Sydney in Australia is often counted as one of the world’s best cities, thanks to its beautiful beaches and landscapes, a buzzing art scene as well as a bustling nightlife. Though a trip to Sydney is on every bucket list, it is not easy to plan that trip without burning a hole in the pocket. But as they say, where there is will, there’s way! We wish hard for you to enjoy the wonderful experiences that Sydney has to offer.
Here’s our list of top five tricks to save some money while you are holidaying in Sydney:
Buy an Opal Card
Opal Card helps you travel on the local trains and buses of Sydney for a lot less than you would pay if you bought your tickets on a daily basis. That is why getting an Opal Card should be the first step if you want to travel on a budget in the city. There are no charges to get an opal card; you only need to recharge it as per your requirement. Weekly ‘Travel Rewards’ ensure that you pay for only the first eight trips in a week, rest are free. As a tourist, you can avoid travelling during peak hours – 0700 and 0900 and between 1600 and 1830 – to pay lesser for your journey.
Take Free Walking Tours
A great way to explore the culture and lifestyle at a place is in the company of the locals. Sydney has just the perfect arrangement for you. Local groups like I’m Free Walking Tours take you through the city, and let you experience its many offerings in essence. The tour takes you on a trip through Downtown Sydney, letting you explore the city’s transport, history, events, art, restaurants as well as bars. The group runs three tours of the city everyday and you are not required to book them in advance.
Visit the Free Museums
Art Gallery of NSW is one of the best art institutions in Australia, and the good news for travellers on a budget is that you can enter it for free. The sheer volume of art on display is enough to stun anyone; for the connoisseurs of art the place is a mini-paradise. You can find indigenous artworks as well beautiful important art pieces from Asia and around the world. If you visit on a Wednesday, you can attend free talk sessions on art as well as watch movies on the subject. You can also check out the permanent collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Some of the other museums you can visit without spending money include The Australia Centre for Photography, The White Rabbit Gallery and The Manly Art Museum.
Spend Time at World’s Most Pristine Beaches
With its white sands and turquoise-blue waters, Sydney beaches are some of the best in the world. And you must spend a lot of time sunbathing here, no matter if you are on a budget or not. Bondi Beach is the most popular beach in Sydney and sees a large footfall. The other beaches where you can find your own hidden bathing spots include Manly, Watson’s Bay, Coogee, and Bronte. You may want to avoid visiting on weekends because of the large crowds.
Drink to the Low-Costing Backpackers’ Bars
Sydney features regularly on the list of world’s most expensive cities to travel to. The city’s many bars and restaurants also contribute to this status as an average pint of beer here cost nothing less than £7. But for those who care to search, there’s a plethora of backpacker bars that serve alcohol at relatively low prices. Some of the most popular ones include Scubar, Cargo Bar, Ivy Bar, Scary Canary as well as Broadway Crown. These bars have friendly staff and you can expect to meet a lot of fellow travellers dancing the night away.