Get the best Australian dollar exchange rate

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We found 16 travel money suppliers offering £750 worth of Australian dollars for delivery and accepting payment by debit card
You receive $1,412.85 Exchange rate 1.8838 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
Travel FX
You receive $1,412.63 Exchange rate 1.8835 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
Currency Online Group
You receive $1,408.90 Exchange rate 1.884 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
The Currency Club
You receive $1,408.83 Exchange rate 1.8839 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
You receive $1,403.30 Exchange rate 1.8887 Insured delivery £7.00 Buy Now
Covent Garden FX
You receive $1,402.13 Exchange rate 1.8695 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
You receive $1,402.05 Exchange rate 1.8694 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
You receive $1,402.05 Exchange rate 1.8694 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
NM Money
You receive $1,398.60 Exchange rate 1.8648 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
Manor FX
You receive $1,396.50 Exchange rate 1.862 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
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Best Australian dollar exchange rate

While it's not considered to be a major world currency like euros or US dollars, the Australian dollar is still widely traded on the global financial markets especially in commodities like minerals and metals where Australia is a major exporter. Australia's economy is considered to be very stable and you'll find that dollars are widely stocked and available in all reputable bureau de change here in the UK.

If you're travelling to Australia, it's important to shop around and compare currency suppliers to maximise your chances of getting a good deal. We can help you to find the best Australian dollar exchange rate by comparing a wide range of UK travel money suppliers who have Australian dollars in stock and ready to order online now. Our comparisons automatically factor in all costs and commission, so all you need to do is tell us how much you want to spend and we'll show you the top suppliers who fit the bill.

Compare before you buy

Some of the best travel money deals are only available when you buy online. By using a comparison site, you're more likely to see the full range of deals on offer and get the best rate.

Order online

Always place your order online, even if you plan to collect your currency in person. Most supermarkets and high street currency suppliers offer better exchange rates if you order online beforehand.

Combine orders

If you're travelling with others, consider placing one large currency order instead of buying individually. Many currency suppliers offer enhanced rates that improve as you order more.

Australian dollar rate trend

Over the past 30 days, the Australian dollar rate is up 0.68% from 1.8838 on 17 May to 1.8966 today. This means one pound will buy more Australian dollars today than it would have a month ago. Right now, £750 is worth approximately $1,422.45 which is $9.6 more than you'd have got on 17 May.

These are the average Australian dollar rates taken from our panel of UK travel money providers at the end of each day. You can explore this further on our British pound to Australian dollar currency chart.

Australian dollar banknotes and coins

One Australian dollar ($) can be subdivded into 100 cents (c).

There are five denominations of Australian dollar banknotes in circulation: $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100; and six coin denominations: 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2.

As you'd expect, the Aussies have a plethora of nicknames for their currency. Most of the names refer to the bright colours of the banknotes; the pink 5-dollar note for example has at least 14 nicknames including 'fairy floss', 'pink snapper', 'prawn', 'piget' and 'rasher'.

In 2016, over 70,000 people signed a petition to officially rename the country's currency to 'dollarydoos' after the term was used in an iconic episode of The Simpsons. Sadly, the Reserve Bank of Australia declined the change, but you may still hear it used informally in conversations.

Australian dollar banknote denominations
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Australian dollar coin denominations
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Tips for saving money while visiting Australia

Australia is generally considered to be an expensive holiday destination for British travellers due to the country's distance from the UK and the overall cost of living in Australia. Unsurprisingly, Sydney and Melbourne are ranked among the most expensive cities to visit, while Adelaide, Perth and Cairns can be more budget-friendly alternatives.

  • Research your accommodation: Branded hotels and resorts will always be more expensive than budget hotels and guest houses, especially in big cities and tourist hotspots. In rural areas, farm stays provide a unique opportunity to experience life on a working farm at a fraction of the cost of staying in a hotel. Or, if you're travelling on a shoestring, you'll find plenty of campgrounds and backpacker lodges dotted across the country which offer an inexpensive place to stay.
  • Use public transport: Busses and trams offer affordable travel around built-up areas, and ferries are part of the public transport system in waterfront cities such as Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Train fares can be expensive if you're travelling long distances, but light rail options are available at more affordable prices, particularly on specific routes like the Gold Coast Light Rail in Queensland.
  • Plan your itinerary: There's no shortage of free attractions and activities in Australia. From Bondi Beach in Syndney to Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast; Australia is famous for its stunning beaches, all of which are free to use and enjoy. Or, if sunbathing isn't your thing, you can explore Australia's pristine natural landscapes and diverse wildlife at any of Australia's national parks and botanical gardens. Popular options include the Royal National Park in New South Wales, Daintree Rainforest in Queensland and Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. In larger cities like Sydney and Melbourne, look out for free walking tours guided by local volunteers who share insights about the city's history, culture, and landmarks.
  • Find discount vouchers: Many tourist attractions and activities offer discount vouchers and codes that can save you money on entry fees and other perks. Look for vouchers online; sign up to newsletters and follow the social media accounts of places you're planning to visit.
  • Eat like a local: Cafes and bakeries offer reasonably-priced breakfast and lunch options such sandwiches and pastries if you're looking for a quick inexpensive meal. Many cafes and restaurants also offer lunchtime specials during the week where you can grab a discounted meal which usually includes a drink. Asian restaurants and takeout places, especially those serving Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese can be budget-friendly options for an evening meal. Look for local, family-owned establishments for authentic flavors at lower prices, and "BYO" restaurants which allow you to bring your own alcohol to save money on dining out.
  • Take cash: Using cash will help you to stick to a budget more easily than paying by card, and you'll also avoid foreign transaction fees. If you do take a card with you, look out for ATMs that are affiliated with your UK bank to avoid ATM fees, and if you're asked whether you want to pay in pounds or Australian dollars - always choose Australian dollars. If you pay in pounds the merchant can set their own exchange rate which won't be in your favour.