If you don’t have a ton of cash to splash during your travels, don’t despair. Sydney is filled with budget-friendly attractions. Forget about fancy restaurants and overpriced admission tickets – save your money and use these tips to discover Sydney without breaking the bank.
- Bondi to Bronte – Traversing 4 kilometres of coastal scenery, the Bondi to Bronte trail is one of Sydney’s easier walks. Passing through Mackenzies Bay, it offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
If you are looking for a cool-down along the walking trail, there are plenty of great surfing beaches for you to explore - and possibly catch a wave at.
- Taronga Zoo to Bradley’s Head – This trail runs along the water’s edge into Sydney Harbour National Park. It only takes around 20 minutes to complete, but you can make it longer by stopping in at Bradleys Head Amphitheatre much-loved picnic area or wander out to the old stone jetty for a spot of fishing.
- Hermitage Foreshore Walk – Starting at Rose Bay, the Hermitage Foreshore Walk takes in some of the city’s most beautiful scenery, including hidden beaches and Sydney’s iconic skyline.
- The Strand Arcade – Discovering this Victorian-style shopping centre on foot is a great way to get up close to some of the city’s most beautiful architecture. It also has stylish fashion boutiques where you can do a bit of window shopping.
Find Cheap Eats
- Golden Century Seafood Restaurant – The perfect place to grab a midnight meal, Golden Century is one of Sydney’s premium Chinese eateries. Serving up traditional Cantonese cuisine until as late as 4am, its menu features garlic buttered snow crab, sliced abalone, lobster sashimi and other gourmet delights.
- Zilver Restaurant – Experience a contemporary take on the classic Chinese banquet by dining out at this bustling restaurant. Lunchtime Yum Cha is Zilver Restaurant’s main drawcard, but its dinner options are just as delicious.
- Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine – Famous for its pork dumplings and Peking duck, this restaurant offers plenty of traditional Chinese charm in a laidback atmosphere. Low-lit and cosy, the venue’s interior features a combination of old-style décor and exposed brick.
Make the Most of Free Admission
- Art Gallery of NSW – Together with offering free admission, this prestigious art institution puts on complimentary presentations and films every Wednesday night.
- The Rocks Discovery Museum – The Rocks date back to Sydney’s colonial era, so it’s no surprise this area is brimming with history. The Rocks Discovery Museum tells the story of the city’s fascinating past using historical photographs and archaeological artefacts.
- Hyde Park – Covering over 16 hectares, Hyde Park is an oasis of greenery in the heart of the city. It’s filled with towering trees, memorials and shady walking paths.
- Luna Park – There’s no entry fee to Luna Park, making it a popular choice among budget-conscious travellers. Even if you can’t afford to go on any of the rides (they cost around $10 each) simply stroll around this iconic theme park and soak up the views of Sydney Harbour.