Cost of Living in Perth

Summary of cost of living in Perth, Australia:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 23.99 A$ 15.00-50.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 150.00 A$ 80.00-250.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 16.00 A$ 15.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 12.00 A$ 8.00-16.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12.00 A$ 9.00-15.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.55 A$ 4.00-8.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.05 A$ 3.00-6.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.37 A$ 2.40-5.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 10.02 A$ 6.06-15.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.33 A$ 1.81-5.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.60 A$ 0.91-2.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 6.48 A$ 4.50-9.60
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.17 A$ 4.76-13.61
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.32 A$ 4.08-9.53
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 9.46 A$ 5.90-15.88
Apples (1 lb) 2.42 A$ 1.36-2.95
Banana (1 lb) 1.88 A$ 1.36-4.08
Oranges (1 lb) 2.24 A$ 1.13-3.40
Tomato (1 lb) 2.74 A$ 1.13-4.54
Potato (1 lb) 1.70 A$ 0.45-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.38 A$ 0.68-2.18
Lettuce (1 head) 3.68 A$ 2.00-5.80
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.77 A$ 0.90-5.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 17.50 A$ 12.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 8.02 A$ 4.50-11.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 9.25 A$ 5.00-13.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 46.00 A$ 38.00-62.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.50 A$ 2.79-6.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 168.00 A$ 96.00-198.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 7.00 A$ 6.00-12.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.83 A$ 3.22-8.05
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 85.00 A$ 49.00-90.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.19 A$ 6.47-9.35
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 40,000.00 A$ 36,000.00-44,423.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 34,875.76 A$ 30,000.00-40,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 352.92 A$ 204.00-423.50
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 47.45 A$ 25.00-80.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 87.81 A$ 70.00-124.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 70.30 A$ 27.00-129.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 24.22 A$ 15.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 25.00 A$ 20.00-30.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,541.00 A$ 1,400.00-3,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 19,374.00 A$ 10,000.00-30,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 133.86 A$ 70.00-165.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 111.24 A$ 30.00-150.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 182.62 A$ 100.00-259.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 230.55 A$ 100.00-310.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,669.47 A$ 2,000.00-3,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,945.03 A$ 1,530.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,912.07 A$ 3,000.00-4,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,937.58 A$ 2,260.00-3,600.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,093.72 A$ 607.30-1,393.53
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 871.35 A$ 418.06-1,161.28
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,599.83 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.46 5.56-7.00

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19 Comments so far
Anonymous on Aug 28, 2023:
Prices indicated are no longer valid. Inflation is real and prices for groceries are going through the roof. 1kg beef is $25-$49, 1 kg salmon is around $30, potatos $3.5, cigarettes fun fact are $58 per box not a carton haha. Rent starts around $2000 per month for a small hole. A larger hole would set you back for double. If you want to grab a coffee it cost you $5.5 to go, having a meal at an a stage restaurant with bad service and meh meal would cost $100 a minimum for a couple with one drink each.
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Milo Oblong on Jul 31, 2023:
Perth isn't good. Here are some reasons why -

1. Too many rude migrants from China and India
2. High cost of living
3. Depressingly bad dating scene. Impossible to find a date here if you aren't white or a celebrity.
4. Nothing to do and you need a car to get around.
5. Racist locals that are tough to make friends with / don't like outsiders.

Extremely depressed here and I can't wait to leave.
Andrew on Mar 10, 2023:
I find the comments on Perth in this thread fair. There are some other ones that I don't know what happened but posters just sprout all sorts of bitterness. I'm so proud of the city that when anyone from out of the State or country come-over, I'm happy to show them as much as I can. What usually gets missed is the parks with natural beauty because I suspect Perth is one of the state capital cities with the lowest population densities in the world.
Eric on Dec 11, 2022:
Good news for larger families, small business owners and everybody else: Costco has a second location in Perth, it is Casuarina (Thomas Road and Kwinana Freeway). Keep on saving !
Denys Martin on Jul 29, 2022:
Regarding interest rates for mortgages in Australia.
20 years fixed rate is not available.
However, for a 5 years fixed rate, it's 6.84% pa.
Expected to rise to 7.5% on 5 August 2022.
Source for 6.84% as at 30 July 2022
Commonwealth bank of Australia Largest bank in Australia)

Thank you
Kieran Eindorf on Feb 23, 2022:
I live in Perth Metro area in Alkimos. It was a struggle to find rent under 400 per week for rent i now pay 400 per week.

