Sydney isn’t the cheapest city to visit, especially on a backpacker budget, but with a little effort it can still be enjoyed and doesn’t have to break the bank. Below are some tips on how we saved money.
STAY IN KINGS CROSS
Not the best area of the city but it’s where most of the hostels are located and you can also find cheaper restaurants than in the CBD. We stayed at the Original Backpackers which was a 2 minute walk from the train station and close to all the nightlife. There was also a courtyard curfew after 10pm which amazingly everyone stuck to.
When travelling on a budget we do anything possible to avoid taxis! It may have stemmed from bad experiences with taxis in Asia, but we also like to walk. Our Hostel was about a 25 minute walk through the Botanical Gardens to the waterfront and Opera House. We walked back up through the CBD to Hyde Park and then up the hill to Kings Cross. You also get to see more of the city and not feel so bad about all those Aussie burgers you’re eating.
Avoid the tourist trap restaurants at Circular Quay and go for some of the smaller restaurants in Kings Cross. Asian food is always cheap and the Rocks Friday Foodie Market has some great street food!
BUS IT TO BONDI
Hop on the bus to Bondi Beach and for around $4 you can be there in 45 minutes. The buses are regular and easy but towards the end of the day they can be pretty full coming back.
MYMULTI DAY PASS
This pass covers unlimited buses, trains and all government ferries for one day at $23 meaning you could cover Manly, Bondi and Luna Park. It also includes the train to the Blue Mountains so is great value.
Do you know of any other budget tips for Sydney? Let us know!