the land down under.

There are a tonne of factors to take into account when considering a move for work. The local housing market, cost of living, amenities (public transport, sporting grounds, parks, schools etc) and local demographics that will help you build professional and personal networks all figure highly when making the decision.

Kayak even did some research in 2022 and put together its top 10 regions Australians choose to work from:

  1. South East Queensland (e.g. Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast)
  2. Far North Queensland (e.g. Torres Strait Island, Townsville, Whitsunday)
  3. Blue Mountains, New South Wales
  4. Greater Hobart Region, Tasmania
  5. Central Coast New, South Wales
  6. Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
  7. South West, Western Australia (e.g. Margaret River, Albany, Mandurah)
  8. Greater Melbourne Area
  9. Barossa Valley, South Australia (e.g. Tanunda, Eden Valley, Angaston)
  10. Greater Perth Region

This is a great cross-section of the country, with the only noticeable absences being the ACT and Northern Territory. Not that there’s anything wrong with living and working in either of those, if that’s your choice!

Another factor that can come into play when thinking about where you want to live and work is weather and the local climate because, let’s face it, weather can make or break our work day, so wanting to work where the best weather in Australia is isn’t as superficial as it sounds. Some jobs are also more suited to particular climates. 

If, say, you’re a mobile physio or locum GP racing around from patient to patient or clinic to clinic or a barrister who has to front up at court regularly in formal attire, living in a town or city where it rains a lot or, conversely, gets extremely hot in summer is probably not your preference.

Of course, the idea of “the best weather” is completely subjective, meaning it’s impossible to define in absolute terms: Not everyone is up for super cold weather and some can’t stand the heat. Whatever your preference, taking into consideration the average temperature, climate, extremes and rainfall rates of your next Australian work location is a fair consideration.

Read on and you’ll glean the kind of information on the best weather for working in Australia that will help you make your next professional move. Let’s look at temperature and rainfall first.

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Average temperatures Australian capitals

If temperature is critical, here are the maximum and minimum temperatures in Celsius across Australia’s capital cities

(Here is a converter from Celsius to Fahrenheit if you need one)

  • Adelaide 15.3 (July) – 29.2 (January)
  • Brisbane 20.7 (July) – 29.2 (January)
  • Canberra 11.8 (July) – 28.7 (January)
  • Darwin 30.8 (July) – 33.5 (October/November)
  • Hobart 12.3 (July) – 22.2 (January)
  • Melbourne 13.0 (July) – 26.5 (February)
  • Perth 18.4 (July) – 31.6 (February)
  • Sydney 17.1 (July) – 27.0 (January)

As you can see, July is the coolest in most capitals and January the warmest, with Canberra suffering the most variation and Darwin the least.

Average rainfall Australian capitals

Rainfall could be the more deciding factor climate wise when choosing where you’ll work next.

  • Adelaide 20 – 80mm; Wettest month: July; Total rainfall: 547
  • Brisbane 33 – 144mm; Wettest month: February; Total rainfall: 1080
  • Canberra 38 – 55mm; Wettest month: November; Total rainfall: :602
  • Darwin 1 – 466mm; Wettest month: January; Total rainfall: 1812
  • Hobart 36 – 61mm; Wettest month: August; Total rainfall: 569
  • Melbourne 37 – 61mm; Wettest month: November; Total rainfall: 518
  • Perth 17 – 147mm; Wettest month: July; Total rainfall: 734
  • Sydney 63 – 119 mm; Wettest month: April; Total rainfall: 1042

Pro weather tip: Comparing average temperature ranges and average rainfalls throws up the interesting fact that it’s not necessarily the cooler southern states that get the most rainfall. 

And the overall winner is…

Believe it or not, the CSIRO put some time and effort into helping us answer this question, and the winner for the best weather for working in Australia is…Port Macquarie, NSW! 

With mild winters and not-too-warm summers, this little gem on the north east coast of NSW around 400 kms north of Sydney has warm water you can swim in all year around.

So, if you want a surf or swim or run along the beach every morning to kick off your work day, this could be the place for you. 

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But for the lovers of real heat…

If it’s heat all year around that you long for, and humidity doesn’t concern you, head to Far North Queensland to cities like Townsville, Cairns or even smaller regional towns like Airlie Beach or Port Douglas, to the Northern Territory to Darwin or to the top end of Western Australia.

This northern region of Australia works to a wet/dry season climate calendar but generally has average temperatures of around 24-25C all-year around, if not warmer. You’ll rarely be out of shorts and t-shirts, although admittedly, wet seasons can be trying, with some years experiencing days of heavy rainfall that combined with heat can make for hot, sticky days.

These regions also have a cyclone season, so you may have to batten down the hatches sometimes.

Or for those who like it chilled…

Even though Canberra has the lowest average temperature, it’s Hobart or Tasmania more broadly as Australia’s most southern state where you’ll want to be.

With its cool winters and super mild summers, you can enjoy a non-sweaty professional life and be living in a pretty sweet location renowned for great produce and natural beauty.

And we can’t forget to mention “Four seasons in one day”…

No, not the Crowded House song, but Melbourne and the general region around it.

While it’s kind of the in-joke amongst Aussies, when you live in Melbourne you might need to pack a raincoat, sweater, pair of shorts and sunglasses whenever you go to work because not only does it have a set of fairly defined seasons year around, those seasons can also all happen in one day!

But this doesn’t stop Melbourne from being the second largest city (soon to be the largest) in Australia population wise and a great place to live for so many other reasons.

Final thought

Of course, all this comes with the caveat that temperatures, rainfalls and the broader climate are highly variable and changing, so while you might use this information to get a feel about where you choose to live and work for the best weather in Australia, the climate is changing as ever.

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All our divisions have Full and Part-time jobs (and Locums) available across many of these locations around Australia. Reach out to us today if you have any questions and would like to discuss opportunities!