The idea of luxury is often associated with a pretty hefty price tag, but that doesn’t have to be true if you know where to look! While Sydney does have its fair share of high-end activities, there are also many things that you can indulge in if you’re on a tighter budget. With a variety of activities spanning art, music, food and experiences, here are our top picks for luxury experiences on a budget in Sydney.
Enjoy a classical musical performance in an iconic venue in Sydney, lit up by thousands of candles. Candlelight concerts offer audiences the chance to hear their favourite music genres performed in a classical style by some of Sydney’s best professional musicians. Hear the music of great classical composers, tributes to current stars, or the songs from beloved movie soundtracks. With tickets all under $50, these spectacular candlelit performances are a luxurious experience no matter which concert you pick.
Phoenix Collective is an Australian string quartet, known for captivating audiences all over Australia. The quartet has an exciting upcoming series of concerts, suitable for music enthusiasts of all ages. The concerts will be approximately 60 minutes long and tickets are only $50. Whether you’re a musicophile or just looking for a fun night out, these concerts are a beautifully luxurious way to enjoy an evening.
With an incredible lineup of musicians in one of the most spectacular venues in Australia, the Live at Yours concert series brings the luxury of classical music at an affordable price point. Take a seat on the cedar pews in the breathtaking synagogue, and feel the music, the stories and the “warm yet resonant acoustics” of The Great transport you across the ages through sound.
💰Under 30 Admission for $39.90 per person
📍The Great Synagogue
Immerse yourself in the timeless luxury of art as you spend the day perusing some of Australia’s best contemporary art at the MCA. With over 4,500 artworks on display, this museum will provide you with ample creative inspiration and includes work spanning a variety of different topics and mediums.
Expand your cultural knowledge at The Art Gallery Of New South Wales, one of Australia’s flagship art museums. With a history of over 150 years, this art gallery is a centre of excellence for the collection, preservation, documentation, interpretation and display of Australian and international art.
📍Art Gallery Road, The Domain
Nothing says luxury quite like snacking on fresh oysters! At The Broken Bat Pearl Farm, you can experience a guided tasting and shucking demonstration, as well as indulge in the fresh produce. While enjoying the views and the seafood you will also learn about the individual characteristics of the local Sydney Rock Oyster, the creamy Pacific Oyster and the Akoya pearl oyster.
📍12 Kowan Rd, Mooney Mooney
Kuro is a one-chef hat-winner restaurant, offering a menu that unites familiar Japanese flavours with fresh and seasonal Australian produce. Housed within a historical building dating back to 1910, Kuro’s interiors seamlessly blend understated sophistication with exquisite detail. Enjoy a special offering of flavours, recipes, and ingredients featuring dishes based on the highest quality produce on this set Lunch Menu.
📍68 Kent Street
When we think of luxury, a sunset cruise is pretty high on our list, and there is no better way to view the sights of Sydney, than from the water. Step onto a 10.5-metre catamaran and enjoy the iconic Sydney landmarks with a one-hour Harbour cruise at dusk. Indulge in a complimentary grazing platter and non-alcoholic beverage as you take in Sydney’s beauty.
📍Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay
Learn about craft distillation and artisan spirits at the Manly Spirits Gin Distillery Tour & Tasting. Enjoy a VIP experience as you go behind the scenes to see where the Gins and Liqueur are made and understand exactly what goes into crafting the end product. You will then be treated to an in-depth tasting experience, of five of the core expressions to sit, sip and compare.
📍Winbourne Industrial Estate