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Money and costs

Dollars ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated May 15, 2019 11:47AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Hostel dorm bed: $40
  • Double room in a basic motel: $100–150
  • Simple main meal: $15–20
  • Short bus or tram ride: $5
  • Double room in a B&B or hotel: $150–250
  • Brunch in a good cafe: $25–40
  • Small gig or show: $30
  • Short taxi ride: $25
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in a top-end hotel: from $250
  • Three-course meal in an upmarket restaurant: $125 per person
  • Theatre or festival tickets: from $100 per person
  • Domestic flight between two main cities: from $100

Australian dollars is the only currency accepted. You won't have much trouble finding an ATM (cashpoint) but be aware, transaction fees are high.


It's common, but by no means obligatory, to tip in restaurants and upmarket cafes if the service warrants it. Taxi drivers also appreciate you rounding up the fare. Tipping is not usually expected at hotels.