Cost of living in Sydney, Australia

Summary of cost of living in Sydney

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: AU$10,382
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: AU$6,505
  • Sydney is the most expensive city in Australia (1 out of 7)
  • Sydney is the most expensive city in Oceania (1 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Sydney is more expensive than in 91% of cities in the World (19 out of 194)
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List of prices in Sydney
Current as of Feb 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$22
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) AU$15
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$2.25
12 eggs, large AU$8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$5.20
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.76
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$8
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$21
2 liters of coca-cola AU$3.97
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$4.17
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area AU$6,204
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area AU$3,984
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$423
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area AU$3,221
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area AU$2,319
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio AU$247
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) AU$81
40” flat screen tv AU$742
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$254
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$16
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$47
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) AU$121
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) AU$101
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$179
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$216
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$38,759
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$2.07
Monthly ticket public transport AU$218
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) AU$47
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$14
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) AU$85
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) AU$6
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$5.17
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$7
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$4.06
Tube of toothpaste AU$3.94
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$40
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$64
2 tickets to the movies AU$50
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$191
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$137
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$23
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.97
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$10
Ipad wi-fi 128gb AU$808
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.21
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$100
1 package of marlboro cigarettes AU$42
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 615 prices entered by 101 different people.
Latest price update: February 27, 2024

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