Currency

pounds sterling (£)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than £40

  • Dorm bed: £16–25
  • Wild camping: free
  • Food from supermarket: £5–10

Midrange: £40–130

  • Double room at mid­range B&B: £65–100
  • Bar lunch: £12
  • Dinner at midrange restaurant: £30
  • Car hire: £38
  • Petrol costs (per mile): around 15p

Top End: More than £130

  • Double room at high-end hotel: £130–250
  • Dinner at high-end restaurant: £40–60
  • Flights to islands (each way): £65–130

Bargaining

A bit of mild haggling is acceptable at flea markets and antique shops, but everywhere else you're expected to pay the advertised price.

Money

ATMs widely available. Credit cards widely accepted.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1£0.57
CanadaC$1£0.58
Euro€1£0.88
Japan¥100£0.68
NZNZ$1£0.52
USUS$1£0.75

For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.

Tipping

  • Hotels One pound per bag is standard; gratuity for cleaning staff is completely at your discretion.
  • Pubs Not expected unless table service is provided, then £1 for a round of drinks.
  • Restaurants For decent service 10%, and up to 15% at more expensive places. Check to see if service has been added to the bill already (most likely for large groups).
  • Taxis Generally rounded up to the nearest pound.