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Please! I just want to get them! How hard does it have to be? I've spent some 5 hours today trying to figure it out. I am in Australia.

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Why the close vote? –  Lohoris Feb 20 '12 at 9:32
    
possible duplicate of How do you obtain bitcoins? –  Murch Sep 13 '13 at 15:38
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This question answers the more general question "How do you obtain Bitcoins?" Most commonly, people use a Bitcoin exchange to exchange local currency for Bitcoins.

There is 1 Bitcoin exchange that I know of that accept Australian dollars and will let you buy Bitcoins with them:

  • MtGox is the biggest Bitcoin exchange. At this time, MtGox's fee starts at 0.6% and decreases with your trade volume over the past month. The prices they quote include some percentage to cover the cost of changing Australian Dollars into US Dollars. But since they're the biggest they usually offer a tighter spread. You may find that they offer the best price even after taking commission and currency exchange into account.

Here is a list of exchanges split by currency and whether they're currently active or not.

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At this time, MtGox's fee starts at 0.6% and decreases with your trade volume over the past month. –  Meni Rosenfeld Feb 20 '12 at 9:09
    
@MeniRosenfeld Thanks. Updated my answer. –  Chris Moore Feb 20 '12 at 9:32
    
Highest rated answer needs to be rewritten/replaced, as World Bitcoin Exchange is no longer active. In addition a number of new australian bitcoin exchanges have emerged. This page still ranks very highly in google, and it would be good to see it updated with a more complete answer. Any takers? –  user1825 Aug 31 '12 at 12:39
    
Don't use MtGox! It has big problems with withdrawals of USD and Bitcoin. –  kristianp Feb 9 at 1:15
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Bit Innovate are a fixed price Bitcoin exchange that accepts payments through the Commonwealth Bank using AUD

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Are they closed or still running? –  Pacerier Aug 19 '13 at 15:59
    
Looks like they don't provide that service anymore –  andrewb Jan 21 at 7:57
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Omnicoins lets you buy bitcoins with AUD at any Commonwealth, NAB, or Westpac bank branch.

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They seem down as well –  andrewb Jan 21 at 8:01
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LocalBitcoins.com has buy and sell online in AUD and also AUD cash trade:

https://localbitcoins.com/country/AU

If you buy from a trader with good reputation history and fast response times you can get bitcoins within an hour.

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You may also look at local, in-person exchanges:

http://tradeyourbitcoin.com

http://btcnearme.com

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In Australia there are currently a number of options for buying Bitcoins. Below is a list of exchanges that I am aware of that accept AUD.

Standard Exchanges: (Transfer funds into exchange account and then buy Bitcoins at current Ask rate once funds have cleared. This can take up to 5 days)

  • MtGox Japanese bitcoin exchange that also accepts AUD

Fixed Price Exchanges: (Create order at fixed price and transfer funds after order is created. Usually same day service)

  • Bit Innovate Accepts over the counter bank deposits (our site)
  • Spend Bitcoins Accepts over the counter bank deposits
  • Bit Piggie Accepts EFT transactions (Currently closed for new users)
  • bitXoin Accepts over the counter bank deposits

Another good resource is https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Buying_bitcoins which usually contains up to date information on all the ways to buy bitcoins in all countries.

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BitPiggy (http://bitpiggy.com) is currently closed to new sign ups.

If you wish to avoid online transactions, you could try localbitcoins.com. Its facilitates person-to-person exchanging of bitcoins to/from fiat currency (e.g. AUD). BitPiggy is currently trialling this, although we only operate in North Melbourne, and beyond us the localbitcoin take up in Australia is quite low.

In any case, I think LocalBitcoins is an interesting concept and might be what you're after.

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Bit Piggy is AUD. There are other AUD exchanges in the list:

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BitPiggy appears to be here: bitpiggy.heroku.com –  Highly Irregular Feb 20 '12 at 20:40
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http://au.spendbitcoins.com allows you to buy bitcoins by depositing cash at NAB. You receive bitcoins the same day.

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https://www.spendbitcoins.com/buy/ - You can deposit at any NAB, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac or ANZ bank across australia

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This is identical to another answer from March 7th (by someone with the last name as you). :) –  D.H. Mar 18 '12 at 7:51
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I think WeExchange accepts AUD.

However I personally wouldn't recommend it, since for me it has shown some worrying login problems.

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Bitpiggy and Bitinnovate are two good ones as well as spendbitcoins for cash deposits. I think one of the reasons bitcoin is slow to gain adoption in Australia is the high cost of electricity.

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bitcointrader is becoming a favored Australian exchange for cash over the counter deposits offering competitive rates and good service

https://bitcointrader.com.au

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I have to send a big shout out for the crew at my two favorite exchanges bitXoin [https://www.bitXoin.com/] and spendbitcoins [www.spendbitcoins.com.au] as they are both local to me (Gold Coast) and fast, safe and professional to deal with.

In particular, if you want to buy bitcoins over the counter and you are in the Gold Coast area then visit the bitXoin offices there at Chevron Renaissance Centre in Surfers Paradise.

Prices are very low (basically lower than Mt. Gox prices) and processing happened within an hour or two depending on what time I get the deposit into the bank (mornings seem slightly faster).

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with any bitcoin companies and my opinion is based on over 10 seperate transactions since start of 2013. Hope this helps.

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These people are Australian-based, and accept AUD. They also have a merchant service. I haven't tried them yet, maybe when the price goes down again...

http://coinjar.io/

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Trade Bitcoins with Australia's first Bitcoin Exchange BTC Markets.

Sign up and start trading today

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