A very broad question I say. Maybe better to ask average and or basic as they will be different. Also a meal price at a restaurant will be different from the price of a sandwich which you would not normally buy at a restaurant.
Like any modern western culture, Australia has many choices and the prices reflect what you are buying. So, for a very rough guide, restaurant meal prices can be between AUD $20.00 upwards to many hundreds of dollars. A meal from a salad bar, such as a salad roll or sandwich may cost you anything from AUD $5.00 to AUD $15.00. It's just too broad a question. I'm just hanging out to sink my teeth into yummy French food next week again. Plus the weather will be warmer in the norther side of the planet too. over 7 years agoAnswered by Paul via WorldNomads.com
Sorry I had a much better question but it made me scale it back to 140 characters...
When I eat out and am not expecting anything special but a good normal meal out here (i live on maui)I would expect to pay any where from 7-12$ us. Anymore than that is somewhere that I'd go much more infrequently. It looks like I should expect a few more dollars 10-20$ aus on average, am I right? over 7 years ago
There's no doubt that food in the States is cheap... and servings are big.
You *can* eat out in Australia for about $8 -$12 AUD but you're limited to food like 'Pub meals' - lots of them have $10 steak specials or similar. Asian food such as Thai or Chinese can also be bought for around $10 a dish. None of these restaurants will have white tablecloths though! It might be great food, but the decor will be plastic tables , chairs and flowers. A sandwich in an ordinary city sandwich shop serving office workers will cost around $7-$8, although if you go to a nicer cafe and sit down, this might be $10. Food courts, usually found in the middle of the city and shopping malls are a great place to have a cheap eat for under $10, however are often focused on Asian food only.
If your budget will stretch to $20-$25 a meal, you'll suddenly find a whole lot more on offer and the quality will be much, much better. Fine dining in Sydney/Melbourne can be stratospheric, especially when you add in wine. This website is good to check out reviews http://www.eatability.com.au/
One thing to note is that tipping in Australia is only expected in 'good restaurants' (umm, this might set off a debate). The bloke in the pub who makes your $10 steak doesn't expect any tip. A cafe where you sit down to eat and they serve you at the table - leave a small tip. A decent restaurant with great service, leave 10%. Hospitality wages in Australia are much higher than in the States which is one of the factors contributing to more expensive food. over 7 years ago
Sandwich hamburger price in aus $5.50 to $9.00 subway foot long special best value at $7.00. Meals most pubs have main meals from $12.00 for budget travelers. Fish and chips most expensive take away for edible food.
Coffee from $4.00 to $6.00. Big breakfast around $11.00 bacon eggs sausage tomatoes etc. many accommodation providers will provide free breakfast. Beer $4.50 in public bar for schooner of local product. Wine similar for house special. over 7 years ago
Great replies thanks! Exactly the kind of info I was looking for. We're trying to figure out a rough budget for a three week trip and probably will have to eat out the majority of the time. Good thing we love Asian food! I glanced at a few menus in places we might visit and the food sounds really good.
Any local dishes we shouldnt miss? over 7 years ago
Kangaroo steak, Definitely try it! You can get it really cheap in the supermarkets, grab some potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms whatever other extras you want and then take it to one of the free BBQ's that you can find absolutely everywhere in Australia! and believe me you will enjoy it(if your not a vegetarian)!
Take advantage of the free BBQ's, their great! over 7 years agoAnswered by MrMace via WorldNomads.com
For a rough budget in Australia - I used to advise $20 breakfast, $20 lunch and $40 dinner. This will exceed most meals, but something to aim for.
Australia is expensive, if you can stay in an apartment or caravan park etc, you can manage this cheaply by grocery shopping and cooking your own.
And I absolutely agree with MrMace - Kangaroo steak! over 7 years ago
The price really depends on the location. The more remote or touristy a destination is, the more expensive it will be. Whereas major cities have more competitors and thus can afford to be more cost effective. "Hipster" cafes are definitely more expensive, with prices generally starting at $12 upwards for basic items. Whereas older style ones you can often grab a pie for around $5. Try visit asian restaurants, the prices are so good if on a budget! almost 4 years agoAnswered by Mel via WorldNomads.com
Definitely agree with the asian food. Chinatown in Melbourne has some of the best food I have ever eaten, so head there if you are in the city! It was around $20 for two of us to eat (a lot!!). Mains at most restaurants are normally around $20, but like everywhere, if you look for it you can get food a lot cheaper. Food in Australia can be very expensive, but it can also be very cheap. They don't import fresh food, so the prices are seasonal. There are packet noodles in supermarkets for reasonably cheap ($2.75 for a pack of 5), so if you have a kettle available you can save a few bucks every now and then. Sushi is really big over here and they put just about anything in it - you can get a sushi roll for around $3-4, which is great for lunch. A lot of backpacker pubs/bars will have deals on (seen a few beer and burger for $10). It won't be the best food you have ever had, but it's cheap! Sandwiches from 7/11 are around $5.
Enjoy your trip. I'm in Australia at the moment and it's my favourite place. Any other questions, feel free to hit me up.
Check out my travel blog: www.alpacabackpack.com almost 4 years ago
There is some good guidance here. One thing you can look out for a two for one deals. Japanese stores often do this from 3 or 4 pm per day. Can stretch money if you like this type of food. Food / coffee is typically cheaper in Melbourne/ Sydney / Adelaide than Perth over 3 years ago
Australia is expensive. Compared to places like Singapore, London or New York / LA it's extremely difficult to find quality cheap food. There are some Asian take aways in the big cities (Melbourne, Sydney) that are relatively cheap but don't expect top quality produce.
Unlike the US the more rural you go the more expensive things actually get.
Beer generally now costs between 7 and 12 dollars a pint (600 ml). You can get it cheaper if you drink stock standard mass produced lagers. But they usually come with a big headache. Half way decent bottles of wine start from about $14. You can get cheaper cleanskin bottles but they are usually a bit hit and miss. over 3 years agoAnswered by Tom via WorldNomads.com