Cost of Living in Brisbane

Summary of cost of living in Brisbane, Australia:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 A$ 15.00-40.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 120.00 A$ 85.00-200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 15.00 A$ 14.00-18.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 12.00 A$ 8.00-15.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12.00 A$ 8.00-15.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.31 A$ 4.00-7.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.17 A$ 3.00-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.40 A$ 2.50-5.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8.17 A$ 5.68-14.38
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.17 A$ 1.81-5.90
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.54 A$ 0.73-2.11
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.89 A$ 3.70-8.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.29 A$ 4.54-9.98
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.73 A$ 4.08-7.26
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 9.99 A$ 7.71-13.60
Apples (1 lb) 2.12 A$ 1.36-2.54
Banana (1 lb) 1.89 A$ 1.36-2.68
Oranges (1 lb) 2.33 A$ 1.13-4.31
Tomato (1 lb) 2.54 A$ 1.36-4.76
Potato (1 lb) 1.68 A$ 1.02-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.47 A$ 0.91-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 3.05 A$ 2.00-4.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.49 A$ 0.80-4.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20.00 A$ 12.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 8.12 A$ 4.09-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.33 A$ 5.00-12.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 40.00 A$ 36.00-50.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.34 A$ 3.50-8.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 210.00 A$ 152.17-250.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 A$ 3.10-6.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.69 A$ 3.49-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 51.60 A$ 50.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.54 A$ 6.47-8.71
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 40,750.00 A$ 35,000.00-44,423.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 31,841.79 A$ 29,990.00-36,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 282.11 A$ 150.00-379.21
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 35.31 A$ 20.00-60.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 76.41 A$ 65.00-90.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 79.34 A$ 35.00-116.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 26.60 A$ 20.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20.00 A$ 15.00-25.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,408.97 A$ 1,000.00-3,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 13,536.67 A$ 6,000.00-20,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 128.13 A$ 65.00-160.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 63.75 A$ 30.00-119.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 184.49 A$ 100.00-240.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 157.32 A$ 100.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,458.67 A$ 2,000.00-3,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,090.16 A$ 1,700.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,890.78 A$ 3,000.00-4,700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,647.47 A$ 2,300.00-3,200.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,121.57 A$ 774.15-1,672.24
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 776.19 A$ 464.51-1,189.15
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,961.29 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.22 5.00-6.95

Prices in Brisbane

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Last update: May 2024
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9 Comments so far
People of Nun Duh on Dec 19, 2023:
Brisbane offers plenty for everyone, 16 dolla sandwiches, 55 dolla steak sandwiches, and lots of good grub for exorbitant prices. Everyone will charge you like a wounded bull, and like its the last time they'll ever see you again.

You'll be crying out for mommy because Brisbane prices are, for the quality received, just the most expensive anywhere. Think of Africa level quality with Monaco prices.
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.