A night out in Perth can prove costly

It's always nice to let your hair down during a night out, but a lot of Aussies have been forced to stay in on a Friday and Saturday evening because of their desperate financial situation.

Many people have had to make economies in order to cope with the rising cost of living down under and nights on the tiles are usually the first thing to go out of the window when times are hard.

This is certainly a good place to make savings, as a new study conducted by TripAdvisor has shown that going out on the town can be an extremely costly affair.

It showed that Perth is the most expensive place to go for a night out, with the average couple shelling out a huge $430.83 throughout the evening, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The main reason for this is excessive hotel costs, the report discovered.

"TripIndex helps travellers see where they will get more bang for their buck," TripAdvisor spokeswoman Jean Ow-Yeong was quoted as saying.

Brisbane was found to be the second dearest place to spend an evening, with the average couple spending $408.70 on their debit and credit cards. Canberra is the third least affordable place to enjoy yourself.

Meanwhile, Melbourne was rated as the most expensive city in which to dine out, while Sydney was deemed to have the most eye-watering cocktail prices.

This should not come as a surprise, as a recent study conducted by Mercer found that both cities are among the most costly places to live in the world.

Indeed, Sydney was ranked in 11th place – up from 14th in 2011, while Melbourne was in 15th position – rising from 21st in the previous year.

Even so, neither metropolis was in the same league as Tokyo, which was discovered to have the highest cost of living on the planet. Luanda in Angola finished second in the standings, with another Japanese city – Osaka – coming in third.

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