Despite being a true-blue Australian in her mid 20’s, up until this year I had never visited New South Wales’ vibrant capital city. While my friends were shocked, they were even more surprised when they discovered all the amazing things I did in Sydney while on a tight budget. Sydney often has a reputation for being pricey, especially for visitors. But with a little forward planning and imagination you really can explore the very best of this amazing cosmopolitan hub, for next to nothing.
Five Fun Favourites in Sydney
- A Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb was at the top of my to-do list. But being on a budget, the experience was out of my reach. Instead, I decided to walk across the bridge which was just as unforgettable. While the views may not be as spectacular, I got a rush standing on this iconic structure, and some pretty awesome photos too. For just a few dollars you can go to the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout and Museum which is housed high up in one of the bridge pylons. The views are gorgeous late afternoon.
- I love my history and Sydney has plenty to share so I was keen to discover its stories and secrets, on the cheap. Head over to Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour and take a walk around this treasure trove of history. It was once a convict prison and its eerie sandstone jail has been nominated for World Heritage listing. During World War Two the island was a massive shipyard, and many sheds and slipways remain. You can even camp on the island for a truly memorable experience. Travel on Sunday and you can get the Family Funday Sunday ticket for just $2.50 which gives you unlimited travel all day by train, bus and regular ferries. That means you can get to Cockatoo Island for less than the cost of a cup of coffee.
- Architecture is another passion of mine so I headed to Government House to admire its outstanding Gothic Revival style. You can explore rooms which have been used by some famous faces, including Queen Elizabeth. There’s also plenty of 19th and 20th century furniture to admire to really take you back in time.
- While you are in the area, walk over to the Royal Botanic Gardens and join one of the free guided walks. There’s 30 hectares of beautiful gardens and lawns to explore all overlooking the harbour.
- Sydney’s coastline is breathtaking and there are plenty of walking tracks to take in the views. If you are looking for something extra special try the North Head National Park walking trails. Enjoy stunning views of Sydney Harbour from the cliff tops and explore North Head Sanctuary’s abundant flora and fauna in this isolated slice of paradise. North Head is also home to intriguing military fortifications and tunnels from World War Two.
Sydney truly has so many amazing stories to share and is a great place to spend a few adventurous days. I stayed at Wyndham Vacation Resorts Sydney which was the perfect CBD location to enjoy my days of discovery. Visit www.wyndhamap.com/hotels/sydney to book your next getaway.