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.
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?