Outrageous food prices in Australia!

Nov 7th, 2010, 01:26 PM
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Just had two more thoughts on the subjectbr />
1. I could have completely misread your post about your normal eating habits and in that case will have to reframe my response.

2. If you did not eat the expensive burger how do you know it was a mere meat patty with nothing else?
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Nov 7th, 2010, 05:49 PM
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I'm not a big 'foodie' and I can usually save a few dollars when I travel by self catering where possible. I usually have breakfast in the apartment and I'll pack a lunch and then I will always have a nice dinner out somewhere.

I understand what you are saying obonnie, but it's not the norm. Our suburbs are brimming with fantastic BYO restaurants and pubs that offer world class meals. Just the other week we met our son at his 'local' where we enjoyed a beautiful piece of eye fillet wagyu steak, with salad and chips (fries)for $28 - I thought that was excellent value.

Australia has come a long way with regards to food and wine and I think our standard is quite high personally,if I compare to some of my travels, as far as value for money.
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Nov 7th, 2010, 06:46 PM
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You can get some good value and good food say in inner sydney but that is not the beginning and the end of Australia as many insular city folk think.

Also read an article that said cafes are gaining in popularity as an alernaive to restaurants because many people find them a rip off, so many Australians are on the same planet as I am,. Perhaps some need to get out more and perhaps realise not everyone is overpaid wage slave.
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I thought this was really interesting to read. We have just come back to Australia after living in the UK for nearly 5 years and have been routinely shocked at how high costs are. The first few meals we ate at restaurants here we were pretty horrified. We couldn't work it out, as the UK has a reputation for being so dear, yet we thought it was worse here. Since coming back we've had a couple of other people say they thought exactly the same as us, so perhaps prices have skyrocketed but people who live here are more accepting of it, whereas people like us, who've been living overseas, really notice it.

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Nov 7th, 2010, 08:59 PM
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Kay -

Believe me, I'm not defending the high prices in Australia, but I think those of us who live away from home for awhile forget that prices go up in our absence. I notice price increases when I return to the US...not big shocking increases, but increases just the same.

Prices here in Perth have gotten out of hand. In the two years I've lived here, our neighborhood Indian restaurant has increased it's menu prices three times.

My favorite grocery store ice cream has jumped from $7 to $9 a liter. My car insurance took a huge leap this year, although my car is a year older and I've not made any claims.

Our gas and electric have gone up by a huge percentage too. We looked back over some of our bills and discovered prices had increased three times within the course of a year!

My husband's company has lost expat employees who say they can't afford to live here.
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Nov 8th, 2010, 07:39 AM
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Hi AlanJG: I did not eat the expensive burger, but I did read the description of it on the menu outside of the restaurant-the details: If you wanted cheese or tomatoe or bacon or egg(?) all of those were over and above the base price of the burger.
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Nov 8th, 2010, 01:09 PM
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I know what you're saying Mel - I think businesses here are 'having a big lend of us' - blaming economic times for all these increases but I don't always see it myself.

Westpac Bank posted a 6 BILLION dollar profit - there's only 20 million of us and they only have a percentage of that. That's just one bank - how does that work?

My Woolworths charges $40/kilo for trimmed racks of lamb - come on - it's our lamb - how can our meat cost that much?

And don't even talk to me about our water charges here in Queensland now!

Grrrrr some things just don't seem right to me - and I know I can have a very naive mind but still it often feels like a huge rip off to me.
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The interesting bit about "blaming economic times" is that WA is in a boom - the mining industry is thriving, businesses are having trouble filling jobs. As far as I can tell WA hasn't suffered a bit. When times are good, WA seems to take serious advantage.

There are so many jobs up north that they're having major housing shortages, which has lead to, you guessed it, astronomical prices. At least these price increases can be explained by supply and demand, as there's a true shortage...homeowners are renting out bedrooms in their homes to accommodate the fly in-fly out workers at $350-400 a week. Three and four bedroom homes are renting for up to $1,900 a week.

I know where Westpac got some of that profit - they charge customers for absolutely everything - calls to the bank, walking up to a teller, incoming and outgoing transfers, maintaining an account, it's crazy.
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Nov 9th, 2010, 02:59 PM
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Interesting discussion.

