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1. Posted by wendy163 (Budding Member 8 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone!

Im heading to oz in june and recently asked my bank (natwest) what the deal was with using my current account while I'm there. Long story short I wasnt impressed.

So my question is, does anyone have any recommendations for good bank accounts that wont charge me a small fortune to transfer or withdraw money in oz?

Thanks for your help!!

2. Posted by Me gusta (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!


We are using a visa card of citibank, there are no extra charges if you take money.

Best regards

Jean and Ellen

3. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 339 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I think if I remember correctly a Nationwide Flexaccount is a good one as it has minimal charges. That is what I used when I was travelling around Australia.

4. Posted by KellieBarnes (Travel Guru 813 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

First four banks here are considered the Big Four in Australia and will have branches/ATMs around the country. My bank isn't even listed there and I'm in Melbourne, so you might want to look at the big ones if you're travelling in regional areas.
If you are looking for direct access to your funds rather than setting up a bank account here, you could try Cash Passport. I like to use it when travelling because it can be used as a credit or ATM card, and you can reload cash onto it at any time.