Cost of living in Cairns, Australia

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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$5.55
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.38
12 eggs, large AU$5.97
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$5.52
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.17
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$4.41
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$21
2 liters of Coca-Cola AU$3.31
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$1.74
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area AU$2,112
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area AU$1,409
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$212
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area AU$1,290
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area AU$1,026
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio AU$205
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) AU$60
40” flat screen TV AU$767
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$156
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$94
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) AU$44
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$124
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$96
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$27,857
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.45
Monthly ticket public transport AU$105
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) AU$30
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$20
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) AU$66
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) AU$7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$4.92
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$5.33
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$2.53
Tube of toothpaste AU$3.50
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$24
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$58
2 tickets to the movies AU$37
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$103
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$116
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$15
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.47
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$7
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$1.00
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$53
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes AU$18
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 290 prices entered by 15 different people.
Latest price update: October 16, 2018.

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