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Over the years I have seen many reports saying it is expensive to eat in Australia compared with the USA. Now I have to disagree with that statement quite strongly because those who state that are comparing apples with oranges. It is a bit like a friend of mine who went to France and said to me how expensive it was there for accommodation and food - it is NOT EXPENSIVE in France, in fact it is extremely reasonable but then you must frequent the places that the locals go i.e. I pay about $US 29 per night for accommodation in Paris and it costs me about $8US for a three course meal when I am travelling in France because I try to become a local and it pay off in many ways. Same applies to Australia but I cannot say that you would find the same accommodation in Sydney as you would in Paris for the same price but then that is because we do not have those little private hotels like they have in Paris.
In Australia we don't have places like Wendy's or Denny's or those places where you can get a take away anything at all, this is because we are only 20 Million people and don't have to cater for large volumes of hungry people who like fast food. If we want to have a meal that is inexpensive then we go to one of the many clubs and pubs which serve huge, nourishing meals for say approximately $12 US or perhaps we would have an Australian hamburger with " the works" which includes the meat patty, egg, bacon, pineapple, salad, beetroot ( someone once suggested that if we had "proper" catshup ( sp???) we would not need beetroot but give me beetroot every time as I love it on hamburgers, sauce, onions and just about anything else they can find - this will cost you about $6 US with chips and is a meal and a half in itself. Then of course we have the wonderful and nourishing fish and chip shops where a nice piece of fish will be either fried or grilled for you, with chips for about $5 US.
I had a pub meal the other night and my husband had a seafood medley which was on a plate fit for two people and had fish, scallops, prawns, fishcakes, chips, 4 vegitables and that cost $12US. A better meal you could not have had. Restaurants in Austalia are for people who want to spend an evening out - they are not places you eat every night and there are good ones, bad ones and ones in the middle. If people choose not to take on board the information will not get the benefit of the help that is given.
Please though when you make a report, do it in a way that is factual and accurate. There has been many, many helpful hints on eating in Australia over the years that many people have spent time in writing. If you wish to differ from their tips, then OK but you will then pay the price but please do not say that because you decided to do things differently Australia was expensive - it did not have to be that way!!!

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