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Money and costs

Dollars ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated March 27, 2017 10:43AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Hostel dorm bed: $28–40
  • Double room in a basic motel: $80–130
  • Simple main meal: $15–25
  • Short bus or tram ride: $4
  • Double room in a motel, B&B or hotel: $130–250
  • Brunch in a good cafe: $25–40
  • Short taxi ride: $25
  • Car hire per day: from $35
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in a top-end hotel: from $250
  • Three-course meal in an upmarket restaurant: $100
  • Cover charge at a club or gig: $10–20
  • Domestic flight Sydney to Melbourne: from $100

ATMs widely available in cities and larger towns. Credit cards accepted for hotels, restaurants, transport and activity bookings.


It's common but by no means obligatory to tip in restaurants and upmarket cafes if the service warrants it − a gratuity of between 5% and 10% of the bill is the norm. Taxi drivers will also appreciate you rounding up the fare. Tipping is not usually expected in hotels.