Travel budget in Australia

Australia: calculate your travel budget

Australia: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Australia for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 59 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 13 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1622* (2184 $)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 98 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 39 per person
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 3355* (4522 $)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 132 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 68 per person
  • $ 32 per person
  • $ 28 per person

Total budget:

$ 5364* (7210 $)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Australia in 2021

Cost of living: Australia VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Australia in 2021 is 17% higher than in the United States (USA).

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Australia by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Australia compared to the national average.

Cities /Australia View Details
Buderim 27% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Buderim
Bunbury 14% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Bunbury
Albany 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Albany
Mildura 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Mildura
Darwin 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Darwin
Ballina 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Ballina
Sydney 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Sydney
Gold Coast 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Gold Coast
Melbourne 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Melbourne
Cairns 8% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cairns
Perth 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Perth
Brisbane (Queensland) 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Brisbane (Queensland)
Hobart 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Hobart
Hobart (Tasmania) 15% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Hobart (Tasmania)
Adelaide 18% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Adelaide

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Local prices in Australia by expense type

Australia: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Australia is 17% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 15/person
($ 9 to $ 27)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 35/person
($ 23 to $ 57)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 9/person
($ 7.5 to $ 12)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 6 for 500ml
($ 3.7 to $ 9)

19% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 4.4 for 330ml
($ 2.3 to $ 7.5)

56% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.3/cup
($ 2.6 to $ 4.5)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.5/can
($ 1.9 to $ 3.3)

29% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.2/bottle
($ 1.6 to $ 3)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Australia: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Australia costs 31% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 69/night
($ 65 to $ 72)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 81/night
($ 55 to $ 126)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 115/night
($ 90 to $ 151)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 149/night
($ 103 to $ 229)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 202/night
($ 153 to $ 274)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 66/month
($ 52 to $ 87)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 146/month
($ 108 to $ 202)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 141/month
($ 94 to $ 216)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 156/month
($ 118 to $ 211)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 183/month
($ 125 to $ 275)

5% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Australia: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Australia costs 4% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

42% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2.2/500g
($ 1 to $ 3.7)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 2/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 3.7)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.6/12 eggs
($ 2.3 to $ 5.3)

54% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8.1/kg
($ 5.3 to $ 12)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.3
Apples
Apples
$ 3.5/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 4.5)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.8/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 6)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.5/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 3.7)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.7
($ 0.6 to $ 3)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8

Australia: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Australia is 16% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 3.2/ticket
($ 2.3 to $ 4.5)

44% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.6/km
($ 1.2 to $ 2.3)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

56% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.1
($ 2.7 to $ 5.3)

4% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Car hire
Car hire
$ 34/24hrs
($ 14 to $ 168)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Australia: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Australia is 4% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 14/ticket
($ 10.5 to $ 20)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 16/hr
($ 5.9 to $ 22)

4% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16

Australia: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Australia is 104% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 27/pack
($ 23 to $ 38)

223% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 76
($ 39 to $ 113)

65% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 47
($ 23 to $ 76)

24% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38

Plane ticket budget

Perth → Melbourne
Perth → Melbourne
Perth → Melbourne
$ 371
(fair price: $ 336)
Perth → Brisbane (Queensland)
Perth → Brisbane (Queensland)
Perth → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 415
(fair price: $ 370)
Melbourne → Perth
Melbourne → Perth
Melbourne → Perth
$ 370
(fair price: $ 336)
Perth → Sydney
Perth → Sydney
Perth → Sydney
$ 384
(fair price: $ 346)
Melbourne → Brisbane (Queensland)
Melbourne → Brisbane (Queensland)
Melbourne → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 239
(fair price: $ 220)
London → Sydney
London → Sydney
London → Sydney
$ 1481
(fair price: $ 1008)


About the information on the cost of living in Australia

The information about the cost of living in Australia shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Australia updated on 25-07-2021.

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