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Darwin vs Melbourne
Drw vs Mel

Average net salary (After tax)

Melbourne
Darwin

Housing

  • Rent apartment
  • Buy apartment

Rent 1 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Mel
Drw
Outside city centre
Mel
Drw

Rent 3 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Mel
Drw
Outside city centre
Mel
Drw

Buy apartment

Price per m2

In city centre
Mel
Drw
Outside city centre
Mel
Drw

Mortgage rates

Melbourne
4.5%
Darwin
5.5%
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Utilities

  • Basic Utilities
  • Internet & Phone

Basic utilities

Electricity, heating, water, Garbage for a 85m2 Apartment

Melbourne
Darwin

Internet

60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, Cable/ADSL

Mel
Drw

Mobile phone data

One-minute local prepaid call (no plan or discount)

Mel
Drw

Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Car

One-way ticket

Local transport

Mel
Drw

Monthly pass

Regular price

Mel
Drw

Fuel prices

Per Litre

Melbourne
Darwin

Buying a new car

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline (Or equivalent)

Mel
Drw
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Groceries

  • Staples
  • Meat
  • Produce
  • Cigarettes

Staples

Milk 1L
Mel
Drw
White bread 500g
Mel
Drw
Eggs 12
Mel
Drw
White rice 1kg
Mel
Drw

Pack of cigarettes

(Marlboro)

Melbourne
Darwin

Meat & cheese

Chicken breasts 1kg
Mel
Drw
Beef round 1kg
Mel
Drw
Local cheese 1kg
Mel
Drw

Vegetables

Potatoes 1kg
Mel
Drw
Lettuce 1 head
Mel
Drw
Tomatoes 1kg
Mel
Drw

Fruit

Apples 1kg
Mel
Drw
Oranges 1 head
Mel
Drw
Bananas 1kg
Mel
Drw

Eating Out

  • Food
  • Drinks

Meal for two

Inexpensive restaurant 2 meals
Mel $4,070.74/mth
Drw $4,070.74/mth
Mid-range restaurant Three-course meal for two people
Mel $4,070.74/mth
Drw $4,070.74/mth

Mcdonalds McMeal

Or equivalent combo meal

Melbourne
4.5%
Darwin
5.5%

Restaurant Prices in Melbourne are 17.14% higher than in Darwin

Drinks

Coke/Pepsi 0.33L
bottle
Mel $4,070.74/mth
Drw $4,070.74/mth
Water 0.33L
bottle
Mel $4,070.74/mth
Drw $4,070.74/mth
Cappuccino regular
Mel $4,070.74/mth
Drw $4,070.74/mth

Alcohol

  • Beer
  • Wine

Domestic beer

Restaurant 0.5L draught
Mel
Drw
Market 0.5L bottle
Mel
Drw

Imported beer

Restaurant 0.33L bottle
Mel
Drw
Market 0.33L bottle
Mel
Drw

Bottle of wine

Mid-range, from supermarket

Melbourne
5
Darwin

Clothing

  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Pair of jeans

Levis 501 or similar

Mel
Drw

Summer dress

From a chain store (e.g. Zara, H&M)

Mel
Drw

Shoes

1 pair Nike shoes
Mel
Drw
1 pair men's leather shoes
Mel
Drw

Leisure

  • Cinema
  • Sports

Cinema

One ticket for an international release

Melbourne
$15.33
Darwin
$11.43

Tennis court rental

One hour on weekend

Mel $4,070.74/mth
Drw $4,070.74/mth

Fitness club

Monthly fee for one adult

Mel $4,070.74/mth
Drw $4,070.74/mth