Money and duty free for Australia
Currency and Money
Australian Dollar (AUD; symbol A$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of A$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of A$2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents.
Major credit cards are accepted. Use may be restricted in small towns and outback areas.
Found in all major towns and cities. However you may have limited or no access to ATMs in small towns and outback areas.
Widely accepted in major currencies at banks or large hotels. However, some banks may charge a fee for cashing traveller's cheques. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in a major currency.
Mon-Thurs 0930-1600, Fri 0930-1700. These hours may vary slightly throughout the country.
The import and export of local and foreign currency is unrestricted. Amounts over €10,000 or equivalent must be declared.
Exchange facilities are available for all incoming and outgoing flights at all international airports in Australia. International-class hotels will exchange major currencies for guests. It is recommended that visitors change money at the airport or at city banks.
Australia duty free
The following items may be imported into Australia by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 25 cigarettes or 25g of tobacco or cigars.
• 2.25L of alcoholic drinks.
• Personal belongings that you've owned and used for at least 12 months.
• Other goods to a value of A$900 (A$450 if under 18).
There are very strict regulations against the import of non-prescribed drugs, weapons, firearms, wildlife, domestic animals and foodstuffs (including meat, poultry and dairy; plants or parts of plants [including fruit, nuts and seeds]; animal products [including wool, skins and eggs] and any equipment used with domestic animals) and other potential sources of disease and pestilence (such as vaccines or viruses). There are severe penalties for drug trafficking.
For further details on customs regulations, contact the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (www.customs.gov.au).
The export of protected wildlife and associated products is strictly controlled, including the export of coral, turtle shell, snake or reptile skin, orchids, caviar, ivory products, hunting trophies and traditional medicinal products.
If you plan to export any heritage-listed goods, including works of art, stamps, coins, archaeological objects, minerals and specimens, you need to apply for a special permit.
The export of Australian native animals and plants is either prohibited or restricted.
Also prohibited are firearms, pornography and narcotics.