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Buy Australian Dollars

Get ready for your holiday down under by changing your pounds to Australian Dollars with Sainsbury’s Bank.

Exchange your Pounds to Australian Dollars with Sainsbury’s Bank

From the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast to the wondrous wildlife of the Daintree Rainforest, Australia has something for everyone.

Whether you’re looking for world-class cuisine or award-winning wine, swap your pounds to Australian Dollars before you go. Sort your currency for Australia before you arrive down under.

Why buy Australian Dollars from us?

  • Better Pound to Australian Dollar rates for Nectar members*
  • 0% commission on all foreign currencies
  • Order online for collection at an instore bureau
  • FREE home delivery on cash orders of £400 or more**


Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate – how much will I get?

Get your trip off to a flying start with our currency converter and check the current Pound Sterling to Australian Dollar exchange rate. Don’t forget that rates can vary depending on where you order your Australian Dollars. You can get your AUD currency online, instore or via our phone service.

We know you deserve the holiday of your dreams. We like to help you get on your way by offering competitive exchange rates on all our currencies – including British Pounds to Australian Dollars.

We never charge you commission when you buy Australian Dollars – or any other currency. You’re guaranteed a better Pound to AUD rate if you’re a Nectar member too*.

How to order your Australian Dollars

We want to make it as convenient as possible for you to arrange your Australian Dollars for your big trip. That’s why you can order AUS Dollars online from anywhere, at a time that suits you, or you could pop in to one of our travel money bureaux.

Order online

We want to make your holiday money as fuss-free as possible. Buying Australian Dollars online means you can place your order anytime – at home, at work or on the go.

Visit us

Head down to your local travel money bureau and our friendly colleagues will be able to help you turn your Pounds into AUS Dollars.

Save a trip and collect your AUS Dollars while you’re doing the weekly shop. 

Order by phone

You can also buy your Australian Dollar over the phone. Give us a call on 0345 355 2463 to order your AUD today and pay over the phone for home delivery. There’s also the option to pay and collect instore.

Don’t forget that Nectar members get better rates.

Travel money card

Why not make things even easier for your trip? Load a Sainsbury’s Bank prepaid travel card with Australian Dollars before you head down under. Planning to visit multiple countries on your trip? With a Sainsbury's Bank Travel Money Card™ Mastercard®, you can take up to 15 currencies on your trip.

You can also use the card to withdraw in these currencies around the world and load it up with a currency of your choice while you’re on the move. 

Are you a Nectar member?

Nectar members get the best exchange rates when you buy your AUS Dollars from Sainsbury’s Bank*

Just let us know your Nectar card number when you order your AUD currency. Don’t forget that rates change depending on whether you buy your AUD currency online, by phone or instore.

Worried about missing out on the best Pounds into Australian Dollar rates? Just download the Nectar app or register today.

Don't fancy carrying cash? Use our travel money card

Spending money abroad has never been easier. With a Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money Card™, you can spend just as you would on your usual debit card.

Take out cash, use the chip and pin, tap contactless or even pay for things online.

To get started with your Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money Card™, you need to load up £50. Then you’re good to go.

 We’ve made it easy to get your card too. You can order to collect at your nearest travel money bureau the next day or you can choose home delivery for your card to arrive in five to eight days.

Need to convert Australian Dollars to Pounds?

Not a problem. If you don’t spend all your travel money on your trip to Australia, don’t just leave it lying around.

We buy back most foreign currency notes in denominations we sell (buy back rates vary daily). Simply bring it to one of our instore bureaux and we’ll convert your unused Australian Dollar notes to GBP for you. Nectar members also get better rates when exchanging their holiday money back to pounds.

Australian Dollar: Facts and figures

  • The Australian Dollar currency code is AUD and the currency symbol is $
  • The Australian Dollar was introduced on 14 February 1966 when pounds and pennies were replaced with dollars and cents (Note that we don’t sell or buy coins)
  • By GDP, Australia is the 13th largest economy in the world – but the dollar is the fifth most traded currency in the world
  • Like the Canadian Dollar, Australian currency includes images of Queen Elizabeth II

Buying Australian Dollars: FAQs

What countries accept the Australian Dollar?

The Australian Dollar is the official currency of Australia, as well as the following states and territories:

  • Christmas Island
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Cocos Islands
  • Norfolk Island
  • Kiribati
  • Nauru
  • Tuvalu

How much money will I need when visiting Australia?

Australia is an enormous country, and you’ll notice a big difference in cost depending on where you go. For example, you’ll get far more for your Australian Dollars in the Gold Coast than you will in Sydney.

It also depends whether you are travelling around Australia on a budget or choosing to spend your Australian Dollars on luxury beach hotels. Not to mention sight-seeing, tours and watersport expenses.

^Finder, August 2023

Is Australia expensive?

Australia has a high cost of living – higher than the UK – and is ranked as one of the most expensive countries to live in. Even more reason to shop around for the best rates when exchanging your Pounds to Australian dollars. Use our currency convertor to check the rates today.

Need a different currency?

Backpacking through Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia? Or stopping over somewhere on your way down under?

We have over 50 foreign currencies available, including the New Zealand Dollar, Singaporean Dollar, Thai Baht and UAE Dirham.

Planning a trip?

Starting to feel those holiday blues? Get planning your next adventure with our guide.

Buy back

Think you may have overestimated how many Australian dollars you need? Not to worry, we can buy them back from you.

Travel money card

What are you waiting for? Order your travel card to manage your holiday finances, top up your Australian Dollars and more with ease.

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Any questions?

Check our answers to some of the most common questions that customers ask us.

See our FAQs.

Terms and conditions

*Nectar members receive better exchange rates on single purchase transactions of all available foreign currencies. Excludes travel money card home delivery orders and online reloads. Exchange rates may vary depending on whether you buy instore, online or by phone. You need to tell us your Nectar card number at the time of your transaction. 

**You can order currency for a secure home delivery by 1pm on the day of your choice by Royal Mail (Mon- Sat). For next day delivery your order needs to be confirmed before 2pm (Mon- Fri). Please note that whilst Royal Mail make every effort to delivery on schedule, we cannot guarantee this as it is beyond our control. Highlands and Islands (including Channel Islands) are not guaranteed next day delivery. Delivery is free on all cash orders £400 or more (£4.99 for orders between £100 and £399.99). The minimum order for home delivery is £100. The delivery day quoted is dependent on the order day being a working day; if one of those days is a public holiday then additional day(s) will be added accordingly. All home delivery orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery, unless we advise you otherwise, to your billing address, and a signature will be required upon delivery. A valid telephone number is required for home delivery.

Sainsbury's Bank Travel Money Card™ is issued by PrePay Technologies Limited pursuant to license by Mastercard International. PrePay Technologies Limited is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 (FRN: 900010) for the issuing of electronic money and payment instruments. Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated.