You must be expecting me to compare Australia and New Zealand. Well I'd say that's too early, but from the realistic matters, I can eat cheaper in Australia but not accommodation and transport.
When I say eating, means self-catered. Buy food at marker/supermarket and cook at the hostel. I'm not sure how much the meat cost in Australia, so far I've no interest in looking at them but I assume they should be about the same between OZ and NZ. The vegetables and fruits can be far more cheaper and can be far more expensive than NZ. That's depend on what/where you buy the veggie/fruit.
Watermelon - cheapest fruit. Only max $1 per kilo
Banana (one of the names is Lady Finger) - EXPENSIVE. $4.00-$5.00 per kilo. But I saw $1/kilo at the market (pasar)
Apple - more expensive that NZ.
Avocado - MY FAVORITE and it's CHEAP. I had avocado sandwich for lunch for my entire week. It only cost $1 each averagely (depend on size). It is $2.50 in NZ.
Lettuce/tomatoes - quite cheap if you buy at market compare to supermarket.
Paw Paw (it's Papaya) - Very Expensive than Malaysia. It cost $3.50/kilo
So for my lunches for the week, it was about $12 in total.
But two things, that's bored to eat the same meal for a week. I bought avaocado in bulk for better bargain, there are heavy stuff!
Most important, I feel good and satisfy with the simple, fresh, healthy and nutritious meals.
Accommodation is much more expensive than in NZ! I've to pay $21/night in a 30 bunks room, but I can enjoy a bed in 8 beds dorm in NZ for the same price. You can imagine, 30 bunks room is just like refugee camp, everyone from everywhere with their own behaviour will live in the same room. So you must not be fussy to survive in this kind of environment. Sometimes the room stinct, cocroaches wandering on the ground....
And you must not complain for squeezing in for a space for cooking your dinner. If you wait for low-peak hour, that would be supper.
What I do is to adapt and adjust. I can't be the same like I live in NZ, there are lots more tolerant needed here. The simpler your meal is, the less frustrated you have. Pass by the partying bars and let it be, I will find a corner for my reading. (1 thing I won't adapt to is Party. I hate that)
Now.... I'm still stopping at Brisbane, a city just like KL, nothing attracts me here. I just need to look for job opportunities in elsewhere, station for a while will save more. I got to move wisely here because there is no cheap intercity bus in OZ like nakedbus.com in NZ.
If you watch the movie Australia, that's what I'd like to be. But in realistic, I know I can't, not because I can't ride a horse (in fact I can), but I wont want myself to drove the cattles to die.
That's all for my first week...