Gold Coast FAQs

Currency

The national currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD). Australian currency is decimal, with the dollar as the basic unit. 100 cents (100c) = one dollar $1. Notes come in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations. Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 denominations. Australian prices occasionally end in a variant of 1c or 2c. Where this occurs, at the cash register, the price is rounded to the nearest 5c.

ATM's

ATM’s (Automatic Teller Machines) are commonly found throughout Queensland and generally teller money in denominations of $20 and $50. Please note that some banks ATMs will charge a small fee for withdrawing money.

Credit Cards and Traveller's Cheques

Major credit cards are widely accepted with the most common being Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and their affiliates. Traveller's cheques are also accepted in Queensland; however please note that some banks will charge a small fee for cashing travellers’ cheques. Currency exchange facilities are also available at international airports and in major city centres.

Tipping

Tipping is not common in Australia and prices are generally inclusive of GST. Tipping is appreciated for exceptional service (generally 10% at restaurants and rounding up of taxi fares), however is not compulsory or expected

Taxes

There is a 10% tax on all goods and services purchased in Australia. You can claim a refund of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) that you pay on certain goods you buy in Australia. The refund only applies to goods you take with you as hand luggage or wear on the aircraft or ship when you leave the country. For more information, please see the Tourist Refund Scheme at www.customs.gov.au.

Accessibility

Beach Access

The Gold Coast provides and supports a range of initiatives to increase access to our beaches. This includes accessible viewing platforms, beach matting and beach wheelchairs.

Mobility Maps

The City's mobility maps provide accessibility information to assist visitors to plan their stay and move around the city safely

Map information includes the location of accessible toilets, change facilities, accessible car parking spaces, pathway gradients, location of kerb ramps and key buildings and services. Transport information for light rail stations, bus stops and bus routes is also featured.

Accessible Experience Guide

The City of Gold Coast has created an Accessible Experiences Guide that provides accessibility information to assist all with planning their visit to several attractions across the city.

Information for each attraction listed in the Guide is available for download here.