It’s no surprise that Australia remains a popular destination for ex-pats, thanks to its pleasant weather, metropolitan cities, various natural landscapes, and laid-back lifestyle.
If you’ve decided to relocate to Australia, one of the first things you’ll need to do is figure out how much it costs to live there so you can settle in.


The most expensive cities to live in Australia include:

  • SYDNEY
  • MELBOURNE
  • PERTH

Total Living Expenses in Sydney

Average cost

1 person, per month (without rent)

A$1,432⁵

4 person family, per month (without rent)

A$5,185

Utilities - basic, for 85m² apartment

A$198.09

Total Living Expenses in Melbourne

Average cost

1 person, per month (without rent)

A$1,432⁶

4 person family, per month (without rent)

A$5,185

Utilities - basic, for 85m² apartment

A$210.25

Total Living Expenses in Perth

Average cost

1 person, per month (without rent)

A$1,302⁷

4 person family, per month (without rent)

A$4,640

Utilities - basic, for 85m² apartment

A$221.10

  • Transportation
  • Personal Care
  • Entertainment

Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new

AU$28,860

1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas

AU$1.45

Monthly ticket public transport

AU$163

Cold medicine for 6 days 

AU$9

1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)

AU$15

Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes)

AU$76

1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...)

AU$7

Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)

AU$4.51

Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)

AU$7

4 rolls of toilet paper

AU$3.15

Tube of toothpaste

AU$3.71

Standard men's haircut in ex-pat area of the city

AU$31

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$251

Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert

AU$94

1 cocktail drink in downtown club

AU$18

Cappuccino in ex-pat area of the city

AU$4.55

1 beer in neighborhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)

AU$9

Ipad wi-fi 128GB

AU$688

1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)

AU$0.49

1 month of gym membership in the business district

AU$70

1 package of Marlboro cigarettes

AU$41

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