Cost of Living in Brisbane

Summary about cost of living in Brisbane:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 17.50 A$ 12.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 A$ 60.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 A$ 9.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.50 A$ 6.00-9.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 8.00 A$ 6.00-10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.24 A$ 4.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.08 A$ 2.00-4.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.48 A$ 1.50-3.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.09 A$ 3.79-7.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.02 A$ 0.91-3.18
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.94 A$ 0.54-1.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.02 A$ 3.00-5.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.62 A$ 2.27-4.54
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.30 A$ 3.63-5.44
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.86 A$ 3.63-9.07
Apples (1 lb) 1.86 A$ 1.36-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 1.16 A$ 0.91-1.59
Oranges (1 lb) 1.59 A$ 0.91-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 2.10 A$ 1.36-3.18
Potato (1 lb) 1.41 A$ 0.91-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 1.03 A$ 0.68-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 2.23 A$ 1.99-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.69 A$ 0.70-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 A$ 14.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.53 A$ 3.50-10.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.62 A$ 3.00-7.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 25.00 A$ 22.00-30.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 A$ 3.20-5.10
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 151.09 A$ 93.80-217.39
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 A$ 2.90-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.49 A$ 3.49-4.63
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 49.20 A$ 49.20-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.10 A$ 4.73-5.64
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,000.00 A$ 22,000.00-30,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,851.67 A$ 20,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 197.57 A$ 100.00-350.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.28 A$ 0.11-0.60
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 72.98 A$ 60.00-90.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 56.73 A$ 29.00-80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19.21 A$ 10.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 A$ 12.00-18.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,243.83 A$ 400.00-2,100.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,270.21 A$ 11,000.00-23,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 90.62 A$ 60.00-120.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 65.62 A$ 30.00-90.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 126.43 A$ 90.00-190.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 128.59 A$ 90.00-175.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,709.28 A$ 1,304.35-2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,232.47 A$ 1,000.00-1,521.74
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,926.18 A$ 2,400.00-3,695.65
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,939.36 A$ 1,500.00-2,400.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 608.93 A$ 464.51-749.72
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 461.46 A$ 309.64-631.74
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,346.51 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.29 4.00-5.00

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Last update: February 2018
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43 Comments so far

