5 most remote ATMs in Australia

Ever wondered where the most remote ATMs are? Now you know.

4 February 2016: Most of the time, ATMs are abundant and easy to access. It certainly helps for day-to-day life and the transactions people make. What would you do if you didn’t have such easy access to ATMs? Take a moment to empathise and look at the places with only one ATM available – that also means you'll potentially find it harder to dodge ATM fees.

Seisia, Cape York

Seisia is a small fishing town near Cape York in the most northern part of Australia. The small community is made up of around 150 people. Tourists come to Seisia and use it as a base for their fishing trips. Due to the low population, there is only one ATM available in the town. It’s located in the supermarket and isn't open 24/7. So if you want to withdraw money, you’ll need to go within opening hours.

Details: IBIS Bamaga Supermarket

Adidi St, Bamaga Store opening hours:

  • Monday – Friday 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday 8.30am to 4pm
  • Sunday 9am to 3pm

Norfolk Island

This remote island has two banks: Westpac and the Commonwealth Bank. There are branches for both these banks and they are located in the middle of the Burnt Pine shopping area. Both banks are open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday and  9am to 5pm on Friday. Although there are two banks on the island, there’s only one ATM. It’s a Commonwealth Bank ATM located just outside the branch. All major credit cards and travel cheques are also widely accepted on the island.

Details: Commonwealth Bank Norfolk Island

Taylors Rd & Burnt Pine, Norfolk Island NSW 2899 Bank opens Monday to Thursday from 9am until 4pm and on Fridays 9am until 5pm

Doomadgee, Queensland

This community was originally known as Dumaji and is located on Bayley Point on the Gulf of Carpentaria. After being destroyed by a cyclone in 1936, Doomadgee was relocated to Nicholson River. The town has a population of 1,258. There’s an ATM and EFTPOS facility located at the Doomadgee Roadhouse. The Roadhouse is the gateway to the western Gulf Savannah and has food supplies, fishing and camping gear for all your needs on your trip.

Details: Doomadgee Roadhouse

Corner of Goodeedawa Road and Savannah Highway Opening hours: Unknown

Christmas Island

This Australian territory is located in the Indian Ocean, south of Java, Indonesia. Westpac has a branch on the island offering full banking services including foreign currency exchange. Commonwealth Bank, Citibank, Bankwest and others all provide services on Christmas Island. Despite this, there is only one generic ATM on the island that doesn’t belong to any specific bank.

Details: Christmas Island

ATM located in the Community Resource Centre with limited funds (so it is advisable to bring cash if you're visiting)

Parndana, Kangaroo Island

Parndana is a small town located on Kangaroo Island, 40km west of Kingscote, the island’s largest town. Since Parndana is such a small town, only one bank has a presence there. BankSA provides services in the Parndana Hotel, the IGA store and the post office. The hotel is the only place where an ATM is located.

Details: Kangaroo Island

Parndana Hotel ATM Open:

  • Monday - Thursday: 10am to 12am
  • Friday and Saturday: 10am to 2am
  • Sunday 11am to 12am

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Jacob Joseph

Jacob is a writer and video journalist with Credit cards, personal loans and savings accounts are his bread and butter, and he likes nothing more helping people understand the sometimes overly complex world of personal finance.

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