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How to save money in Sydney

Sydney -- home to over 70 beautiful beaches and one of the world's most iconic buildings -- is a place on lots of people's holiday wish lists. It was listed as the second-best city in the world to visit in a recent global poll (the Anholt-GfK City Brands Index) and attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year. However, like most top cities, it can also be a little on the pricey side.

We've put together a few tips to make your cash go further.

Food and drink

  • RSLs (Returned and Services League of Australia) are good places to go for a cheap bite to eat, but remember you will need your passport to get in. For $9 steaks and amazing views across Bondi Beach, head to the North Bondi RSL Club
  • Take advantage of the plentiful BYO restaurants dotted around the city -- some of the best-value ones are in Surry Hills and Darlinghurst -- they can save you a small fortune
  • Take a look around the Australia Travelzoo site for value-packed restaurant deals


  • Do as the Aussies do and get yourself outdoors. There are oodles of walks you can take, all completely free of charge. Among our favourite routes are Bondi to Coogee and Manly to Spit. There is also a free walking tour around The Rocks (Sydney's historic area) every day at 6pm
  • Check the Sydney Opera House website for last-minute deals on tickets. You can also queue up at the box office at 11am to try to snag a deal -- they sometimes sell cheap tickets for that day's shows
  • Don't fret if the Bridge Climb is beyond your budget. For $11 you can climb the South East Pylon midway across the bridge and still get incredible views of the harbour


  • Multi-transport tickets are your best bet for navigating the city. You can get a weekly one that covers ferries, buses, trains and light rail from about $52
  • Save yourself 10% by paying for taxis in cash rather than with credit or debit cards
  • The number 555 is a free bus around the city's business district. The area is home to lots of museums, bars and restaurants

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Deal Expert, London
Thursday, 17 October 2013
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