The Rocks, Sydney. Image courtesy of Destination NSW
Introduction: "Unbeknownst to many, Sydney is becoming one of the most expensive cities in the world. Here are some tips on how to enjoy your vacation in Sydney on a budget."
First things first, you have to get there cheaply. Traditional travel agents usually charge a booking fee on top of your flight which leads to a hefty invoice. Sign up to newsletters from budget airlines or utilise websites like Webjet who cross reference across all airlines to make sure you get the best deal possible.
Also take note of when you're travelling. Periods such as over Christmas are generally more expensive than if you were to travel in the middle of the year.
Once again, this is where doing your homework prior to your journey will payoff. Signing up to Newsletters and paying attention to sites like Webjet and deal sites like Groupon or Living Social will allow you to take advantage of deals you wouldn't normally be able to obtain.
Free internet is slowly spreading across Sydney. Shopping centres (such as Westfield) offer free Wi-Fi so that you don't get caught off the grid.
For whatever reason, Tuesday is the day most retailers offer their deals for the fiscally responsible. Food chains like Dominos pizza offer pizzas for as cheap as $4.95 on Tuesdays and most cinema chains offer cheaper tickets as well.
Tipping is not a universal gesture in Australia so don't feel obligated to pay a surcharge. Feel free to if you feel particularly grateful for great service but it's not essential.
On Sundays, Sydney Trains offer a deal for families called a 'Family Funday Sunday.' For $2.50 a person, your family can enjoy a great value day out in Sydney with unliited travel on all trains, buses, ferries and light rail. Explore Sydney CBD or head out to the famous Bondi Beach out in Sydney's east. Opting for public transport means that you don't have to hire a car or pay for parking.
Free Activities and Events
There are plenty of things to see and do around Sydney that won't require you to reach for your wallet. The Royal Botanic Gardens features a free guided walk that departs daily from the Visitor Centre. Visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art is also free and a fantastic experience for kids and adults alike.