Top 10 Things To Do In And Around Sydney (On Budget)

Things To Do In And Around Sydney

Sydney is one of the most versatile, fast paced iconic cities of the world. You can spend weeks here and you still won’t have enough of this colorful city of Australia.

In this post we have penned down 10 best things to do in Sydney on budget. 


In Sydney

1) Bondi Beach

To get a taste of local life, head down to Bondi Beach and experience some of the iconic swimming pool that meets the ocean water. You could easily spend a day here by relaxing at the beach. There are plenty of shopping and eating on offer in Bondi Junction. 


2) Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge built in 1932 is one of the most iconic landmarks of Australia. It is the world’s largest steel arch bridge. Tours that climb the bridge are pretty expensive (160 AUD), but it’s completely free to walk or bike 1.15 km long bridge across its panoramic views of the harbor and Opera House.

Sydney Harbour Bridge


3) Sydney Opera House

Just as iconic as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House is another famous attraction of Australia. You can either take a guided tour for $37 AUD or walk on your own around the area. There is a good range of cafes and restaurants to choose from. Tickets for a show in the Opera House are pretty affordable ($43 AUD).

Sydney Opera House


4) Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is located in the heart of Sydney, neighboring Cockle Bay, Chinatown, and the King Street Wharf. It is a pedestrian district filled with a number of entertaining activities to do. You will witness many street performers and every Saturday 9pm onwards you can see a fire show free of cost. It’s an ideal hangout for families, couples and solo travelers alike.

Sunset at Darling Harbour


5) Royal Botanical Garden

An oasis of calm Sydney Royal Botanical garden is a perfect escape from the hectic downtown area. 

Royal Botanical Garden


Day Trips from Sydney

6) Jenolan Caves

Located approx. 170 km from Sydney, Jenolan caves is one of the natural marvel of Australia. You can easily visit Jenolan caves on a day trip from Sydney. There are 22 caves, but of theses only 9 are opened for guided tour. We loved the tour and it is one of the most incredible underground limestones we came across. We would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Sydney to take a day trip to experience these marvelous caves.


7) Blue Lake near Jenolan caves

Just a walking distance from the natural wonder of Jenolan caves, there is an incredible blue lake also known as Jenolan Lake. Intense blue intense color of the lake comes from the refraction of lights through limestone sediments. There are many nice easy hikes around the area. While waiting for your Jenolan tour to begin, it’s a perfect time to cherish this turquoise blue lake for a couple of hours.

Blue Lake, Jenolan Caves


8) Royal National Park

Located just an hour drive from Sydney, Royal National Park shouldn’t be missed on your trip to Sydney. A day trip will offer plenty of opportunities for hiking, swimming, picnicking, cycling, fishing, bird watching and whale watching. Few highlights of the park are Budeena drive to Marley Walk, Loftus loop cycle trail, Karloo walking track, Wattamolla picnic area, the coast track and wedding cake rock.

Royal National Park


9) Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains are located one hour drive from the city. It is a perfect attraction for a day trip. It is known for its dramatic scenery, eucalyptus forests, deep canyons, steep cliffs, stunning waterfalls and small villages. Some of the highlights of Blue Mountains National Park are magnificent rock formation of the Three Sisters, incredible rock walls, hiking along the trails that offer excellent views of the valley and magnificent forests. You can also take a cable car ride to enjoy panoramic view of the national park. The park is free to visit.

Interested in hiking. Read our hiking experience in Argentina here

10) Hunter Valley

Enjoy exceptional wine and gourmet food in the Hunter Valley. The fact that it is Australia’s oldest wine region and just two-hour drive from Sydney makes it a perfect escape. Discover hidden wineries and vineyards, cafes and restaurants, incredible landscapes and some wonderful adventures like hot air balloon.

These are our top picks. What is your favorite place in Sydney? If you have more questions, leave us a comment below.

Author: Offbeat Wanderlust


  1. Holy! Jenolan Cave was mesmerizing! I never got to go there when I went to Sydney so I’ll definitely check it out when I go back! I went to Blue Mountains though and it was a lot of fun!

  2. I’d like to see Darling Harbour, simply to say I’ve been there, what a name! Still haven’t been to Sydne, and I’m so jealous of others who have already been! The Blue Mountains and National Park are both stunning! One day soon I hope!

  3. Sydney has so much to offer! I knew of Bondi beach and the Sydney Opera house but I had no idea about all the others! Can’t wait to visit Australia!!

  4. I’ve never been to Australia, but of course it’s a must and I will definitely do it. Sydney would obviously be on my route, but I must say that the places you introduce in the day trip section like e.g. the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley (!) look even more alluring.

  5. Australia is where it all started for me as a traveler back in 2010, having lived and traveled there for 2 years I smiled through this post but then got a little sad. I spent most of my time living in Sydney (between traveling the east coast) and still to this day I consider it home. I still have a lot of friends there and need to come back home (Although I’m actually from England) I did notice though, you didn’t mention the Bondi to Coggee walk or a visit to the cross, although I do hear the kings cross isn’t what it used to be anymore.

    1. Thanks Amit. actually we didnt spend much time in sydney..we were mainly taking day trips from sydney..guess we have to go back again

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  7. I got 5/10 there! I really wanted to go to the Royal National Park but I just didn’t do enough research so I ran out of time! Darling was very touristy as per my host so I didn’t bother going there too. Australia is real expensive but I am glad that there are still a lot of things we can do in the City (and outside Sydney) while being on a budget! Thanks for sharing this post!

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