Enjoying Sydney on a Budget
Sydney is a world-class city that has virtually everything you could want, but if you aren’t careful it can end up being quite an expensive place to visit. If you know what to look for, you’ll find that you don’t need a lot of money to have a great time in this gorgeous harbour city, so take advantage of every opportunity to cut costs while you’re here. Here are a few tips for travelling in Sydney on a budget.
1. Visit During the Off-Season
A smart way to save money is to come to Sydney in the off-season. You’re far more likely to score some good deals because businesses try to attract tourists during quieter times of the year by offering discounts and special rates. You won’t have to deal with the peak-season crowds either, so you’ll have a little more space to stretch out on Bondi beach or to relax on a Sydney harbour dinner cruise.
2. Come Insured
It’s unlikely that you’ll encounter any problems while you’re in Sydney but, especially if you’re travelling on a budget, be sure to come protected with travel insurance. Otherwise a simple mishap could blow your budget and derail your entire trip.
3. Enjoy the Beaches
Some of Sydney’s biggest highlights won’t cost you a cent and these are, of course, the beaches. There are dozens of spectacular beaches around Sydney, many of which are easily accessible, so you can spend every day of your holidays on some of the world’s best beaches, and every time you go â€“ it is free. Even if you are travelling on a budget make sure you take out cheap travel insurance. Australia’s beaches can cause accident due to the size of the surf. Make sure that you have fun with piece of mind.
- The Manly FerrySydney harbour is easily one of the highlights of this incredible city, and one of the cheapest and best ways to get out on to it is by catching the ferry to Manly. For a fantastic view of the harbour bridge, the opera house and the harbour itself, catching the ferry to Manly is easily one of the best activities that you can do in Sydney on a budget.
4. The Royal Botanic Gardens
Right on the edge of downtown Sydney, bordered by the stunning harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens are free to enter and are among the most beautiful inner city gardens in the whole country. These huge gardens are beautifully landscaped and provide the perfect place to chill out, have a picnic, lay on the grass with a good novel and enjoy a truly enchanting part of Sydney without having to spend a cent.
Experience Sydney’s cosmopolitan exuberance by visiting Chinatown near Central Station. With plenty of tasty and affordable food options and some great shopping bargains at the local weekend market, it’s a great place for fun on a budget. If you’re able to time your visit to coincide with the Chinese New Year, there are all sorts of free goodies up for grabs around Chinatown.
6. The Sydney Festival
If you time your visit to Sydney to coincide with the Sydney Festival, you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of free events, activities and performances, which are put on to celebrate Australia Day on 26th January. Get a festival guide before you come so you can plan which free entertainment options. Why not learn a few verses of Australia’s national anthem so you can join in the chorus with the locals â€“ Advance Australia Fair!