Currency

Australian dollar ($)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than $150

  • Dorm bed: $30
  • Double room in a hostel: $80
  • Cafe lunch: $15
  • Local bus ticket: $2.50

Midrange: $150–350

  • Double room in a hotel: $130
  • Dinner in a local restaurant: $25
  • Ferry to Fitzroy Island: $80
  • Admission to aquarium: $40

Top End: More than $350

  • Double room in a resort: $250
  • Main meal at an upmarket restaurant: $35
  • Liveaboard dive trip: $700
  • Scenic reef flight: $200

Bargaining

Bargaining and haggling isn't really part of Australian culture. That said, there's a definite 'cash' culture in commerce here, where you might get a lower price on a purchase if you pay cash rather than use a credit card (thus relieving the vendor of some of their official tax obligations).

Money

Major banks have branches with ATMs throughout Cairns. Most banks exchange foreign currency. There are private currency-exchange bureaux along the Esplanade that are open until late.

All businesses, from cafes to major tour operators and hotels, accept debit and credit cards as a matter of course.