10 Super Cool Things To Do In Sydney For Just Under $10

Ria Lawrence Ria Lawrence - Staff Writer


Explore Sydney on a budget without breaking the bank.

Sydney’s an expensive city. There’s no way around it. But there is a lot you can see and do without blowing your budget. With Summer around the corner, be kind to your wallet and take advantage of these iconic Sydney staples without burning a hole in your pocket. Here is our line-up of affordable things to do in Sydney on a budget.

1. Try the most Instagrammed cake in the world at Blackstar Pastry

The iconic strawberry watermelon cake is both delicious and gorgeous. A real treat for your Instagram and taste buds — you can get a wholesome slice for just $9. You might think its a bit steep for a slice of cake, but its worth every penny.

2. Take a ferry to Manly and back

The Circular Quay to Manly ferry ride is one of the best ways to explore the Sydney Harbour. For just $9.90 you get to see some of the most iconic structures in the city up close and personal. The ride is especially beautiful around sunset with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge silhouette against the sun making for a stunning and classic shot.

3. Head over to Chinatown for some mouth-watering dumplings

There are so many dumpling spots in Chinatown and they’re all equally amazing. Head over to Chinatown Noodle King or Chat Thai for a bite and take in all the chilled out vibes of the Haymarket suburb. While you’re at it, add a stroll down Darling Square to your list, you can find some amazing street art and libraries in the area.

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4. Try some of the best coffee in town at The Grounds

The Grounds of Alexandria is a good idea any time of the year. But especially so if you’re a coffee enthusiast. At just under $10 you can get your hands on their rich, buttery coffee in the city or at their Alexandria venue. Apart from the coffee itself, The Grounds also provides myriad photo opportunities and is an iconic Sydney must-do.

5. Sweat it out at the No Lights, No Lycra weekly dance party

For anyone who loves breaking a sweat but is too conscious of doing so in public — No Lights, No Lycra presents the perfect solution. Every Thursday, the lights go off at their locations and attendees let loose to groovy dance numbers without any inhibitions. Its the perfect mid-week stress buster and costs only $10.

6. Explore a weekend market for some vintage knick-knacks and memorabilia

From vintage finds to vinyl records to exclusive memorabilia, Sydney market culture is a whole vibe and it’s highly unlikely you’ll go back home empty handed. Check out our list of all the brilliant markets in Sydney where you can grab a thing or two for as cheap as $10. Be patient though, there’s a lot you’ll need to rummage through to get your hands on some real treasure.

7. Enjoy live music and pizza at Frankie’s Pizza


It’s unfortunate that Frankie’s Pizza will soon shut its doors to make way for a new metro station. The much-loved live music venue has served as an amazing retreat for music and pizza lovers.

While you can, we highly recommend checking it out. If you’re a fan of live music, Frankie’s is the place to be. And you can also get a slice of their famous pizza for just $5. Win-win.

8. Watch a movie at the legendary Ritz Cinema

Watching a movie at the classic Ritz cinemas is an absolute essential for film buffs and cinema enthusiasts in the city. Even better, if you sign up and become a member, you just have to pay $10. The beloved Randwick cinema is an experience and you can choose from a diverse selection of movies all-year round, right from classics to niche to cult.

9. Plan a road trip to the Royal National Park

There is so much to do in the expansive Royal National Park that even locals who have grown up in the area end up stumbling upon hidden gems from time to time. This is another ‘Sydney under $10’ staple that must be experienced. There are several National Park walks and bus services that start at just $10. Find more info here. 

10. Find all the street art in the city 

Sydney has an interesting street art culture that has certainly taken a life of its own in recent times. If you want to explore Sydney on a budget, head to the hidden lanes and alleyways of our gorgeous city without spending a dime while you experience this tremendous talent.







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