Welcome to LIQ, I cannot help with schools and the good areas because i do not know much about that side. I can give you some information about household costs, but these will vary depending where you end up living.
Rental.... depends what you want and where you want to live anything from around $300 per week right up to 600 or 700 per week.
Council tax.... paid by landlord not your problem..
Water ...... landlord may pay some and you may pay costs if you go above a set limit
Telephone & internet package ....$100 PM
Electricity $100 PM average, but again depends on if you have air con and / or a pool, could be a lot higher.
Gas Normally bottle gas, I use for heating, costs around $90 a month for what I use. for the 3 winter months, not used in summer.
Food shopping..... Now that is a can of worms and there are a great deal of different thoughts on this..... I find the big supermarkets (Coles/Woolworths) expensive and the smaller independents give better value and better quality of food. This is totally opposite to the UK where you expect the supermarket to be the cheapest. ALDI is a cheaper supermarket but limited choice. Look for fruit barns and farm shops for cheaper fruit and veg, You will often find Sunday "farmers markets".
Petrol..... at the moment I am paying $1.35 Ltr, keep an eye out for the cheap petrol day, often a Wednesday or Thursday. when for one day the cost is lowered, Also if you do shop at one of the big supermarkets you often get a fuel voucher for money off petrol in their petrol stations.
I hope this helps a little and I am sure other will pop on to let you have their ideas
Last edited: Aug 11, 2011