25 responses to “Australian Money Slang”

  1. Simon Wilson says:

    Australia doesn’t have $500 and $1000 notes…?!

  2. Rob Keane says:

    A $100 can also be termed ‘a Bradman’, reference to the great mans cricketing feets

  3. dave says:

    [quote]"A $20 is a Lobster, A $50 is a pineapple, A $100 is a spot, $500 a monkey, and $1000 a gorilla. The colours of the $20 and $50 in australia help with their names."[/quote]

    I’ve lived in Australia my whole life (39 years) and have never heard any of these.
    I’ve heard of a $20 note being referred to as a Red Back.

  4. tom says:

    I’ve only heard of the $50 called a pineapple, none of the others.

  5. UK broadband says:

    It’s quite interesting to know the money slang of Australia. Dollars and cents are introduced in Australia during Fed 1966 and many of them don’t what is the slang term used for it. For eg trey – three pence, zack – sixpence etc.

  6. I actually lived in Sydney for over 10 years before moving back to the US. We always referred to $100 as a spot. However, those others are news to me.

  7. Noel says:

    I have visited Australia many times and never heard any of these terms associated with money!

  8. Anne says:

    I have heard of them all and I have lived in Australia all of my life to! It was very common when I was young more so than now, I am in my fifties.

  9. Mark says:

    They are all Horseracing and gambling money terms.

  10. bongobenny says:

    what about the bluey? it was originally the 5 pound note but now now our $10 note is blue and $5 is purple .I guess with inflation the $10 takes it

  11. "A $20 is a Lobster, A $50 is a pineapple, A $100 is a spot, $500 a monkey, and $1000 a gorilla. The colours of the $20 and $50 in australia help with their names."

    People in Austrailia are weirdos.

  12. Sam says:

    $5 = Stuart Diver (fiver)

    $10 = Chris McKenna (tena)

  13. Trust says:

    "Golf Clubs" is slang code for the wacky tabaccy. Now that it is legal it is back to wackytabacky…

  14. I plan on moving to Australia… great post but I have also never heard any of these except the $50 refereed to as a pineapple..
    does anyone know the source of where these come from???


  15. Mike says:

    Yeah wtf?

    1. We don’t have $500 or $1000 notes.
    2. I’ve never heard of any of these terms.

  16. Annelise Calderwood says:

    A 5 dollar not is a larry cinva and cheque is a gregory peck lol

  17. Pineapples says:

    Yep me too, only the pineapple sounds familiar 🙂 Nice blog btw!

  18. noel99 says:

    I do not thing there is a $1000 not in OZ

  19. Forex Funnel says:

    £500 is also called a monkey in the UK.

  20. Adam says:

    Yep, the old paper $20 was named a rock lobster because of the colour, quite often these days a $50 is called a ‘Golden Drink Voucher’.

  21. Gold Coast Dude says:

    $ 20 = Redback, $ 50 = Toni Barber, $ 100 = White Pointer.

  22. in Britain, a £20 is a score. a £100 is a monkey. But didnt your Aussie slang all originate from England anyway? 😉

  23. Mat says:

    Lobster and Pineapple are very common ones.
    Another is: $10 – Blue Swimmer

  24. jim says:

    10 is a policeman (it’s blue), 20 is a lobster (red) 50 a pineapple (yellow) and 100 is an avocado (green). have never heard of 100 called a spot. monkey and gorilla are pommy terms, not aussie slang.

  25. Smythe says:

    I too have never heard the Oz currency referred to by any of these names…lived here 50+ years…perhaps I mix in the wrong circles.