Cost of Living in Brisbane

Summary about cost of living in Brisbane, Australia:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 A$ 14.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 A$ 60.00-160.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 13.00 A$ 12.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 9.00 A$ 6.00-12.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 9.00 A$ 7.00-12.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.87 A$ 4.00-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.70 A$ 3.00-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.83 A$ 2.00-4.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 7.14 A$ 4.54-12.87
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.00 A$ 1.72-5.90
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.33 A$ 0.82-2.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.75 A$ 3.00-7.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.12 A$ 2.72-13.61
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.05 A$ 3.63-8.16
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.90 A$ 4.54-13.60
Apples (1 lb) 2.02 A$ 1.36-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 1.61 A$ 0.91-2.72
Oranges (1 lb) 1.84 A$ 0.91-4.08
Tomato (1 lb) 2.90 A$ 1.36-4.49
Potato (1 lb) 1.48 A$ 0.91-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 1.28 A$ 0.72-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 3.76 A$ 1.80-7.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.55 A$ 0.80-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 16.50 A$ 12.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.13 A$ 3.00-8.57
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.38 A$ 3.00-10.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 40.00 A$ 30.00-60.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.38 A$ 3.45-10.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 198.00 A$ 100.00-225.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 A$ 4.50-8.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.49 A$ 3.49-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 49.20 A$ 47.40-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.65 A$ 6.66-8.56
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 32,000.00 A$ 30,000.00-38,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,956.15 A$ 25,000.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 186.21 A$ 121.43-350.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.48 A$ 0.25-0.55
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 74.28 A$ 60.00-90.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 58.98 A$ 20.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 21.88 A$ 12.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 A$ 12.00-22.50
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,031.25 A$ 1,000.00-2,900.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 10,725.00 A$ 6,000.00-20,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 103.20 A$ 60.00-145.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 61.53 A$ 30.00-100.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 159.52 A$ 99.00-250.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 162.58 A$ 120.00-220.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,958.33 A$ 1,600.00-2,600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,471.33 A$ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,181.25 A$ 2,500.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,075.00 A$ 1,800.00-2,400.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 749.02 A$ 557.41-1,021.92
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 550.78 A$ 278.71-836.12
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6,033.20 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.35 2.09-4.80

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Last update: August 2022
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11 Comments so far
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
Anonymous on Jul 16, 2019:
I totally agree with Tanja with regards to current prices ongoing costs and salaries.
Tanja on Jun 09, 2019:
Sorry to say but the figures above are out of date. It depicts a much more affordable cost of living than it actually is.

Firstly, the average net salary is not $55000 net .. that would mean the gross salary is $70,000.
I have worked and lived in Brisbane all my life, have 2 university degrees, have worked in management and senior admin roles and have not yet reached $70,000 gross salary. Most people in 'normal' jobs are grossing between $40,000 and $65,000. If you are an Engineer, Doctor, Lawyer or some specialist roles so it is certainly NOT an average presumed salary.

Also the figures for groceries:
Not sure where these guys go shopping but major supermarkets and butchers sell Chicken for approx. $12-$15/kg and beef steaks range from $20-$30/kg depending on the cut. Certainly not in the range of $4-$6 .. that was maybe the price in 1980.

Bread is between $3.65 for cheapest chinese baker to sour dough and artesian bread costing up to $8 a loaf.

Cheese - 750g block ranges from $6-$7.5
Tomatoes even at the markets cost between $3 and $7/kg depending on season and natural disasters that have occurred.
Potatoes .. 1 kg either at market or in supermarket is $5

And then there is the cost of utilities quoted above is again something from the mid 80's
Electricity for a standard 4 bedroom house = $100-$150 per month .. slightly reduced if you have solar panels on your roof
Rates for a house/unit = $100 per month
Water and Sewerage costs for 4 person household = $125-$150 a month (more if you have a pool)
Internet - broadband = $100 a month
Mobile phone plans = $49-$99 per month depending on usage required.

So really, it is much less affordable than what is listed above. Numbeo, you need to update your information.
Issam issa on Feb 23, 2019:
I am an engineer but intending to open business in Brisbane and i wonder how is the private own works going there
Is it profitable or being employed is better
What is approximately the rate of return of business ( aversion)
I have two kids that will join the university
Challenged Asparagus on Oct 04, 2018:
@Mr Rodger check out Dakabin. It's right next to North Lakes, just over the freeway. Much more affordable and not a slum either.
Mr Rodger on Jul 15, 2018:
Hi guys, i am 23, single and i am a butcher. i would prefer to live in North Lakes, however, i am a monthly gym member, i play soccer 2 nights a week, i need to purchase a car to get to work, i need a phone and i spend most friday and saturday nights going out. do you recommend i purchase a house or rent a house?