Sydney is an amazing city, but it could be really expensive to see. Here are five things you can do in the city that cost less than $10.
See the city center
Shuttle bus 555 takes you all around the Central Business District for free. Climb aboard the free bus and get to Chinatown, Hyde Park, Circular Quay, Opera House and The Rocks for free.
People Watch At the Quay
People watch at the circular quay on a nice, quiet afternoon. Most of the area is built for pedestrians, so you can get around on foot. There’s places serving lunch for less than $10 and buskers performing live music at the promenade. There’s also the Museum of Contemporary Art, so you can pop in to have a look around.
Hop Onto A Ferry
Locals in Sydney commute through ferries all the time. It’s a lot more convenient and a lot cheaper. A daypass should cost you less than $10, and you can see all the sights along the Harbour.
If you’re young enough, you could join the local youth hostel and get a place to live for a great price. There’s also a lot of places in the inner suburbs where accommodation is cheaper than it is within the city. Keep an eye out.
Fireworks at Darling Harbour
Every Saturday at 9pm, Darling Harbour hosts an amazing fireworks display for the city. You can get here on foot from Town Hall station or through the 555 shuttle bus. Grab a place to sit and enjoy.
Travel on Foot
Another way to see the city on a budget is to walk around to the best parts of town. Sydney is the ideal city for pedestrians and you’ll have plenty to see as you move from place to place. There are a number of walking tours that feature the main attractions. Take a day off and simply go visit the parks and museums on your own.
Get an Opal Card
The best advice I can give anyone visiting Sydney is to get an Opal Card before they arrive. You can get the card for free and top it up with some cash. The card lets you pay for trips on trains, busses and ferries throughout the city. The maximum fare is usually $15, but on Sunday it’s $2.50. That means you can travel from anywhere to anywhere in the city and pay a maximum of $2.50 one-way.
Sydney is absolutely spectacular, and there’s no way you won’t enjoy yourself. But your tip down under doesn’t need to be expensive. Follow some of the tips here and cut down that travel bill. Have fun!