Cost of living in Melbourne, Australia

These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 5,881 prices entered by 591 different people.
Latest price update: April 19, 2014.
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Food
Daily menu in the business district AU$17
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) AU$8
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.63
12 eggs, large AU$4.86
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$4.59
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.33
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes AU$4.05
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$4.24
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$17
2 liters of Coca-Cola AU$3.43
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.42
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area AU$2,564
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$195
Internet 8MB (1 month) AU$55
40” flat screen TV AU$686
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt AU$157
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$9
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$29
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) AU$101
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) AU$81
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) AU$123
1 pair of leather business shoes AU$117
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$33,754
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.52
Monthly ticket public transport AU$129
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) AU$20
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) AU$11
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) AU$8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$3.97
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$5.23
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$3.13
Tube of toothpaste AU$4.01
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$31
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$48
2 tickets to the movies AU$37
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$220
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert AU$107
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$17
Capuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.02
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$7
iPod nano 16GB AU$166
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.69
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$72
1 package of Marlboro cigarretes AU$19

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