Travel Money – Australian Dollar Exchange Rate

Convert Pounds to Australian Dollars

From the beautiful beaches of Brisbane to the wondrous wildlife of Victoria, Australia has something for everyone.

Whether you’re looking for world-class cuisine or award-winning wine, get your travel money sorted before you go to kick-start your Aussie adventure.

Why buy Australian Dollars from us?

  • Better 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 £500 or more**
Buy Australian Dollars online

Australian Dollar conversion – how much will I get?

Use our online currency converter to see exactly what you’ll get for your money.

Exchange rates may vary depending on whether you buy in store or online.

Are you a Nectar member?

If you’re a Nectar member, we’ll give you a better exchange rate for Australian Dollars*.

All you have to do is tell us your Nectar card number when you order.

Not a Nectar member? No problem. Just download the Nectar app or register at

Where to buy Australian Dollars

We want to make it as convenient as possible for you to arrange your holiday money. That’s why you can order online from anywhere, at a time that suits you, or visit one of our travel money bureaux.


Buying Australian Dollars online means you can place your order anytime, whether you’re at home, at work or on the go

In store

Buy Australian Dollars at any of our in-store travel money bureaux

Travel Money Card

Why not take a prepaid travel card with Australian Dollars on it? With a Sainsbury's Bank Multi-currency Cash Passport™ Mastercard®, you can take up to 10 currencies on your trip

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 in store bureaux and we’ll convert your unused Australian Dollar notes to GBP for you.

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
  • Cocos Islands
  • Norfolk Island
  • Kiribati
  • Nauru
  • Tuvalu

Australian currency and typical costs

  • 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

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 money in the Gold Coast than you will in Sydney.

Some of the most affordable cities in Australia, according to MoveHub, are Hobart, Adelaide and Perth.

To give you a rough idea of costs when you visit Australia, Lonely Planet estimates that you can get a:

  • Hostel dorm bed for $40
  • Double room in a B&B or hotel for 100-$150
  • Three-course meal in a fancy restaurant for $125 per person
  • Short bus or tram ride: $5
  • Domestic flight between two main cities from $100

(Cost estimates from Lonely Planet, February 2021.)

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.

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Any questions?

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

See our FAQs.

*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 in store or online.
You need to tell us your Nectar card number at the time of your transaction. No cash alternative is available. We reserve the right to change or cancel this offer without notice.

**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 1.30pm (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 £500 or more (£4.99 for orders between £100 and £499.99). 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 Multi-currency Cash Passport™ Mastercard® 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.