#Neville on Nov 08, 2017 :
Doesn't matter whether you're a doctor, lawyer etc., if you're a foreigner, you will be beaten down to the point where you'll be happy to be a 10 dollar an hour cleaner. Then the cleaning will be great, and they'll take the kudos for that too. Almost no difference between here and north Korea, you're either in the regime or not! Small dictatorships in South America are probably better places to live, at least the rents are probably cheaper, and your chances of survival are better?
#Bob on Nov 08, 2017 :
You're basically coming to "deliverance in the bush"! Morons living in fantasyland, painting a picture of "Pleasantville" while the cops and ambos scrape the bodies off the pavement. People, seemingly happily married with kids and a nice house, end up jumping off the cliffs to their deaths. Gamblers end up dead in the river, wives leave their husbands to become prostitutes, husbands leave their wives for their gay lovers, non productive druggies are hit with hotshots, one third of kids are fiddled with, more homeless people than LA, loads of mental asylums and prisons, no jobs, just promises, promises, promises, disappointment, disappointment, disappointment. To say anything else is false advertising, and a lot of money is spent on that!
#Brianne on Nov 08, 2017 :
The only business left here is rental and tourist income. That's why rents are so high. Everybody get's stuffed around and filled with hope, anything as long as they pay the rent. It's all a front, run by fools. You might as well look to travel to hell.
#Sally on Nov 08, 2017 :
They hate the educated here. Foriegn students are only for "paying rents, drinking piss, taking drugs and paying for cab fares". Inbreds rule here, and the educated are kept on the dole to babysit the inbreds. The whole place verges on insanity. Logic is abused, beaten up and spat on. They just wait for stupid foreigners to stumble in so they can scab off them.
#Amelie on Nov 08, 2017 :
So true,Roger and Gary, but it get's worse. Did you know you cant live in Kings Cross in Sydney unless you have AIDS? In Brisbane, gonnorhea is rife, legal prostition. Brisane,they basically cross their fingers hoping the stock market will go up. Nothing else,except prostitution, gambling, drugs, peadophelia, hotshots and murder. Families torn apart, ripoffs everywhere, no law or order, no working governments - just loads of inbreds wondering how to pay off 90 billion dollars of government debt, and 90 billion dollars of private debt.
#Gary on Nov 08, 2017 :
So true Roger. In the last month, just in a 200 metre radius from where I live, we have had 2 "suicides", a dead body in broad daylight found in our driveway, a young lawyer run over and killed by a government vehicle,multiple other deaths and suspicious circumstances. Cops etc. dont give a stuff (as long as it's not them), and the nightly news says, "another day in paradise tomorrow with a top of __ degrees"?
#Roger on Nov 08, 2017 :
As is usual, this place is a ripoff! Bring your money, knowledge and your hope! Like an ambush, you will lose the lot, and nobody will give a stuff! All will be covered up, and you will be called a mental defective! If you happen to be murdered, you will become "just another suicide statistic"! Inbred morons run the place, they produce pamphlets trying "to attract you to heaven"! Heaven turns to hell!
#Miles Cheifetz on Jul 25, 2017 :
I wanted to move from Sydney to Qld for 20 years, and in April it became a reality. I live in the Moreton Bay region (LGA), on Brisbane's Northside (19km to CBD). I love it here, Q has always been my favourite state in 30 years of being in Australia; I strongly recommend it - it is relaxed, attractive, clean, and is still affordable for real estate, unlike Sydney or Melbourne.
These are a selection of my costs here in Brisbane:
• House purchase (4 bdrms, 2-storey, 2 bathrooms & WCs pool, 2-car garage, totally refurbished 2017): $460K
• Electricity per quarter: $600-900
• Water rates: $350 per quarter
• Council rates: $1300 per annum ($325 per quarter)
• Car insurance (3rd party CTP personal injury + comprehensive + rego): $1,040 per annum
• House insurance: $1800 per annum
• Broadband internet & Wi-Fi: $40 per month
• Fuel: $1.00-1.35 per litre
• Groceries for 2 people: $200-300 per week
• Landline: $40 per month
• Mobile phone: $29 per month (cap plan)
• Tolls: some motorways free, others you can use alternate arterial roads!
• Restaurant meal: $30-50 pp on Northside
• Medical: $40 Medicare gap per Dr visit or bulk-billing (free)
• Coffee: $4.50-5.50
• Booze: $22-25 per bottle for cheap spirits / $5 & up per bottle or cask for red or white wine / beer: varies

Hope this helps! Brisbane is generally one of the more affordable mainland state capitals in Australia. Cheers!
#bigbird on Jun 20, 2017 :
hi there I'm hoping to emigrate to Australia as an occupational health and safety advisor, I currently earn 27k pounds sterling in UK and manage to live comfortably in my rental 3 bed property, it states in Australia the average annual salary for this profession is 79k aus dollars is this a comfortable salary to live on and where is the best area to move to for affordable rentals with a nice lifestyle on that kind of salary please.
#Adegboyega on Nov 09, 2016 :
I am making moves to migrate to Queensland.As a Medical lab Tech, with my wife and a kid. Any cheap accommodation and job for a new settler?
#Thyaga Muthumini on Sep 06, 2016 :
I'm individual who's looking forward to migrate in to Australia, Brisbane. I'm an accountant and would I be able to find out a job over there? Is there any hostel facilities of unmarried girls over there or, what kinda an apartment do I suit?
#Brisbane Bayside on Aug 24, 2016 :
Price of eggs:

The figures above say: Eggs (12) 4.49 A$

Actual Shops today:

ALDI $2.79 (Eggs 12 pack 700g)
Coles: $2.99 (Eggs 12 pack 700g)
Spar: $3.10 (12 eggs 700gm)
IGA: $3.99 (12 eggs 700gm)
ALDI $4.39 (12 eggs 700g Free Range)
Woolworths: $4.59 (12 eggs 700gm)
Coles: $6.80 (12 eggs 700gm Free Range)
Woolworths: $6.99 (12 eggs 700gm Free Range)

