The art of travelling can be defined by the people you meet, the experiences you make, and the fun you have through trying out things that you simply can’t do at home. Here are five cost-effective ways to explore Sydney on a budget.
- 1. Set off on a Sunday
Getting around Sydney on a budget may seem like a daunting challenge. What if we were to tell you that for one day a week you can explore the width and breadth of the state by paying a fraction of the normal cost of travel? It’s official – journeys on a Sunday are capped at $2.50 which eases the hassle of getting around without the usual costs involved. Making your way to major attractions such as the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley or the shoreline of the national Park are as affordable as a short ride across the CBD. Grab your Opal Card from any city train station and load a fee to access a world of adventure by train, bus, and ferry.
- 2. Make the most of it with a multi pass
Fun and exciting attractions can be found throughout the city, countryside, and sandy beaches in Sydney – the diversity of the landscape is a main driver for tourism. Seeing it all can cost a pretty penny unless you invest in a pass to visit multiple attractions at a discounted rate. iVenture card and other local tourism vendors take the sting out of high cost entry fees by providing flexible passes to keep spending to a minimum. Added bonuses of using an attraction pass may also include skip-the-line privileges. Major attractions and landmarks are usually covered, meaning tours, sightseeing trips, excursions, theme parks, and even discounted deals at restaurants are among some of the gems available to choose from.
- 3. Find free entry attractions
First on any Sydney bucket list is usually a flagship event such as conquering the Harbour Bridge or experiencing the ambience of an Opera House performance, although costs can add up quickly which is why it pays to know about the many free attractions in the local area. There is an abundance of magical spots to make your day one or remember and keep you from going beyond your budget regardless of the day, occasion, or location – as a bonus, the Sydney weather is typically warm and sunny for most of the year to cater for outdoor events. Beaches such as Bondi and Coogee, parks, lakes, and backcountry walks in the cluster of national parks are just some of the highlights to add to your itinerary. If you’re short on inspiration, try this list of free things to do in Sydney to kickstart the idea process.
- 4. Discover cheap eats
From five-star fine dining to charismatic street stalls, the food scene in Sydney can be described as a melting pot of culinary delights that will put a smile on the face of even the harshest critic. You’ll be hard pressed to get around all recommended spots and if money is a factor, then why not start with the best value meals and deals. Coupon websites like Spreets, Lunchalot, and Groupon advertise a wealth of current offers and taster menus to snap up – high profile restaurants, bars and cafes often list last-minute discounts here. And if you’re after something more low-key, then don’t forget about weekend market stalls and booths to satisfy your taste buds. Here’s a guide to some of the most popular street food and markets in Sydney to feast on.
- 5. Opt for affordable accommodation
Cutting cost on accommodation may sound like a compromise, although the benefits can far outweigh the potential drawbacks. Sydney has carved out a niche as one of the most popular locations for affordable rooming with its stable of hostels and shared dorms. Never too far from the local action and tourism hotspots, hostel life caters to the social aspect and appeals to the travel purist. It’s an eye-opening experience that offers fun and excitement through sharing time with people of similar ages, backgrounds, and interests. Check out reviews and recommendation to help you find the hostel that suits your needs and expectations when on the road. Who knows, your next travel companion may be in the very next bunk!
This article was created by iVenture Card, experts in flexible package options for attractions in Australia and around the globe.