Cost of living in Brisbane, Australia

Summary of cost of living in Brisbane

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: AU$5,900
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: AU$3,015
  • Brisbane is the 2nd cheapest city in Australia (4 out of 5)
  • Brisbane is the 2nd cheapest city in Oceania (6 out of 7)
  • Cost of living in Brisbane is more expensive than in 77% of cities in the World (48 out of 200)

List of prices in Brisbane, Australia. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$21
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) AU$12
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$6
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.35
12 eggs, large AU$7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$5.56
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$5.38
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$4.03
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$5.80
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$19
2 liters of coca-cola AU$2.94
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.27
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area AU$2,235
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area AU$1,759
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$191
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area AU$1,733
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area AU$1,568
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio AU$129
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) AU$57
40” flat screen tv AU$635
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$224
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$13
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$28
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) AU$119
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) AU$66
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$134
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$158
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$30,863
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.43
Monthly ticket public transport AU$94
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) AU$28
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$13
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$12
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) AU$78
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) AU$5.26
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$5.40
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$5.74
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$3.18
Tube of toothpaste AU$3.94
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$28
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$67
2 tickets to the movies AU$33
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$234
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$98
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$18
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.89
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$10
Ipad wi-fi 128gb AU$619
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.66
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$66
1 package of marlboro cigarettes AU$34
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 528 prices entered by 71 different people.
Latest price update: January 22, 2021

Brisbane position in our World Ranking

the world
48th
out of 200
oceania
6th
out of 7
australia
4th
out of 5

Cheapest and most expensive products in Brisbane compared to other cities:

the world
3rd
oceania
1st
oceania
1st
oceania
1st
oceania
1st
oceania
1st

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