Sydney in a day you say? Well, sort of. This jam-packed schedule will ensure you at least catch a glimpse of all the important sites, even if you do simply fly past on a boat. To experience Sydney at its scenic best, as well as delighting your cultural and literal appetite, it’s key to experience a range of sights and activities to hammer home the diversity the city has to offer. But what we do know about Sydney is… it’s expensive. It’s a city after all, and that means paying top dollar for most things. That’s why we’ve planned it all out for under $100 so you don’t break the bank!
8-10am – Breakfast At Circular Quay
Take a stroll round Circular Quay, there are a number of restaurants and cafes in this vibrant area. At Settlement on Quay, breakfast will set you back about $15 for a coffee and bacon and egg roll. With incredible views of the harbour, this breakfast will be one you’ll remember forever.
10 am-12pm – Manly Ferry
You won’t have time to visit all the top sites, but at least this way you’ll get to see them. Board the ferry at Circular Quay and experience some very famous sights; the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Fort Denison. Take in the skyline as you gear yourself up for a whirlwind tour and you can be back in Sydney before you know it!
Adult Ferry Return Ticket $14.40.
12-1pm – Art Gallery of New South Wales
Next it’s time for something a bit sophisticated with a visit to the Art Gallery of New South Wales. There’s Australian Art, Contemporary Art, Photography and Pacific Art to name just a few of the collections. And there’s more to this place than just the artwork itself, with regular lectures, concerts and performances, there’s a lot to get you inspired. This gallery is free to visit, although popular exhibitions will need booking in advance.
1-2pm – Lunch In China Town
Having had your fill of visual delights, it’s time to assault your other senses. Head to busy China Town, a stark contrast to the relative civilization of areas visited so far. Head to Ton Ton, where you can get some quality
Japanese delights at a good price.
Ramen and Yakisoba mains are $15
2-3pm – Bondi Beach
Predictable, yes. But with good reason, if you’ve got just one chance to experience Sydney, this just has to feature. Take a stroll along the sands and indulge in the ultimate beach time activity of people watching and surfing if you’re up for it
3-5pm – Bondi Beach to Bronte
After all that chilling out it’s time for a spot of exercise. Sydney is all about the outdoor lifestyle and this is your chance to embrace it on the 2.5km coastal path between Bondi Beach and Bronte. You can jog, skip or merely meander along for this scenic experience.
From 24 October – 10 November 2013, Sculpture By The Sea, the world’s largest annual free outdoor sculpture exhibition is taking place along the walk, featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.
5-7pm – Wylie’s Public Baths
Sitting just below the Maroubra to Bondi walkway, this stunning ocean tide pool is a luxurious experience at an incredibly cheap price. Open 365 days a year, guests can do a few laps or just watch the sun begin to set.
7-9pm – Newtown
It’s dinner-time, there’s one place that delivers above everywhere else in Sydney, and that’s Newtown.
First, take some time to explore this eclectic area. Renowned for its arty atmosphere there are street entertainers keeping this spirit alive, so mingle with jazz musicians and students from the nearby Sydney University alike.
Whether you’re after a pub or a fantastic restaurant, you’re guaranteed to find a bit of everything. Being in a renowned foodie destination does throw a few budget issues into the pot, but don’t worry, The Italian Bowl bucks this trend with fresh food at reasonable prices. The best part about this is the interactive aspect, you can take your pick of pasta shape and sauce, because there’s nothing worse than being served up Penne with your Bolognese when your heart desired Gnocchi. There’s even more good news, you can bring your own bottle. Mamma Mia.
Mains from $10
9 – Midnight – Bring a bottle $10, Kings Cross
It’s been a hectic day, but the night is just beginning, and Sydney’s nightlife is something to behold. Head to Kings Cross to experience it in all its glory. Ok, so glory might here translate to something a little bit rough round the edges, but it’s all about becoming immersed in the reality, so dive in. There are bars and clubs to cater for everyone, but make the night memorable by heading where the live music is. FBiPLACE, on level 2 of the Kings Cross Hotel, has live music every Thursday to Saturday. Here you’ll find free entry every Saturday for ‘Hands Up!’, with DJs until the early morning, and some nights ‘by donation’, this is a very cheap night out.
Entry up to $10
By Emma Walker