Answer, it varies...
#Oluwaseun on Aug 19, 2016 :
Hallo, i'm a banker looking to move to Australia in 2017, what type of jobs are available for me, I will also be moving with a wife and 3 kids, what general advice do you have for me?
#elif on Mar 16, 2016 :
I am planing to live in Queensland for about 6 weeks, internship at a university's lab. How much do you think it will cost a student to spend 6 weeks in queensland/brisbane?
#melvil fernando on Jan 14, 2016 :
I am planing to migrate Australia in this year. Currently I am working as an Assistant manager fabric and looking after the fabic quality as well as fabric related testings. what are the jobs availbility in Queensland?
#Clan De Stein on Oct 25, 2015 :
I always liked Brisbane and it surprised me that is wasn't a red-neck/bogan/chav filled hell hole but rather it was quirky, clean, friendly and with hidden gems.

It's been a while since I was last there but the area that I particularly liked was around Fortitude Valley also know simply as "The Valley".

I think there's been a lot of development since I was last there with the construction of many new apartment buildings and the price of residential real estate has increased significantly but is still cheaper than Melbourne and Sydney.

Would I choose to live in Brisbane again?

Interesting question.. I think Melbourne has more to offer for lifestyle and work opportunities but definitely I wouldn't rule out Brisbane.
#aman kumar anand on Oct 16, 2015 :
I am from India ,want to settle down in Australia and want to buy a large part of land doing animal husnendry.
could you tell me some land which is large but not so costly......
#Brisbane sucks on Sep 10, 2015 :
Who the hell in the right mind and why would anyone want to move to Brisbane, the redneck bogan druggie capital of Australia, aka Bris Vegas?
#Ted on Sep 04, 2015 :
Hi, I am a kiwi 47 years. Looking to move to aussi. I am a diesel mechanic. How can I gain permantant residency easily? thanks.
#ImmiGratedd on May 28, 2015 :

I'm a dirty immigrations and want to takes yos countries jobs in the IT departments and PhD financially while me and my ilk will chatter into oblivion on my talking stick.
#Brendan on Mar 29, 2015 :
Some of these posts have put me in tears reading, so funny. No you don't need to be a bouncer or a prostitute to live here. I have been year from the States for a few years bow and its much more livable. I am getting a double masters and have paid my bills with 13 hours a week at a bar (penalty rates) before but usually work 20. Don't be scared by all the sarcastic posts from people who can't put together a proper sentence on here. If you are a student expect to pay 170-185 with bills included a week. Plus transport is half off for students. Eating is very cheap here if you eat at home. Just don't go eating out and drinking all the time and you'll be fine.
#vaibhav on Mar 25, 2015 :

i will be coming to australia as an intern. would probably get some where around 1800 per month. can you suggest me with a cheaper accomodation?? near Brisbane or Melbourn. Thanks..appreciated..
#Bonzo on Dec 08, 2014 :
To answer a few questions about part time work and living in Brisbane...


If you are looking to study, you obviously require some sort of income (unless on a scholarship etc). The best way to get money as a guy is to do security (bouncer) work, on Fri, Sat and Sunday. Sometimes you only need Fri and Sat. The average award per hour is $25-30. You need to look the part as well, hit the gym, look like a man. This is a "stable" and reliable source of income. The course to become a Security Officer is at least $400.

You can also do construction (labourer), driver and other supplementary jobs.


Banks and Retailers like Coles, Woolworths etc. Not much work out there when it comes to females. Unfortunately a lot of female students end up doing sex work. However, do not let it be a deterrent to coming to Australia - you can find work. You might need to work 2 jobs instead of one.


In Sydney, rent is dear. A 1 bedroom unit in Hurstville can be around 400 per week. 3 bedroom will cost you upwards of 800. (Prices are based on the rent i set for my properties.) Hurstville is approx 30 mins from City, 25 mins from airport. Renting a property in the city is very dear of course.

Now, many students tend to room together. That brings the cost to a manageable amount.


If you have a large family (3+ kids or pets), and you prefer a house to an apartment, moving towards Western Sydney might be a better choice. The distance to SYD CBD or Airport is approx 45-90 mins depending on the M5 Motorway!

Areas you should be looking at: Liverpool, Hawkesbury, Eaglevale, Prestons, Panania, Revesby, Padstow etc

Rent is affordable esp in a double income family.

