Australia is not a cheap destination. Moreover, a lot of travelers get discouraged with the prices from the Land Down Under, and not only because the airplane ticket costs a lot. However, it is a fun place and Sydney is definitely a city that you need to visit. Surely, you need to spend some money if you want to have the best possible experience, but if you save up here and there, and redistribute your money for things that you really want, you will be able to have a great time on a budget.
Majestic Greenery in the City
Royal Botanical Garden should definitely be on the list of places you need to visit. The whole idea is to enjoy the lovely specimens that grow all throughout this great garden, while enjoying the unique view on the Harbour. All you need is a picnic blanket and some snacks to get you through the day. The view is magnificent and there is no crowd. Chinese Garden of Friendship will provide you with a unique experience that you will not forget. It is full of hidden paths, gazebos and pavilions that you need to explore. You can also attend a lovely tea ceremony there, while enjoying the carefully maintained plants. Entrance to the Royal Botanical Garden is free, while you will have to pay to enter the Chinese Garden of Friendship.
Legendary Beaches and Everyday Life
Surfing culture is a very important part of the Australian culture in general. Everyday life takes place on the beaches, whether you surf, swim, snorkel, bask in the sun or make barbecue. Therefore, to truly breathe in the Australian air, go to the beach. Tamarama, Bondi and Manly are among the most famous ones. If you want a tour of the coast, go for a free Bondi to Coogee walk. Everybody does it because the scenery is wonderful. Moreover, if you are there at the right time, you will attend the free show of the Sculptures by the Sea that gathers all the amazing artists inspired by this place.
Echoes of the History
Remains of the past are still found on the streets of Sydney, especially in the old town. The area that you need to visit is called The Rocks and that is where the first settlement was. The cobblestone streets and the old buildings testify about the Victorian past. You can opt for free tours that occur every day at 6 pm. The walking tours are free, but guides work for tips. You can leave downtown and head to Randwick which hosts a great old horse racing tracks. Also Randwick accommodation will be much cheaper than staying downtown while it will give you a taste of the Australian past. Rustic and Victorian flavours of this place are a treat for every history lover.
Gorgeous Panoramic Views
The same as you can get a lovely view of the Harbour from the Royal Botanical Garden, there are more of these stunning views that do not cost a thing. Bondi to Coogee walk is one of them, but also, you should try and cross the Bridge. There are paid options for adventures that take you bridge climbing, but you can just go for a walk and simply cross the bridge on foot. It won’t cost you a thing and it will give you some unforgettable views of the city. Moreover, you can go to the Harbour and simply wander around the coastline. People watching is the best way to spend some time in Sydney.
Another way to save money is to buy OPAL card for public transportation. It is the cheapest way to get around. Moreover, under certain conditions, after eight rides, the rest of your rides for that week are free. Not to mention that all destinations can be reached for only 2.5 AUD on weekends. If you plan carefully, you can save a small fortune this way.Published in