These are the changes i would like to share

Before 2021-2022 financial Period

- $265 rent for a 2x1 right next to the train station
- $45 - $50 for a full tank of fuel per week
- $200 - $300 for a month of shopping
- $65 - $70 every 2 months for Gas

During 2021-2022

- $350 - $400 rent on a 3x2 with no bus stops or train station nearby, expensive internet and low phone reception.
- $65 - $80 for a Full tank of fuel per week
- $450 for a month of shopping
- $75 - $100 for gas every 2 months.

other utilities stayed about the same
Relying to Anon on Sep 14, 2021:
Anon from October. Sounds like you have been hanging around the wrong crowd. Sorry about your experience of Perth, perhaps try spending time with more open- minded and caring people that are less insecure, focused on status and willing to put others down? There are plenty of these around, whether relatively new migrants, 1st, 2nd, 3rd or further generation Australians including our first nation people
Anonymous on Jun 25, 2021:
- Good climate
- Nice beaches
- Low unemployment rate
- Good public healthcare system
- Not a lot of poverty due to welfare system
- Lots of parks, sporting facilities and playgrounds in good condition

- Too many politicians and layers of government
- Isolated
- Sense of entitlement
- Expensive

Your experience of any place will be shaped by your own interaction with it.

I can't say I've noticed the Xenophobic outbursts. I don't even know what an Eshay is.

I have young children and feel comfortable and safe in Perth.
Anonymous on Mar 25, 2021:
To Anyone who hasnt been or dosent know much about australia

Perth is a great city to live in. Usually Sydney or Melbourne would take the stage. But perth should also be reconised..

But i warn that there are some scrawny little pigs going out through the streets..

Eshays.. Eshays are just dumb wannabe gangsters who think they're cool and tough but cant do nothing.. they legit look like bums.. worse of all. They are all over Australia..

But they shouldnt be a hassle since they cant fight or stand up for themselves..
Anon on Oct 01, 2020:
People seem to forget that Perthites still harbour very deep resentment and feel humiliated by WA’s history and how they (or the Brits) obtained their homeland. Moreso among the older generations, but the same attitudes are passed down, to the point that the youngsters don’t really know why they hate outsiders but ‘they just do’. They believe that other nations are judging them or looking down on them, so they’re extremely defensive of their history / culture and will insult your country before you ‘get in there first’. The trouble is most people weren’t even thinking about ‘getting in there first’, which makes the random Xenophobic outbursts so shocking and bizarre.

The lack of positive, meaningful second nation culture or identity is a huge issue. The Aussie culture claims to be to ‘be a good bloke’ and ‘look after your mates’ - but it isn’t executed in the right way unfortunately. The end result is just pure nepotism. Generally speaking the only way for West Aussies to really establish an identity is via their wealth/status/postcode and people lose their minds trying to achieve that. You’ll find there is no relatively deep, ‘meaning of life’, alternative thinking from anybody. The mantra is Capitalise, buy property and die. To the detriment of who the f cares! I need my identity! My pool and my pick up truck! You’ll also notice Aussies are obsessed with ‘buying a piece of land’ - in other cultures we might say we’re building a home or developing a property but for Aussies the emphasis is always on buying a piece of land. Interesting wording I always think.

In such a new (second nation) country there are no deep rooted traditions, few extensive Australian family trees, little inherited religious/spiritual ideology to live by. Other cultures garner an identity via their social class, their place in history or even their ideology. These structures don’t really exist in Perth - wealth and status is King/God. The lack of morality when it comes to attaining that wealth and status is nasty and jaw dropping but only confirms this desperate scramble for a wealthy identity. There’s a feeling of ‘I’ll show the world what a bunch of supposed criminals can do’.

People mention that Perth has a boring ‘monoculture’. There is little creativity, expression, willingness to be unique, to step outside of the Perth prototype of a human existence. But why? Nobody can understand why nothing diverse or interesting ever takes off? Because to be different is a cardinal sin in Perth. Because anybody who doesn’t fit the mould is a threat to that slowly developing Aussie identity and must be targeted and bullied into submission. You can almost see the cogs turning when they encounter something new. ‘This isn’t what we know, I don’t understand this, this is a threat to us. Time to ostracise, bully and belittle.’

On the topic of racism, the easiest (yet most lethal) way to build bonds and allegiances with one another is via collective hatred of something or someone else. The lack of interest/fear of the wider world means that certain Perthites are fairly uncultured and often use Xenophobia and racism as a social bonding exercise. Not all - but many. Second Nation Western Australians are so effing lucky they are white. They love to dog whistle bad behaviour from the indigenous/black community - an unimaginative attempt to then justify their racism towards them. Reinforcing the idea that it’s okay to ostracise them. Oldest trick in the book. The emphasis on division further strengthens their supreme bonds to one another. You’ll note that for obvious reasons Western Australians tend to direct their Xenophobia/Racism towards the nations with the strongest sense of identity (Brits/Asians/Africans). This conveniently diverts attention away from their own. Again... old tricks. Many immigrants have experienced tribalism, bullying and Xenophobia from insecure Aussies.

