Sydney often finds itself at the top of lists about the most expensive cities in the world, and while this is undoubtedly true if you are looking to buy a property here, it does not have to cost a fortune to enjoy as a tourist. Planning and some insider knowledge can make this epic city suddenly seem a lot more affordable.
I was lucky enough to call Sydney home for a while, and while the tourist hubs of Darling Harbour and the waterfront around the Opera House serve up expensive beers and eye-watering meal bills, you can still find plenty of free events and money-saving activities in Australias biggest city.
Get a working holiday visa
Without a doubt, this is the best way to manage your costs when travelling through Australia so if you have the time, and legal right to apply for a working holiday visa I can not recommend you do this enough.
Although I didn’t make the best use of mine for various reasons, as soon as you start earning money in Australia, where the minimum wage is pretty high, the cost of travelling in Sydney and beyond suddenly seems a lot more affordable as you are re-stocking your bank account rather than just emptying it. While it’s all well and good to find ways to save money when travelling if you can find a way to afford all the amazing experiences you can have down under then it’s better than missing out on them.
Free events such as Vivid are common in Sydney
Visit during free events
The event calendar in Sydney is impressive, there is always something going on in this city from cool events at one of the many free museums right through to outside activities such as Vivid Sydney, a light display show that takes over the city, and the world famous Pride Parade.
Take a look at the calendar of events in Sydney and try to plan your visit to line up with some of these, so you have some ready-made, free to enjoy events to attend.