Cost of Living Comparison Between Sydney and Brisbane 

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Consumer Prices in Brisbane are 0.7% higher than in Sydney (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Brisbane are 9.1% lower than in Sydney
Rent Prices in Brisbane are 25.0% lower than in Sydney
Restaurant Prices in Brisbane are 0.9% lower than in Sydney
Groceries Prices in Brisbane are 2.7% higher than in Sydney
Local Purchasing Power in Brisbane is 8.4% lower than in Sydney
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Restaurants
Sydney Edit Brisbane Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 A$ 25.00 A$      0.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 130.00 A$ 120.00 A$      -7.7 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 15.00 A$ 15.00 A$      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 10.00 A$ 10.50 A$      +5.0 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 10.00 A$ 11.50 A$      +15.0 %
Cappuccino (regular) 4.71 A$ 5.28 A$      +12.0 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.44 A$ 4.22 A$      +22.8 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.25 A$ 3.45 A$      +6.1 %
Markets
Sydney Edit Brisbane Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8.77 A$ 8.59 A$      -2.1 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.36 A$ 3.41 A$      +1.6 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.42 A$ 1.48 A$      +4.1 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 6.02 A$ 5.36 A$      -10.8 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.24 A$ 6.38 A$      +2.2 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.56 A$ 5.73 A$      +3.0 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 9.17 A$ 10.20 A$      +11.3 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.05 A$ 2.17 A$      +5.7 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.64 A$ 1.79 A$      +8.6 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.81 A$ 2.31 A$      +28.1 %
Tomato (1 lb) 3.40 A$ 3.06 A$      -9.8 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.71 A$ 1.62 A$      -5.5 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.50 A$ 1.41 A$      -6.3 %
Lettuce (1 head) 4.17 A$ 4.25 A$      +1.9 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.33 A$ 2.81 A$      +20.3 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 18.00 A$ 20.00 A$      +11.1 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 6.63 A$ 6.52 A$      -1.7 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.27 A$ 7.66 A$      +5.4 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 41.00 A$ 40.00 A$      -2.4 %
Transportation
Sydney Edit Brisbane Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 A$ 6.00 A$      +20.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 217.39 A$ 208.70 A$      -4.0 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 A$ 6.00 A$      +20.0 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.51 A$ 3.49 A$      -22.5 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 60.00 A$ 60.00 A$      0.0 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.74 A$ 7.94 A$      +2.5 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 35,000.00 A$ 34,500.00 A$      -1.4 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 29,896.29 A$ 29,460.00 A$      -1.5 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Sydney Edit Brisbane Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 252.51 A$ 312.81 A$      +23.9 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.88 A$ 0.71 A$      -19.1 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 80.19 A$ 88.49 A$      +10.4 %
Sports And Leisure
Sydney Edit Brisbane Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 88.94 A$ 71.43 A$      -19.7 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 26.15 A$ 29.00 A$      +10.9 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 23.00 A$ 20.00 A$      -13.0 %
Childcare
Sydney Edit Brisbane Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,494.52 A$ 2,725.00 A$      +9.2 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 23,233.33 A$ 15,316.67 A$      -34.1 %
Clothing And Shoes
Sydney Edit Brisbane Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 120.27 A$ 136.19 A$      +13.2 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 84.08 A$ 88.07 A$      +4.7 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 174.06 A$ 205.19 A$      +17.9 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 196.65 A$ 200.75 A$      +2.1 %
Rent Per Month
Sydney Edit Brisbane Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,870.14 A$ 2,441.39 A$      -14.9 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,079.05 A$ 2,049.45 A$      -1.4 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,848.85 A$ 3,897.10 A$      -33.4 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,615.74 A$ 2,415.56 A$      -33.2 %
Buy Apartment Price
Sydney Edit Brisbane Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,967.58 A$ 1,226.25 A$      -37.7 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,194.45 A$ 895.32 A$      -25.0 %
Salaries And Financing
Sydney Edit Brisbane Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6,389.27 A$ 5,319.73 A$      -16.7 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.22 4.82      +14.1 %
Last update: February 2023February 2023
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