We love a good, cheap steal. And in Sydney, you might be surprised to learn that a cool, crisp $50 can go a long way if you put your mind to it. Spend that cash wisely and you’ll be saving for that Europe trip in no time.
Here are the cheapest things to do in Sydney under $50.
Browse The Many Stalls At Sydney's Best Markets
The markets in this city are filled with vintage finds, fashion boutiques, gourmet foods and live entertainment. The cheapest thing you can do on the weekend will be to head to any one of the staple Sydney markets, from Glebe to Rozelle and Bondi to Alexandria. Stock up on a stacked milk crate of vintage vinyl records for only $10.
Check Out Any Of These Cheap Eats
Sydney is a haven of seriously delicious cheap eats, and this list features the best of the best for under $10 within the city. Order up a mi goreng noodle toastie from the Dutch Smuggler in the CBD or head out west for a hot chips roll at any of the El Jannah locations. Guaranteed you won’t walk away hungry.
Warm Up Your Vocal Cords At K1 Karaoke Lounge
The folks over at K1 Karaoke Lounge have created happy hour sessions where instead of forking out $58 for 1 hour, you only have to pay $6 per person. That’s definitely a trade you should consider. And with all that extra dough in your pocket, order up something off their late-night menu, like a midnight bowl of fried rice, for example.
50 Cent Dumplings At Mr Chen Beef Noodle
No lie, Mr Chen Beef Noodles has a happy hour dedicated entirely to dumplings, every night of the week. From 8pm - 10pm you can score 50-cent morsels as well as free BYO. We’ll let you do the math (but that’s a lot of damn delicious dumplings for next to nothing).
Game On At B. Lucky And Sons Every Tuesday
Packed with vintage games, neon lights, sweet prizes, cocktails and pizza, B. Lucky & Sons is the ultimate hub of next-level fun. On Tuesdays, you can expect half-price on all games, which means you’re in for a whole lot of Mario Kart, Walking Dead zombie adventures with water guns and air hockey. And if you load up your game card with $50, you’ll get a bonus $10 to spend.
Rent A Row Boat To Float Around The Royal National Park
Pull a Ryan Gosling in The Notebook type move and rent a rowboat down at Audley in the Royal National Park for your chance to row around the calm waters with your mates and take in this epic forest location. This one is $25 to hire out a boat for an hour.
Join The Haunted History Tour On Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo Island is well known amongst Sydneysiders for its intense history and epic ghost tours. From 6:30pm - 8pm every Saturday night, enjoy the Haunted History Tour for just $25 per person where you’ll get to explore the convict’s jail, workshops and iconic landmarks.
Get A Hole In One At The Holey Moley Mini-Golf Course
If you’re keen to maximise your savings and up the ante on mid-week fun at the same time, Holey Moley is the place to be. Head to any of its neon-lit venues in Sydney on a Monday night and you’ll be privy to unlimited golf for $10 at 5pm. There’ll also be $5 beers, wines and spirits up on offer too.
Go Rollercoaster Crazy At Luna Park
Luna Park is more picturesque at night time—and also cheaper, so its a win-win situation for all you kidults out there. Purchase a Yellow Twilight Saver ticket online and you’ll get unlimited rides after work from 6pm and access to Coney Island on any night the park is open to the general public.
Boogie Down At Roller Fit
If you’ve had that fantasy of roller-skating in some 70s disco get up, then get yourself to Rollerfit as quickly as possible. As a non-member, you’ll only need to pay $25 for a drop-in class and an extra $5 if you need to hire a pair of rocking vintage skates.
Round-Up Your Mates To Join You On A Hike
Sydney is known for its epic line-up of national parks, making it the (unofficial) mecca for conquering a hike. From the Glow Worm Track in Wollemi National Park to the Karloo Walking Track in the Royal National Park, you won’t be strapped for choices (or cash) when deciding which track to hit up first.
Look At The Stars For An Epic Date Night
From 6:30pm and onwards, the historic Sydney Observatory holds Night Tours that’ll definitely score you some big brownie points with your partner. Gather around the telescopes and look into the inky abyss at constellations, star clusters, Saturn's rings and Jupiter's moons. Tours are led by real-life astronomers and physicists who can answer all your burning questions about space, the SpaceX missions and life on Mars. It’ll take your breath away (all for under an easy $30).
Watch A Comedy Show While Downing Cocktails And Pizzas
Down at Café Lounge in Surry Hills every Monday night from 8pm, settle in to hear some of the best local comedy acts. You’ll only need a crisp tenner for entrance, but if you want a pizza and a cocktail, that’ll bring you up to $40 in total. Treat yourself the right way.
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Image credit: K1 Karaoke.