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Average cost for a carton of beer in Australian capital cities

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In Australia, as in many countries, buying in bulk is much more cost efficient. Given that Australia's alcohol taxes are amongst the world's highest, coupled with an insatiable thirst for the beverage (Australia's beer consumption is also among the highest in the world), the cost of this favourite 'bevvy' is a common point of discussion. Beer brands of course range in price, and can have up to a A$20 price difference between them. Nonetheless, state taxes and resellers' mark-ups mean that prices range across the country. This FACT indicates the average cost of a carton of full strength beer (ie. 24 x 375ml bottles) in each Australian capital city in 2011. The country's most expensive beer is found in Darwin, where a case on average costs $48.09. The city with the cheapest average carton price is Melbourne, with $40.17.

Please note that these prices exclude promotional prices and specials, and, while there are other online 'indexes' that estimate the price of beer based on an average of user responses, here the most official count from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has been used.

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics Census 2011

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