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Darwin vs Sydney
Drw vs Syd

Average net salary (After tax)

Sydney
Darwin

Housing

  • Rent apartment
  • Buy apartment

Rent 1 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Syd
Drw
Outside city centre
Syd
Drw

Rent 3 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Syd
Drw
Outside city centre
Syd
Drw

Buy apartment

Price per m2

In city centre
Syd
Drw
Outside city centre
Syd
Drw

Mortgage rates

Sydney
4.5%
Darwin
5.5%
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Utilities

  • Basic Utilities
  • Internet & Phone

Basic utilities

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

Sydney
Darwin

Internet

60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, Cable/ADSL

Syd
Drw

Mobile phone data

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

Syd
Drw

Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Car

One-way ticket

Local transport

Syd
Drw

Monthly pass

Regular price

Syd
Drw

Fuel prices

Per Litre

Sydney
Darwin

Buying a new car

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline (Or equivalent)

Syd
Drw
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Groceries

  • Staples
  • Meat
  • Produce
  • Cigarettes

Staples

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

Pack of cigarettes

(Marlboro)

Sydney
Darwin

Meat & cheese

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

Vegetables

Potatoes 1kg
Syd
Drw
Lettuce 1 head
Syd
Drw
Tomatoes 1kg
Syd
Drw

Fruit

Apples 1kg
Syd
Drw
Oranges 1 head
Syd
Drw
Bananas 1kg
Syd
Drw

Eating Out

  • Food
  • Drinks

Meal for two

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

Mcdonalds McMeal

Or equivalent combo meal

Sydney
4.5%
Darwin
5.5%

Restaurant Prices in Sydney are 17.14% higher than in Darwin

Drinks

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

Alcohol

  • Beer
  • Wine

Domestic beer

Restaurant 0.5L draught
Syd
Drw
Market 0.5L bottle
Syd
Drw

Imported beer

Restaurant 0.33L bottle
Syd
Drw
Market 0.33L bottle
Syd
Drw

Bottle of wine

Mid-range, from supermarket

Sydney
5
Darwin

Clothing

  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Pair of jeans

Levis 501 or similar

Syd
Drw

Summer dress

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

Syd
Drw

Shoes

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

Leisure

  • Cinema
  • Sports

Cinema

One ticket for an international release

Sydney
$15.33
Darwin
$11.43

Tennis court rental

One hour on weekend

Syd $4,070.74/mth
Drw $4,070.74/mth

Fitness club

Monthly fee for one adult

Syd $4,070.74/mth
Drw $4,070.74/mth