I wonder if high food prices or something is the reason that the first 9 topics on this board right now are about New Zealand?!
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Nov 9th, 2010, 03:18 PM
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Funny you mention that margo...it's cheaper to get to NZ from the US than from Perth!
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Yes, can't help noticing that Margo - might also have something to do with better exchange rate in NZ. Our high Australian $ isn't doing our tourism any favours, businesses going broke all over up here in the north. Not helped by cheap overseas air fares with record numbers of Australians travelling overseas, often to cheap Asian destinations where we cannot compete.
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Pat, should I bring a food parcel when next coming to Cairns?

Actually once my plans are in place I'll give you a ring about meting to discuss the get together.
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Nov 10th, 2010, 02:57 PM
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It is an interesting discussion and the price of many food items is more expensive than any of us would wish.

However; it would have been more realistic and helpful if the OP had posted the prices of things she DID eat, rather than choosing two very expensive items on a Menu they DID NOT eat from, and giving the impression that $45-$65 steak & seafood and $24 hamburgers were typical examples of prices in Australia.

With the rising AUD sending both inbound and local tourists away, we can do without this type of misleading headline. Why on earth would anyone post that without a balancing note of what prices they DID pay?

I have no idea what or where the OP usually eats, but I can say unhesitatingly that I don't pay anything like those prices in the restaurants/bistros & cafes I usually frequent.

Taking note in the last few days eating out in Sydney :

Thai Beef Salad - $9.80
Seafood platter for one - $39 (more than enough for 2 of us who shared it)
T'bone steak, salad & chips - $10
Omlette with m'rooms, tomato, sausage, onion & cheese; Turkish toast & coffee - $15.00

All of these were eaten in cafes & restaurants - the steak in a pub. None was take-away or Food Hall.
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Stormbird mentioned water rates - for me living in Sydney it's electricity and gas charges. I am shocked at how much the price has gone up. And it's obvious that if you're a business you have to pass on the increased rates somehow, hence higher food prices too. But I also agree with the posters who suggest that it's easy to get cheaper food - well, at least in Sydney it's possible to get nice food at cheaper prices, especially off the tourist path. I wouldn't feel comfortable about paying $24 for a hamburger anywhere.

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Lavandula - I got 8% discount from Energy Australia, my current supplier. AGL offered up to 7% and EA offered 8% to keep the a/c. Only proviso was I stayed a customer for 2 years. I had no real intention of moving, so was an easy decision for me - and a good result. May be worth giving your supplier a call. Took me about 15 mins & 3 or 4 calls.
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Bokhara, that is a very good point about stating what the OP DID pay.

I find that the prices that you mention are about what we would expect to pay in Melbourne.

Our pub does hamburgers for about $20 - but that is with all the trimmings, plus chips and salad, on a linen tablecloth.
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Nov 10th, 2010, 05:49 PM
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Well,Peter_S_Aus, I think it makes as much sense as my trumpeting, "US - $175 for a risotto!!"

There it is - at PerSe http://www.tkrg.org/upload/ps_menu.pdf
but it would be ludicrous to suggest this is representative of meal costs in the US, wouldn't it? I didn't have that, either
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Nov 10th, 2010, 08:35 PM
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I never see prices that cheap and never ever where a tourist may be located.
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Nov 10th, 2010, 08:48 PM
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"... with all the trimmings, plus chips and salad, on a linen tablecloth". That's where they are making the savings, Peter. Other places serve the stuff on a plate.
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Nov 10th, 2010, 08:50 PM
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You can buy decent Australian bottled wine from Aldi for about ten dollars a bottle - from an Aldi in downtown Melbourne.

You can buy excellent Vietnamese food in downtown Melbourne - a bowl of pho soup is $8.50 - or it was $8.50 three nights ago.

But if you eat at the high end places, say Crown Casino - much loved by some tourists - then food will cost a lot more - and be a lot worse too.

Our local hotel has a good reputation for food, better than average pub food, and it is ten minutes by tram from downtown Melbourne. Prices are listed here:
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