Cost of living in Brisbane, Australia

Summary of cost of living in Brisbane

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: AU$7,077
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: AU$3,800
  • Cost of living in Brisbane is cheaper than in 44% of cities in Australia (4 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in Brisbane is cheaper than in 46% of cities in Oceania (6 out of 13)
  • Cost of living in Brisbane is more expensive than in 76% of cities in the World (55 out of 229)
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List of prices in Brisbane
Current as of May 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$22
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) AU$14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$6
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.88
12 eggs, large AU$6
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.88
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.50
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$5.43
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$18
2 liters of coca-cola AU$3.55
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.78
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area AU$3,050
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area AU$2,249
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$216
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area AU$2,109
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area AU$1,700
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio AU$120
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) AU$71
40” flat screen tv AU$459
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$218
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$13
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$39
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) AU$108
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) AU$74
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$156
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$176
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$33,289
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.98
Monthly ticket public transport AU$166
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) AU$25
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$18
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) AU$77
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) AU$5.70
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$5.18
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$7
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$3.61
Tube of toothpaste AU$4.83
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$34
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$62
2 tickets to the movies AU$36
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$274
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$96
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$19
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$5.16
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$9
Ipad wi-fi 128gb AU$821
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.48
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$62
1 package of marlboro cigarettes AU$39
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 431 prices entered by 47 different people.
Latest price update: May 31, 2023

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