Areas i would avoid ;-) : Bankstown, Greenacre.


You don't get taxed until you earn $18k. In other words, your first $18k is tax free. Visit for more info.

I can't be bothered going into the visa situation, if you want to know the "real" stuff then feel free to email me, otherwise you should check out the Immigration website.

Above all, Australia is a great place to live and raise a family, its laid back and the weather is top notch (most of the time!) You can actually save money, due to the popular fortnight pay. Ive managed to save a lot in Australia than i did when i was in the States or the UK.


email - elihu dot bonzo at gmail dot com
#Johny on Dec 08, 2014 :
Hi , I am planning to do a course from Southern Queensland university. My question is can i survive there witha a part time job and while doing this course..What is this all about paying tax??? seeing some comments am almost scared if I can survive and make some good cash.
#Yan Fagundes on Nov 25, 2014 :
Hi there! I'm a dentist and I'm willing to convert my diploma to be able to clinic legally in Australia. So I was thinking to move to Brisbane to make a specialization in Orthodontics. My question is, is it possible to make it in Australia if I work really hard? What other cities north of Brisbane are good for starting a career? I wouldn't go to southern cities because of the weather. thanks a lot.
#bmp on Nov 01, 2014 :
Hey i m mechanical engineer. Which is a best one option to make good careere USA or Australia?
#foggy on Oct 31, 2014 :
if you qickly do a simple budget taking into account rent food electricity,phone ,fuel if your lucky enough to afford vehicle when you first arrive,internet , poublic transport,and throw in a extra 50 dollars spending money you will need to make at least 1000 dollars after tax per week just to be living on bare minimum.On this wage there will always be the ones who say they do that and propser, They are lying or cheating or bsing or recieving support from a undisclosed source (relatives,undeclared activities etc).The black market(cash only dealers) thrive here so often you can avioid taxes by cash only deals. The government will eventually catch you out as everyone is expected to pay there fair share of taxes. That staement itself makes me laugh as Austarlia is perhaps the most unfair country in the world. I say this because there are rules regulations and differences for everything. Example if you move to Brisbane and live on the north side of town upon leaving the airport express North there are no tolls on the roads. Head south and the roads are tolled. How is this fair. That is just one example .Austarlia is filled with them. To live here succesfully and profitably you have to determine what is fair for you. Work wage is almost always determined on a individual basis. I have worked on large engineering projects where people on my crew differed by as much as 100K a year for doing the exact same job.I dont set the wages . Wages are set by offer. If you want to work for nothing that is your choice. Australuia practices the Darwin business philoosphy. The natural flow of money from the uniformed to the informed. If you are dumb ass you will struggle here. If you are not then life can be good if you research but it will cost you.I have lived in a big city here the last 35 years and costs are expensive, You must remember the cheaper rents will be farther out of the city so when doing your sums use the high end if you wish to live within 10 to 20km of the cbd. So now you say you can live outside the city. That is fine but commutes will cost more the neighborhood may not be as nice,schools etc etc,Small town Australia is cliquey and xenophobic to the point of advertising they are that way.I am ashamed to say that its like that but it is. Used to be the lucky country but somewhere in the last ten years or so everyone got greedy.
#DC on Oct 02, 2014 :
@teresa yes women are allowed to work. But there are so many hairdresses, the government doesn't need your skill so unfortunately you wont get a visa with that occupation.
#teresa on Sep 13, 2014 :
Are women allowed to work in Australia and is it worth it with child care What are hairdressing salaries like?Anyone that can help that knows the country well with help will be appreciated Teresa
#Merlyn on Aug 11, 2014 :
Hey, I am planning to migrate to Australia with my family. I would liek to know which state would be best for IT & Finance job opportunities, for good schools & of course for reasonable cost of living? I would appreciate if those in Australia can share their opnions with me.
#Billy on Jun 20, 2014 :
The cost of a transport ticket is for one zone, so it costs $5 even if you only go one stop on the train.
#Alex on Jun 07, 2014 :
What is the cost of land tax in Australia Queensland 2013 for 1 acre in the woods in the mountains (not in town) ???
#Wesley on May 26, 2014 :
I'm living in Brisbane (Coorparoo) right now which is around 10min by car away from the City.
I have to agree with the rent prices above. I'm in a 2 bedroom unit, sharing it with my partner and the rent is $345 per week excluding utilities and the unit is also unfurnished. If you take into consideration the utilities, we are paying around $400 a week.
Australia in general is quite expensive, especially in Brisbane for some reason. Sometimes you will find that food in Sydney or Melbourne is cheaper.

