Cost of Living in Sydney

Summary about cost of living in Sydney, Australia:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 18.00 A$ 12.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 A$ 75.00-150.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 A$ 10.00-14.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 A$ 6.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 9.00 A$ 6.00-12.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.05 A$ 3.00-5.42
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.15 A$ 2.50-4.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.71 A$ 2.00-4.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.49 A$ 3.79-11.36
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.51 A$ 1.45-4.54
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.14 A$ 0.64-1.72
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.84 A$ 3.50-6.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.93 A$ 2.72-10.43
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.13 A$ 3.63-6.80
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.61 A$ 4.54-13.61
Apples (1 lb) 2.20 A$ 1.32-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 1.58 A$ 1.09-2.49
Oranges (1 lb) 1.53 A$ 0.91-2.72
Tomato (1 lb) 2.40 A$ 1.13-3.54
Potato (1 lb) 1.51 A$ 0.68-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 1.32 A$ 0.86-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 2.60 A$ 1.80-4.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.02 A$ 0.85-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 16.50 A$ 12.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.05 A$ 3.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.80 A$ 3.00-10.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 35.00 A$ 30.00-46.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 A$ 3.20-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 217.39 A$ 160.00-260.87
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.55 A$ 3.60-8.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.80 A$ 3.52-8.05
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 56.68 A$ 55.00-80.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.36 A$ 4.54-6.06
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 29,995.00 A$ 25,000.00-32,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,807.65 A$ 23,890.00-30,333.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 173.80 A$ 120.00-309.09
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.78 A$ 0.10-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 72.17 A$ 60.00-95.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 79.57 A$ 30.00-120.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 24.54 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 2,338.68 A$ 1,700.00-3,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 20,059.09 A$ 10,000.00-36,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 106.44 A$ 80.00-145.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 69.14 A$ 30.00-100.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 140.29 A$ 100.00-200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 153.15 A$ 70.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,639.12 A$ 2,200.00-3,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,932.15 A$ 1,500.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,772.10 A$ 4,000.00-8,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,968.00 A$ 2,400.00-4,550.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,354.10 A$ 929.02-1,858.05
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 826.83 A$ 603.86-1,227.61
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,998.82 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.95 2.00-4.00

Prices in Sydney

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Last update: July 2021
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28 Comments so far
JS on Apr 13, 2021:
Hey Anonymous

The numbers are pretty accurate, a 6 figure income (thats just on 100-120K) is considered mid range and while not everyone makes 6 figures A combined income for most families/couples will be 6 figures. It's very rare to see a single income family in Sydney unless one person is making very good money even still, the higher the income the higher you'll be taxed. Taxes are a lot higher than the US. Wages are pretty high but so is the cost of living so you can't say Aussies are richer than American's just based on wages.
Anonymous on Mar 08, 2021:
Monthly net income data just made me laugh. So everyone in Sydney makes 6 figure salary, huh? Wow I had no idea Aussies are richer than Americans Lol
Dominic de souza on Oct 12, 2020:
These are accurate numbers. We've been living in Sydney for 20 years and these numbers are accurate.
ejie bautista on May 07, 2020:
hello i wanted to move for work in australia. i am a heavy equipment technician. maybe you guys have any company that could offer me a jod..could be great for good..
Anonymous on Mar 25, 2020:
hello interested to move to Sidney, camera operator, cinematographer, content creator. Single, any advice or average salary to request in a recruitment process? my best!
Chok on Nov 21, 2019:
I wonder if I am making 3000$ per month, am I able to live in a single room in a shared apartment/house in the city center? Assume that I only eat out for special occasions and cook for myself every day. I will be traveling by bus or bike only.
BennyJ on Nov 05, 2019:
#Tarq is right about Australians lack of political awareness though ("we" voted in climate deniers)WTF!!!
Look at how slowly the economy is transitioning to renewables.
We have the worst environmental policies of the developed world, meanwhile we have every opportunity to be world leaders in production and manufacture of solar both PV and thermal, energy storage by way of pumped hydro, we're blessed with the second largest lithium deposits in the world (which we don't value add), we have boundless plains that could be sustainably farmed (instead of draining the Murray-Darling to grow rice and cotton). The decision makers are an elite club of miners and pastoralists though.
Our deputy PM Insolently said to Pacific Islanders, that they will survive sea level rise by coming to pick our fruit. Embarrassing the entire nation and showing the governments true colours.
India will most probably skip centralised power generation and distribution from burning coal to running microgrids and Australia's coal industry will have no customers. Yet the Federal government was more than willing to bankroll Adeni to build a monster coal mine. Imagine how far 1 Billion dollars (the amount of our money they would "lend") would go towards developing renewable projects and re-skilling workers of the polluting industries.

