Buy Currency


Check current USD to AUD exchange rates, view historical rates, or find your nearest Travelex store to exchange your leftover US dollars back to Australian dollars.

Back from overseas with leftover USD?

Why Sell your Leftover US Dollars to Travelex?

We have 180+ stores across Australia that will buy your leftover USD bank notes, with the exception of old or damaged notes. Have any other leftover foreign currency notes? We buy 50+ FX currencies – even rare ones such as Icelandic krona and Bermuda dollars!

How to Sell Foreign Currency to Travelex

Simply follow the steps below to sell your USD back to Travelex:

  1. Take your foreign currency banknotes into any of our 180+ Travelex stores across Australia.

  1. Our friendly staff will inform you of the buy rate for US dollars (the rate we will buy your foreign currency at).

  1. Exchange your leftover USD notes and leave with a little more AUD in your wallet!

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What is your US Dollar Buy-Back Rate?

This changes daily due to fluctuating exchange rates, and differs at each Travelex store. Please contact your nearest Travelex store for the current USD buy rate.

Do you Buy US Coins?

No, unfortunately we do not accept any foreign coins; however, there are plenty of things you can do with your leftover USD coins!

  1. Give them to charity - UNICEF’s Coins for Kids is a charity that collects leftover FX coins. The funds then go towards a number of great initiatives such as providing clean drinking water, much-needed vaccines, food, school books and stationary. Click here to find out more. Many airlines and airports also have collection boxes or envelopes where you can donate your coins to charity.
  2. Save them for another trip - if you think you (or friends or family!) may be visiting a destination where they can use US coins, save them for your next trip.
  3. Keep them as mementos from your trip – it’s a fun way of remembering all the destinations you’ve visited!

Travelling Again and Want a Great Deal on Your Leftover Currency?

Next time you’re travelling to the US (or any other country for that matter!) take advantage of our Travelex Rate Advantage. For just $10, we’ll purchase your leftover currency at a special rate with 0% commission.*

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USD to AUD Historical Exchange Rate

Back in 1966 when the Australian dollar was first introduced, it was actually fixed against the British pound at an equivalent value of one gram of gold. The peg was adjusted to US dollars on 9th September 1973 and set at A$1 to US$1.4875.

The Australian dollar was floated on 12th December 1983, which meant that its value could now fluctuate based on international money markets and supply and demand.

The following two decades saw the Australian dollar reach a high of 1 AUD to 0.881 USD in December of 1988, and a low of $0.477 in April 2001. By June 2008, it had risen significantly to $0.96, and continued to rise to $0.98 by the end of that same year.

On 15th October 2010, the US dollar rose higher than the Australian dollar for the first time since the AUD becoming a floating currency; trading a little above AUD$1 for a few seconds. That November, the US dollar actually traded above the Aussie dollar for several days and stayed around there well into 2011. On the 27th July the US dollar hit a record high against the Aussie, trading at $1.108.

The US dollar has been trading below the Aussie dollar since October of 2013, falling all the way to 0.69 in September of 2015.

*The information contained in this article has been compiled by Travelex from different external sources. The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip. Travelex does not ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information shown. Nothing in this article is to be considered financial advice. Travelex Limited does not accept any liability for any loss or damage derived from any reliance on the information in this article. Travelex Limited (ABN 36 004 179 953, AFSL Number 222444) arranges for and sells Online Foreign Currency via its Online Ordering Facility. You should consider the Online Foreign Currency Product Disclosure Statement and Terms and Conditions before deciding whether to acquire the product.