Cost of Living in Brisbane

Summary of cost of living in Brisbane, Australia:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 28.00 A$ 18.00-50.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 150.00 A$ 100.00-240.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 15.00 A$ 15.00-16.50
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 13.50 A$ 9.00-15.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 13.50 A$ 9.00-15.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.65 A$ 4.00-7.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.48 A$ 3.00-5.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.69 A$ 2.80-5.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8.32 A$ 5.68-12.45
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.45 A$ 1.70-5.67
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.60 A$ 0.73-2.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.98 A$ 3.70-9.12
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.78 A$ 4.54-17.24
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.99 A$ 4.53-7.48
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 11.51 A$ 8.16-15.88
Apples (1 lb) 2.24 A$ 1.36-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 1.97 A$ 1.27-2.72
Oranges (1 lb) 2.17 A$ 1.04-3.67
Tomato (1 lb) 3.10 A$ 1.59-4.54
Potato (1 lb) 1.70 A$ 0.91-2.31
Onion (1 lb) 1.45 A$ 0.91-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 3.48 A$ 2.00-6.40
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.74 A$ 0.85-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20.00 A$ 15.00-29.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 8.90 A$ 4.55-11.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.73 A$ 5.50-12.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 40.00 A$ 30.00-50.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.49 A$ 3.50-8.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 210.00 A$ 160.00-250.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 A$ 3.10-7.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.85 A$ 3.69-4.51
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 60.00 A$ 51.60-64.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.97 A$ 6.70-9.08
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 36,500.00 A$ 32,000.00-40,500.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,252.50 A$ 28,000.00-32,871.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 348.04 A$ 200.00-419.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 37.12 A$ 20.00-50.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 94.11 A$ 75.00-113.50
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 77.32 A$ 35.00-125.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 31.18 A$ 20.00-40.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 22.00 A$ 15.00-28.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,616.67 A$ 1,600.00-3,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 13,523.33 A$ 6,000.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 144.74 A$ 70.00-170.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 97.07 A$ 35.00-130.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 211.19 A$ 140.00-259.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 206.88 A$ 100.00-280.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,653.78 A$ 2,000.00-3,100.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,242.93 A$ 1,920.00-2,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,123.83 A$ 3,500.00-4,700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,683.35 A$ 2,335.00-3,100.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,339.59 A$ 929.02-1,486.44
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 980.18 A$ 622.45-1,114.83
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,821.98 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.32 5.25-6.80

Prices in Brisbane

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Last update: December 2023
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9 Comments so far
J. Gibert on Jul 01, 2023:
Can anyone comment on the accuracy of this data please? Considering making the jump from NZ and moving to Brisbane as it looks like it's better value than Sydney/Melbourne (software dev)
Sam on Jan 02, 2023:
1 Bedroom new Apartment in West End (5km from city) ~ 70sqm from 2019: $400/wk, then $425/wk after negotiation down from $450, then $450/wk currently.

pricing closer to Tanja's, wages are higher though, i am a hiring exec and there is account managers on 80-90k + fully paid car with fuel etc admin on 60-65k.

Hope this helps.
Anonymous on Oct 06, 2022:
Tanjs has 2 university degree and worked in management and senior level but hasn't reached AUD70K gross? I got an offer to work in Brisbane for AUD120K and still very low in my opinion since the cost of living in Brisbane is high
RadDudw on Jun 27, 2022:
While Tanja raises a good point about some of the other costs. Her claims about wages are deadset wrong. Most tradesmen are netting $55k easily. Think about it, it’s around $1k in hand each week, it’s not that much. Honestly if your not making $70k gross, you either have useless degrees, no trade skills or aren’t very good at your job
dk on Feb 12, 2022:
anyone know how much a cigarette really is there ?
or,was it correct ?
Denver on Dec 03, 2021:
Man this is the most depressing city, and it’s coming from an Eastern European.
Brisbane Resident on Sep 13, 2020:
I have to agree, Tanja's rates below are highly accurate, more so during this time (2020). The above-mentioned are out of date. Tanja's pricing below is the norm here in Brisbane if you live in the city centre, or live even a couple of suburbs away from the city centre. For those who would like to move to Brisbane, better to overprice than under right? But I assure you, as another resident of Brisbane, Tanja's rates are the closest value to the current costs of living here in BNE.
Anonymous on Jun 24, 2020:
There are other places called Denver in this world.
Elizabeth Kriesch on Dec 13, 2019:
Denver is not 18km from Brisbane Australia. It is is the US