Here's How to Safely Exchange Currency in Cairns

Whether you are based in Cairns or just traveling through and looking to exchange your foreign currency, there are smart ways to save on your currency exchange. Money changers like Travel Money Oz and the big 4 banks offer a broad variety in terms of exchange rates. Here you will find out top tips and tricks to getting the best rate when you buy travel money in Cairns.


Cairns has a number of currency specialists in the area:

  • Travel Money Oz
    : Shop L01, 122 Cairns Central Shopping Centre, 1 – 21 McLeod Street
  • Travelex
    : Shop 73, Cairns Central Shopping Centre, c/o Spence Street and McLeod Street, Cairns QLD 4870
  • Global Money Exchange: 69 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870

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Other Currencies

In certain cases, using a bank will get you a better exchange rate. Some currencies do not circulate around as often as others, and it can be more expensive to obtain. In Australia, common currencies are USD, EUR, JPY and NZD. When getting anything other than those currencies, head to the bank.

Banks in Brookside all at one location:

ANZ: Brookside Shopping Centre, 159 Osborne Rd, Mitchelton QLD 4053

CBA: Brookside Shopping Centre, 159 Osborne Rd, Shop 100, Mitchelton QLD 4053

Westpac: Brookside Shopping Centre, 42/159 Osborne Rd, Mitchelton QLD 4053

NAB: Brookside Shopping Centre, 159 Osborne Rd, Mitchelton QLD 4053

To work out if a bank is the cheapest way to buy your currency, make sure you compare exchange rates.

Our Verdict: When buying less common currencies like Swedish Krona (SEK), an Australian bank may turn out to be the cheapest option.

Can I send money overseas from anywhere in Brookside?

While you have the option to send money overseas at a bank or money changer, it usually isn’t the best way to transfer money.

There are many different choices so we recommend doing your research online before deciding what is right for you.


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Can I buy a Travel Money Card in Brookside?

You can buy a travel money card over the counter at most banks or money changers. While buying the travel money card on the spot is seemingly convenient, your name would not be on it. Another way is to order and load your card online and arrange a time and place to pick it up.


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I am traveling to the next 5 days As a rule of thumb, the shorter timeframe, the more you could pay.
and I want to exchange $AUD in foreign currency.