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hi everyone !! new to this but here go`s... im in uk with husband and my children 3 girls are at the moment in school years 5 ,8 and 10 and we have just started the process of applying to move to australia we are torn between perth and south australia`s Adalaide and also another million things but now after reading all theses comments have become worried about schools and cost i just dont no were to get all the infomation 4 all i need to know i seem to find answers to 1 thing and find ten more question i need to ask :confused::eek: any help you can give me with the basic living cost would be really appreciated or if theres some where i could access a cost of living list foods, energy bills etc i no this would depend on our style of living but any help with any aspect of living would be fab xx this is a great site and if im successful in aus i will def come back on and try and answer as many questions for others as i can.
 

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Hi Mandy and I see you have a couple of other piosts already so I'll have a look at those and just be general here.
Perth and Adelaide have in common being drier Capital cities, Adelaide always pretty dry and reliant on some smaller dams, groundwater and water pumped from the River Murray, so not always that great though Adelaide Hills living is not so bad.
Perth similarly relies a lot on ground water and the water table is fast going down and they have still been having a drought while the east of Australia is flooding.
Perth is also quite expensive re both real estate and cost of living generally, the distance from food producers to some extent and demand re resources boom the causes.
You will find real estate in Australia quite expensive in many areas and you can have a look at www.domain.com.au to get an idea.
Food prices do vary enormously and whereas some general vegetables can at times be around $3 - $4/kilo , they can also get up closer to $10/k and right now that will likely happen because of flooding in many areas.
Bananas, usually around $2-$3/k went to nearly $20/k a couple of years back after a cyclone went through up near Cairns.
That seems ridiculous for at that price you would have to be stupid not to go without and then all the shops stocks will be wasted and everybody suffers.
Meat can be anywhere from as low as $4/k for a piece of Corn Beef on special up to over $20/k for some choice fillet steak, so a huge range and basic things like sausages can be from about $5/k up to over $10/k for gourmet varieties.
You can buy beer by the slab/carton of 24/30 we call them here and it can be in the $1 - $2+ a stubbie or can range depending again on strength and brand and stubbies/cans of 375ml or a bit over half a pint.
A half pint glass in a pub can be about $4 or more than double in fancy bars for fancier beers.
A coffee can be from about $3 up to $6+ depending on where you have it and a lot cheaper in Maccas though you'll always find some beaut little smaller village cafes that coffee and cake specials for about $5.
 
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