Canberra - Post Report Question and Answers

Are credit cards widely accepted and safe to use locally? Are ATMs common and do you recommend using them? Are they safe to use?

Not only are credit cards used everywhere (we almost never carried cash) but Australia was WAY ahead of the US in terms of contactless payment, tapping and chips. When we came back to the US in late 2019 I couldn't believe how antiquated things seemed - I have to open my wallet and pull out an actual card? How very 2010! Now in the US things have change primarily because of COVID, but you will have no issues using credit cards in Australia. We opened an Australian bank account to make paying some bills (ie: gym) easier, but all ATMs are common and safe (as safe as the US for sure - probably safer on average). - Aug 2020

No problems! - May 2012

Easy and everywhere. - May 2011

No problem -- excepting weird things like the Telstra tower. - Dec 2010

No problems with ATMs or credit cards. - Nov 2010

Credit cards are safe here, and ATMs are more common than fast-food places! - Apr 2010

Very safe, of course with a fee. - Oct 2009

ATM's are fine and plentiful. Your U.S. credit card will charge you a fee for exchange rates. Some people have been able to get Australian Credit cards but some have not. - Apr 2009

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