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Gold Coast vs Melbourne
Glc vs Mel

Average net salary (After tax)

Melbourne
Gold Coast

Housing

  • Rent apartment
  • Buy apartment

Rent 1 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Mel
Glc
Outside city centre
Mel
Glc

Rent 3 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Mel
Glc
Outside city centre
Mel
Glc

Buy apartment

Price per m2

In city centre
Mel
Glc
Outside city centre
Mel
Glc

Mortgage rates

Melbourne
4.5%
Gold Coast
5.5%
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Utilities

  • Basic Utilities
  • Internet & Phone

Basic utilities

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

Melbourne
Gold Coast

Internet

60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, Cable/ADSL

Mel
Glc

Mobile phone data

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

Mel
Glc

Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Car

One-way ticket

Local transport

Mel
Glc

Monthly pass

Regular price

Mel
Glc

Fuel prices

Per Litre

Melbourne
Gold Coast

Buying a new car

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline (Or equivalent)

Mel
Glc
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Groceries

  • Staples
  • Meat
  • Produce
  • Cigarettes

Staples

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

Pack of cigarettes

(Marlboro)

Melbourne
Gold Coast

Meat & cheese

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

Vegetables

Potatoes 1kg
Mel
Glc
Lettuce 1 head
Mel
Glc
Tomatoes 1kg
Mel
Glc

Fruit

Apples 1kg
Mel
Glc
Oranges 1 head
Mel
Glc
Bananas 1kg
Mel
Glc

Eating Out

  • Food
  • Drinks

Meal for two

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

Mcdonalds McMeal

Or equivalent combo meal

Melbourne
4.5%
Gold Coast
5.5%

Restaurant Prices in Melbourne are 17.14% higher than in Gold Coast

Drinks

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

Alcohol

  • Beer
  • Wine

Domestic beer

Restaurant 0.5L draught
Mel
Glc
Market 0.5L bottle
Mel
Glc

Imported beer

Restaurant 0.33L bottle
Mel
Glc
Market 0.33L bottle
Mel
Glc

Bottle of wine

Mid-range, from supermarket

Melbourne
5
Gold Coast

Clothing

  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Pair of jeans

Levis 501 or similar

Mel
Glc

Summer dress

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

Mel
Glc

Shoes

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

Leisure

  • Cinema
  • Sports

Cinema

One ticket for an international release

Melbourne
$15.33
Gold Coast
$11.43

Tennis court rental

One hour on weekend

Mel $4,070.74/mth
Glc $4,070.74/mth

Fitness club

Monthly fee for one adult

Mel $4,070.74/mth
Glc $4,070.74/mth