I am willing to bet money that if Claire isn’t from the tourist board, she is a white Western boomer. I’ve no doubt that Claire may have had a good experience in Perth for those reasons. I myself fall into that category and was treated fairly well (when not being randomly verbally abused) but unfortunately I can’t ignore the treatment of ‘outsiders’ and don’t want to be part of the club so to speak. If you can’t bear the obsession with money, a superior race etc, don’t live in Perth or please just accept that it is what it is - it’s all far too deep rooted and won’t change for generations yet, if ever.
Perth society on Sep 16, 2020:
Not surprisingly, there has been an increase in the incidence of racial vilification and discrimination against ethnic minorities especially those of Asiatic origin in recent weeks. Whilst factors that contribute to such actions (heightened anxiety, loss of income, loss of employment etc.) are understandable, they are not acceptable, as they constitute civil and criminal offences under the Equal Opportunity Act, the Race Discrimination Act and the Western Australian Criminal Code.

promptly report racial abuse, discrimination or vilification to relevant authorities, if you or anyone you know are subjected to it.
Sam on Mar 30, 2020:
Who would of thought that if i can compare the cost of living for Mount Lawley, Maylands, Margaret River and Rottnest with


Well, with people like that, I'm convinced! Totally not prejudice at all. With that data, I'm all set and ready to move to Perth.

Thanks to anyone else for sharing useful data in terms of cost of living. Keep it up!
Margot on Mar 28, 2020:
Perth is a great city if you come with the right mindset and attitudes. Suburbs like North Perth, Mount Lawley or even Maylands are wonderful places to live in, never-mind the fact that the beaches here are unbeatable! Perth is nestled right in-between several other beautiful places such as Margaret River, and don't get me started on Rottnest, it's just so wonderful. My kids go to school here and they love it, the sense of community here is very strong. We moved from Europe sometime in the beginning of 2014 and have never looked back. Prices might be a little bit of a set back in the beginning but do not fret, it's only the start of your journey. I would just like to remind everyone that it doesn't feel like home until you decide to make it home!
Eric on Mar 25, 2020:
Costco has finally arrived in Perth !
This City and this state urgently needs it: more competition, lower prices and more variety in retail sector !
Although Costco does not have everything cheapest and many items come in larger packages, it is definitely worth $60/year membership fee (especially if you have a larger family or small business). Besides, with petrol and diesel prices (members only) having the lowest price in W.A, becoming a member was a no brainer to me !
Perth society on Mar 19, 2020:
Perth potentially in mass hysteria over COVID-19 virus. The panic causing more fear, malicious profit, blame, and hatred through misinformation.

Remain calm and help protect people against those who intend to use this situation as an excuse to spread blame, hatred and to target peoples ethnicity. The culprits can be held liable for their actions, provided by the evidence you have recorded and reported.
Annette on Feb 17, 2020:
I have lived in WA since 2001. Rural for the last 4 yrs. WA has the worst drivers ive ever seen. Be ready for anything and defensive driving is a must as there is no such thing as common sense. They cant even merge without causing highway traffic to stop. If you get lost just drive till youre on the next main hwy and you will then find your way back home pretty easily. Its a sunny state, and after it rains the roads are slick like sleet so beware. Theres lots to see and do, but picnic trips cost way less and i think are more fun. Food is reasonably priced. You just need to know where to go and dont stick to one shop. Spending a couple dollars extra in fuel can save many more in groceries. As a state, i find the ppl warm and welcoming but lying is very common and truth is considered confrontational in my experience; but i dont sugar coat things. There are a lot more “uninhabitable” houses here as there are an astonishing number of ppl that dont clean their own homes to the point where its a health hazard. A large number of todays younger generation have no respect , no pride, no interest in working and no motivation. If you intend to live here you need to be motivated. Since perth and lower WA is isolated from the rest of the world, the first 6mths here can be daunting and lonely. Socialising locally is a must if you wish to combat it. If youre thing of moving here be very sure you can make it cause a lot of ppl give up and go home, wasting thousands of dollars. If you find your niche here, you wont regret it. For all its frustrations and faults, WA is a beautiful place to live.
Sam on Feb 06, 2020:
At least most of the negative comments are long and detailed with full experiences and numbers to share. Those are very useful and much appreciated.

There is no progress without criticism.
Seb on Feb 04, 2020:
I am amazed at the negative comments about Perth, having lived all over the world I find Perth an extremely clean place, transport amazing, people friendly the young very helpful towards older folk. The drivers curious and sensible. Yes prices for food or eating out is expensive but not unreasonable when you consider city in Europe. I am very impressed with Perth and area.