Sydney’s Best Experiences For $50 or Less

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It’s becoming pretty well-known that Sydney is one of the most expensive places to live and visit – an unfortunate drawback of being one of the greatest cities and tourist destinations in the world. There is hope, though. You can visit and not have to spend an exorbitant amount of money to see and experience things that will still give you an enjoyable Sydney experience. Here’s a list of things that will save you money when eating, shopping, and seeing the sights in Sydney.


Sydney is famous for its varied and tasty cuisine. Pretty much every region of the world is represented in the city’s dining scene, but you don’t have to spend a mint to try much of it.

Bourke St. Bakery

With several locations around town and a wonderful assortment of yummy things to choose from, the Bourke St Bakery is a must-visit while in Sydney. You can go with savoury favourites like the pork fennel sausage rolls, or sweet treats like the cinnamon scrolls. A tasty and inexpensive lunch option is the pumpkin, tarragon, and feta quiche for only $5. With a price like that, you’ll be able to splurge on the lemon tart for dessert.

Mr. Crackles

When you think of eating in Sydney, you probably think of meat and barbecues. Mr. Crackles is the place to go to experience the best of both of those things at a price that won’t break your budget. As evidenced by the name, crackling is a signature menu item, and you can get it as a side to just about anything. Mr. Crackles boasts roast pork belly that’s prepared over three days to ensure maximum flavour and texture. Ask for a cup of wings for $7.50 to fill your appetite for barbecue meats at a decent cost.


There are so many shopping options in Sydney, from high-end boutiques to indie-bohemian. You can go home with a few bags for a fraction of the cost if you play your cards right.

Rozelle Markets

Open every Saturday and Sunday, Rozelle Markets is the place to go for a good rummage through second-hand treasures, starting at just $1 each. Channeling an old European flea market, you’ll find bric-a-brac, antiques, food stalls and arts and crafts. Whether it’s vintage fur coats, denim jackets or vinyl records you’re after, or anything else from collectors’ coins to paperback books – Rozelle Markets are a bargain-hunter’s paradise.

Finders Keepers Market

Love those up-and-coming designers? Finders Keepers markets in Eveleigh has lots for you. Designers and artisans have to “audition” to be stallholders, so you can be assured that there are high-quality goods on display and for sale. Despite its size, the focus at Finders Keepers is on uniqueness as well as local. This is the place to find one-of-a-kind clothing, jewellery, and art. The atmosphere is quite festive, so even if you’re just browsing you’ll be able to enjoy the merriment and music taking place all around you. Make sure to bring cash with you, though, as the lines for the ATM can get very long.


A list of sightseeing experiences in Sydney would probably be longer than War and Peace. There is so much to see and do that it would be almost impossible to get it all in on one trip. If you’re on a budget, though, here are some places to check out to make sure you get a quality Sydney experience.

Barangaroo reserve

Barangaroo Reserve is a brand new oasis in the inner-city. Walking around this former shipping port, you can explore and learn about the area’s rich Aboriginal culture and heritage. You can also check out tons of public art installations and drop in on a yoga class. There are children’s programs as well where they can learn about some of the local wildlife and make some friends playing games and doing activities. The Cutaway, located in Barangaroo, is the largest internal spot in Australia and hidden inside an artificial hill. It plays hosts to concerts, fairs, and all sorts of public gatherings.

Circular Quay

One of the city’s most famous and iconic spots can also be completely free if you stick to the right areas. Circular Quay brings you close to the famed Sydney Opera House so that you can get memorable shots of its stunning architecture. You can visit Writers Walk, which celebrates Australia’s greatest authors. This is also where you can head to the Sydney Harbour Bridge to take a walk across and experience the breath-catching views from up top. All throughout Circular Quay are street performers, so feel free to drop a contribution in the hat, since you’re getting all the other experiences at no cost!