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Melbourne vs Perth
Mel vs Per

Average net salary (After tax)

Perth
Melbourne

Housing

  • Rent apartment
  • Buy apartment

Rent 1 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Per
Mel
Outside city centre
Per
Mel

Rent 3 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Per
Mel
Outside city centre
Per
Mel

Buy apartment

Price per m2

In city centre
Per
Mel
Outside city centre
Per
Mel

Mortgage rates

Perth
4.5%
Melbourne
5.5%
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Utilities

  • Basic Utilities
  • Internet & Phone

Basic utilities

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

Perth
Melbourne

Internet

60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, Cable/ADSL

Per
Mel

Mobile phone data

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

Per
Mel

Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Car

One-way ticket

Local transport

Per
Mel

Monthly pass

Regular price

Per
Mel

Fuel prices

Per Litre

Perth
Melbourne

Buying a new car

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline (Or equivalent)

Per
Mel
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Groceries

  • Staples
  • Meat
  • Produce
  • Cigarettes

Staples

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

Pack of cigarettes

(Marlboro)

Perth
Melbourne

Meat & cheese

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

Vegetables

Potatoes 1kg
Per
Mel
Lettuce 1 head
Per
Mel
Tomatoes 1kg
Per
Mel

Fruit

Apples 1kg
Per
Mel
Oranges 1 head
Per
Mel
Bananas 1kg
Per
Mel

Eating Out

  • Food
  • Drinks

Meal for two

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

Mcdonalds McMeal

Or equivalent combo meal

Perth
4.5%
Melbourne
5.5%

Restaurant Prices in Perth are 17.14% higher than in Melbourne

Drinks

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

Alcohol

  • Beer
  • Wine

Domestic beer

Restaurant 0.5L draught
Per
Mel
Market 0.5L bottle
Per
Mel

Imported beer

Restaurant 0.33L bottle
Per
Mel
Market 0.33L bottle
Per
Mel

Bottle of wine

Mid-range, from supermarket

Perth
5
Melbourne

Clothing

  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Pair of jeans

Levis 501 or similar

Per
Mel

Summer dress

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

Per
Mel

Shoes

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

Leisure

  • Cinema
  • Sports

Cinema

One ticket for an international release

Perth
$15.33
Melbourne
$11.43

Tennis court rental

One hour on weekend

Per $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth

Fitness club

Monthly fee for one adult

Per $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth