Sydney Experience On A Budget

Exploring the world’s biggest, coolest and most vibrant cities can be a rather expensive undertaking. Australia’s largest city is no excuse in this regard. That’s why we give you some ideas on how to wander through the state capital of New South Wales, without breaking the bank.

Take Care of the Transportation

One of the first things you want to do when you arrive in Sydney is to get an Opal card. It’s a free metro card, and all you have to do is fill it with cash. This really saves you a lot of money from the get-go, since you can use it to go just about anywhere. The best thing about it is that you pay only $2,50 AUD for a single ticket and you can use the metro, ferry, or light rail. Strolling around and sightseeing gets much easier if you can move around freely, without having to pay a fortune.

Make Sure You’re not Overpaying Your Accommodation

Once you’ve taken care of transportation, it’s time to make sure you have a decent space to lay your head at. Sydney can be pricey when it comes to renting a good place to stay that’s not going to cost you the earth. If you plan on staying there a bit longer, it’s especially important that you find cheap monthly accommodation in Sydney – that way you can save your money for other great things while you’re there.

Visit the Markets

Speaking of spending your money on good things, we just have to mention the markets in Sydney. There’s a bunch of them, and arguably they are all amazing. You can find antiques, food, local crafts, you name it. There’s also a good chance that you’ll find some people to hang out with if you’re in the mood. Markets in Sydney are rather eclectic places with many interesting people roaming around.

Free Museums and Art Galleries are Always a Great Choice

With loads of free museums and galleries around, this is probably one of the best ways you can spend your time in Sydney (not to mention that it’s also educational). You can find great (both free and expensive) museums and galleries all across the state, but Sydney is especially rich in cultural institutions and events. For instance, you can visit The Mint, The Australia Center for Photography, The White Rabbit Gallery, The Manly Art Museum, The Sydney Observatory, The Rocks Discovery Museum – they’re all free or rather cheap.

On top of this, you can visit The Art Gallery of New South Wales, which is probably the most exquisite of them all. It has a really substantial collection of pieces from all around the globe.

Nature and Beaches

Sydney is loaded with free beaches, so you can’t go wrong wherever you end up going. You can hardly find a better way to spend some of your time while you’re there. Beautiful weather, the sun, and the sand are all tremendously inviting. One advice would be to avoid going on the weekends, as the beaches tend to get overcrowded during this period. Instead, on weekends you can opt for taking a nature walk through some of the most amazing and picturesque places on earth.


While Australia, and especially Sydney can be regarded as pretty expensive for regular tourists, there are some great ways you can spend your time while you’re there, without having to spend your entire life savings.

The most pertinent thing to do is to find affordable accommodation and take care of transportation. The rest of the things will take care of themselves, you can be sure of that. Whether you choose to visit one of many museums, galleries, and markets, or you end up spending your days lying on the beach and walking through nature – you simply won’t and can’t go wrong.

Written by Alexis

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