Money and budget Tasmania
Money, banks, exchange
- The currency is the Australian dollar, divided into 100 cents.
As of February 2020, AU $ 1 = AU $ 0,60, and € 1 = AU $ 1,64.
- Change: before departure you can purchase Australian dollars or Australian dollar traveller's checks. In Tasmania, these can be cashed in banks, exchange offices, hotels and some businesses. When you can, redeem your traveller's checks at American Express offices, where commission is not charged. Once in Tasmania, you can exchange your euros at the banks or exchange offices that are plentiful in major cities, airports or bus stations.
- With your Bank card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express), you can pay in shops, which almost all have terminals for payment by credit card. You will find vending machines (ATM), available 24 hours a day, in all towns. Remember that every time you use your credit card, you will pay a commission.
- The main banks are National, ANZ, Commonwealth and Westpac.
Budget in Tasmania
The cost of seeing your savings quickly squander if you have to pay for the hotel, restaurants at each meal and visits. On average, count at least AU $ 30 (€ 20) per day (by giving yourself a visit), but to better enjoy it, bet on AU $ 50 (€ 35) instead.
If you are on a tight budget (Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, include organic farm accommodation), or hospitality exchange. For food, prefer shopping in supermarkets.
- Inexpensive Average prices: a double room in a hotel Classier : beyond stars.
If you shop at the supermarket, you can get by for AU $ 20 (€ 15) per person per day.
- Inexpensive AU $ 15 (6,50-10 & euro Average prices: 15 to Classier : over AU $ 30 (€ 20) in chic establishments.
Taxes and tips
- La goods and services tax (goods and services tax, GST) is 10%. It is included in the prices displayed (it is the law).
Tourists can be reimbursed at customs, for purchases of more than AU $ 300 (€ 210), GST included, made in the same store, within 30 days of leaving Australia: this is the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS). It must be goods to take home, in hand luggage.
- The tip is not part of local customs, in any case it is not an obligation. However, it is a good idea to leave something (say 10-15% of the bill) at the restaurant, if you liked the service.
- For more than a century, the last Aborigines, exterminated, have disappeared from Tasmania. Bringing back a digeridoo therefore seems a bit out of place ...
- At the babas market from around the corner: honey, mustard, lavender soaps, arts and crafts ...
- The main local specialties are gastronomic. For example, you can bring back wine. There are many grape varieties cultivated with passion in Tasmania: pinot noir, chardonay, sauvignon, riesling, gewurztraminer… The local sparkling wines are also famous. In Sorell, you will discover amazing fruit liqueurs made on site at Sorell Fruit Farm.