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50 Things To Do In Sydney Under $50

By Florence Tan - 14 Jun 2017

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An awesome day out in Sydney doesn’t have to require copious amounts of cash. I mean, French champagne and ten course degustations are great and all, but have you ever tried dumplings?

Stick with us kids and we’ll have you soaking up all that Sydney has to offer, but at a price that’ll mean you can still pay your rent #winning. Oh yes, here are the best cheap things to do in Sydney (you're welcome).

  1. Where else can you buy 20 wings and two espresso martinis for less than $50? Here, that's where. 
  2. Go for a run on these must-try running routes in Sydney. When it comes to Sydney's best cheap things, free is best.
  3. Go chasing waterfalls at these beautiful spots near Sydney
  4. Dip your toes into Sydney’s best outdoor pools.
  5. Aerial art class anyone? It won’t break the bank and you’ll look majestic AF.
  6. Or if BYO art classes sound better to you, we’ve got those too.
  7. Catch a ferry to a harbour island.
  8. Paddle your way around Sydney and go for a kayak
  9. Visit the MCA (and grab a wine at their rooftop cafe). 
  10. Eat your way through 2.5kg of pho. It's cheaper than you're thinking.
  11. Buffet dinner and a movie on the most comfortable cinema chair at Govinda’s work for you?
  12. Learn something new (like how to play harmonica) with Work-Shop’s classes.
  13.  Grab 10 of your best mates for a round of bubble soccer.
  14. Take the Grand Pacific Drive down the south coast across the insta-worthy Sea Cliff Bridge. 
  15. Grab a pub lunch with a view at Scarborough Hotel
  16. Mount your saddle, don some lycra (optional) and conquer these scenic cycling routes.
  17. Climb like a crab at 9 Degrees Bouldering Gym if you’ve never been a fan of heights.  
  18. Check out what’s on at the State Library of NSW
  19. Make your way through these cheap eats.
  20. Jump off all those cheap eats at Skyzone trampoline park at $18 per person for an hour.  
  21. Hit up the Wild Ropes at Taronga for $35 per person, which includes some of the best harbour views while you’re at it. 
  22. Up your romance game and see the stars and moons up close at the Sydney Observatory.
  23. Get together with your mates for a round of barefoot lawn bowls at The Greens in North Sydney (just $23 per head).
  24. Markets. Obvs. Bargains. Bargains everywhere.
  25. Cry your eyes out (and pee your pants a little) from laughter at the Comedy Lounge. Tickets will set you back a measly $10
  26. We’ve got blank spaces too Tay Tay. Ooh and aahh at Blank Space, one of Sydney’s boutique art galleries in Surry Hills for free!
  27. Stretch your vocal chords at Mizuya. At just $20 per person your food and drinks are covered with a bonus two hours of free karaoke
  28. Get your groove on with your skates on at Penrith Skatel. Like we said, this is Sydney's best cheap things to do, so $10 will cover your skate hire and gives you 3 hours to roll around.
  29. Two words: pub meals
  30. Explore the Royal National Park. An oldie but a goodie. And also free.
  31. Take a thrilling leap of faith and survive it. Boom. Instant bragging rights forever.
  32. Look out for whales bobbing on the horizon along the Bondi to Coogee walk.
  33. Go for a round of putt putt at Thornleigh Mini Golf for $16 a person because you’re so adult now.
  34. If you have the guts, Paniq Room is the ultimate extreme date and adventure mission. Your job? Solve puzzles and break the codes to escape.
  35. Grab some of the best fish and chips around at Ocean Foods in Drummoyne. It beats fishing for anything yourself.
  36. Pack light and hike up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse for panoramic views of Broken Bay.
  37. Check out the Art After Hours series at The Art Gallery of NSW. Opening late on Wednesdays you can visit all the exhibitions as well as catch art talks, films and live music for free.
  38. Try some of Sydney's best pies that are so good, you’ll go back for seconds. This means we can’t really promise you’ll stick to your $50 quota, but that’s on you. We show you the best cheap things in Sydney and you decide what to do with them.
  39. Make like Ryan Gosling and rent a rowboat at Audley Boatshed.
  40. Ditch the fine dining; here are the best places to have a picnic in Sydney.
  41. Super desperate? Bunnings sausage sizzle. If you’ve got a gold coin, you’ve got a meal. You’re welcome.
  42. Do a Rocks Brewing Company tour. Because beer is already great no matter what price (hint: it's cheap).
  43. Get your competitive on (we can’t guarantee you’ll still have friends after), it’s Timezone time.
  44. Sign up for a free class at Urban Yoga.
  45. Rollercoaster ziplines exist. Go.
  46. Carb yourself up with one dollar dogs at Soda Factory every Tuesday.
  47. Channel your inner Beyonce and take a dance class at Dance Central Sydney.
  48. You can’t really pass up an unlimited rides pass at Luna Park for under fifty bucks.
  49. Get yourself to the Old Fitzroy Theatre. Cue cheap eats, beer and theatre. And it’s all hella good.
  50. Downward dog from way up high at The Sydney Tower Eye. A session costs only $25 and is one of the best views in town.

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar | Image credit: Federica Portentoso

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