Currency And Banking Whitsundays Australia

The subjects of currency and banking on the Whitsunday Islands are important issues for both national and international travellers to the area. Before visiting any of the islands it is advised to understand what currency is used, where banks are located, how currency exchange and travellers cheques work, and what cards electronic fund transfer (EFTPOS) machines take.

All the Whitsunday Islands are classified as part of Australia, hence the official currency used on each island is the Australian Dollar which is abbreviated to $AUD. Plastic notes come in denominations of $100, $50, $20, $10 and $5. Gold coins come in denominations of $1 and $2, where as the silver coins are worth 50cents, 20cents, 10cents and 5cents.

The one Whitsunday Island bank with an automatic teller machine (ATM) operational 24hours a day, can be found on Hamilton Island. Trading hours vary depending on the day, but the bank is normally closed on Saturday, Sundays and public holidays. The island bank is also accustomed to exchanging foreign currency for a nominal fee and cashing traveller’s cheques, too.

On the subject of EFTPOS facilities, all major Whitsunday Island resorts and most small shopping facilities accept most popular credit cards. Cards widely accepted include Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Diners Club. Other minor cards or unknown international cards may cause some problems when it comes to using EFTPOS machines to pay for goods or services.

Lastly, please note that on the more remote islands and Camping sites, accessing funds may prove quite hard and guests may have to travel to the major resort islands or mainland to obtain monetary funds.

Originally posted 2010-12-13 02:08:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Whitsunday Islands are an exquisitely arranged assortment of 74 major islands located just off the Airlie Beach coastline, in Queensland. Renown for their stunning natural beauty and close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands invite travelling families, groups of friends, individuals and couples to enjoy a piece of paradise.