Sydney has a reputation for being hard on the wallet, but it’s a great place to holiday, and if you’re on a budget there are still plenty of ways to fill your days (and nights).
Here are our top picks for things to do in Sydney that won’t cost more than $50.Search flights to Sydney
Where: Unit 5/6, 4-8 Inglewood Place, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153
Boing Central opened in 2013 and has more than 1,000sq m of trampolines, padding and foam, so you can jump, bounce and flip with the family to your heart’s content. There’s no better way to get a good workout. Entry is $16.50 for the first hour and $10 per hour after that.
Get Out on the Water
Where: Cnr of New South Head Road and Vickery Avenue, Sydney NSW 2029 Sydney’s harbour is justifiably famous and there are numerous guided tours on offer, but the best way to see it is to get up close and personal in a kayak. Rose Bay Aquatic Hire has double kayaks for $40 an hour, so you can explore the beaches and islands of the harbour at your own pace, hopping out for a swim or a latte as you please. Stand-up paddleboards and small boats are also available.
Hard to believe there’s no paddle boards available at 845am! All good we got the kayaks and took ourselves on a big tour of the harbour. So much fun! #healthyliving #rosebay #sydneyrules #harbourlife #SydneyCityNutritionist A photo posted by Jennifer May (@sydneycitynutritionist) on
Where: Cnr of Dumaresq & Hurley Streets, Campbelltown NSW 2560
On those rare occasions when Australia’s capital fails to produce awesome weather, head to Campbelltown’s Dumaresq Street Cinema, where adult tickets are just $6 – all day, every day. This is not a super-modern multiplex, so don’t expect 3D and a swanky wine bar, but at this bargain price you can while away a whole day for under $50, popcorn included.
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Scare Yourself Silly
Where: 110 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000 Take a chilling trip through Sydney’s gruesome past with the Rocks Ghost Tour and hear terrifying and true stories of hangings, suicide and murder most foul. Recently there have been reports of paranormal activity on many of the supposedly haunted spots amidst the cobbled lanes of the Rocks, so book a tour if you dare. Night tours are $42 per person.
I just loved this door..so I took a photo of it.. we did The Rocks Ghost Tour on the weekend.. really informative and a bit creepy.. lol #therocksghosttour #sydneycity #sydneyharbour #sydney #nsw #australia #door #greendoor #creepy #lights #night #ghosts #fun #tour #therocks A photo posted by Fiore Familio (@mizzfiore) on
Where: Bradleys Head Road, Mosman NSW 2088
Entry to the world-class Taronga Zoo is $46 for adults and $23 for children. You can easily spend a whole day watching – and feeding – the animals, and there is no better way of getting up close and personal with Australia’s amazing wildlife. There are cafes and restaurants on site if your own animals also need feeding.
This little face has been melting hearts since arriving at Taronga Wildlife Hospital last week. ‘Chloe’ the wombat joey was left orphaned after her mother was struck by a car outside Sydney. Rescued by a wildlife carer, the six-month-old joey was brought to Taronga for ongoing care. Our keeper, Evelyn, has taken on the role of surrogate mum, carrying a pillowcase pouch and stopping work for regular bottle feeds A photo posted by Taronga Zoo (@tarongazoo) on
Where: 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point, 2061 NSW Luna Park is one of only two amusement parks in the world protected by government legislation, and it is easy to see why. It looks like something out of a Hollywood movie, and it has featured in several. It’s fun, it’s nostalgic, and there’s candy floss. What more could you want? You can even enjoy fine dining in a private Ferris wheel carriage on Sundays. Unlimited rides passes cost between $29.95 and $49.95.
#regram from last night’s #VividSydney lights. So many colours! And maybe just a little bit creepy. Amazing photo from @snapper_snapper A photo posted by Luna Park Sydney (@lunaparksydney) on
Learn a New Skill
Where: Weekday evenings in cafes, bars and spaces around the city.
Laneway Learning Sydney organises classes on weekday evening in cafes, bars and event centres throughout the city. Numbers are limited to 20 people per class and most classes are less than $15, but the great thing about Laneway is the diverse and eclectic subjects of offer. Here you can learn anything from dance and photography to how to make finger puppets and “speak dog”.
I’m holding a #journal #writing class at #theworks in #Glebe on Thursday May 8. Come along to learn how to improve your #writing and #creativity. Check it out at #lanewaylearningsydney A photo posted by Louise Robinson (@louiserobinsonwrites) on
Delve Into Architecture
Where: 71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga NSW 2076 When it was completed in 1950, the Rose Seidler House was the most talked-about house in Sydney, and it is still well worth a visit. It was designed by Harry Seidler for his parents Rose and Max, and it single-handedly overturned almost every contemporary convention of suburban house design. The house remains an excellent example of mid-20th Century architecture, and its interior is one of the best post-WWII design collections in public ownership. Entry is $8 for adults and $4 for children.
Race a V8
Where: Colo Park Off Road Racing Circuit, 5201 Putty Rd, Colo Heights, NSW 2756
A lap in a V8 race buggy will put a smile on any petrol head’s dial. The Colo Park circuit has long straights and sliding corners and is the only hot circuit in Australia where you can get airborne on four wheels. All instructors are qualified so climb into the navigator’s seat and hold on tight. Get two ‘Hot Laps’ in a V8 Race Buggy for $50.
#4x4raggededge #coloheights #roadwarrior #extreme #4×4 #2milliongoodtimes @redballoonexperiences A photo posted by Harry Walker (@hashtag_walker) on
Eat, Eat, Eat
Where: Bondi, Manly and Byron Bay
Satisfy any hunger cravings with Sydney’s – and possibly Australia’s – best fish and chips from one of the “Fishmonger” fish and chip shops. Voted by the Sydney Morning Herald as the city’s best, there are three stores to choose from: Bondi, Manly and Byron Bay. Highlights include the kumara chips, tempura veges and deep-fried calamari.
Oh so yummy. Today’s special snapper with cashews and pecans with salad and chips! A photo posted by Fishmongers Byron Bay (@fishmongersbyronbay) on
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