I'm really surprised at how cheap things are here. Everyone back in North America is interested in 'how expensive is it over there?'
Here's a sampling of a few rates... all in US dollars.
- Car rental for a day, Toyota Camry: $35 (incl tax and gas)
- Haircut and beard trim: $7
- Our one bedroom suite apartment in central Sydney: $75 per night
- Valet parking, with in-and-out privledges, per day: $8.50
- 750ml bottle of beer (24oz): $1.75
- Motel room, outside of Sydney: $20 - $30 US
- Big Mac: $1.50, though you can easily find coupons for 2 for US$2.
- One month's health insurance, with no deductible, including vision and dental, for two people: $68
- One gallon of gas: $1.33. OK, it's not that cheap at all.
- Bottle of sparkling wine, mid-range (not the cheapest, not the most expensive): $6
- Movie ticket: $4.25 (for all showings, not just matinee)
- Mid to upper range menu entree (called mains here): $7 to $10
What about sales tax? It's close to Ontario, including gas prices, although if there's no %15 sales tax..
PS, I mean Ontario prices. Not province of Toronto prices ;)
For all these prices, taxes of whatever sort (typically GST) is included.
Another benefit: there's no tipping. Anywhere. Taxi drivers... barkeeps... waiters... barbers... bellhops. Makes it wonderfully easy! Though if you get good service, a little bit more doesn't hurt!
For the average Australian, are these prices expensive?
I don't know. Then again, a kilo of grapes from a Sydney fruit seller on the street (they have JC Deceaux permanent stands here, like newspaper sellers) is $3, which is cheap. In the supermarkets that same kilo is $1.49. What's that--all of US$0.40/C$0.60 a pound?!?
The car cost A$37000. There is no way in hell I could get a Toyota Landcruiser with 51000 miles on it in the US for US$19000 (which is just about what I sold my Xterra for). If I were lucky I could find a similiar Landcruiser for $30000 or so in California.
Grapes at the Dominion at St. Clair Station here in Toronto were CDN$6.49/kg. GRIN Thats shocking.
Sign me up, i think its time for trckrfckr dwn ndr
Seat sales on right now:
$1449 - Qantas
$1499 - Air New Zealand, Air Canada
I have seent $1429 as well.
If you want to add LA like I did for my trip, it's an additional $100. If you want to add Auckland, it's the same price for YYZ - SYD, AKL - YYZ, but you need to find the flight between SYD - AKL yourself.
Scott, I've added you to my Iain Down Under 2002 friends group so you can have a look at my travel plans and such. Just in case you do decide to jet off sometime in the next year.
Hee hee hee! Want to come along for the ride? Or do you just need to be ridden, heh heh... ;-)
trckrfckr goes under down under? hmmmmmmm, i would love that
If i can manage it, i will be in for the ride, a part of the ride, of just a good ride :o)
Yeah, in Australia, an "entr�e" in an appetizer (which is what it means in French). Do you know how confusing that is? When I came to Toronto, I kept flicking through menus wondering where the main courses were.
I'm guessing that English-speaking North Americans mis-adapted the word from French.