10 Indoor Activities to do in Sydney on a Budget

Maze - Activities in Sydney on a Budget

Rainy day? Too hot and humid to be outside? Don’t worry, not all activities in Sydney involve beaches and coastal walks. There are plenty of fun indoor things to do that’ll keep you busy when the weather isn’t on your side – even if you’re on a budget.

1. Visit the Powerhouse Museum

The Powerhouse is an interactive museum where you can explore art and science like you’ve never done before. It’s the perfect spot to challenge your creative and curious side, and see where it takes you. From art and fashion collections to architecture and engineering exhibitions, The Powerhouse Museum is the perfect place to let your imagination run wild.

Alongside travelling exhibitions which change from time to time, are 12 permanent exhibitions. A few things you’re guaranteed to see include ‘Experimentations’, ‘Nuclear Matters’, and ‘Transport’. Entry to the museum is affordable, with adult admission costing only $15.

2. Jump at Sky Zone

Feel like burning some energy in a fun and memorable way? Head to Sky Zone in Alexandria where you can bounce from wall to wall on over 100 trampolines. If you get tired of bouncing you can also do some climbing assisted by a professional climb team.

If you’re feeling a bit more competitive, you can get five friends together and sign up for a dodgeball team. The tournament runs every Wednesday and entry also gives you free jumping on the night. There’s also plenty of prizes to be won including hundreds of dollars worth of Sky Zone vouchers and Redbull giveaways! Entrance fee to Jump at Sky Zone is $16.

3. The Australian Museum

Established in 1827, Sydney’s Australian Museum has an excellent reputation when it comes to natural history and Indigenous studies. The museum has a wide range of exhibitions, from dinosaur bones and extinct Australian animals, to birds and mineral displays. The entrance to The Australian Museum is free, however temporary exhibits charge a fee.

4. Enroll in a creative class

Creative classes don’t have to be pricey. Laneway Learning hosts creative and fun classes for all kinds of people, including those on a budget. Learn something new or better yet, teach something new! You don’t have to be a certified teacher, share or gain skills in anything from boosting your confidence, updating your personal style, or figuring out how to ferment vegetables. Classes start from $14.

5. Play unlimited bowling and pool

Head to Moore Park Entertainment Quarter and enjoy a fun-filled bowling match for just $13 per person at Strike Bowling! That’s not all – you can also enjoy laser tag, karaoke and escape rooms, then recover by the bar with some cool beverages.

6. Visit the MCA

Things get a little crazy and obscure at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Circular Quay, Sydney’s equivalent of the MoMA. The MCA features a wide array of stunning exhibitions. After you’re done with exploring art and all you need is coffee, head to the rooftop cafe and enjoy sweeping views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The MCA has a pay-what-you-can policy. The adult suggested admission ticket is $15.

7. Play arcade games in a bar

Feeling nostalgic? Grab your pocket money and head to an arcade-friendly pub. Pinball amongst some other classics can be found all across Sydney.

  • Courthouse Hotel in Newtown (where they have an entire room for pinball machines).
  • Darlo Bar.
  • Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice is an underground bar where you get pizza, live gigs, drinks and pinball all in one place.
  • 1989 Arcade Bar in Newtown is another video game arcade venue that doubles as a small bar and kitchen.

8. Ping pong

The great thing about ping pong is that weather has no influence on the sport. There are plenty of locations around the city where you can test your hand-eye-coordination. Head to King George V Recreation Centre, Ultimo Community Centre, Peter Forsyth Auditorium, or Sydney Olympic Park Sports Halls for quality ping pong venues.

9. Visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney is a landmark destination for those visiting who are looking for a taste of culture. The best part is – entrance is completely free. The gallery aims to be a place of experience and inspiration and features classic artworks from all around the world.

10. Cheap movie tickets

$25 for a movie? Uhm, no thanks. There are affordable opportunities to catch a flick, you just need to know where to go. Choose between Dendy Newtown on King St, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne or Ritz Cinema Randwick. All these cinemas feature tickets between $13 and $16 for adults. Also watch out for cheap Tuesday deals when almost every cinema offers discounted tickets.

Go explore the inside of Sydney

Being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. And while lots of budget-friendly activities in Sydney feature the outdoors, we hope this guide proves to you that there are still plenty of cool indoor and affordable things to do in Sydney.

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