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Sydney – A lot of sightseeing for little money and extra tips

sydneThat life in Australia’s cities is expensive is no secret.
So today we would like to give you some tips on how to get a lot of sightseeing in Sydney for little money.

Sightseeing in Sydney for little money

In Sydney, there are many great things to see and some that you can even see completely free.

1) New Year’s Eve in Sydney (free)

Let’s start with the highlight!
This is the New Year’s Eve fireworks show in Sydney.
We had the best view directly before the opera with a view of the Harbor Bridge.
It cost us no entrance and with luck you have a very good place, provided you are there early enough (best from 10 or 11 in the morning).

Take food for the day with you, so you will not have to stand in the way of your unforgettable opera, the Slivesterfest.

However, avoid taking alcohol, this is not permitted and every bottle and backpack is checked.
If you want something to drink, you can buy something on the spot (the prices, of course, are somewhat more expensive).

Check out our New Year’s Eve in Sydney video here.

2) The opera

Sydney Opera House – a must for every visitor to Sydney and therefore one of the most photographed buildings and things in Australia.opera house

Together with Uluru, the opera is at the top of the “Things to do and see” slips of tourists.
The crescent-shaped building is located directly at the port and attracts loads of people every day.
It is definitely magical to watch the opera at sunset – especially in the interaction with the Harbor Bridge and Sydney’s skyline!

3) Botanical Garden – Royal Botanic Garden (free)

 Botanical Garden - Royal Botanic GardenThe Botanical Garden is located directly at the Opera House.
It is best to visit the opera with a long walk through the Botanical Garden.
Plenty of sightseeing in Sydney for little money.

Also here you do not pay entrance, you see a really nice park and walk along the harbor directly to the opera.

Here you will find our sightseeing in Sydney video, with impressions of the Botanical Garden, the Opera and Co.

4) Paddy’s Markets (free)

In the middle of Chinatown are Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets.

The Paddy’s Markets are made up of large halls, where you will find many useful and crazy things besides cheap souvenirs, clothes, fruit, vegetables and many more.Paddy's Markets
Most of the souvenirs you will probably not be able to use, but you can find some great and useful things in between.

Cheap postcards, sunglasses and the like can be found there at reasonable prices.
Even acting is allowed …

Shortly before the end, you can make a real bargain at the fruit and vegetable market!

5) By ferry to Manly

If you have more time, take a day trip by ferry to Manly.
The ferry is easy to use with the OPAL maps, with which you can use the complete public transport in Sydney.

Particularly worthwhile is the return from Manly to the harbor, as the sun slowly sinks behind the opera and skyline of Sydney!


Manly is a beautiful and popular place, of course, directly by the sea.
Jumping from the ferry boat, go out of the port through a small shopping street and end up at the long beach, right by the sea.

Here you can find our Manly video.

6) Bondi to Coogee Walk (free of charge)

You know for sure the famous Bondi Beach.
There is also the Bondi Icebergs Club with the ingenious pool, directly at the sea!

From Bondi you can walk along the sea to Coogee.
The Bondi to Cogee Beach Walk is a wonderful way along many cliffs, beaches and with great views of the sea!

You should schedule a minimum of 2 hours of time depending on the number of stops and time spent on benches.
Seems the sun, also think of drinks and sun protection!

More in our Bondi Beach video.

7) Harbor Bridge (free)

Harbor BriThe Harbor Bridge is another Sydney landmark, next to the Opera House.
Directly next to the opera, the Harbor Bridge officially opened on March 19, 1932, connects the north and south coasts.

A walk across the Harbor Bridge is free of charge and offers you an amazing view!

However, if you have an extreme view and nerve kitzel, you can also make the bridge climb and climb up.


Extra tips:

On Sundays you can go with the OPAL cards all day for $ 2.50.
No matter where, how far and how often.
Even a trip to the Blue Mountains costs no more than $ 2.50!

The OPAL cards are often available at supermarkets, petrol stations or kiosks – you can also recharge them there.

When entering and exiting the bus, station or ferry, you will be charged your card to a scouting station and the price will be deducted automatically.

From us there is definitely a thumbs up, just on Sundays where many families are traveling and most people have free, this is very friendly, the families or generally locals and tourists opposite.

Another thumbs up Sydney from us, for the many “water bodies”.
Small stations where you can drink something for free, or usually fill up your empty water bottle.

There are also many public toilets.
Absolutely TOP!

Accommodations in Sydney are not particularly cheap.
For a room in a hostel, you will pay less for a double room, but there are also great student accommodation with a common kitchen like the Glebe Space or the Racecourse Space, with extremely fast Wi-Fi. We can recommend both accommodation!
The Glebe Space is also very central.

If you are traveling by car or campervan, we can highly recommend the Lane Cove River Caravan Park, the campsite is a bit off Sydney and right in a national park.

There is also a good train connection to the city and the national park is very recommendable for hiking!

Alternatively, we can call you the Sheralee Tourist Caravan Park, which is located in Randwick, near the airport.

On our first stay there everything was ok.
However, during the second stay everything was dirty, siffig and in the kitchen hundreds of ants were busy.
Also beer bottles were 2 days at the same place in the bathroom and nothing was cleaned.

So choose as a campground and starting point for trips into the city, if you have your own car, rather the Lane Cove Tourist Caravan Park!


If you want to travel to Sydney or are currently in Sydney, we hope to have given you some helpful and great tips with this post.

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