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Sydney is a must see stop off point for any East Coast Roadie. The city is iconic, very beautiful and well, world famous but this comes with a price – Sydney is pretttyyy spenny (believe me) – you’ve gotta make that money last.

We’ll be sharing with you…

  • The ultimate hacks to visit Sydney as a BackPacker
  • Where to get EPIC freebies
  • How to avoid those ‘city’ food and drink prices
  • how we can save you money with our discounts..
  • AND, OF COURSE a brilliant way to book your campervan hire sydney for less!

So, here are some tips and tricks for exploring the city on a budget….

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Sydney on a budget

Free walking tours

The best way to see all of Sydney’s ICONIC sites, rolled in to one is to hop on a FREE walking tour…amazing!!

These tours are also a great way to meet fellow travellers.

Hostel freebies

When booking your accommodation, keep an eye out for hostels that offer meals. They’re usually a fraction of the price you’d pay eating out and are a great way to mingle and meet people. Some hostels may also provide free brekkie!

There is also always the ‘free shelf’ in the kitchen – sounds super cheap – but you can actually find some decent stuff in there (we said this would be budget friendly ;)).

Getting around

In Sydney, you’ll need to purchase an Opal Card to use on public transport…

All day on SUNDAYS you can travel on the metro, train, bus, ferry and light rail services for $8.40 a day – so Sunday is a good day for exploring the ins and outs of the city.

Free events

Sydney pretty much always has something going on – it’s a big ol’ city that has to cater for everyone.

If you search ‘Sydney free events’ I am sure you’ll find a list of things to go and try out…

Check out: Markets, music events, museum events and if you’re there over NYE you cannot miss out on the fireworks!

 

Places to explore

Sure, the centre has got it all going on – and it’s great fun – but Sydney has so much more to offer.

Why not get off the beaten track and head a little further a field:

  • Surrey Hills – cool vibes and great cafes.
  • Newtown – hipster, cool, artsy vibes.
  • Northern Beaches – check out Manly and Curl Curl.

Backpacker bars and nights out

If you’re keen to take on the true backpacker lifestyle, I’m sure you’ll find yourself on some sort of bar crawl/night out…There are quite a few backpacker bars in Sydney, so grab a tinny and let the night begin yeewww…

  • Scubar – bar come club
  • Sidebar – party party!
  • Scary Canary – Great food and drinks
  • Darling Harbour – Head to Pontoon and home club. There are also LOADS of happy hours and food deals going on at the many restaurants and bars around the harbour
  • Opera bar – Not a backpacker bar BUT abit of a treat and a memory!

Beach Day

THE best activity to do for free – lounging on a beach with a book in your hand – it really doesn’t get better than that!!

I’m a proper water baby and absolutely LOVE the beach, so here is a lil list of my faves:

  • Shelly Beach, Manly – paradise (my fave)
  • Bronte Beach – surf
  • Tamarama
  • Watsons Bay
  • Curl Curl – Northern Beaches
  • And of course, you gotta check out Bondi Beach (check out the walk to Coogee!)

Freebies!

The one you’ve been waiting for…FREEBIES – gotta love em (lol).

So here goes, my little list of freebies to check out in Sydney:

  • Harbour Bridge and Opera House – free to look at
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Mrs Macquarie’s Point – epic viewpoint over the harbour
  • China Town – cool at night
  • Beaches – lying on a beach is the best thing to do for free!
  • Hyde Park – grab a picnic and chill
  • Art Galleries and Museums – there are tonnes
  • Bondi to Coogee coastal walk
  • Luna Park – free entry (pay per ride)
  • Manly to Spit walk
  • North Head look out – insane views of the city

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