Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Guide to Your Cost of Living

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Guide to Your Cost of Living

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HOW expensive is it to live on the Northern Rivers? Well, that depends where you take up residence.

It's probably cheaper to get a haircut in Casino, for example, than to get one in Bangalow. And it's certainly cheaper to buy a house.

If you're in Goonellabah, you can probably get a meat and salad sandwich for a great price but going to the movies will cost you the same dollars in Lismore as in Byron Bay. In fact, surprisingly, living in Byron Bay is much cheaper than you'd think, except for the hefty price tags for accommodation.

Helen Hawkes provides a guide to some of the costs of living in our different suburbs.

Lismore

Cappuccino $3.80 - Republic of Coffee

Loaf of bread from $5.50 (sourdough) - Henrys Bakery Cafe

Ham and salad sandwich $6 - Henrys Bakery Cafe

Casual gym visit $15 - Snap Fitness

Basic service for a car $180 (oil filter, flush fuel treatment, full brake test, 62 point check) - Lismore Automotive Service

Movie $18 (adult) or $14 (child) - Birch Carroll Coyle

Three-bedroom house (172 Ballina Rd) $299,950 - LJ Hooker

Visit to the local pool adult $4.60 - Lismore Memorial Baths

Haircut: Men's $33; women's $55 - The Hair Embassy

Goonellabah

Cappuccino $4 - Cognito Cafe

Loaf of bread from a bakery $3.50 - Brumbys

Meat and salad sandwich $4.50 - SPAR

Casual gym visit $15 - The Summit

Basic service for a car $200, including full check-up - Hilltop Auto Centre

Movie - see Lismore

Three-bedroom house $379,000 (43 Mountain View Dr) - LJ Hooker

Visit to the local pool (adult) $4.60 - Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre

Haircut: Men's $20; women's $27 - Hair with Convenience mobile service

Bangalow

Cappuccino $3.50 - Town Cafe

Loaf of bread from a bakery $3.90 - Choux Choux Patisserie

Ham and salad sandwich $7.50 - Pantry 29

Casual gym visit $12. …

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