Cost of living in Cairns, Australia

List of prices in Cairns, Australia. Current as of Apr 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$18
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$5.53
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$4.18
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$22
2 liters of Coca-Cola AU$3.09
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$2,228
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area AU$1,398
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$1,373
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area AU$1,082
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$181
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$92
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) AU$48
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$133
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$100
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$26
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$18
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) AU$65
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) AU$8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$4.79
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$54
2 tickets to the movies AU$37
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$106
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$114
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$15
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.57
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$20
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 233 prices entered by 8 different people.
Latest price update: April 21, 2019

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