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Out and about in Sydney on a budget

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I lived in Sydney for a year. During that period, I had the opportunity to be a "local" tour guide to family and friends who came to visit. I was out and about quite often to the point I became the point of reference (even the locals!).

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

2 City Tips

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10 Places

Day 1

I'm Free Walking Tours

City Tours, Cultural Tours, Walking Tours, Night Tours, Sightseeing Tours

The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk

Hiking Trails

Mrs Macquarie's Chair

Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 2

Brewtown

Restaurants

Manly Fast Ferry

Ferries

Taronga Zoo

Zoos

Darling Harbour

Neighbourhoods

N2 Extreme Gelato

Restaurants

Day 3

Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

Hiking Trails

Bondi surf seafoods

Restaurants

LynD827's City Tips

  • Download Tripview App to your smartphone for latest public transport schedule.
  • If public transport is going to be your main mode of transport, purchase an Opal card.
    Day 1
  • I'm Free Walking Tours
    City Tours, Cultural Tours, Walking Tours, Night Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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    LynD827 Says:

    If you are in Sydney for 1 day, this is a must-do. Consider this tour as an "express introduction" to Sydney. Not only you get to see the must-sees of Sydney (e.g. Harbour Bridge and Opera House), you will also discover hidden gems unknown even to the locals. Also it is more fun than exploring on your own because your local guide will narrate the story and history behind each stop. Two different tours available - Sydney city (10:30am or 2:30pm) and The Rocks (6:30pm).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Free tour but be prepared to trip your local guide.
    • Wear comfortable footwear - about 6km of walking in 2.5 hours.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 419 Tours in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really enjoyedi it! Went back and did a 2nd tour 08/12/2018
    • Awesome 08/12/2018
    • I'm Free Walking Tours
    Address:
    Sydney Town Hall 483 George St
    Town Hall Square
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 405 515 654
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk
    Hiking Trails
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    LynD827 Says:

    If you're heading towards Mrs Macquarie's chair, why not take the scenic route? You'll get fantastic views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can walk in the opposite direction too e.g. Botanic Gardens to Opera House.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 495 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • relaxing walk, wide views 12/12/2018
    • Sandstone and Botanical plants 11/12/2018
    • The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk
    Address:
    Macquarie St.
    Sydney, New South Wales
    Australia
    Phone:
    83541044
    Other:
  • Mrs Macquarie's Chair
    Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    LynD827 Says:

    Beautiful views of Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Chair is tucked at a corner.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 495 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • history, waiting in line. 12/12/2018
    • Interesting Place 10/12/2018
    • Mrs Macquarie's Chair
    Address:
    Mrs Macquarie's Road
    The Rocks Visitors Centre
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9255 1788
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Brewtown
    Restaurants (Cafe, Australian)
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    LynD827 Says:

    Located in Newtown, Brewtown was initially known for cronuts. The cronuts have since evolved to brewnuts and cruffins (croissant + muffin). This place is also famous for it's cold brew (coffee) although I never tried it because I prefer my coffee hot.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Elvis burger is highly recommended.
    • Prepare to queue for 20-30 minutes during peak hours (longer on weekends).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 130 restaurants in Newtown
    • A rustic touch to breakfast and brunch 04/10/2018
    • The best bakery in Sydney 27/09/2018
    • Brewtown
    Address:
    6-8 O'Connell St
    Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales 2042
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9519 2920
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Manly Fast Ferry
    Ferries
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    LynD827 Says:

    You can never get enough of Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Get a set of pictures from a different angle - while cruising on water. Use the ferry to get to Taronga Zoo. Alternatively, hop off at Manly, grab lunch and then back on again to get to the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There's public and private ferries. If you're on a public ferry, sit outside on the deck. If on a private ferry, sit on upper deck for clearer views.
    • Allocate 1-2 hours if you are planning to lunch at Manly.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 495 things to do in Sydney
    • Travelling with Someone on a Walker or Wheelchair 09/12/2018
    • A pleasure 08/12/2018
    • Manly Fast Ferry
    Address:
    Manly Fast Ferry Booth 3 Circular Qy
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9583 1199
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Taronga Zoo
    Zoos
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    LynD827 Says:

    If you want the best view of Sydney city as your backdrop, this is the place to be! Walk towards the giraffes' enclosure. You'll need to see it to believe it. Can be covered in 3-4 hours but for best experience, stay longer.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Get there by public ferry or private ferry (check website for combo tickets).
    • Go early.. be one of the first visitors if possible.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 11 things to do in Mosman
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hills and humps 12/12/2018
    • Not many animals out off season! 11/12/2018
    • Taronga Zoo
    Address:
    Bradleys Head Road
    Mosman, New South Wales 2088
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9969 2777
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Darling Harbour
    Neighbourhoods
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    LynD827 Says:

    Catch the fireworks on Saturday night. Not a Saturday night? Head there anyways, it is Darling Harbour after all!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Hard Rock Cafe is located here.
    • Largest IMAX cinema in the world is here too.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 495 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So many restaurants 12/12/2018
    • Highly overrated. 12/12/2018
    • Darling Harbour
    Phone:
    +61 2 9240 8500
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • N2 Extreme Gelato
    Restaurants (Australian)
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    LynD827 Says:

    Prawn and Chips flavoured ice-cream? Anything's possible here. Flavours change weekly (favourites tend to stay on tho). Watch how your order is prepared before gulping it down.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There's another outlet at 184 King Street, Newtow 2042.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #197 of 5,086 restaurants in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Yummo 28/05/2018
    • What a let down:( 20/04/2018
    • N2 Extreme Gelato
    Address:
    1 Dixon St
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$6
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
    Hiking Trails
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    LynD827 Says:

    10 kilometres long of amazing coastal views that will make your friends jealous. You will also learn of the other beaches located along the way (if Bondi is too busy for you, you can opt for these alternatives). This walk is divided into several sections. If you cannot complete the whole walk, you can always opt for Bondi to Bronte (or other stops).

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
    • Can get chilly - bring a light jacket (or a thick one depending on season).
    • You can do this walk in reverse - Coogee to Bondi Beach.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 495 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice walk with great views 12/12/2018
    • A must do in Sydney 12/12/2018
    • Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
    Address:
    Arden Street
    Coogee Beach
    Sydney, New South Wales
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 406 333 665
    Other:
  • Bondi surf seafoods
    Restaurants (Seafood, Fast food, Australian)
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    LynD827 Says:

    Deep fried Mars bars! Grab this sinful snack here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #523 of 5,086 restaurants in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best fish n chips we've had in a long time 12/11/2018
    • Grilled delight 08/11/2018
    • Bondi surf seafoods
    Address:
    128 Campbell Parade
    Sydney, New South Wales
    Australia
    Phone:
    91304554
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Other:
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