The best place to get your hands on some Australian dollars depends on what you need. The main options include:
Can be an easy and convenient choice
Choice of pick-up or delivery
May be slower than other options
Requires planning ahead
In-person at a money changer
Rates can often be negotiated
Easy to find and quick to exchange
Rates can vary widely by brand and branch location
Currency amounts and availability may not work for all needs
At a bank
Convenient and widely available
Can also order online from banks
Rates will typically not be competitive
Branch hours are limited compared to currency exchanges
At the airport
Quick and easy to find and use
Reliable and convenient
Several options to compare in a small area
Will often have some of the least-competitive rates around
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If you want to send money to Australia, the same rules of going online and comparing options to find the best rates also apply.
The table below can make it easier. Enter your transfer details below and it will show you how much different services may cost when you make a transfer.
The "Rate" and "Amount Received" displayed are indicative rates that have been supplied by each brand or gathered by Finder.
Exchange rates are volatile and change often. As a result, the exchange rate listed on Finder may vary to the actual exchange rate quoted for the brand. Please confirm the actual exchange rate and mention "Finder" before you commit to a brand.
Frequently asked questions
Yes. Exchanging any remaining AUD is often as easy as going to the same place you got it, but it won't always be an option.
You may have to find a new service or you could save it for your next trip.
It will typically be more cost-effective to buy foreign currency online, but the downside is you have to plan ahead and can't leave it until the last minute.
This means you'll have to buy AUD before going on holiday if you want to have access to the widest range of options.
Andrew Munro is the cryptocurrency editor at Finder. He was initially writing about insurance, when he accidentally fell in love with digital currency and distributed ledger technology (aka “the blockchain”). Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, and has written guides about everything from industrial pigments to cosmetic surgery.
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