Cost of Living in South Australia

Adelaide’s housing and living costs are substantially lower than that of other Australian cities, with housing being notably cheaper. The median Adelaide house price is half that of Sydney and two-thirds that of Melbourne.


Australia’s major town centres and capital cities have world-class shopping facilities. Hours are generally 9.00am to 5.30pm seven days a week, with late night shopping until 9.00pm on Thursdays or Fridays. Some supermarkets are open 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Below is a list of average costs for everyday grocery products in Australia:

  1. loaf of bread – A$1.50 to A$3.00;
  2. two liters of milk – A$2.00 to A$3.00;
  3. box of breakfast cereal – A$3.00 to A$6.00;
  4. jar of instant coffee – A$3.00 to A$4.00;
  5. bottle of soft drink – A$1.00 to A$3.00;
  6. bottle of shampoo – A$2.50 to A$4.50;
  7. beef (1kg) – A$9.00 to A$12.00;
  8. 1 whole chicken – A$6.00 to A$9.00;
  9. Pack of Green Salad – A$2.00 to A$5.00;

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The cost of clothing in Australia can vary. There are a number of quality variety stores such as K-Mart, BigW and Target where you can find low cost clothing and shoes of all varieties. Department and specialty stores such as Myer and David Jones carry more expensive higher end clothing labels

Median house prices

The median house price in Adelaide is around $392,100 compared with $458,900 in Melbourne, $510,800 in Sydney, $476,400 in Brisbane and $492,400 in Perth.

Space for you and your family, close to the things you care about. Regional house prices in South Australia are even less than those of Adelaide.
South Australia has a whole range of housing to suit all needs, all tastes and all budgets.

First homebuyers may be eligible for a government First Home Owner Grant. The State Government pays the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) to eligible first homeowners. The payment is made only after an application has been submitted to and approved by RevenueSA or a financial institution authorised by RevenueSA to process applications.

The FHOG applies to the purchase or construction of a residential property, including a house, flat, unit, townhouse or apartment that meets local planning standards anywhere in South Australia. The FHOG currently applies to both new and established homes, but will cease for established homes from 1 July 2014.


Rental prices in Adelaide are significantly cheaper than their eastern state equivalents. In Adelaide it costs less to rent a three-bedroom suburban house than it does in Australia’s other mainland capitals.
A three-bedroom house in Adelaide’s middle suburbs rents for a median price of $300 a week. A similar property in Sydney rents for $450 a week (March 2010).

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