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Cheap Things To Do In Sydney

Updated: Sep 9

Travelling on a budget? We’re highlighting one of our experiences, made by our guide Isabel, to show you the best Sydney Guide of free, low-cost activities and places to visit for a day trip in the iconic city! The experience will show you how to visit those popular attractions such as Sydney Harbour Bridge at a fraction of the price. Please note that not all details are available on this blog, please see experience through our free app if you’re interested to check it out.


Guide: @bels_outdoors


Table of Contents:

  1. Pylon Lookout

  2. Observatory Hill Lookout

  3. Archibald Fountain

  4. Royal Botanical Gardens

  5. Sydney Opera House

  6. Pancakes on the Rocks



1. PYLON LOOKOUT


Source: Sydney Expert


Pylon lookout is a hidden museum in the heart of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, that provides you with a 360 degrees view of Sydney Harbour. It has historical exhibits about the Sydney Harbour Bridge construction and for the fraction of the official Bridge Climb price, you can get the same views at Pylon, at $19! P.S. Did we mention it was kid-friendly? Take along your family for a fun visit to the museum.


Address: Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks NSW 2000

Contact: (02) 9240 1100

Hours: 10am-5pm (Closed during lockdown)






2. OBSERVATORY HILL LOOKOUT


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This popular location is another heritage site that is great to check out Sydney’s views. It is a popular spot for photography where you have the opportunity to take a cool long exposure shot or even just to watch the sunset. The main attraction here is the tour of the Observatory where admission is completely free. You can look through telescopes at night and view celestial patterns such as the southern cross.


Address: 3 Watson Rd, Millers Point NSW 2000

Contact: (02) 9410 3351

Hours: Open 24 hours






3. ARCHIBALD FOUNTAIN


Source: NSW War Memorial Registers


Located in Hyde Park North at the centre of ‘Birubi Circle’. It is an art decoration memorial fountain and historical spot. This memorial was created by a French sculptor, Francois Sicard to commemorate the association between Australia and France in World War I. It draws themes from Greek antiquity in which Sicard chose a mythical theme to express life through different figures depicted. In this park you will also see lots of Australian Ibis, most commonly called ‘bin chickens’.


Address: Hyde Park North, 110 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000

Hours: Open 24 hours






4. ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN


Source: The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney


Stroll through the royal botanic gardens and have a picnic. These gardens showcase native flora and fauna wrapping around Sydney’s harbour. Visit the glasshouse, calyx and fernery in the 200 year old public gardens. They always have an event of exhibition ongoing so make sure you check out what's on to make sure you don't miss a thing!


Address: Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

Contact: (02) 9231 8111

Hours: 7am-5:30pm






5. SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE


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Although not free to go outside, visiting the Sydney Opera House is an iconic photo spot that you can’t miss! Adjacent to the gardens, this performing arts centre is an architectural wonder. Learn about the history of it as you visit and even grab some ice-cream or a bite to eat from the nearby restaurants and cafes.


Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000

Contact: (02) 9250 7111






6. PANCAKES ON THE ROCKS


Source: Pancakes on the Rocks


End off your journey with a lovely dining experience at Pancakes on the Rocks, one of Sydney’s most iconic American inspired restaurants, first established in 1975! Here you can find some of the best eats and we personally recommend getting the back ribs which are marinated in a sticky tangy barbeque sauce that pairs well with the tender ribs. Finish off with a Devil’s Delight, chocolate pancakes decorated with strawberries, chocolate ice cream and more chocolate drizzle on top.


Address: 22 Playfair St, The Rocks NSW 2000

Contact: (02) 9247 6371

Hours: Open 24 hours







Don’t forget to check out all these fun things to do in Sydney through the experience on our app! Where there is even more content for each stop, and it can guide you through the journey of this unique indoor outdoor experience.




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