What crazy cheap Australian gym were you going to? Obviously not one with classes or the equipment equivalent to what world gym provides. That's ok if you don't want that stuff but I suppose you need to compare apples with apples. I just toured the world gym at the Sanduo Sogo in Kaohsiung and it has everything including stacks of classes, cycle studio, lots of equipment, not crowded at 6pm, free weights (not as many as foreign gym goers would like but the Taiwanese aren't using them so you can go for your life).
In 2014 the Aussie dollar was strong, now it's plummeted so converting the rate you gave back to Taiwan dollars won't be applicable now.
The sales process was worse than I could imagine even after reading others' posts. I was approached downstairs by a rep who offered me a 3 day pass to try the gym. Sure I said, trying is the best way to know if I'll like it right?
When I went it took 2 hours for them to finally give me the 3 day pass (which included that day, but I was waaay too drained to think about it after all that, 2 hours of gym Chinese arrrggh). Gym tour ok, fitness test insulting (I'm in ok shape so the guy had to find something ridiculous to make me feel bad about). Then the ridiculous pitch where they won't tell me the price until I say I'll sign up (without knowing the price). It went on for so long! My husband and I told the rep we're serious about coming to the gym and want to join but want to talk it over tonight and do the 3 day trial before signing the contract. That drove the sales guy crazy! I was just upset because they promised me a 3 day trial and then wouldn't give it to me.
They showed me a price list eventually, 2 year contract at 1888 per month with about 5000 set-up fee. By my refusal to commit this came down to set up of 2888 and 1488 per month. Still too high. I walked out eventually with my 3 day pass and the guy said we could talk about the price more if needed. Actually it's not that I think that price is too high (would prefer no set up fee and told him that though) it's just that I didn't like the way I was treated and told him so!
However their strategy obviously works and maybe I'm just a silly foreigner who can't put up with this kind of thing. It's pretty well known that Australians can't stand being sold to.