Buy Australian dollars online

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Why buy Australian dollars from M&S Bank?

Planning an Australian adventure? Whether you're planning to backpack cross-country or take in Sydney's iconic Opera House, we offer a number of benefits when you buy Australian dollars with M&S Bank.

  • Our stores are open 7 days a week
  • Buy Australian dollars online and collect from your local Bureau de Change
  • Exchange any leftover currency when you return using our buy back service

Click and Collect Australian dollars

AUD Australian dollars exchange rate

The exchange rate may differ depending on the day you order your currency.

Find today's Australian dollars exchange rate here. Or use our Australian dollars converter to see how much you could get for your pound.

How to sell back Australian dollars

Do you have left over Australian dollars from your recent trip? We can buy back foreign currency from you.

How to order Australian dollars

Our online and in-store services make ordering your Australian dollars simple:

  • Order your Australian dollars online with our Click & Collect currency service. Choose your collection date and collect from your local Bureau de Change. Or order before 4pm and collect in store the same day, using our SameDay Click & Collect service*.
  • Or visit your local Bureau de Change to buy Australian dollars*. You can find our Bureaux de Change in M&S stores nationwide. Many are open seven days a week late into the evening, so you can buy your Australian dollars at a time that suits you.

Countries that accept Australian dollars

Australia isn't the only place you can spend your Australian dollars. Here's a list of other places that currently accept the currency:

Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Coral Sea Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea and Tuvalu.

Why visit Australia?

With miles of golden beaches and tropical rainforests, Australia is the perfect destination if you're looking for a holiday with sun, surf, and exotic wildlife.

As one of the largest countries in the world, Australia boasts a wide variety of things to do and climates to explore. Whether you want to unwind on Bondi Beach, travel the gravel roads of the Australian outback, or delve deep into Daintree rainforest, there's plenty to do down under.

No matter how you want to spend your time in Australia, it's a good idea to bring some travel money for your adventures.

Our currency exchange rate calculator converts your British pounds to Australian dollars.

Australian dollar facts and history

The Australian dollar (AUD) is the official currency of Australia and all its overseas territories. The Australian dollar is also used as the official currency in three Pacific Island nations:

  • Nauru
  • Kiribati
  • Tuvalu

The Australian dollar was introduced in 1966, replacing the Australian pound. Before 1966, shillings and pounds were used as Australian currency, but the introduction of the Australian dollar created a decimalised system. You can represent Australian dollars either through the code AUD, or by the dollar sign ($).

Australian currency comes in both coins and banknotes. Coins include:

  • 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents
  • AUD1
  • AUD2

Banknotes include:

  • AUD5
  • AUD10
  • AUD20
  • AUD50
  • AUD100

You can buy Australian dollars online, visit our travel money hub to learn more.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use my bank card in Australia?

You'll be able to use your credit and debit cards across Australia, but your bank may charge an overseas transaction fee. It's also a good idea to let your bank know that you'll be in Australia before you go. If you don't, your bank may think the transaction is fraudulent and block the payment.

Smaller shops and cafés often have a minimum card spend for bank card purchases. In cases like these, having some travel money on hand can help you pay for your morning coffee or jar of yeast extract.

How expensive is Australia?

Australia can be quite an expensive place to visit, especially if you're staying in cities like Canberra or Sydney.

If you're visiting Australia on a tighter budget, staying in hostels and using public transport are a few good ways to reduce your travel expenses. Some hostels and guestrooms will even have kitchens where you can cook.

But if you do plan to dine out in Australia, a basic meal can cost:

  • AUD48 in Canberra
  • AUD35 in Adelaide
  • AUD30 in Perth
  • AUD25 in Sydney and Melbourne
  • AUD19 in Wollongong
  • AUD15 in Ballarat

Check our currency converter to see the latest exchange rates for Australian dollars.

Can you use other currencies in Australia?

The Australian dollar is the only accepted currency in Australia.

While they have the same currency unit, the US dollar (USD) and New Zealand dollar (NZD) aren't interchangeable with the Australian dollar. If you arrive in Australia with any of these currencies, you'll need to exchange them.

Do you need a visa to visit Australia?

Whether you're attending a conference or going on a cruise, UK citizens will need a visa to enter Australia.

If you're visiting Australia for a holiday or to attend a business meeting, you can apply for an eVisitor pass which will let you stay in Australia for up to 3 months. If you're hoping to work or stay longer, you'll need a different visa.

You'll also need to bring a valid passport and completed Incoming Passenger Card.

You should always research the most up to date visa guidelines before planning a trip.

Other passport holders should check the entry requirements with your country's embassy.

Should I tip in Australia?

Tipping isn't normally expected in Australia. Instead, a 10% to 15% service charge will be added onto your bill.

In cases where there's no service charge, waiters and taxi drivers will appreciate a tip between AUD10 and AUD15. For hotel porters, you should tip AUD1 per bag.

What languages are spoken in Australia?

Australia doesn't have an official language. However, English is recognised as the national language and is spoken widely throughout the country.

Besides English, there are a few other languages spoken by expat communities:

  • Mandarin
  • Arabic
  • Vietnamese
  • Cantonese
  • Punjabi

There are also a few Aboriginal Australian languages, including:

  • Australian Kriol
  • Yumplatok
  • Arrernte
  • Pitjantjatjara
  • Tiwi

What is the latest government travel advice for Australia?

During summer, parts of Australia can become very hot and dry. Bushfires are especially common during this period, and many can be extremely dangerous. Smoke from these fires can cause poor air quality and lead to respiratory conditions.

The government regularly provides information for travel into Australia. You can visit the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) for the latest travel advice for Australia.

What is the best time of year to visit Australia?

Australia is part of the Southern Hemisphere, which means that it's Australian summer during British winter and vice versa.

If you're heading to Australia for a beach holiday, visit southern Australia between December and March. This will be Australian summer time, meaning longer days and warmer temperatures. Cities like Gold Coast and Sydney will be bustling holiday hotspots during this period.

Northern Australia is popular during the dry season (June to September). The currents are gentler, making it a great opportunity for snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef. The lack of humidity also makes the dry season a good time to explore Australian rainforests or hike one of Australia's many trails.

Generally speaking, the best time to visit Australia will depend on what you want to do and the weather you want to have!

Important documents

M&S Travel Money Terms and Conditions (opens in a new window)

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Other popular currencies

If you are planning a future holiday or a trip that takes in multiple destinations, these other currencies may be useful:

US dollar
New Zealand dollars

*Subject to availability

† Subject to store opening hours