Cost of living in Melbourne, Australia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) AU$10
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$6
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.34
12 eggs, large AU$6
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$4.60
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.02
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.29
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$4.59
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$18
2 liters of Coca-Cola AU$3.46
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.08
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area AU$2,893
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area AU$2,201
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$269
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area AU$2,007
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area AU$1,391
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio AU$390
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) AU$60
40” flat screen TV AU$698
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$209
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$11
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$29
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) AU$107
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) AU$69
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$150
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$165
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$28,517
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.24
Monthly ticket public transport AU$140
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) AU$20
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$18
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) AU$70
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) AU$5.82
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$5.66
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$5.99
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$3.06
Tube of toothpaste AU$4.45
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$27
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$51
2 tickets to the movies AU$39
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$287
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$96
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$18
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$9
iPod nano 16GB AU$222
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.64
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$73
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes AU$27
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,059 prices entered by 547 different people.
Latest price update: March 30, 2017.

Melbourne position in our World Ranking

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23rd
out of 215
oceania
4th
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4th
out of 6

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