Take an Island Tour
When you tour through a few countries all at once, wouldn’t it be easier if they all accepted the same currency? Well, across French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna, your prayers have been answered. Exchange some AUD to XPF (CFP francs), and you’ll be set.
It’s tough to decide if this currency covers far more surface area than most, or far less than most. Across a large part of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find francs are the national currency. But, then again, over 99% of that region is water!
Thankfully, you don’t need to be a connoisseur of the Pacific Islands to remember the basics of the franc. It stays locked to the value of the euro at exactly 1 euro per 119 XPF, and the declaration laws are exactly the same as in France (EUR 10,000 or more must be declared). As foreign currencies go, this has to be one of the easiest to manage.
To be franc, you can sort everything you’ll need on your tropical tour in any Travel Money Oz store. You can order the francs you need, and if you come home with some spares, trade them in for the classic Aussie dollar back in any of our locations. Smooth sailing, no?
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Pick up locally
With over 140 convenient store locations across Australia, you can securely pick up your CFP Francs with no hassles.
This chart shows how the Aussie dollar to XPF history has played out in recent months and years. Set a date range to see the trends and get a feel for whether now is a good time to purchase your CFP Franc. You can sign up for currency alerts and when the exchange rates are where you want, you’ll get an alert to start funding your francs.
Coins and notes
Francs are fairly well distributed, with the coins offering values of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 francs a piece.
The notes cover 500, 1,000, 5,000 and 10,000 francs. Who knew Franc was so versatile?
Facts about the currency
- The CFP franc was founded when the French franc was retired following WWII.
- Every XPF banknote shows a landscape or historical figure from French Polynesia on one side, and New Caledonia on the other, so every note is like your own little postcard.
- Some tourist businesses will accept Australian and New Zealand currencies, but watch out, their exchange rates might not be as friendly as old Franc!
- The CFP franc was used in 3 different forms across New Hebrides, French Polynesia and New Caledonia right up to 1985, until a little common sense kicked in.