Australian dollar ($)
Budget: Less than $150
- Camp site (two people): $25–30
- Dorm bed: $30–50
- Private double room in hostel: $80–120
- Mainly self-catering but having an occasional budget meal out: $30
- Double room in a midrange hotel: $150–220
- Lunch and dinner in cafes and pubs: $70
- Car hire: $40–50 per day
Top End: More than $300
- Main meal in top restaurants: over $35
- Double room in a top hotel: from $250
Bargaining is not appropriate in Western Australia.
All prices are given in Australian dollars, unless otherwise stated.
Bank branches with 24-hour ATMs can be found statewide. In the smallest towns there’s usually an ATM in the local pub. Most ATMs accept cards from other banks and are linked to international networks.
The Australian dollar is made up of 100 cents; there are 5¢, 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1 and $2 coins, and $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes.
Cash amounts equal to or in excess of the equivalent of A$10,000 (in any currency) must be declared on arrival or departure in Australia.
Changing foreign currency or travellers cheques is usually no problem at banks throughout WA.
Credit & Debit Cards
Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted and a credit card is essential (in lieu of a large deposit) for car hire. With debit cards, any card connected to the international banking network (Cirrus, Maestro, Plus and Eurocard) will work. Diners Club and Amex are not as widely accepted.
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
Tipping is not required in WA, but around 10 to 15% is appropriate if you feel service in a restaurant has been exemplary. Many cafes have a tip jar on the counter for loose change and this is usually shared between all the staff.
With the ease of electronic means of payment, travellers cheques have fallen out of fashion. Still, Amex, Thomas Cook and other well-known international brands are easily exchanged and are commission-free when exchanged at their bureaux; however, local banks charge hefty fees (around $7) for the same service.