Why is Australia so EXPENSIVE !!
Replies: 325 - Last Post: Jun 12, 2012 7:19 AM Last Post By: PoppyG
Aug 12, 2011 2:01 AM
Aug 12, 2011 5:20 AM
Aug 12, 2011 7:33 AM
167Still sounds expensive to me. Same thing $5 just 4 hours flying time from Perth.
Aug 12, 2011 7:45 PM
168Groo, I'm sure there'd still be many mothers prematurely laundering their Mao frocks.
Apparently my grandmother's(she was born 1908) generation had their offspring straddling the pot at as young as six weeks. Maybe that "prescience" was lost in the west as the industrial revolution gathered pace.
Aug 12, 2011 7:58 PM
169I recall paying $15 for fish and chips at the Doyle's shop front @ Watson's Bay in Sydney some 12 years ago. Not sure if it had a salad.
$15.90 at a pub-with all of its overheads- is not unreasonable these days.
Probably better fish than a $5 feed at a F&C shop as well.
Aug 12, 2011 9:16 PM
Aug 12, 2011 9:41 PM
171Whole river flathead (smallish) for $9.95 per kg, ocean trawled flathead (larger) $12.95 per kg at Ballina Co op last week.
Crumbed cod and chips $5.60 at the Dicky Beach fish and chippery last week - eat them at the beachside barbecue tables.
Better still were the 4 bream I caught from the beach at sparrow's fart last Tuesday at Broken Head- free.
As with almost every instance cited in this thread, it largely depends when and where you go to purchase the item.
Aug 12, 2011 9:43 PM
Aug 12, 2011 9:47 PM
Dec 10, 2011 12:35 PM
174I guess because they want to be sure that I will never be back in this strange country so empty that you' re wondering why you travel there. And to tell the truth to the Australian even it will be less expensive, I am not sure to travel back there. The main reason, well let me think, first this crazy so slow driving that you are so bored in your car that you're wondering how they can leave like this. This disgusting and very expensive restaurant almost everywhere without service and with this white plastic chairs that looks like stolen from a garden. The cost of a turn of merry go round, actually around 2 dollars for 20 sec ride ! Costly stay when you get a daughter. One croissant, 3.50 dollars. 1 hour in a parking of Brisbane city center, around 40 $ if I remember well, one night in HolIday Inn at the Sydney Airport 350$...here are some examples of what we can all call a very expensive life cost, the exchange money good or not...The service by itself is not as good as in US, Europe or of course Asia that is today the reference. But the most difficult things to handle for a European is the shopping and the fashion by itself. Already miserable in Sydney and Melbourne it become funny when you go anywhere in Australia, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane include. Looks like all Australia are wearing Billabong or Rip curl Tee shirt only for any occasion. This was a very difficult experience.
Dec 10, 2011 1:58 PM
Dec 10, 2011 2:00 PM
176What an interesting response to travelling in Oz from a European perspective. Firstly, I hope there were some bits you enjoyed - it would be a pity to come all this way to have an expensive and miserable vacation. But I have to ask - what were your expectations, and in what way were your expectations not met? I'm not critical of you, just curious.
Dec 11, 2011 2:44 AM
177One of the reasons things are expensive here is exactly the emptiness and the distance - transport costs have to be factored in. And Australians generally don't stay in Holiday Inns at $350 a night, or park in city centres for $40.
Maybe if Europe was warmer, Billabong would be a fashion statement there too.
Dec 11, 2011 9:31 AM
178Australia's always had the emptiness and distance, but has only got stupidly expensive recently.
Stop shooting the messengers.
Dec 11, 2011 11:16 AM
179I'm not arguing that Australia hasn't become stupidly expensive of late, in many areas and for many products it has, but Oz's point remains valid. You really don't have to pay $350 for a Holiday Inn, $40 to park in Brisbane or $9 for a beer. There are plenty of less expensive alternatives.
By accepting these inflationary prices and paying them you guarantee their continuation.
(4 star Hotel)
From US$176.45 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$124.61 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$102.16 per night