The Cost of Living in Australia of Everything…
How much is ……?
Let me tell you.
When I first moved to Australia in 2007, shopping online wasn’t what I was used to back in the UK. Most major stores had a website, but they weren’t quite ‘finished’.
By that, I mean almost all websites had a picture of their store, a way of finding where the store was, the telephone number of the store, but very rarely had any information about their products and almost always no pricing.
If you did find exactly what you are looking for, with full details of the product and the price, it would invariably turn out to be a site from the US. Their $ sign and Australia’s $ sign both look like $.
Today it’s a much different story, which is why I can present to you….
The cost of absolutely everything in Australia!
But before you check out all these prices, a word of warning. If you take these prices and convert the Australian cost into your currency, you will not be left with a fair reflection of the cost of living in Australia. Why?
If the Australian dollar is strong against your currency, then Australia will appear to be a very expensive country to live in. If the Aussie dollar is weak against your currency, Australia will seem like a cheap country.
But when you live here and earn Australian money, exchange rates mean nothing. And as salaries here are generally higher than the countries, prices won’t seem so bad once you’re here.
But to understand this fully, you need to read the following two posts…
Now we’re ready for the cost of everything……
I’ve got a separate page for that…..
Here are three great resources for checking out the price of cars in Australia. The first one is the big one; it’s where both private sellers and dealers can advertise their cars for sale online.
The system is very flexible, you can choose to search for cars by age, vehicle type, mileage (kilometreage isn’t a word yet) or by make. For example, my first car was a Vauxhall, but here, of course, they are called Opel…
If you clicked on the link, note how every car for sale in the list is an Opel. Click on the link for “New Search” top left, and you can define exactly what you are looking for.
Other options to search for second hand cars, in fact all…
Second Hand Stuff
Our two major supermarkets here are called Coles and Woolworths. We used to have a couple of independent websites that would check both of these supermarkets prices side-by-side, but sadly those websites no longer exist. I’ve looked at the Coles website, it doesn’t seem possible to easily find out the price of things, on Woolworths though, it’s a different story.
So, it’s all down to Woolies then, from bakery to toiletries, click below to find out the prices for your grocery shopping…
This is a difficult one, because there is gas, electricity, water and telephony as well as rates. Prices vary from state to state too and with eight states there would be a lot of links.
To make things worse, utility companies hide their pricing structures behind plans, tariffs, peak times, off-peak times, they build in surcharges, standing charges and sometimes make the whole lot inaccessible by insisting you enter your address and postcode before giving you a price.
But I hope these links help.
This is one of those “switch providers” websites and if you “invent” your location and answer some other questions you will be able to get prices for gas and electricity across Australia.
Or you can read my posts about electricity prices…
Water prices in Australia are the best kept secret in the world. I am flabbergasted at how difficult it is to find the price of water from these utility companies. Do you think they are trying to hide something? Here are links to what I think are five of our states water suppliers.
Here’s a tip though, don’t bother trying to look for prices, life is too short.
The information is probably there, although you’ll need to dig deep. But on top of water, there are also sewerage costs. And I know, there are 3 more states to go, but as a guide, you’d be better off reading my post about it…
The national telephone company here in Australia is called Telstra. You can find out about their various plans here…
I found them way too expensive, especially for international calls. So I set up a VoIP telephone system which wasn’t that difficult to do. This is the company I used…
You can read my post about it here….
And of course, there are mobile phones too. I use 3.
But if you really want to research all of your telephony needs, these are the guys to visit…
Rates vary from state to state, from council to council and from one year to the next. So I won’t list them all here. But if you search Google for “average council rates” you will get an idea. But make sure you search the Australian one….
Clothing and small household items:
The following three stores are amongst the most popular in Australia for what I used to know as “department stores”. So they are like a mix of John Lewis, Debenhams and Marks & Spencer’s, but if anything, a little downmarket. You can buy all sorts of stuff from these people and their websites now show pictures and prices….
There are hundreds of insurance companies, all will require you to speak with them at length before they will quote you a price. We did, (well Mrs BobinOz did) and these are the companies we chose for our insurances. That doesn’t mean they are the best, but they were good enough for us and we haven’t been disappointed with the service we have received from any of them.
This is one of Australia’s biggest electrical goods retailers, but more important than that, they have a good website….
I’ve divided entertainment into 3 sections, alcohol, TV and going to the pub! Use these links to find the prices of alcohol and your digital TV package.
I’ve got quite a lot of posts about going out drinking, here’s a few of them….
- A Night Out in the West End of Brisbane
- A Night Out At the Comedy Club
- Social Life in Australia: Making Friends Revisited
- Caxton Street, Brisbane: A Night in the City
Find bargains here:
We don’t have Amazon here, but we have these people…
And for product reviews, go here….
And with that, I think I’ve covered everything.
More useful links:
But if I haven’t, and you can’t get what you’re looking for from here, then I just don’t know. Well, I do, this lot sell everything….