How to get your Australian Dollars

Where could your Australian dollars take you?

The Australian dollar is usable throughout mainland Australia, as well as five islands in the Australia/New Zealand region: 

  • Nauru
  • Heard Islands and McDonald Islands
  • Cocos Islands
  • Norfolk Island
  • Christmas Island

From Sydney Opera House to St. Barnabas Chapel, Australia and its islands offer both ancient and modern cultural wonders.

Australian dollars cheat sheet

The Australian dollar came into circulation in 1966 after the country abandoned the Australian pound. 1 dollar equates to 100 cents.

How much do I need?

The current exchange rate for the Australian dollar (AUD) is roughly £0.56 for every $1.00, though this is subject to change. You can review the current rates here.

Australia has a reputation for being one of the more expensive developed countries, plus many banks charge for overseas transactions. You should take a fair amount with you, around $100 to $150 per day. If you have any left, you can always use our buy back service.

Denominations

Dollar notes: $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100

Cent coins: 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent coins, and $1 and $2 coins

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

Local charges

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

  • $80 for a mid-range meal for two
  • $8 to $10 for a pint of beer ($15 to 20 for supermarket-bought)
  • $5 to $8 for a glass of house wine ($18 for a bottle)
  • $45 for a bottle of spirits
  • $4.20 for a coffee
  • $1.50 to $5 per km in a taxi

Local customs

Tipping is not as much of an expectation in Australia, as waiting staff generally earn a better wage. The same applies for hotels and taxis, though a $2 or 10% roundup is always appreciated.

Making your dollars go further

  • Buy Australian dollars in advance – Australian ATMs generally charge a $1.50 transaction fee.
  • Load your cash onto a prepaid card – if you’re worried about carrying cash, this is fee-free for up to 10 currencies.
  • Pay in local currency – if you are paying by card, always choose to pay in Australian Dollars to avoid unnecessary fees.
Buy Back

Leftover Australian Dollars?

We’ll buy back Australian dollars up to the value of £300. Just email [email protected] with your order number.