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How much spending money do I need for Australia?

With more spectacular sights that you can shake a stick at (Great Barrier Reef, Cairns Rock, the list goes on...), you'll want to make sure you've budgeted well for your trip. Australia has a reputation for being one of the more expensive developed countries, plus many banks charge for overseas transactions, but with a bit of planning and know-how you can make your money go further.

Travelling on a budget: Cost per day - A$60 - A$70 / per week - A$420 - A$490
Australia isn't necessarily known for being a budget destination, but it's possible if you stay in hostels, use public transport and try not to eat out too much. 

Mid-range budget: Cost per day - A$100 – A$180 / per week - A$700 – A$1260
If you're staying in comfortable hotels and eating out regularly, you'll need between A$100 and A$180 per day depending on where you are visiting (cities tend to be much more expensive). 

Luxury budget: Cost per day - A$200+ / per week - A$1400+
Sydney and Melbourne have a reputation for being the most expensive cities globally and they have an abundance of fine dining restaurants and luxury hotels. Luxury hotels tend to cost anywhere from A$150 to A$1000 and we recommend budgeting at least A$100 on food if you're eating out regularly.

Spending in Australia varies from region to region, while taxation affects certain pricing. There is a floor price of minimum A$1.30 for alcoholic drinks. You can generally expect to pay:

  • A$80 for a mid-range meal for two
  • A$8 to A$10 for a pint of beer ($15 to 20 for supermarket-bought)
  • A$5 to A$8 for a glass of house wine ($18 for a bottle)
  • A$45 for a bottle of spirits
  • A$4.20 for a coffee
  • A$1.50 to A$5 per km in a taxi
  • A$174 for Sydney Bridge Climb
  • A$115 to A$150 for Great Barrier Reef tours and excursions



What denominations does the Australian Dollar come in?

The Australian Dollar comes in the following denominations:


$5, $10, $20, $50 and $100


5, 10, 20 and 50 cent coins, and $1 and $2 coins (1 dollar equates to 100 cents)  

Did you know? Australian coins feature images of the only two mammals in the world to lay eggs – the platypus and the echidna.

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