Cost of Living in Cairns

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Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 A$ 8.00-45.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 170.00 A$ 140.00-200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 15.00 A$ 15.00-16.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 9.50 A$ 6.00-13.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12.00 A$ 9.00-14.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.80 A$ 4.50-7.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.30 A$ 3.50-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.60 A$ 3.00-4.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 9.19 A$ 4.92-11.36
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.45 A$ 1.81-5.44
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.40 A$ 0.64-2.04
Eggs (regular) (12) 6.34 A$ 4.20-8.40
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.59 A$ 4.54-6.80
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.49 A$ 4.54-8.62
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.85 A$ 8.62-9.07
Apples (1 lb) 2.22 A$ 1.81-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 1.73 A$ 1.13-2.27
Oranges (1 lb) 1.89 A$ 0.89-2.04
Tomato (1 lb) 5.02 A$ 2.72-7.08
Potato (1 lb) 1.58 A$ 1.13-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 1.47 A$ 1.32-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 3.92 A$ 2.70-4.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 4.50 A$ 1.00-7.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 17.00 A$ 15.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.12 A$ 2.50-6.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.50 A$ 3.00-7.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 45.00 A$ 43.95-45.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 A$ 1.20-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 150.00 A$
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) ?
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 8.05 A$
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) ?
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.92 A$ 6.44-7.48
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 35,000.00 A$ 35,000.00-44,423.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,000.00 A$ 30,000.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 263.33 A$ 190.00-380.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 56.67 A$ 35.00-80.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 78.50 A$ 75.00-130.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 42.67 A$ 20.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) ?
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20.00 A$ 20.00-27.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child ?
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child ?
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 103.00 A$ 30.00-150.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 95.00 A$ 90.00-100.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 109.67 A$ 50.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 183.33 A$ 100.00-250.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,655.00 A$ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,410.00 A$ 900.00-1,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,933.33 A$ 2,400.00-3,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,483.33 A$ 2,000.00-3,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 866.31 A$ 492.38-1,300.63
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 665.80 A$ 325.16-929.02
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,558.06 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.96 6.00-7.90

Prices in Cairns

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Last update: February 2024
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2 Comments so far
J C on Nov 13, 2023:
No King Nick, this isn't a communist country. Landlords shouldn't have to take a lower rate because someone is unemployed, if this was forced they would all sell up and there would be a shortage of rentals. Pensioners aren't going to be alive long enough to pay off a 30 year mortgage and maybe first home buyers boomer parents, should be helping them with housing not the government. All these things need taxes to pay for which means less take home pay for you, which makes the cost of living higher. Your lack of understanding on these basic economic principles show that you chose not to become an educated person, which is why you're behind in life.
King Nick on Mar 07, 2023:
Rent prices too high for unemployed. Government not doing enough for first home buyers. Some lending agencies don't accept pensioners? Shortage of houses in Cairns. It is unfair that some people on second and third house before they help me get started off. We are not all equal?