It isn’t exactly renowned for being the cheapest city, but if you’re travelling on a budget Sydney has far more to offer than just surfing or kicking back on the beach. Sydney is one of the most backpacker-friendly cities in the world, and there are so many amazing things to do that cost less than $10. Here’s our pick of the very best!
The Manly suburb isn’t strictly a part of Sydney, but with its golden beaches and excellent surfing conditions it’s well worth the trip. The Manly ferry departs from Sydney Harbour and the thirty minute journey boasts scenic views of the Harbour Bridge, National Parks and Royal Opera House.
Manly is also the best place to enjoy a plate of Aussie fish and chips, so take yours down to the beach and tuck in as you watch the surfers and the beautiful sunset. The Barramudi Boy’s Manly Fish Café is one of your best bets and features a fresh seafood market next door.
The Harbour Bridge
You could take on the famous Harbour Bridge Climb from Australia’s oldest European settlements, ‘The Rocks’, but for a cheaper (and less tiring) way to see Sydney from the bridge, head to the Pylon Lookout. After you walk up the 200 steps of the South-East Pylon you’ll be treated to some truly magnificent views of the city.
Eat Ice Cream
If you need to cool off and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, Gelato Messina in Darlinghurst is the place to do it. Italian style ice cream is whipped up right on the premises from real ingredients and you’ll find a mind-boggling selection of flavours with more than 40 to choose from. If you can’t choose between the likes of apple pie, yoghurt and blood orange, the geletaria offers a special five scoops for AU$10 deal. Well it would be rude not to!
The iconic Sydney monorail is one of the easiest ways to go sightseeing in the city and for just AU$9.50 you can enjoy unlimited travel all day with ‘Supervoucher day pass’. Start off at Cockle Bay Wharf, finish at Darling Park and hop off at Paddy’s Market and Chinatown along the way.
If you prefer to see the city at your own pace, you can download budget-friendly walking tours straight to your phone and make your way around yourself. To save even more money, visit www.cheapflights.com.au/flights-to-Sydney/ where budget-conscious travellers can make a great saving on their flights to Sydney.
Go Clubbing in King’s Cross
Many travellers head to Sydney for its vibrant nightlife, but you don’t have to hit the expensive and exclusive clubs to have a good night. Boasting six floors of bars, lounges and clubs, the King’s Cross Hotel is renowned for its great club nights and fantastic value. Head down on a Tuesday for its ‘Beers and Burgers’ event and you’ll be fed and watered for just AU4$.
If you’d rather get on the dance floor, there are regular special events at the Copperlily Club and Lounge and you’ll only pay AU10$ for entry. ‘Copperlily Saturdays’ are a real highlight of the week, playing a great mix of indie, electro and ‘party hip hop’ music.