Cost of living in Melbourne, Australia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) AU$9
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.40
12 eggs, large AU$7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$4.82
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.24
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.50
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$4.41
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$18
2 liters of Coca-Cola AU$3.32
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.54
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area AU$3,098
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area AU$2,877
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$237
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area AU$2,083
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area AU$1,590
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio AU$231
Internet 8MB (1 month) AU$65
40” flat screen TV AU$627
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$196
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$20
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$26
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) AU$105
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) AU$71
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$139
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$158
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$26,488
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.31
Monthly ticket public transport AU$133
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) AU$19
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$15
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) AU$69
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) AU$9
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$5.50
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$5.68
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$3.61
Tube of toothpaste AU$4.31
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$31
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$51
2 tickets to the movies AU$37
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$237
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$105
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$17
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.04
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$9
iPod nano 16GB AU$186
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.47
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$72
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes AU$24
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 8,805 prices entered by 1,046 different people.
Latest price update: February 08, 2016.

Melbourne position in our World Ranking

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2nd
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