Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Sydney

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  • Gail C
    6 contributions
    At the very last minute, we decided to attend Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House. We could only get row N but that didn't matter. The view was good, the acoutics were good and the play was great. The facilities at the Opera House, from taking your coats to the Bar service were excellent.
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    Walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge is free and very easy to do. Obviously the bridge climb is the more glamorous option but if budget or time or vertigo does not allow, then walking is another option.
    You can start from either end and the walk is only 20 - 25 minutes. Starting at the historic Rocks end, you will finish in Kirribilli where you can catch a ferry or train back pretty close to where you started at Circular Quay.
    The pedestrian path is on the eastern side of the bridge. This is the same side that overlooks Circular Quay and the Opera House but (and its a big but) the views are severely impeded by the tall mesh safety barrier topped with barbed wire. It’s difficult to take a clear photo.
    It is also worth noting that you are walking alongside the traffic. High metal barriers protect you so it’s perfectly safe but obviously there’s a lot of traffic and it’s less pleasant than you’d think.
    The south-east pylon near the Rocks side is open to the public. Halfway up, it has a small museum (free) and a 360 degree observation or lookout deck on top ($19).
    Overall, the pylon is excellent but walking across the bridge is probably a tick-the-box exercise if you want to say that you’ve done it.
    Written April 27, 2022
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  • linnman
    singapore278 contributions
    A nice and spaced out garden for a relaxing walk. Worth a visit after visiting the Opera House as they are just next to each other. Although nice, it felt like a huge park unlike the Botanic Gardens in Singapore which is a UNESCO Heritage Site. There is a Government House (the NSW Governor's official residence) within the Sydney Botanic Gardens that is worth visiting.
    Written May 17, 2022
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  • Teresa C
    Metro Manila, Philippines1,243 contributions
    A fun place to spend a few hours. Plenty to see and loads of eats. Many people with dogs, some of them snappy and yappy.
    Written February 14, 2021
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  • TeamBrad
    Santa Fe, NM48 contributions
    Everyone knows the Sydney Harbor Bridge. I would suggest doing the bridge climb as well as the Pylon Museum.
    Written May 12, 2022
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  • gaurav s
    Gurugram (Gurgaon), India188 contributions
    This is a small island used as former convict penal establishment, naval ship dockyard. It's a great day tour and does have fully serviced camping options for overnight stays. If you love history, you can opt for one of the guided tours available at about 26$ per adult, its completely worth it.
    Written February 21, 2022
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  • Francesco Alibrandi
    Sydney, Australia18 contributions
    Nice shopping mall, great if you are looking for sales, with a wide range of brands, clothes and shoes of all kind, casual and sporty.
    Written July 17, 2021
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  • looshik
    St. Ives, Australia13 contributions
    Visited with a 7 and 14 yo. This historical house is amazing. Everything kept as it was. Unique way to learn history of Sydney. Highly recommend to take the guided tour with Wendy - she is amazing!!
    Written April 17, 2022
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  • Teresa C
    Metro Manila, Philippines1,243 contributions
    A delightful park that runs to the cliff edge. Looking towards the water, it's a pleasant place to stop and take in nature.
    Written September 10, 2020
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  • Pete S
    Melbourne, Australia34 contributions
    Boys and girls interested in the military will be skipping and climbing about … if you see the big White House above the Watson’s Bay hotel that was the former Army officers mess… our bar and a few rooms were upstairs and our dining area is the large area at the ground floor. The entire area was used as a personnel and discharge unit (2MDPD) after the Vietnam war. It ceased being used as a mess about 1984. Great memories, a great location for natural fauna and fabulous views over Sydney harbour, the Gap cliffs and The Tasman Sea. And if there’s a yacht race or large ship entering or going there’s no better vantage point
    Written April 5, 2022
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  • travelbug
    Toronto, Canada68 contributions
    Beautiful and large beach that is only a short walk from the ferry. The town is filled with cute stores, cafes and restaurants making for a great day trip. The ferry ride from circular quay is about 20 minutes but is scenic and enjoyable. Definitely a must-visit when in Sydney.
    Written May 13, 2022
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  • chi
    1 contribution
    My friend forgot to bring his passport and one of the staff didn't let him enter the venue although he was not planning to drink. While my friend was asking his friend to send a copy of his passport, another staff called Surjeet Singh let him in by giving him a wristband proving that he can't buy drinks. Thus, we were able to make it to the concert on time!!!!
    Written March 8, 2020
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  • Manickjg
    1,201 contributions
    Came to do the walk on a weekday. It was pleasant and relatively flat walking path all along the bay. Very nice for cycling, jogging, skating and walking. Great activity for families of all ages. Parking available at Lilyfield side on Frazer St. Note of caution if you go on the weekend as can imagine that it will be very busy and crowded seeing that it's a popular place.
    Written July 4, 2020
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    On its own, Nielsen Park would be a pleasant, although unremarkable spot. What makes it a really special spot is that it sits alongside Shark Beach, a very popular family harbour beach. Together the beach and park make this a perfect area for families and large groups to gather.
    The park is a great space if you want to escape the sun, kick a ball or have a picnic.
    Like most Australian beaches, theres no natural shade on the sand, so being able to retreat to the shade under the sprawling fig trees means that you can plan an extended stay at the beach.
    The park is part of the Sydney Harbour National Park and consists of a large expanse of open, grassy area, covering 20 hectares. There is an avenue of giant, fig trees and large, mature gums are scattered throughout, providing lots of shade.
    There are good facilities nearby, including clean toilets, changing rooms, outdoor showers and an historic kiosk on the beachfront that sells coffee, ice-creams and fish and chips.
    For those who want to explore, the Hermitage Foreshore Walking Trail (1.8km one way) starts here.
    There are also 3 short & easy, looped walking paths. Maps of the walks are shown on a large National Parks board near the Greycliffe Avenue entrance:
    Glass & Bottle Point Walk (500m loop, 20 min)
    Historic Greycliffe House Walk (500m loop, 30 min)
    Mount Trefle Walk (500m loop, 20 min)
    GETTING THERE: You’ll find free, un-timed parking along Vaucluse and Greycliffe Av. You can pretty reliably get a park mid-week and on overcast days but on a sunny weekend, it can get impossibly busy. Entry to the National Park is free.
    Written January 10, 2022
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    Murray Rose Pool is frequently described as the best ocean pool in Sydney. It’s certainly up there.
    It is a very large, 90m long harbour pool with a shark net and boardwalk that runs right around the edges. At any time of the day, you’ll see kids launching themselves from here into the water.
    The other fun feature are the floating pontoons.
    There’s so much to like about this pool. The sandy area is narrow but its big enough for kids to play on and behind that is a grassy slope and several shady trees which is a perfect spot for spreading a blanket out or sunbathing.
    Entry is free and there are good facilities, including change rooms, showers and a cafe, but no lifeguards.
    The best thing about Murray Rose Pool has to be its prime location, right on Sydney harbour.
    There are only two hardships. One is the limited parking around the area and the other is the access which is via a long, steep set of stairs beside Redleaf House. Going down is tolerable, coming back up especially with small children and bags is a slog.
    Confusingly for tourists, this is sometimes still referred to as the Redleaf Pool, even though it was renamed after the famous Australian gold medallist swimmer over 10 years ago.
    Written March 6, 2022
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