It’s very easy to burn through your budget when visiting Sydney. It has so many great attractions, available activities, bars, restaurants and shops that it is quite hard to keep your money in your wallet. Additionally, all those things are not what you would normally call cheap. In simple words – Sydney will cost you a pretty penny if you’re not a careful tourist. However, there are always ways to find your way around this and save up some money here and there without compromising on the quality. Here are some great ideas on how to do it.
The Most Budget Friendly Sightseeing Tours
There are several free or very affordable tours that you can take. Every day, at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm, you can go to the Town Hall Square where you will meet your guide who will show you all the great things along the George Street. Guides know every little rock of the downtown and they are happy to share it with you. When it comes to rocks, the same I’m Free Tours organizes the tour of the Rocks at 6.00 pm, starting from the Cadmans Cottage. The tours are free and guides work for tips. You can easily take the famous Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk on your own. It’s entirely free and it will show you the splendor of the coastline along the way. You can even enjoy the Sculptures by the Sea. The name of this artistic project is self-explanatory and you can enjoy it for free. Another free attraction is the Royal Botanic Garden, as well as a day wandering around the Darling Harbor.
Getting Around Using Public Transportation
Your best option ever is to buy the OPAL Card. You need to top it up and start using its benefits. Some of them include all rides except the Airport Shuttle for 2.5 AUD during weekends. You can save all the long distance travels for the weekend and save up a ton only in transportation costs. Moreover, if you have 8 rides during the week, with an hour between the end of one ride and the beginning of another, the rest of your rides are for free.
Great Places to Stay That Don’t Break the Bank
There are several ways to save up on the accommodation. One of those is to stay in hostels in the center that have rooms with many beds. The great example is the Nomad’s Westend which has a dorm with 32 beds. Also, that is the place of all the parties, so keep that in mind when picking it for your stay. Another option is to go for Couch Surfing and stay with those that offer a place to sleep for free. Also, you can save a ton if you find other travelers that are willing to share accommodation with you. It can be a great opportunity to make friends and companions on your travels.
Getting the Taste of Sydney on a Budget
If you’re not the one to prepare sandwiches or healthy snacks for your walks, you have to be prepared to spend some money. It’s obvious that there’s a big Asian influence on the Australian cuisine, so you will easily find some cool, affordable places or street vendors. On the other hand, you should not miss out on the pub food, that can be quite filling and very tasty. Don’t miss out on the traditional Aussie BBQ. Try it at least once while there. Do check out Isabel’s post on 8 must eat food in Sydney.
Iconic Festivals and Sights You Shouldn’t Miss Out On
It is not hard to find a list of places that you should visit in Sydney. However, if you really want to see those places in a little bit of different light, try and visit them during one of the festivals. Festival of the Winds is when people gather to show off their breath-taking kites. Sydney Festival is one of the most wonderful artistic events there. There’s always something going on in Sydney, so check out the festival calendar before planning your trip.
Besides the wonderful and famous beaches, you definitely should not miss out on wandering around the coast and discovering the secluded, little bays away from the crowd. Those hidden gems can have wonderful views on some of the greatest landmarks in Sydney. You just need to search for them, which is a great adventure on its own.
Sydney has so much to offer. You can visit historical sights: The Rocks, George Street, Cadmans Cottage. If you want to relax and enjoy the nature in the urban heart of Sydney make sure to visit Royal Botanic Garden and Chinese Garden of Friendship. Or you can always spend a great day at the beach and enjoy the local festivals, like Festival of the Winds or Sculpture by the Sea.
This is a guest post by Nicole Noel
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