Fun Things To Do In Sydney On a Budget


Sydney has always been one of the most sought after travel destinations in Australia, both for Australians and overseas visitors alike. Unfortunately, the city can be expensive in some ways, so in this post, we’ll be taking a look at some fun and interesting things visitors to Sydney can do without blowing your travel budget.

Take a Free Guided Walking Tour

One of the best ways to get familiar with any new place is to take some sort of guided tour. Well, in Sydney you’re spoilt for choice, as there are tour companies that offer paid and free guided tours in and around the city centre.

As you enjoy exploring this beautiful city, your guide will offer up information on landmarks that you visit, as well as ideas of other fun things you can do while you’re in town.

Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens

Entry is completely free and you could literally spend an entire day enjoying Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, either by yourself or with friends and family.

Located right in the heart of the CND near the Opera House, the gardens are a tranquil setting where you can get away from city life for a while without the need to travel anywhere.

Once again, there are free guided walking tours available inside the gardens, where you’ll take in all the scenery such as lush gardens of colourful flowers. Relax by the edge of a lake and eat lunch, then explore some of the forested areas to totally unwind and de-stress.

Sydney Is Australia’s Entertainment Capital for Live Music

No matter where you happen to be in Sydney, near the CBD or venturing further afield into all the fantastic and iconic suburbs, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to venues that offer drinks, food, activities and live music all in the one location.

In Sydney’s west, you could check out the very popular Dooleys Club, while in the heart of Sydney city there is a smorgasbord of night clubs, trendy bars and social clubs to pick from.

You’ll never be bored if live entertainment is what you’re looking for, and you’ll be happy to know that many venues in Sydney’s suburbs cater to visitors on a budget.

Take a Ferry From Circular Quay To Manly Beach

While Circular Quay is right in the heart of the city on stunning Sydney Harbour, Manly is located on the city’s northern beaches and is a relaxed and picturesque spot to visit.

While you’re there, apart from enjoying the sun and the sand, there are plenty of venues located near the beach where you can have a bite to eat and a cold drink while chilling out and taking in the sights.

When you’re done, hop aboard the ferry for the return journey to the city centre.

Experience Culture By Visiting An Art Gallery Or Museum

There are loads of art galleries and museums in Sydney and surrounding suburbs, so if indulging in something cultural is your thing, you’ll be amazed at what this city has to offer.

The Art Gallery of NSW is a great place to start your cultural journey, and most of the venues are completely free to enter and enjoy. Certain exhibits within the venues may sometimes require an entry fee.

Walk Across Sydney Harbour Bridge

There is the option of actually climbing to the top of the Harbour Bridge, but that tour is not cheap. However, you can take a walk across the bridge and venture into trendy North Sydney completely free of charge.

No visit to Sydney is complete without experiencing this iconic bridge up close and personal. The walk is great exercise, offers fantastic views of the city and the harbour, and will give you a greater appreciation of the area.

Sydney Is Famous for Markets

Paddy’s Market is very popular, but it’s just one of many markets located all around the greater Sydney district. Bondi also has a market, as do many of the suburbs located outside the CBD.

Markets are an awesome way to discover unusual items and enjoy fresh food from all around the world. You’ll likely pick up a few bargains as well.