When the long weekend in Sydney comes around and we’ve got no money, it doesn’t mean the weekend is going to be rubbish.
We’ve found 16 cheap ideas for the long weekend in Sydney under $100 so you don’t even need to leave the city!
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Want to go away for the long weekend in Sydney?
1. Go on as many rides at Luna Park
If you’re looking for something to do with the kids this long weekend, make sure you go to Luna Park. You can get an unlimited rides pass for under $60 from here. What a total bargain!
2. Go on a pirate ship!
One of our favourite things we’ve done in Sydney was taking the Sydney Harbour tall ships cruise around the harbour. It costs less than $55 and runs for 1.5 hours. Make sure you pick up the drinks package as well.
If you’re looking for something romantic to do, then book the twilight dinner cruise which is slightly more expensive at under $110. Find out more and book here.
3. Finally go and see the opera
I have to admit, it took me ages to actually go inside the Sydney Opera House and see a performance. Use your long weekend to finally tick this bucket list item off your list. And you know what? You can see a performance for as little as $69!
4. Find Sydney’s awesome street art
I’ve always wanted to go and explore Sydney’s best street art. There are some proper hidden gems to be found in the city. Best of all this tour is under $60 per person!
5. Go kayaking on Sydney Harbour
One things I’ve always wanted to do in Sydney is to go kayaking on Sydney Harbour. When we lived in Kirribilli we used to see people go out on a sunrise kayak tour and I always wanted to take part.
The best thing is, it’s under $75, what a bargain!
6. Go to the Blue Mountains
Did you know on Sundays the train to Katoomba from Central costs just $2.60 one way? Head up to the Blue Mountains and spend the day eating at one of the awesome cafes or going on a hike. You can read all about our favourite hikes right here.
Looking to stay in Blue Mountains for the weekend? Check out our favourite 13 Blue Mountains accommodation ideas here.
If you’re looking to do a tour to the Blue Mountains, this one costs just $109 from Sydney.
7. Find the secret Bondi walk
I know the Bondi coastal walk is hardly anything new to write about, but in my guide, you’ll find the most beautiful rock pools, best eats, coastal walks WITHOUT the crowds and the most amazing photograph spot that’s still a bit of a secret gem, you’ll start to wonder if you were in Greece for a second.
Want to do a tour? Check out this Bondi tour which is under $50 per person!
8. Spend the day in Kirribilli
If you’ve not ventured over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, there’s loads to keep you entertained for the day in Kirribilli.
From swimming in Sydney’s most scenic pool, to visiting the iconic Luna Park (don’t forget the unlimited rides pass you can get here) and Kirribilli Markets, and plenty of restaurants with harbour views which are a fraction of the cost you’ll pay in Circular Quay, it’s a must check out. Read our favourite restaurants and cafes with views in Kirribilli here.
9. Visit Sydney’s secret gardens
Speaking of Kirribilli, there’s some awesome secret gardens on the other side of the bridge around the Lower North Shore.
You don’t need to leave Sydney to go on an adventure! Best of all, it won’t cost you a thing to find these gardens! You’ll wonder how on earth these exist and how you didn’t know about them before.
Watch our video below!
10. Experience A Proper British Afternoon Tea
When I found The Tea Cosy recently, I felt like I’d hit the jackpot. This awesome kitsch afternoon tea cafe is located in The Rocks.
Now, The Rocks isn’t usually somewhere I’d spend a lot of time as it’s more geared up for the tourists but I couldn’t believe it when I came across this place.
I’ve been looking for a British style afternoon tea cafe for ages and this couldn’t be anymore perfect if it tried!
Watch our video below at The Tea Cosy!
11. Find the best city beaches in Sydney
If the weather is nice then you must check out our favourite city beaches in Sydney here. We’ve designed the ultimate Sydney beach guide for you. In this post you’ll find maps on how to get to each beach by public transport. If you’re driving, you’ll be pleased to know there’s a lot of free and easy to find parking as well! Easy to find you say? That’s right!
12. Go on the Riverboat Postman Cruise
Not heard of the River Boat Postman Cruise? Fear not… I only found out about it through Steve’s mum. The best thing about this cruise is it’s easy to get to from Sydney. Just take the train from Central up to the Hawkesbury River which takes an hour. The boat wharf is right next to the station so there’s minimal walking and now here’s the best part…
For $50 you’ll get a three hour cruise around the beautiful Hawkesbury River and it includes lunch too. Wine and beer is also super cheap on the boat. Awesome!
13. Start the weekend healthy
If you’re interested in becoming a bit more healthy with your food choices, then check out my top vegan eats in Sydney here or my top acai bowls here if it’s a really hot weekend. You’ll be surprised how amazing some of these places really are!
14. Art Galleries
White Rabbit art gallery tea rooms, Chippendale
Don’t forget Brett Whitely’s Studio in Surry Hills as well. He famously married Wendy of Wendy’s Secret Garden and it’s definitely on my list to visit. I’ve heard White Rabbit have a fantastic tearooms and how could I forget to mention the beautiful cafe on the rooftop of the MCA?!
16. Manly Jazz Festival
Image taken from manlyaustralia.com
How about getting a seat to one of the best festival views you’ll ever see at the Manly Jazz Festival, right on the famous beach. It’s a free annual festival which takes place on the Saturday and Sunday of the October long weekend. Take the family down there for the day for some fun in the sun.
I’d also recommend having a stroll down to Shelly Beach and stopping off for lunch at The Boathouse (read our review here) or pop over to Bare Naked Bowls for an acai bowl (read our review here) to help you keep cool in the sun.
What if it’s raining in Sydney?
Unfortunately, we always have to prepare for the rain. I can honestly say, whenever I’ve taken any time off work to go on holiday in Australia, it’s always rained.
Good job I’ve created an awesome top 18 things to do in the rain Sydney post to keep you entertained! Regardless of whether it’s raining or not, there are some fantastic activities to do in this post, especially for families!
Also worth a mention is my Top fun date ideas in Sydney post (read here) as there’s loads of cheap activities in there as well!
If all else fails… go hiking in Sydney!
I’ve tried and tested all 18 hikes in this post and will show you how to get to them and which one’s are my favourites an why!
hey range from easy hikes for the whole family to wild swimming spots, coastal hikes and some more challenging hikes in and around Sydney!
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