What is the Australian Currency?
Reserve Bank of Australia
$, A$ or AUD (dollar)
|Currency sub unit:||
$5, $10, $20, $50, $100
5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2
Originally, Australia used the British pound but this was phased out in 1910 when the Australian pound came into circulation. In 1956, the Australian dollar was introduced and in 1988 Australia switch to polymer bills similar to those now used in Canada and other countries. The Australian dollar is now the 5th most traded currency in the world.
It is most common for Australians to choose card as preferred method of payment over cash. This is due to convenience and the ability to tap & go almost anywhere in the country, from catching the train to buying souvenirs – card is the easier way to shop with AUD.
The most used notes in Australia are the $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills.
Australia Prefers Card Payments
Stores, cafes, small market stalls and even public transport prefer cards as their payment method. The Travelex Money Card allows you to easily load the AUD you need to spend at your leisure.
Top up the card whenever you need to via the Travelex website. You can also access AUD in cash at thousands of Australian ATMs which accept the Travelex Money Card.
AUD Goes Further with the Travelex Money Card
- Our Travelex Money Card gives you better rates than Cash
- $0 Eftpos Fees
- $0 ATM Fees1
- $0 Online Shopping Fees2
1. Travelex does not charge ATM fees, some operators may charge their own fee or set their own limits. 2. Transacting via some online merchants may incur a surcharge.
Easy Currency Options for your Trip
|Make your Own Mix|
|Select currencies of your choice* in CASH and/or CARD|
What to spend your Australian dollars on
Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb
3-mile taxi ride
Postcard and a stamp
Bottle of water
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- Top Up $2000+ worth of foreign currency on your Travelex Money Card to SAVE $50. (Excludes NZD loads.)
- Available via the Travelex website.
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Must-sees in Australia
*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.
**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.