Sydney’s a frequent contender for one of the world’s most expensive cities, but that doesn’t mean penny-pinchers are barred from having any fun. From public parks and sprawling beaches to neighborhood bars and easy road trips, we picked out 38 affordable alternatives that don’t involve hemorrhaging money.
1. Wander around The Rocks, a historic precinct
Situated next to the harbor, The Rocks was one of the first settlements in Australia. Make sure to check out the markets on the weekends, as well as the Foodies Market on Fridays.
2. Scope out the Sydney Observatory
The Observatory features stunning views of the harbour, and costs just $10 for a daytime tour.
Instead of spending $200 to climb the Harbour Bridge, walk 200 steps to the Lookout and spend just $13 to climb to the top. Along the way, you’ll find exhibits outlining the bridge’s history and construction.
This local pub sits just next to the bridge, and gives you a cheaper vantage point than some of its higher-end neighbors.