Australia is a safe, friendly place live, but don't try to have an intelligent conversation with any of us
Carlo on Sep 12, 2019:
Tarq's comment makes no sense. Australia is open for business, which is good. Tons of people move to Australia every year because the country hasn't experienced a recession in the last 28 years. That being said, Australians are kind & friendly. I'm not Australian and I fell in love with the country when I first arrived here.

Sydney is much safer than London, Chicago, Paris or Los Angeles. The work culture is good, you can choose between private and public healthcare. Taxation is reasonable, public transport is improving (light rail, new underground lines) and is quite decent already. Sydney is even building a new airport. Universities are good. Food is great and many areas have been regenerated (see Barangaroo) + there are talks of regenerating other areas west of Pyrmont as well.

"Sydney is boring" if you're inactive. You can go to the Blue Mountains or take a ferry to Watsons Bay or Manly and enjoy miles of pristine landscapes. The city does have museums and other types of attractions. The parks are amazing. The only problem Sydney has is people drinking too much (which prompted local authorities to introduce lockout laws that damaged the city's nightlife a little)... and that it is expensive.
That being said, Sydney is a global city & the most important financial centre in the southern hemisphere and your money will go further than in London anyway.
Tarq on Aug 10, 2019:
Many comments within these pages are misleading eg #Cupid, FOOD prices my friend actually vary within Australia to a degree than can only be called 'stupendous'.
I have lived in many countries, Uk,USA,South America etc. I removed myself from the dump called Australia to the Czech Republic because in my opinion it is still a British penal colony run by criminals.
Economically the country is in shambles, virtually every public utility is owned by overseas investors, it does not stop there, for example there are only 3 hotels within the Blue Mountains district of N.S.W that are NOT owned by Chinese investors. They own the restaurants and other tourist utilities and hire locals to run them.
One can be excused for thinking one arrived in Asia when arriving at Sydney International airport.
Sydney IS a pretty city with the harbour etc but is soon becomes boring once one has seen the opera house and harbour bridge!
The inhabitants are somewhat retarded, all they can think about and talk about is 'da footy and meat pies'.
Australians in general are the most politically unaware of any people I have ever come across within the Western world, that includes the Southern States of USA, which is saying a lot about the inhabitants of Australia!!
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Bryan Kingston on May 28, 2019:
Yes, and that’s exactly part of the job of a buyer’s broker. I have a client in her early 70’s whom I rented apartments to for several years and she suddenly came into a small inheritance. She actually called me and said, “Jeff, I have some great news…one of my relatives passed away…” which of course left me in puzzled silence. She explained that this relative left her money, and then had the sensibility to say “I shouldn’t have said it that way.”

With new funds in hand she was excited ditch the rental life and buy her first apartment ever, an apartment she told me would be her retirement home. I carefully culled appropriate selections for her and previewed units to make a list of top recommendations. But she saw some pictures on a website and totally fell in love with a relative large apartment on the 4th floor of a walkup building far from subways but which oozed prewar character. The hassles of getting things up or down 4 flights up was precisely the reason this unit seemed like such a deal compared to the more expensive doorman + elevator buildings I showed her.

When we viewed the apartment, she already had clear difficulty in making it up the stairs, but she told me she was “absolutely in love.”

It took substantial persuasion and tactful discussions to help her understand that if this was to be her “forever home,” and she expected to live here for the next 10, 15 years or more, she HAD to give thought to what it would be like to navigate those flights of stairs at age 80, 85 or 90.

Fortunately, I was able to convince her to view some of the attractive apartments I was recommending that were somewhat smaller, but in elevator buildings. The one she finally bought had an elevator, 24 / 7 doorman, a block from the subway and featured a rooftop solarium.

I stayed in touch with her over several years and she recently called me asking me “Guess where I am right now?? I’m in my rooftop sooo laaaa reeee ummmmm !!!” She insisted I come join her for lunch and during lunch she told me how much she loves her building and thanked me profusely for dissuading her from purchasing the walk-up apartment in the little building far out of the way. As it turned out, she had developed some issues with her hips that may eventually require surgical intervention and she described having an elevator and 24 / 7 attendant as a “lifesaver.”

