If you’re travelling around Australia it’s likely that you’ll end up in Sydney, the country’s unofficial capital, at some point – in fact, you will most likely be flying into the city. And if Sydney isn’t featured on your itinerary, it should be! Yes, it can be expensive, but discount accommodation in Sydneyabounds and there are plenty of cheap, or even free, attractions in this cosmopolitan, harbourside city. You will always find backpackers in Sydney.
Don’t miss out on enjoying all that Sydney has to offer because you’re worried about blowing the budget – it’s perfectly possible to spend little but live a lot in this sunny Aussie city! Below are a few hints and tips to saving as much money as possible, and some ideas for great things to do that won’t cost you a single cent.
Book Accommodation Early
Many hostels have early-bird deals, so the earlier you book, the cheaper your stay could be. In the peak summer months (December-February), the best hostels will get booked up well in advance, so if you wait until the last minute you may find yourself having to stay on the outskirts of the city or somewhere more expensive.
Attend a Festival
Sydney holds world-class festivals and events throughout the year. Whatever month you’re in the city you should find something going on. From the flamboyant Mardis Gras parade in February, to the more refined Good Food & Wine Festival in July, to the fun Festival of the Wind (a kite flying competition on Bondi Beach) in September, there’s something to suit every taste and most are completely free of charge. Check out http://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/ for details.
Chill Out on Bondi Beach
Synonymous with laidback Aussie fun, spend a day on the famous Bondi Beach. You’ll be sharing an experience many Sydneysiders have every weekend (lucky them!). Pack a picnic, jump on the bus from the city centre and you’ll be lying in the sun within half an hour. Surfers fill the waters as surf lifesavers, in their iconic red and yellow budgie-smugglers and hats.
People swim in both the sea and the saltwater swimming pool at the south end of the beach. While games of cricket and frisbee are played, walkers hike the 6km along craggy cliffs between Bondi and Coogee beach. All you’ll have to fork out for is your bus ticket.
Gaze at Iconic Landmarks
Think of Australia and chances are images of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House will pop into your head. Gaze at the white sails of the Opera House and the coathanger-like bridge and you’ll have to pinch yourself to be sure that you’re actually in Australia – they are quite a sight.
It is possible to take a paid guided tour of the Opera House and climb to the top of the bridge, but the best way to appreciate these great icons is simply to look at them – from as many different angles and at as many different times of the day as possible. Silhouetted against a dark red sky, the Opera House is stunning when viewed at sunset, and looking back across the city whilst walking across the bridge as night falls and the lights start twinkling is an image you’ll never forget.