Exploring Sydney On A Shoestring

So you’ve got enough extra cash on hand to get a ticket to Sydney, but after that, you’re dang near broke. Look, if you have an opportunity to get a cheap ticket to Sydney, take it, even if that leaves you with a slim budget while you’re there. Sydney is just as welcoming to backpackers as it is to travellers who’ve got all the money in the world to spend. Here are some strategies to put into action when you’re exploring Sydney on a shoestring.

Public Transport

Sydney’s bus system runs almost twenty four hours a day, so there’s no reason to pay for taxis or rent a car if you’re on a budget. You’ve also got trains, ferries, the monorail and Sydney’s airport train. There’s no reason to waste money getting around the city with so many options for exploring Sydney on pocket change.


Sydney is home to a number of “Caravan Campsites”. For US readers, “Caravan” is rest-of-the-world-speak for “RV”. A lot of these sites also provide grounds to pitch a tent on, and public showers. You can stay at many of them for far less than you’d spend at a hotel. If you’re going to Australia, you really want to spend some time outdoors, so campsites in and around Sydney are a great alternative to pricey hotels.

No Cover Comedy Clubs

Australia is famous for its bars, and it’s famous for its sense of humour. Comedy clubs combine both. Unpretentious Aussie humor plays to the working class, so it’s no surprise that there are some great clubs in Sydney with no cover charge. Clubs like the bar at the Mercantile Hotel offer live music and comedy with no cover charge, making them a great place to hang out with the locals and have a beer or two.

Australia has something for everyone, whether you’re flying business class on a corporate account for accommodation with ApartmentsFirst.com.au, or flying cheap with a backpack full of clothes and trail mix.

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