Over recent years, Australia has become a very expensive place. Thanks to a booming economy, where everyone else in the world seems to be struggling, the cost of things is difficult for some travellers and backpackers to manage. However, it is still possible to find things on the cheap, starting with the accommodation in Sydney.
If you’re looking for a cheap or budget hostel in Sydney it can still be done. Hostels like the Funkhouse in Kings Cross offer affordable, friendly and sociable accommodation for backpackers, but the savings don’t end there.
Get a public transport saver weekly ticket. Not only will this cut down on your expenditure on travel, it also offers a great way to see the city without having to go on expensive tours. A weekly ticket for zone 1, which covers the central part of the city, is around $37 Australian and for zone 2 around $46.
The real life of a city is reflected in its history and culture, which you can find in the museums. In Sydney, there are a number of top museums that have free admission. These include the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. You should also keep you eyes open in the free newspapers for days when they offer special admission at the paying museums.
# Cheap Tuesdays at the Cinema
Most of the big cinemas across the country offer cheap tickets on Tuesdays and Sydney is no exception. Hit the Greater Union Cinema at Bondi or Event Cinema at St Georges for cheap tickets and great films.
# Free Festivals
Throughout the year there are also a number of free festivals that you can check out. Sydney is the one of the main events cities on the country. Second only to Melbourne, including jazz festivals, films, music and much more.
# The Sites
Most of Sydney’s major tourist attractions are free. Bondi beach doesn’t cost you a penny to enjoy, neither do the harbour, Harbour Bridge and opera house (unless you’re seeing a concert). Simply walking around Sydney is enough to enthral and excite and won’t cost a penny.