back to top

32 Sydney Outings For Less Than $15

It might be the most expensive city in Australia, but there are still a ton of things to do without breaking the bank.

Posted on

1. Australian Museum

instagram.com

Get lost in a world of skeletons, fossils and exhibits all about Australia and its nature and culture. Find out more here.

Cost: $15

2. Bondi to Bronte coastal walk

instagram.com

This winding walk around the cliffs of the eastern suburbs is absolute perfection. Offering stunning views of the ocean and beaches, reward yourself with some ice cream or fish and chips at the end.

Cost: free

3. Brett Whiteley Studio

instagram.com

The Surry Hills home of iconic Aussie artist Brett Whiteley has been turned into a beautiful gallery showcasing his works. Get more info & opening hours here.

Cost: free

Advertisement

4. Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool

instagram.com

Take a dip in one of Sydney's most picturesque pools. Whether you're slogging it out in the fast lane, or lounging in the sun, you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the harbour. Check it out here.

Cost: $6

5. Concord Barefoot Bowls

instagram.com

A perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Kick off your shoes, sip on a cocktail, and try your hand at some lawn bowls. Find out more here.

Cost: $10 for 4 hours

6. Barefoot Yoga

instagram.com

This Paddington yoga studio offers classes for a donation of your choice (suggested $10-$20). From beginners to advanced, you'll certainly find a class for you. Find out more here.

Cost: up to you!

7. Bondi Markets

instagram.com

Bondi Beach Public School hosts markets both days of the weekend. On Saturdays, swing by the farmers market to grab some fresh produce and delicious food which you can enjoy while relaxing on the beach. On Sundays, check out the huge number of stalls offering up clothes, bric-a-brac, plants and artwork.

Cost: free

Advertisement

8. Australian Centre for Photography

instagram.com

This museum shows off stunning photos taken by both Australian and international photographers. They also offer courses if you're inspired by what you see. Click here to find out more.

Cost: free

9. Penrith Skatel

instagram.com

Get a bunch of friends together and go for some good ol' fashioned rollerblading! Its a fun way to get in some sneaky exercise without even realising it. Find out more here.

Cost: between $8 - $10, depending on time of day

10. Rose Seidler House

instagram.com

This iconic house built in the 1950s has been kept in excellent condition, and is open for tours for anyone who is interested in getting a glimpse into what life was like in Sydney 60 years ago. More here.

Cost: $8

11. Spit Bridge to Manly walk

instagram.com

This 10km walk is the perfect challenge to tackle on a sunny day. With stunning views of the coastline, there are also a ton of cafes along the way if you need a little power rest. Get more info here.

Cost: free

Advertisement

12. Blaxland Riverside Park

instagram.com

Go for a leisurely bike ride around this huge and beautiful park. Stop under a tree for a picnic, and enjoy the waterside cycle paths. Get more info here.

Cost: $15 to rent a bike

13. Art Gallery of NSW

instagram.com

This huge gallery has some amazing exhibitions, and it's easy to spend a whole afternoon getting lost in the world of art. Find out more here.

Cost: free

14. Shelly Beach

instagram.com

Take your snorkel down to Shelly beach, where there is a ton of fish and marine life that you can observe. Find out more here.

Cost: free

15. Stables Theatre

instagram.com

The Griffin Theatre Company is in residence at the Stables Theatre, and they put on a wide variety of Australian plays. Get there early on a Monday night to line up and get $15 tickets.

Find out more here.

Cost: $15 on Mondays

Advertisement

16. Chinese Garden of Friendship

instagram.com

This tranquil garden in the heart of Darling Harbour offers a time out from the hustle and bustle of Sydney. Relax, drink some tea, and enjoy the peacful surrounds. Click here for more info.

Cost: $6

17. Self-guided tour of the Sydney Harbour National Park

instagram.com

Download these podcasts from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service which will guide you on a breathtaking walk around Sydney Harbour. Get them on the iTunes store here.

Cost: free

18. The Sydney Observatory

instagram.com

Stop by the Sydney Observatory for stunning views of the harbour, and to find out more about the sky above us. Find out more here.

Cost: $10 for a daytime tour

19. Spotlight Prowl at Centennial Park

instagram.com

Join a park ranger at sunset and tour around the park with torches, checking out the nocturnal wildlife that you wouldn't be able to spot during the day. It's definitely an experience you won't quickly forget. Get more info here.

Cost: $15

Advertisement

20. Strike Bowling

instagram.com

With five locations around the city, there's really no excuse not to go. It's bowling, but with alcohol. Perfect. Get info here.

Cost: up to $15, but prices vary by day and time

21. Cockatoo Island

instagram.com

Hop on a ferry and spend a day exploring Cockatoo Island. Check out the exhibits in Biloela House detailing the island's history, go on a guided tour, and sip on a cocktail at the bar while you watch the sun set over the harbour. You can just go for the day, or camp overnight. Get more info here.

Cost: $7 for a ferry ticket

22. Royal National Park

instagram.com

Drive down to the Royal National Park for a ton of different activities. You can camp, hike, swim, or just stroll along the beach. It's less than an hour's drive from the city, but you'll feel like you're in a whole different world. Find out more here.

Cost: $11 vehicle entry fee

23. Luna Park

instagram.com

With the perfect spot right on the harbour, Luna Park is always a fun option. Usually, unlimited passes are $50, but you can get onto any two rides for $16. Not quite under $15, but close enough. Get more info here.

Cost: $16

Advertisement

24. FX Zone

instagram.com

This huge room of trampolines is like your childhood dream. Spend an hour bouncing off the walls – literally. Get more info here.

Cost: $13 an hour

25. Laneway Learning Classes

instagram.com

Choose from a huge range of night classes which include cooking, yoga, making finger puppets and dancing. It's never too late to learn a new skill. Find out about classes on offer here.

Cost: $14 per class

26. Skyline Drive In Cinema

instagram.com

Pack the car with doonas and pillows, and recline your seats. This Blacktown drive-in shows the latest new release movies and even has an adjoining 50s-style diner. Find showtimes here.

Cost: $10 per person

27. Swing Dancing

instagram.com

Take some beginner swing dancing classes and soon you'll be jiving with the professionals. Classes are every week, at a variety of locations around the city. Get information here.

Cost: $15 a class

Advertisement

28. Good God Trivia

instagram.com

On Wednesdays Good God hosts what is probably Sydney's best trivia night. With a different theme every week, including Harry Potter, Buffy, Mean Girls and Disney, there will definitely be a night for you. Get info here.

Cost: free

29. Bondi Icebergs

instagram.com

If you fancy going to the beach in winter, but can't face the frosty temperatures, head to Bondi Icebergs. After hopping out, warm yourself up in the sauna. A much better way of ocean swimming. Info here.

Cost: $6.50 for a swim and sauna

30. Life Drawing Class

instagram.com

Try your hand at sketching at the Arthouse Hotel in the CBD. Every Monday they offer up a life drawing class, so grab some buddies and have a creative night out. Get info here.

Cost: $5

31. Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout

instagram.com

Get the best views in the city without having to fork out the big bucks for BridgeClimb. Hike up the pylon stairs and enjoy breathtaking harbour views. More info here.

Cost: $13

32. 7 Bridges Walk

instagram.com

This walk takes you over seven of Sydney's iconic bridges. Strap on your walking shoes and spend a day exploring our beautiful city. Though once a year, you can walk the route to raise money for the Cancer Council, the bridges are still there every other day of the year. Find the route here.

Cost: free