Posted in Top 10 Lists

Top 10 Cheap Things to Do in Sydney

In Sydney and low on cash? Here are some of my favourite cheap things to do in Sydney.

Taronga Zoo for $1

For Taronga Zoo’s 100 year anniversary, there is a special offer where you can go to the zoo on your birthday for $1! Register online to receive the $1 voucher then bring proof of a Birth Certificate, Driver’s License, or passport to the zoo on your special day.

 

Quarantine Station

Day visit to the Qstation entry is completely free! This is a unique place as it doesn’t feel like it’s in Sydney at all. The remoteness of the station makes it quiet and peaceful.  It’s full of history of the early European settlers. If you’re a history nerd I would highly recommend the 45 minute guided day tours for $15.

 

O Bar and Dining

Grab a drink at the O Bar and enjoy the 360° view of Sydney from the revolving bar. From 47th floor this is a hard view to beat, for the best experience arrive just before the sun sets. Much cheaper than going up to the observation deck of Sydney Tower. It also has the added bonuses of being open late and kid free.

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge – Pylon Lookout

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is expensive and you can’t take your own photos. For a cheap alternative, the Pylon Lookout is $13! Well worth the money and you can bring your camera! It’s a bit of a climb up the stairs and you’ll need to be wearing good shoes.

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge – Walk across the Bridge

Walking across the Harbour Bridge is completely free! The view is great but is obscured slightly by the fence. There is little cover over the bridge so bring a hat and sunglasses.

 

Queen Victoria Building – Royal Clock

View the Royal Clock on the upper levels of the QVB. The clock chimes and activates every hour from 9am to 9pm. The dioramas light up and perform scenes from English Royal History . This is an amazing clock! A must see!

 

The Domain – Philip Precinct

Picnic in the Phillip Precinct at The Domain. The large lawn and trees make it a perfect spot! It’s easily accessible by public transport from Martin Place or St James Station.  Plenty of events go on here during the summer so occasionally parts of  the lawn are inaccessible.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Take a free guided tour around the gardens meet the tour guides at the Information Booth.  For a less formal tour take a self-guided tour or wander around at your own leisure! This is my favourite park in Sydney. It showcases some amazing plants, statues, and fountains.

 

Luna Park – Coney Island

Coney Island is a retro funhouse fun for all ages! It has a few different rides and a super awesome entry way.  This will definitely keep you entertained for a few hours.   An unlimited entry pass to Coney Island is $12

 

Gas Lamps – The Rocks

The Rocks is one of the oldest parts of Sydney. In 1841, the Australian Gas Light Company was lighting up Sydney with gas lamps. A few of these still remain around The Rocks. Spending an afternoon wandering around The Rocks is always an interesting experience. How many gas lamps can you find?

 

What are some of your favourite cheap things to do?

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Posted in Sydney

Abandoned| Sydney Monorail!

One of my fondest childhood memories is riding the Sydney Monorail with my mother and siblings. We spent an entire day going around the 3.6km track. I remember playing  I spy as the city rolled by and meeting lots of people who hopped into the same carriage as us.

Sadly the monorail took its last spin on the 30th of June 2013.  The track has been removed, all that remains is a few of the hauntingly abandoned stations. I was on my way over to darling harbour when I saw the abandoned monorail station hanging there.

Darling Park and Harbourside stations are on either side of the Pyrmont Bridge.  Locked up tightly, safe and abandoned. Through the glass windows and holes in the doors, the stations look exactly the same as when they closed. Even the ticket gates are still in place. Outside the Harbourside station, the network map is still displayed in its case.

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There was much debate in the 1980’s as to whether Sydney should invest in a monorail or light rail. Although the light rail would have been cheaper and would have served more customers the monorail won out. I can only imagine the meeting that decided that. In my mind it would have gone a little like this:

The stations are in good condition but are vastly underutilised. I would love to see these spaces turned into an art space or perhaps micro music venue.  They would make awesome information centres because of their locations close to tourist hot spots.

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Did you get a chance to ride the monorail while it was still active?  Leave a comment down below and share your memories of the Sydney Monorail!

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Top 10 Summer Travel Songs

Music and travel go hand in hand. When I’m out and about during summer these songs are always in my playlists.

  1. Wake The Sun | The Matches
  2. On Top of The World | Imagine Dragons
  3. Ways To Go | Grouplove
  4. Suddenly | British India
  5. History Eraser | Courtney Barnett
  6. It’s Nice To Be Alive | Ball Park Music
  7. Lights | Ellie Goulding
  8. Holiday | Weezer
  9. Desert Night | Rufus
  10. Home | Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

What are your favourite Summer song? Let me know in the comments below!

Posted in Sydney, Western Sydney

Activity Stations

While cycling along the Western Sydney Cycleway I can across these weird interactive stations. Put there by the council to encourage people to exercise while using the track. The first type of interactive station are huge signs with funny slogans on them like the everybody dancing!

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The second type of interactive station is a more passive station that encourages use. There are two listening stations that when the wind blows it shakes the metal prongs and makes a sweet chiming sound at the speakers below.

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Posted in Sydney, Western Sydney

Western Sydney Cycleway

It was a crisp autumn morning when I decided to venture out on my bicycle. Not being a confident cyclist I was looking for somewhere that I could ride off-road. A friend recommended I give the Western Sydney Cycleway a try.

I’m so glad that I did. This path is amazing. Like many Sydneysiders I had no idea that such an extensive bike path even existed.

I started my journey at Carramar station. The path was mostly flat with minimal inclines.  Views of Prospect Creek with its surrounding trees and  are a nice way to start any day.

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One thing I did not expect was to pass a temple that had its gates wide open onto the reserve just before Canley Vale Station. The wafting smell of incense hung in the air as I cycled past.

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I continued on past Endeavour Sports Reserve and through to my first fork in the road. A map was located there which clearly outlined where both paths led.  I decided to go past the Showground at Fairfield.  The path started to get steeper through this section.

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Cycling past Fairfield Showground is an interesting experience. Horses were standing at a chain link fence right next to the path. Sounds of the busy markets were drifting over .

I rode until I go to Stockdale Reserve before I turned back. There is a pleasant park and pond there that I chose to rest up at before heading back.

The most interesting part of the journey is that the path crosses over the creek and under major roadways often. There are many different types of bridges along the way. As someone who loves architecture, it was good to see so many unique bridges.

If you are looking for somewhere off-road to cycle I would highly recommend this cycleway. The path is well signposted as it winds through the suburbs. There are plenty of places to stop and take it all in.

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