Sydney is an awesome city; it’s full of restaurants, cafes, art galleries and plenty of things to do. You can get around on public transport quite easily however you will need an Opal Card.
The cost of living in this city is quite high, but with a bit of scouting around you can save money by researching cheap eats, travelling by public transport, taking advantage of the many free things to do as mentioned in this post, and researching where to find affordable accommodation in Sydney.
Here are my five top affordable things to do in Sydney on your visit.
BROWSE ART AT WHITE RABBIT GALLERY
The White Rabbit Collection is one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art. Founded by Kerr and Judith Neilson, it focuses on works produced after 2000. You could spend hours there and I find the gallery absolutely fascinating. They also have a great teahouse serving snacks, and a wide range of the finest Chinese and Taiwanese teas. 30 Balfour Street Chippendale NSW 2008
TAKE A WALK AROUND COOGEE BEACH
Everyone has heard of Bondi and Manly beaches but there is another fantastic beach to hang out at; Coogee Beach.
Coogee is approximately 20 minutes drive from the airport and is one of Sydney’s oldest suburbs with a lot of history including Wylie Ocean Baths since 1907! There are plenty of tourist attractions around the area including the 6km walk from Coogee to Bondi Beach, restaurants, cafes and the famous Coogee Beach Hotel. The walk is stunning and at certain times of the year you will be able to spot a whale or two. A word of caution, there are steps and hills so be prepared for that.
RIDE A HORSE OR BIKE AT CENTENNIAL PARK
Centennial Parklands is situated not far from the CBD. A bus ride is one way to get there. It’s a beautiful vast open space of trees, ponds, grasslands and a great restaurant. You can hire bikes and ride around the internal roads which I’ve done a few times. It’s a great way to keep fit.
Next to the Park is the Equestrian Centre where you can organize to have a pony ride around the park. After your day at Centennial Parklands Sydney’s shopping destinations, Paddington and Woollahra are full of great boutiques, cafes, restaurants and pubs.
HANG OUT WITH THE ART CROWD IN NEWTOWN
Photo: Newtown Precinct
Newtown is a trendy hive of activity where you will find many unusual shops, a great food culture and lots of arty people. Newtown is known for its film festivals, food fesivals, and community festivals. It’s the place to visit for performances, concerts, art, plays, book readings, eating, drinking and shopping. You are bound to find something happening at Newtown.
FLY ON A FLYING FOX IN WESTERN SYDNEY PARKLANDS
The Parklands are set in the heart of Western Sydney, comprising 5280 hectares that stretches 27km from Blacktown in the north to Leppington in the south. It is 16 times the size of Sydney's Centennial Parklands.
The Parklands will become the largest urban parkland system in Australia and one of the largest in the world. There’s plenty to do when visiting Western Sydney Parklands including picnics, bushwalking, bird watching, bike riding and lots of playgrounds for kids. As well The Tree Tops Adventure Park is full of flying foxes and suspension bridges for those who like heights and adrenalin. Check out the video of me (below) riding the tree top zip ride on the Central Coast (which is part of Tree Tops Adventure Park).
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