Official currency in Australia is the (Australian) dollar ($). Foreign currency
can be exchanged at all international airports, banks foreign exchange offices or at bigger hotels. ATMs, which are almost everywhere, are another way to get the cash.
Credit cards are widely accepted in Australia, maybe with exception of some small towns and smaller stores. The most common credit cards are Visa and MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are less common, but they should be accepted at major hotels, department stores and supermarkets.
Traveler's checks can be exchanged at banks or large hotels. Some banks may charge extra commissions for cashing the checks.
Usual banking hours are: Mon-Thu 9:30 am - 4:00 pm, Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm.
Most goods in Australia are subject to a value-added tax, known in Australia as GST (Goods and Services Tax), which is 10%, already included in the price. Visitors can claim tax refund at the airport when leaving Australia, provided that: the total purchase at one store is at least $300, the purchase took place no more than 30 days before departure, and they present the purchased items together with a receipt at the TRS (Tourist Refund Scheme) office after the immigration and security checks (which means the items will have to be taken as carry on luggage onto the aircraft - be aware of all hand luggage restrictions here).
Current Australian Dollar Rates
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