For travel buffs on a budget, visiting Sydney can be a challenge. This city is notoriously expensive, but not if you know where to go. Follow our guide to cheap outings in Sydney for a budget-friendly holiday.

Bondi to Bronte coastal walk

This winding walk around the cliffs of the eastern suburbs is stunning. Find jaw-dropping views of the ocean and beaches, and you can reward yourself along the way with a short swim or some ice cream at the end.

Cost: free

Split Bridge to Manly walk

(We promise this isn’t just a list of walks, but there are so many good ones we couldn’t help ourselves.) This moderately-challenging 10 km walk offers more great views of the coastline. If you aren’t a serious hiker, do not worry. There are plenty of cafes along the way to grab a quick rest.

Cost: free

Art Gallery of NSW

For really amazing exhibitions at a price that is hard to beat, visit the Art Gallery of NSW. It’s easy to spend an entire afternoon getting lost in the world of culture in this expansive gallery.

Cost: free

Chinese Garden of Friendship

A tranquil garden in the heart of Darling Harbour, the Chinese Garden of friendship offers a much-needed reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city life. Sit, relax and have a cup of tea. All you need is the sound of the waterlilies to enjoy.

Cost: A$6

Luna Park

This quirky amusement park is free to walk around and cheap to ride. While an unlimited pass rounds around A$50, you can make your way on to any two rides for around A$15. Luna is much more than just rides, though, it’s all about the experience – from its iconic front gate to its replication of a Coney Island aesthetic, it’s hard to find something you don’t enjoy at Luna Park.

Bondi Icebergs

If you visit Sydney in winter and want the beach experience without the chilly water, head to Bondi Icebergs. This pool is warmed and sits next to the ocean. Get the spray of sea water in your face as you swim laps, without the fear of getting caught in a rip tide. When you are finished with your swim, hop out and have a sauna.

Cost: A$6.50 for a sim and sauna

Rose Seidler House

Architecture fans will enjoy visiting this iconic house built in the 1950s. The property has been kept in excellent condition and is open for tours for all interested in taking a time capsuled look at life in Sydney.

Cost: A$8

No matter where you choose to go on your Sydney holiday, remember to include travel insurance. Sometimes it’s hard to see the value of a domestic insurance policy, especially if you are on a budget, which is why we would like to tell you why domestic travel insurance matters. Learn more about domestic travel insurance and get travelling.

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