Sydney is one of the world’s most iconic cities, hosting some spectacular scenery and very individual architecture. Known for its diversity of culture, its food and its style, Sydney is constantly celebrating something new and different around every corner. Each trip I make is different; I experience a new part of the city and return home with a different impression. That to me is what makes Sydney such a unique destination.
The downside to Sydney though is definitely its high prices. Commonly regarded as one of the most expensive cities in the world, it can be a challenge to come home without having blown the budget. With very appropriate timing popular travel blogger Nomadic Matt, published a post outlining how to survive Sydney on a budget, which got me thinking how I could best explore for minimal cash.
Now Nomadic Matt is known for his ability to scrape by anywhere in the world on pocket change, so sometimes I find his tips a little too extreme. One of those on this list that got me cringing was the mention of saving on food by eating in the food court…
When you are in a city that has such an amazing selection of food from around the globe, I just couldn’t understand why you would choose to eat in a food court. However, when time constraints and that awful feeling that I had already spent WAY too much over the weekend begun to impact my restaurant choice, I found myself stepping into a dreaded food court! Quickly moving past the usual takeaways, a little noodle bar appeared with food being cooked on a hot wok and piles of fresh vegetables. This ended up being the perfect spot for lunch and the big bowl of noodles kept me full until dinner and set me back $11.90, much better value than the cafe sandwich I had the day before.
Food aside, it is the first tip from this article I most agree with as being one of the best value for getting by in Sydney, and that is to purchase an Opal card. An Opal card is your ticket to Sydney’s public transport system including buses, trains and ferries, and it is free with a minimum credit of $10. With an Opal card you will receive the cheapest prices on transport, and this is where the true budget traveller will get excited, travel on Sunday is capped at $2.50!
So while spending a day riding the rails may not be that great, cruising the harbour on board a ferry gives you an amazing perspective of the city and allows you to get up close and personal with some of those iconic structures that make Sydney such a spectacular tourist destination.
With the few hours of free time I had the morning before my flight home, I enjoyed cruising the harbour with my camera at the ready, trying to capture some of the beauty that makes Sydney special.
I hope you enjoy my postcards from Sydney!
What is your favourite thing to do in Sydney on a budget? How do you save money when travelling?