The job of a SELLER’s broker is always to “sell the house.” But for the BUYER’s broker that job is ensuring the client gets a good deal on a great property that best meets the client’s needs. A buyer relies on his / her agent / broker for exactly this insight and expertise, even when that means being told “Nope. I know you love it, but this is not right for YOU.” Contact me to get your apartment
Anonymous on Mar 27, 2019:
Add another$2,000 each month to the $5,000 you quoted then your numbers would be correct.
#JustMe on Jan 09, 2019:
Hi guys,
Some numbers for those wandering about costs in Sydney. This is based on a couple's expenses (without children).
- Rent (1 bedroom apartment in Randwick area): $560 per week
- Private health insurance for couple: $300 per month
- Electricity bills: $45 per month (we do not use much AA or heating)
- Gas bills: $45 per month (we cook a lot at home)
- Supermarket: $650-$750 a month (again, we cook a lot at home)
- Public Transportation: just walk to work
- Car rental (car sharing): $130 a month (just used to do shopping every two weeks)
- Lunch at work: $10-$12 each lunch
- Coffee: $3.00 each coffee
- Internet at home: $59 a month
- Mobile phone: $30 each person, each month
- Gym: $80 per person, per month

Taking all expenses into account, as a couple we spend approx. $5000 per month (on average).
mari on Dec 16, 2018:
does anyone know the price of living in nsw back in 1951 and how much has inflation grown since then till now?
Parris Duggan on Oct 25, 2018:
my friend and i are wanting to move to sutherland eaerly next year, how much is a good cost for livng there per week
Victor Patrick on Sep 14, 2018:
I got admission into university of Sydney and I will like to stay off campus, please advise me on which area I can rent an apartment suitable for my studies. A single bedroom apartment. Thanks.
Ken on Sep 14, 2018:
I would say, 4000AUD a month should be ok for a single person. I pay 370$/week for a room in the city and spend around 300$/week for food, gym, mobile etc. If I go out for drink, 100$ is easy.
toto on Aug 15, 2018:
Hi to everyone,
I want to know what monthly salary is enough to live a normal life in Sydney?
Cupid on Jun 14, 2018:
I lived in Cairns, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
The food prices in the supermarkets are the same, doesn't matter where you are.The prices indicated on the website are accurate.

Eating out, Cairns and Melbourne are very expensive, even the price of the daily lunch menu is way more than here.

In Sydney, I would say eating out at a normal bar/pub is quite reasonable compared to the other cities in Australia. Most places offer great deals, like $10 burgers and $12-15 steak, even at prime locations like Darling Harbour.

There are two expensive things in Sydney:

1. transportation
The first 8 rides are full prices, after the 8th the rides are at half prices. The weekly cap is around $60.
I live only 20 minutes away from work, however I have never payed less than the $60 cap.

2. Accommodation
If you are single, you need to be very well off to afford a 1 bedroom unit in the city. Below $500 per week without utilities it is impossible to find something.
Two-bedroom apartments are around $7-800 per week.

I work in an office in IT, my hourly wage is $25 which is quite average in an office environment. I work 37.5 hours a week, that equals to $937.5 per week, but this is before tax. My net wage is around $700 per week.

I rent a room in a 6 bedroom shared house for $250 including bills.
Mobile: $6 per week
Insurance: $12 per week
Transport: $60 per week

Total fix spending: $328 per week

Tax rates in 2018:
Tax rate


No tax


19c for each $1 over $18,200


$3,572 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $37,000
Ashish on Jun 11, 2018:
I am CA having experience of 7 years post qualification working with multinational company in India, whether any job for account people in Australia?
AI on May 29, 2018:
And taxes - kind of interesting system, gradebale. - check here your taxes.
baba on May 27, 2018:
Hi to everyone,
I want to know what monthly salary is enough to live a normal life in Sydney?
Vitor on May 23, 2018:

Hey man, your degree may not be recognized but PMP is international and I just got hired as a developer, so good news for IT. Lots of job in the area and a degree doesn't seem to be an issue.
The package I'm seeing through some jobs on linkedin, indeed and others range from 60-90k/year for mid level, 100-180k/year for senior and management roles. Good luck! By the way, try stackoverflow jobs!
Daniel on Mar 28, 2018:
Sorry, your ovearseas degrees/diplomas aren't recognized here in Australia.
There are no jobs in Sydney or anywhere in Australia unless you're in the medical or accounting fields.
Anonymous on Mar 26, 2018:
I'm single age of 35 and having of 4+ years experince in development sectors. I want to migrate in Aus for better job, may I have any chance without ielts
SM on Jan 30, 2018:
hi I am working with a Big4 in India with 5 years of work ex in the same firm. I am an MBA and have PMP certification. Looking to move to Sydney. How much package can i expect?
Boss Hog on Nov 25, 2017:
No jobs in Sydney or anywhere in Australia unless you're in the medical field or allied health.
Burini on Sep 07, 2017:
I'm a single 26 years old civil engr. (structural engr.) having 3.5years experience working in a precast company as a structural engr., I'm planning to migrate to Sydney within a year time,.. just asking about how easy I can get a job there in any of the reputed pre-cast companies! and what about salaries! are they good to cover my living expenses over there! just need your help in giving me a clear picture on the life expenses and other related things, etc.,..

Thanking you in advance.

Awaiting your reply/feedback, please.