Australian dollar ($)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than $150

  • Hostel dorm bed: $25–35
  • Double room in a hostel: $80–100
  • Budget pizza or pasta meal: $15–20
  • Short bus or tram ride: $4

Midrange: $150–300

  • Double room in a motel or B&B: $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

  • Double room in a top-end hotel: from $250
  • Three-course meal in a classy restaurant: from $80
  • Adventure activities: sailing the Whitsundays from $300 per night, diving course $650
  • Domestic flight Brisbane to Cairns: from $120


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).


Most business take EFTPOS. ATMs are scattered throughout the island, including one at the post office.