The Australian share market has finished higher for a fourth day, setting a fresh 11 1/2-year high, despite losses in the heavyweight mining sector.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index closed up 32.5 points, or 0.49 per cent, to 6,718 points at 1615 AEST on Thursday, while the broader All Ordinaries was up 30.7 points, or 0.45 cent, to 6,800.8.

The Australian dollar is at a two-month high, buying 70.36 US cents, from 69.94 US cents on Wednesday.