My Australia Diary Part 3: Island Hopping, Sailing the Whitsundays and Camping in Tully Rainforest with Stray Australia
It was time to discover more of what Queensland had…
Sydney is an amazing city, however it is also among the most expensive cities in the world. When coming to Australia you definitely want to spend a couple of days in Sydney exploring the many things the city has to offer. Especially when traveling on a tight budget or if you simply want to stretch your Australian dollars to see and experience as much of the country as possible, it needs a bit of research and planning.
The first thing you want to do is get an „Opal“ card. You can use it to take busses, trains and ferries. There are a lot of benefits using the Opal card and you can save a lot of money. Before using it you add money and tap on and off when using public transport to pay. Fares are generally cheaper than getting single trip tickets. There are also rewards for frequent travelers. For example, after 8 journeys per week you get all other trips afterwards at half price, also you don’t pay more than 15.80$ for adults/7.70$ children a day to travel anywhere in the network.
Best thing: On Sundays you pay no more than 2.70$ to travel as much as you want.
If you want to do Sydney on a budget you probably won’t be able to avoid sleeping in shared dorm rooms to save your dollars, especially when traveling solo. A great central hostel in the heart of Sydney just a short walk from the central station is Wake Up!. If you are planning in staying in Sydney for a longer period of time, you can also look to help out at some hostels in exchange for free accommodation. Simply go around and ask.
When traveling in a group you might consider booking an airbnb. Get 25 € off your first booking when using my discount link. (link)
Couchsurfing is a free option and a great way to meet locals. Locals offer their couch to travellers for free. I have done it a couple of times in the past and have met some great people threw the site as well as saving some money.
However there are a few things to keep in mind. Couchsurfing is about sharing and connection. So spend some time with your host, engage, be neat and respectful as well as reliable. And always: Be safe.
You can still eat out and have some delicious food when doing Sydney on a budget and there are quite a few cheap eats in the city. The city in fact is a foodie heaven and you do find dishes from all over the world.
A few recommendations where you can eat in Sydney on a budget are:
Quite often I would also go in the supermarket and either cook in the hostel-most of them have kitchens or get a big salad from the supermarket’s salad bar.
Sydney has quickly become one of my favourite cities in the whole wide world. There is simply so much to do and see. I loved the mix of urban, beach and harbour paired with a relaxed vibe. Even when travelling to Sydney on a budget, you will have an awesome time as a lot of the main activities and fun things to do won’t break the bank or are even free.
I hope I could give you some helpful tips and information on how to make the most out of Sydney on a budget. Let me know in the comments if you have some other recommendations.
If you are planning on seeing more of Australia, I can highly recommend Stray Australia, a hop-on, hop-off tour company showing you the East Coast in a flexible way.
Renting a car or camper can be expensive, especially if you are a solo traveler like me. The tour with Stray is very affordable and includes transportation, a lot of fun activities plus a guide will be traveling with you that can give you valuable tips and information. Once I booked my tour (I traveled from Sydney to Cairns on their Mick Pass) I knew roughly what my expenses will be prior to coming to Australia.
Plus I made memories and friends of a lifetime – and that in fact is priceless.