I hope this helps.
#Hazel on May 16, 2014 :
Can anyone tell me what the average rent is for flats in Brisbane
#Anonymous on May 16, 2014 :
Can anyone tell me what a reasonable rent is per month?
#siobhan on Apr 30, 2014 :
Have lived in Caloundra area of Sunshine Coast for 10yrs having emigrated directly from the UK. Couldn't work for the first 4 months as there was no childcare, struggled on one salary with husband commuting to Brisbane (had pre-arranged job) $2,500pa on train fare plus $80 per week on petrol to get to a train station. As a nurse, I still found it difficult to get work as the assumption was someone was at home to look after the children, shift work at hospitals didn't fit around any childcare arrangements (childcare centres etc. ran 7:30-6pm at that time and only for children over 15mths. It is a little more flexible & available now but at the time it took more than half my salary and you have to still pay even if you don't get work that day / week. Most jobs outside the city centres are casual which means 2hrs notice to terminate employment or send you home from a shift early, sometimes just after arriving, no holiday pay or sick pay. I haven't had a pay rise for 5 yrs and the cost of living keep going up. I earn less at 48yrs than I did at 26yrs. Having said all that, I have a lifestyle that I could never have had in the UK that has nothing to do with money, all the free stuff you can do, beach, parks, picnics, free outdoor music concerts, entertaining friends at home, having a backyard pool and no one caring what you do for living, where you buy your clothes or what car you drive. No keeping up with the Jones' or pressure to have the latest & best and I own 2 houses, have 2 mortgages and 2 children, been divorced and re-married. Only think that would make me move is the children re-locating overseas. Employment is hard to fins at the moment. Husband has been here 6yrs and only had 2yrs of full employment as a highly skilled IT developer! Hope all this helps, its always worth following a dream, even if it doesn't work out the way you planned!
#Sinbad on Apr 12, 2014 :
I' afraid that Brisbane is not the magic city that one of the comments suggested .. It's not as bad as Perth or Adelaide or Tas,
but Melbourne is still top of the chart, although I think Brisbane is pretty good in places.

Brisbane is probably cheaper than Melbourne for rents and house prices and there is Fortitude Valley which is a cool little area. The suburb lies immediately northeast of the Brisbane central business district, that is where the entertainment, fun and adventure is.

Cheap but tasty restaurant.

Go to Govinda's located 99 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City, the menu is pure vegetarian and cooked fresh daily.
#eu on Mar 30, 2014 :
#Anonymous on Jan 28, 2014

India's a shithole, that's why.
#Great city on Mar 30, 2014 :
Brisbane is a beautiful city with a wonderful young vibrancy about it. It continues to rapidly evolve as a mature world city. It leaves all other capital cities in Australia for dead.
#Alastair on Mar 02, 2014 :
We (couple) are considering the move to Brisbane and I am looking for realistic monthly costs of running a home there. We know roughly what the mortgage would be but am looking for typical costs per month for the following (based on a new-build, 4 bedroom home):

- House
- Car (2 x cars. 1 medium sized SUV, 1 sports coupe)
- Life
- Medical
TV Licence/Subscription
Council Tax

Any help is much appreciated!
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#Alicia on Feb 03, 2014 :
We are a family of 4 (and 1 dog) and have thought about it seriously over the last 3 yrs or so to move to Australia from the US. We don't have college degrees but I am in school working full time and my husband is a police officer where we live and in prior military. I guess my questions are about visas, permanent visas, SOL requirements. We just want to make sure this move wouldn't jeopardize our retirement and kids education etc. Also, best city/town to raise kids under 12 yrs. Thanks!
#albert on Feb 03, 2014 :
Hi.can anybody tell me what is the salary for a bakerman night shift in brisbane i am planing too imm. to brisbane but i dont know what can i ern per month thx