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AUD to KES Exchange Rate

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Code KES
Symbol sh
Coins
50 cents, 1, 5, 10 , 20, 40 shillings
Banknotes
10, 20 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 shillings

Keen for a Kenyan getaway?

If you can hear Africa calling your name (or you just really liked the Lion King as a kid), why not embark on a trip to Kenya? With its rich tribal culture, abundance of natural wonders and sweeping plains filled with wildlife, you’ll fall in love with Kenya in a heartbeat. Just exchange some Aussie dollars to Kenyan shillings and you’re ready to get started.

From the parades of elephants at Amboseli National Park to the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya, this African nation has a wealth of sites for travellers to explore.

While we don’t stock KES in our stores and it’s not available for pre-order through our website, we can arrange a special order for you – just give us a bit of notice before your trip, and let us manage all of your travel money needs.

Coins and notes

Kenya has plenty of ATMs, but it’s still important to keep a generous amount of cash tucked away in your wallet. The Kenyan shilling is divisible by 100 cents, and coins come in 5 shilling, 10 shilling and 20 shilling values. Kenyan banknotes are circulated in 50 shilling, 100 shilling, 200 shilling, 500 shilling and 1,000 shilling denominations.

Facts about the currency

  • There are no restrictions on importing or exporting local and foreign currency in Kenya, but for any amount over US$5,000 (or equivalent), you will be required to provide documentation that shows the source of the money and its purpose.
  • The Kenyan shilling replaced the East African shilling in 1966.
  • In 2016 it was announced that the appearance of Kenyan currency will undergo major modifications, making way for new-look notes and coins. Instead of displaying individuals, the new designs will feature native flora and fauna.
  • Kenyan currency has traditionally featured a portrait of the country’s first President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.