How to buy Australian Dollars

Whether it’s a beach break to Bondi, a wildlife tour of Queensland’s rainforests, or catching a cricket match or two, there’s so much to do in Australia and plenty of activities to plan. We’ll help you tick one box off your holiday checklist before your adventure to the Outback when you buy Australian dollars online or at your nearest John Lewis Bureau de Change.

Competitive rates

We monitor the currency exchange market daily to ensure we offer you a great rate to sell or buy Australian Dollars for your trip down under.

Delivered to you

Order Australian Dollars online and pick them up at a John Lewis or Waitrose near you, or we can deliver them to your home by the next working day. Free delivery and collection for orders over £500.

No commission fees

You won’t have to pay a commission fee when you purchase Australian dollars online or in-store.

Start your journey down under


Australia is famous for many things: beautiful sunshine, picturesque coasts and reefs, and of course - the local kangaroos and koalas. Not to mention their heritage and iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Uluru. Foodies can also delight in their legendary brunch scene and world-class coffee culture.

Whatever you decide to do on your visit, travelling to Australia can be an action-packed experience. Even flying there from the UK can be an adventure of its own, especially when long layovers and multiple flights are involved. We’ll try to make buying and selling currency as easy-going as the typical Aussie, so you have one less thing to worry about.


We sell Australian dollars in-store at our Bureau de Change locations and online. Online orders can be collected from a John Lewis or Waitrose branch near you, or delivered straight to your door by the next working day.

Sell your leftover AUD

After your trip to Australia, we’ll buy back any Australian Dollar notes you have left over and exchange them back into pounds. 

If your holiday to Australia is cancelled, you can return your Australian Dollars for a full refund within 35 days of the purchase date. If you’re making a return, bring your original order receipt or order confirmation with you.

We’ll only be able to buy back and accept returns for currency in-store, so just pop into any John Lewis Bureau de Change branch with a valid ID and your Australian Dollars. We will not be able to buy back coins and can only accept banknotes. 

Frequently asked questions

The Australian Dollar can be used throughout all of Australia’s states and territories (including Tasmania). Australian Dollars can also be used in the following territories: 

Christmas Island

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Norfolk Island




If you’re planning on visiting the land of Kiwis during your holiday in Oceania, you won’t be able to use Australian Dollars in New Zealand. As New Zealand is a separate country from Australia, its official currency is the New Zealand Dollar. 

We sell New Zealand Dollars online and in selected Bureau de Change stores, so make sure to buy both currencies if you plan on visiting both countries during your travels.

The highest value Australian Dollar banknote is the $100AUD. Australian banknotes include:

$5 notes

$10 notes

$20 notes

$50 notes

$100 notes

Australian Dollar banknotes are made of polymer. This is a type of plastic that was created to prevent counterfeiting.

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John Lewis Finance and John Lewis & Partners Bureau de Change are both trading names of John Lewis plc. Registered office: 1 Drummond Gate, Pimlico, London SW1V 2QQ. Registered in England (Registered Company Number 233462). John Lewis plc introduce the panel of carefully chosen providers in Bureau de Change products and services, whom each hold the appropriate licences with the Financial Conduct Authority and HMRC.

Foreign Currency online from both John Lewis Finance and John Lewis & Partners is provided by First Rate Exchange Services Limited registration number 04287490 (Money Service Business licence number MLR-64068), whose registered office is at Great West House, Great West Road, Brentford, West London, TW8 9DF England.

For UK clients: International Payments at John Lewis Finance is provided by HiFX Europe Limited. HiFX is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Payment Services Regulations 2017, registration 462444, for the provision of payment services. HiFX is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered number: 3517451. Registered office: Maxis 1, Western Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1RT.

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