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Explore Sydney on a budget

How best to explore a city on a budget than by foot! And Sydney has perfected it. 

The home of the I'm Free guided walking tours will help you to find the highlights immediately!  Two architecture graduates have started showing off "their" city in 2009 to tourists free of costs - just for a tip. Originally the three hour walking tour of Sydney boomed. 2012 they started with the one a half hours "The Rocks" tour before it then even expanded to Melbourne. But enough about the history, just hop on to one of their tours of Sydney at either 10.30am or 2.30pm and The Rocks tour at 6pm - and do not forget to bring a nice tip along for the hard working tour guides.


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Also good to know - if you need to get from Central Station to Circular Quay - there is a free bus service running every 10 to 15 minutes. Bus Nr 555 is free of charge and makes a loop around the city. 

Free things to do by day:

Once you have seen the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, took your photos in every angle and posted your selfies on Facebook, here is what to do elsewise which won't break the bank:

The Rocks Discovery Museum: Free museum about the history of the Rocks area, Sydney's origin and the time of the European settlers. It's open every day from 10am until 5pm

Australian National Maritime Museum: located in Darling Harbour on the Pyrmont side of the bay, open every day from 9am until 5pm

Sydney Fish Market: open daily 7am - 4pm and actions start at 5.30am.

White Rabbit Gallery: located in the suburb of Chippendale (on Balfour Rd) it displays Chinese art as you haven't seen it before. It is a private museum showcasing contemporary art.  open Thursdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm.

Sydney Observatory: Not only have you got a great view over Sydney from the hilltop of the Rocks, but also have a look at this historic buiding from the outside and inside. open daily 10am until 5pm.

Govermbemt House - in the Botanic gardends. for more info check

The Botanic Gardens: Originally just an experiment by the settlers to see what grows in Sydney is now a wonderful park and a place to have a break from the busy city. walk a little bit further down to Mrs. Macquarie's Point and sit on Mrs Macquarie's Chair and enjoy the great views onto the Opera House and Harbour Bridge!

If you are done with all the walking or it is a rainy day, why not enjoy a stroll through the NSW Art Gallery and feast your eyes on some increadible pices of art.

Spot some Sea creatures at Shelly Bay in their natural habitat. Just take the Manly ferry and some swimming goggles. Other good places to spot sea life are Clovelly and Gordon’s Bay.

The Museum of Australian Currency Notes is a museum telling the story of Australian bank notes and the background of the Australian economic and social development . Located on Macquarie Street just accross from Sydney Hospital, open Monday until Friday 10am to 4pm. Also worth a visit is the Mint - just across the road and open from 9am to 5pm.

On the same strip as the Mint are also the Parleament House which is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm and the State Library - which sometimes also showcases free exhibitions. 

Things to do by night:

Wanna party and swing around on the dance floor? Sydney has got an abundance of clubs... Many of them are in the Kings Cross area. Though before I give you a list with all the cool places to be - let me give you a heads up regards Kings Cross. Before you go there, please be aware that is also a red-light district and has got a bit a reputation. It is not one of the most peaceful areas. But with a bit of common sense and city street wisdom, you should be fine. Now here to the places to rock:

-  Chinese Laundry at The Slip Inn, 111 Sussex St.; Friday 9 p.m.-late, Saturday 10 p.m.-late; $20 on the door for Saturday nights

-  Hugo's, Level 1, 33 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross, Saturday till 3 a.m., Sunday till 2 a.m. - it's a bit of class in the raunchy Kings Cross, with cocktails and $

Here are some more ideas

  • Pick up a copy of Time Out ($4.95) or Friday’s edition of The Sydney Morning Herald ($2) to look up free shows and events.
  • For cheap movies, search online for Event Cinemas, Palace Cinemas, Dendy and Hoyts – they all have cheap days.
  • There’s a dearth of free wi-fi in Sydney, so when you get sick of the smell of McDonalds, try public libraries - Customs House at Circular Quay is the best.
  • For cheap theatre tickets, try the terrific Stables Theatre in Kings Cross, which hosts pay-what-you-can Mondays. For cheap tickets to any of the shows in town, go to

For more ideas visit the Sydney Tourism Webpage.