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Melbourne vs Newcastle
Mel vs Ntl

Average net salary (After tax)

Newcastle
Melbourne

Housing

  • Rent apartment
  • Buy apartment

Rent 1 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Ntl
Mel
Outside city centre
Ntl
Mel

Rent 3 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Ntl
Mel
Outside city centre
Ntl
Mel

Buy apartment

Price per m2

In city centre
Ntl
Mel
Outside city centre
Ntl
Mel

Mortgage rates

Newcastle
4.5%
Melbourne
5.5%
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Utilities

  • Basic Utilities
  • Internet & Phone

Basic utilities

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

Newcastle
Melbourne

Internet

60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, Cable/ADSL

Ntl
Mel

Mobile phone data

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

Ntl
Mel

Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Car

One-way ticket

Local transport

Ntl
Mel

Monthly pass

Regular price

Ntl
Mel

Fuel prices

Per Litre

Newcastle
Melbourne

Buying a new car

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline (Or equivalent)

Ntl
Mel
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Groceries

  • Staples
  • Meat
  • Produce
  • Cigarettes

Staples

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

Pack of cigarettes

(Marlboro)

Newcastle
Melbourne

Meat & cheese

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

Vegetables

Potatoes 1kg
Ntl
Mel
Lettuce 1 head
Ntl
Mel
Tomatoes 1kg
Ntl
Mel

Fruit

Apples 1kg
Ntl
Mel
Oranges 1 head
Ntl
Mel
Bananas 1kg
Ntl
Mel

Eating Out

  • Food
  • Drinks

Meal for two

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

Mcdonalds McMeal

Or equivalent combo meal

Newcastle
4.5%
Melbourne
5.5%

Restaurant Prices in Newcastle are 17.14% higher than in Melbourne

Drinks

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

Alcohol

  • Beer
  • Wine

Domestic beer

Restaurant 0.5L draught
Ntl
Mel
Market 0.5L bottle
Ntl
Mel

Imported beer

Restaurant 0.33L bottle
Ntl
Mel
Market 0.33L bottle
Ntl
Mel

Bottle of wine

Mid-range, from supermarket

Newcastle
5
Melbourne

Clothing

  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Pair of jeans

Levis 501 or similar

Ntl
Mel

Summer dress

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

Ntl
Mel

Shoes

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

Leisure

  • Cinema
  • Sports

Cinema

One ticket for an international release

Newcastle
$15.33
Melbourne
$11.43

Tennis court rental

One hour on weekend

Ntl $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth

Fitness club

Monthly fee for one adult

Ntl $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth