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Best Things to do in Sydney When You're Broke

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by Justine Crowley (subscribe)
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Published February 25th 2012
Circular Quay, one of the best cost effective places to have fun in Sydney

C'mon guys, Sydney is not really that much of an expensive city to live in. If you are a little short of cash at any given moment (hey it happens to all of us at one time or another, no shame in that) and you want to get out of the house and/or you are wanting to get away from the box, then treat this guide as your saving grace.

Whether you live in Sydney or not, this article promises to be your godsend, and yes in a simple way. The saying that "the simple things in life are often the best things" is so true. With these great, free and often so overlooked activities, your lifestyle will receive a mini revival until your finances become good again for the better. You don't have to thank me for it, unless you really want to.

1. Royal Botanical Gardens

This establishment is so often overlooked. Sydney's Royal Botanical Gardens exude charm and prosperity in a simple way. The flowers are well pruned, and the grounds are just well maintained. Expect great vantage points of Sydney Harbour, and this is a great hot spot to walk and run around in. Bliss.

2. Catch a Ferry

Although ferry prices have gone up, Sydney's ferries are still a cost effective way to enjoy Sydney Harbour, especially if you love the water. We are only talking a small amount to go on a joy ride, even to Manly. Buy a day tripper for $21, and this will cover your public transport expenses into the city plus as many ferry rides as you wish. It is nice to do once in a while. Let the wind sweep you away with or without company.

3. Go walking

Its a no brainer. Walking is great for your heart and your lungs, and to feel fit. Pier One, Circular Quay and underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge provide great walking opportunities, and if you are lucky you might come across some free/inexpensive street theatre that is actually entertaining and rather funny. Other classical walks around Sydney, that do not cost the earth, include the Spit Bridge to Manly bush walk, and the Bay Run in the Inner West. If you want to make the walk a little more enjoyable, then buy an ice cream and treat yourself inexpensively.

4. Attend any one of Sydney's free events

It's true. Sydney is home to a number of free quality events.

5. Catch the 555 Shuttle Bus

The 555 is a free shuttle bus that starts at Circular Quay and covers the key hot spots of the city such as the Queen Victoria Building, and goes as far as Eddy Avenue/Central Station, and it runs every 10 minutes. If you need to give your feet a rest from walking around the city, then look out for this green and white bus.

6. Go to an exclusive shopping night

Many of the magazines, and retail outlets such as Myer (if you are a Myer One member, it is free to join) offer free shopping nights and events. For instance, Myer One members can enjoy make up and styling demonstrations and free fashion show events for the Autumn-Winter 2012 launch, that make you feel like you are not broke, even though you might feel that you are.

Shopping nights are held by some retailers for their VIPs, while other shopping nights are available for all relevant magazine readers and/or customers. Be treated to a couple of drinks and a few canapes on the house. You might be lucky to be in the draw to win a lucky door prize and receive a goodie bag to take home, and all for free. Furthermore, if something you need is available to purchase, then you will be offered a further discount for all purchases made on such nights.

7. Organise a slumber night/party with friends

It does not cost much to invite your friends over for dinner and maybe even a sleepover. Rent a couple of DVDs and get each friend to bring a food or drink along. Cooking dinner for a smallish group is more economical than cooking for only one or two people. Sydney is known for organising such private parties. A more cost effective way to have a great time and catch up.

8. Volunteer at a fun run event

Volunteering (whether you are broke or not) is great karma in ensuring your life is fantastic. It is great to be able to give to others, and volunteering at fun run events such as the Mothers Day Classic and the City 2 Surf is a noble thing to do.

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Why? Best things to do in Sydney when you are a little tight on cash
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Where: Various locations in Sydney
Cost: Mainly free. Other activities at a small cost, depending on activities chosen.
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What about more things that are actually FREE if you're broke... like going to the Beach.... enjoying the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee...Walk over the Harbour Bridge and enjoy the views, Sit in a beautiful park and read a book...
Sydney is so stunning to look at...
by missn (score: 0|2) 2731 days ago
You also forgot to mention going to the NSW Art Gallery. Only the exhibitions are charged entry fee, but you can stroll the gallery looking at many periods of Art for free.
Also, you can stroll through The Rocks and observe/learn about some settlement history or attend the Rocks Museum (free entry) (great photo opportunities as well).

Museum of Contemporary Art is also free, but due to renovations, there are minimal displays, just wait until the reno's are done. Also whilst you're in the area you can venture to some of the open galleries of Australian Artists.

Head to the NSW State Library, check for current exhibits, or just relax with a novel.

Get a group of friends and play a team sport in the Domain.
by jade. (score: 0|5) 2728 days ago
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