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1. Posted by Leighxx (Budding Member 33 posts) 5y

Hi everyone.

Im travelling to australlia in september for upto six months, i am just wondering if i will need to open an australlian bank account or can i access my money from austallia with a debit card?
need some info please

2. Posted by wanderer82 (Full Member 111 posts) 5y

Get an aussie bank account.

ATM withdrawals/statements are not free like in the UK.

You could be charged upwards of $5 (£3.25) everytime you withdraw money or check your balance from an ATM in Australia.

Trust me I learned the hard way and only realised after I had incurred a $70 charge.

Aussie banks will give you a unlimited or limited number of withdrawals/balance checks in exchange for a monthly fee (usually about $4-5).

Have a good time.

3. Posted by Tracy2011 (Budding Member 71 posts) 5y

Hey guys, on a related note....

Is it best to take enough Aussie $'s in cash/travellers chqs/travelcard to last a couple of weeks, and then transfer the bulk of your money from your UK bank account to Oz account when you get there? Anyone know how easy transfers are? Assume they can be done by internet banking as normal?

Cheers