Sydney is expensive. Average 3 bed house with small garden, no parking in an average middle class area will set you back $1m. Can of coke $3-4; petrol $1.40/litre, beer $5 a schooner (lets call it a half pint) are some examples. Clothing is expensive too. Sales are piss poor, compared to the US.On the brighter side, it's a beautiful place to live, great for the kids, sunshine, beaches - people want to live there.