Cost of living in Cairns, Australia

Summary of cost of living in Cairns

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: AU$5,687
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: AU$2,818
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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List of prices in Cairns, Australia. Current as of May 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$20
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) AU$10
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$5.09
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.32
12 eggs, large AU$5.87
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$5.58
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$9
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.24
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.33
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$5.15
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$23
2 liters of coca-cola AU$2.96
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.08
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area AU$2,272
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area AU$1,377
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$227
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area AU$1,462
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area AU$1,139
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio AU$180
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) AU$61
40” flat screen tv AU$725
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$199
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$11
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$28
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) AU$93
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) AU$52
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$133
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$111
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$27,737
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.48
Monthly ticket public transport AU$108
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) AU$27
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$18
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) AU$68
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) AU$8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$4.95
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$5.33
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$2.49
Tube of toothpaste AU$3.64
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$26
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$55
2 tickets to the movies AU$38
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$118
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$119
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$15
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.68
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb AU$720
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$1.00
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$57
1 package of marlboro cigarettes AU$23
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 33 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: May 27, 2020

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