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How to visit Sydney on a budget

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

The best things in life are free, so get out there and experience the best Sydney has to offer!

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge

When visiting Australia, everyone will always utter the immortal words ‘You must climb the Sydney Bridge‘. The fact that this costs a fair few dollars, takes a fair amount of training beforehand and can take a good few hours, does deter some travelers, not to mention those who are not too good with heights. So why not simply take a walk across the bridge for free? The bridge provides an amazing panorama of the Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Botannical Gardens and imposing cityscape backdrop. Think of the photos!!

  • Parks & Picnics

Soak up the sun and enjoy the luscious surroundings of Centennial Park – often home to large-scale events such as the Good Vibrations Music concert in March every year – The Domain – a quiet parkland area and the Botannical Gardens of Sydney Harbour – where you can feed the Cockatoos perching on your arm or shoulder. There are a wealth of ponds and hilly spots perfect for a sunny afternoon with a radio and a picnic blanket. So get out there and get a tan and have good times!

  • Museums

Explore the ins and outs of Australia’s diverse Maritime history in the Maritime Museums and Art Galleries of New South Wales. Also why not pay a visit to The Aquarium – home to over 10,000 exotic creatures, plus shark-feeding sessions.

The interactive Immigration Museum is also a must to explore the history of Australia’s inhabitants who have traveled from all over the world and experience over 150 years of immigration history.

  • Markets

Many city-based markets open every weekend. Paddington, Glebe, Bondi and The Rocks – beautiful cobbled streets lined with cafes, shops and galleries. Purchase handcrafts, quality traditional Australian souvenirs, fresh fruit & veg and seafood.

  • Covey Island

Sydney’s premiere Entertainment/Theme park, Luna Park with free entry for the whole family and perfectly placed by the harbor, it is a must-do for people of all ages!

Budget accommodation in Sydney : G’Day Hostel

Located in the hip suburb of Woolloomooloo, this budget hotel in Sydney offers backpackers and young travelers clean and cheap accommodation only a 5-10 minute walk from the major tourist attractions including the splendid Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Housed in a Victorian style building, the friendly Sydney G’Day Hostel features comfortable rooms and dormitories, a beautiful garden courtyard, a communal kitchen, an Internet point and a coin operated laundry.

Photo of Sydney Opera House originally posted by mugley

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Venere Travel Blog writer oli johnson

Oli Johnson is a British freelance writer and editor currently living in Sydney, Australia.

2 responses to “How to visit Sydney on a budget”

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  1. Jec says:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 21:02

    This really nice post.
    Thanks for sharing…

  2. karolina says:
    January 15th, 2011 at 04:40

    Great guide to visit sydney on a budget. I love the market at the rocks, so many tasty things to try for a cheap price!

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