Australian dollar ($)
Budget: Less than $150
- Hostel dorm bed: $25–35
- Hostel double room: $80–110
- Budget pizza or pasta meal: $15–20
- Local bus ride: from $3.30
- Motel or B&B double room: $130–250
- Breakfast or lunch in a cafe: $20–30
- Car hire per day: from $35
- Short taxi ride: $25
Top End: More than $300
- Boutique-hotel double room: from $250
- Three-course meal in a top restaurant: $80
- Guided wilderness day tour: from $120
- Decent bottle of Tasmanian wine: from $32
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).
ATMs widely available. Credit cards accepted in most hotels and restaurants.
ATMs & Debit Cards
ATMs Tasmanian cities are flush with ATMs, but they're often absent in smaller towns. In towns without banks, the local post office sometimes acts as a bank agent. You’ll also sometimes find a multicard ATM in the local grocery store, pub or petrol station.
Debit cards For international travellers, debit cards connected to the international banking networks – Cirrus, Maestro, Plus and Eurocard – will work fine in Tasmanian ATMs. Expect substantial fees. A better option may be prepaid debit cards (such as MasterCard and Travelex ‘Cash Passport’ cards) with set withdrawal fees and a balance you can top up from your bank account while on the road.
Credit cards such as MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted for most accommodation and services, and a credit card is essential (in lieu of a fat wad of cash) to hire a car. They can also be used to get cash advances over the counter at banks and from many ATMs, depending on the card – but be aware that these withdrawals incur immediate interest. Diners Club and American Express cards are not as widely accepted.
The Australian dollar comprises 100 cents. There are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 coins, and $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes.
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
Tipping in Australia is common in many situations but certainly not mandatory.
- Restaurants and upmarket cafes If the service warrants it − 10% of the bill is the norm.
- Taxis Drivers appreciate your rounding up the fare to the nearest dollar or two.
- Bars and pubs Not expected or required.