Cost of living in Ballarat, Australia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$22
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) AU$10
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$5.76
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.48
12 eggs, large AU$4.29
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$5.01
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$3.12
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$4.33
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$6.00
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$19
2 liters of Coca-Cola AU$3.17
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.45
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area AU$2,000
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area AU$1,075
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$225
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area AU$2,150
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area AU$1,290
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio -
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) AU$50
40” flat screen TV AU$477
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$240
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$8
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$13
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) AU$83
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) AU$58
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$108
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$78
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$33,328
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.29
Monthly ticket public transport AU$83
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$9
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$12
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) AU$48
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) AU$7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$3.82
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$4.50
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$3.00
Tube of toothpaste AU$4.13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$17
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$51
2 tickets to the movies AU$35
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$116
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$70
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.53
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$6
iPad Air 2, 64GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$1.00
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$43
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes AU$22
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 24 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: June 13, 2017.

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