1. A Picnic at the Botanic Gardens; If it wasn’t for the fact that the gardens give you the best view of the Opera House in the city, you’d be forgiven for wondering if you were even in Sydney at all! Pack a picnic, watch the yachts sail into the harbour all in full view of the infamous Opera House.
2. The Bondi to Coogee walk: Start at the Icebergs Pool in Bondi and follow the signs around 6km of unspoilt coastline. Not only is it a fantastic way to see the rocks, sea and less popular (less crowded) beaches, but every year between October and November, it also plays host to the Sculptures By The Sea Festival; check out www.sculpturebythesea.com for more info. When you get to Coogee make sure you go for a scooner in the Coogee Bay Hotel; cheap food and the biggest beer garden for miles.
3. Speedboat ride around the Harbour; we booked ours through Adrenalin.com but there’s heaps of companies out there who will happily throw you around in a speedboat for an hour around Sydney harbour! Not the cheapest in this list, but definitely the most exhilarating!
4. A gig at The Roundhouse theatre: You can imagine my excitement when we rocked up in Sydney last year, only to find that Alexisonfire were playing the Roundhouse just 2 months later! This small, intimate venue is a fantastic place to go and see a band and, because it’s on a uni campus, the drinks are cheap also. What more could you want!
5. Camp Cove: Forget Bondi. If you really want to sunbathe in style then head to Camp Cove near Watson’s Bay. This little-known beach is surrounded by the beautiful Sydney Harbour National Park and is more of a favourite with the locals than the tourists meaning that you can sunbathe and frolic in the sea without some wannabe surfer taking you out with his board.
6. Walk Over the Harbour Bridge: the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is appealing, believe me, but it’s also very expensive so do what hundred of commuters do every day and walk over it! Visit at the night for some fantastic views of the lit-up Opera House and remember to pop over to the Museum of Sydney (Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Adults $10) to learn about how the bridge nearly didn’t look like the one we see today.
7. Thai Express, World Square, Liverpool St: After all that excitement you’re gonna be starving! Thai Express isn’t only cheap but the food and service is amazing.
What else can you do in Sydney on the cheap?