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Melbourne vs Darwin
Mel vs Drw

Average net salary (After tax)

Darwin
Melbourne

Housing

  • Rent apartment
  • Buy apartment

Rent 1 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Drw
Mel
Outside city centre
Drw
Mel

Rent 3 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Drw
Mel
Outside city centre
Drw
Mel

Buy apartment

Price per m2

In city centre
Drw
Mel
Outside city centre
Drw
Mel

Mortgage rates

Darwin
4.5%
Melbourne
5.5%
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Utilities

  • Basic Utilities
  • Internet & Phone

Basic utilities

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

Darwin
Melbourne

Internet

60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, Cable/ADSL

Drw
Mel

Mobile phone data

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

Drw
Mel

Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Car

One-way ticket

Local transport

Drw
Mel

Monthly pass

Regular price

Drw
Mel

Fuel prices

Per Litre

Darwin
Melbourne

Buying a new car

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline (Or equivalent)

Drw
Mel
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Groceries

  • Staples
  • Meat
  • Produce
  • Cigarettes

Staples

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

Pack of cigarettes

(Marlboro)

Darwin
Melbourne

Meat & cheese

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

Vegetables

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

Fruit

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

Eating Out

  • Food
  • Drinks

Meal for two

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

Mcdonalds McMeal

Or equivalent combo meal

Darwin
4.5%
Melbourne
5.5%

Restaurant Prices in Darwin are 17.14% higher than in Melbourne

Drinks

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

Alcohol

  • Beer
  • Wine

Domestic beer

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

Imported beer

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

Bottle of wine

Mid-range, from supermarket

Darwin
5
Melbourne

Clothing

  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Pair of jeans

Levis 501 or similar

Drw
Mel

Summer dress

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

Drw
Mel

Shoes

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

Leisure

  • Cinema
  • Sports

Cinema

One ticket for an international release

Darwin
$15.33
Melbourne
$11.43

Tennis court rental

One hour on weekend

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

Fitness club

Monthly fee for one adult

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