10 Ways to Spend the Equivalent of $10 USD While Studying Abroad in Sydney

Aug 13, 2013 9:50:21 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

In Sydney, $10 USD buys you $10.95 Australian dollars. Each of these suggestions below will ensure you spend no more than this amount – perfect for a CAPA International Education study abroad student budget. We will save the freebies for another post!

1. TRY APPLE PIE GELATO (OR ANOTHER FLAVOR). Walk through Surry Hills and get two scoops of Sydney’s most famous gelato (Italian ice cream) at Gelato Messina. Not only is the window shopping FANTASTIC, along the way you’ll find a little hole in the wall gelato place on Crown Street. CAPA staff favourites include Apple Pie (apple gelato with apple pie pieces mixed in) and Salted Caramel and White Chocolate (salted caramel gelato with white chocolate chip). You'll be happily refreshed for $7.

Heaven. #gelato #messina #foodporn #latergram
Photo: Gelato heaven by Kae Yen Wong

2. SWIM IN NORTH SYDNEY'S OUTDOOR POOL. It is definitely lap-swimmer territory, but the views are enough to distract even a champion. For the $6.90 fee, you’ll see Sydney’s Luna Park on one side, the Harbour Bridge flexing its biceps overhead and, across the harbour, the Sydney Opera House itself. There’s even a stylish restaurant overlooking the pool.

North Sydney Olympic Swimming Pool
Photo: North Sydney Pool by flinner!

3. TASTE AUTHENTIC MALAYSIAN FOOD. Head to Mamak in Chinatown for supper on Friday and Saturday nights (it’s open until 2am!) and you’ll have a unique opportunity to enjoy authentic Malaysian food. Try the Roti canal bread with two curry dips and spicy sambal sauce. Don’t be deterred by the line – it’s an indication that it’ll be worth the wait - and at just $5 for a meal, who can complain?

Chicken Satay - Mamak AUD8 half dozen - by Julia
Photo: Chicken satay dinner at Mamak by Alpha

4. INTERACT WITH SYDNEY'S CRIMINAL HISTORY IN KING'S CROSS. Explore the suburb of Kings Cross in a very unique way! Experience Sydney’s criminal history and battle gangsters in Razorhurst, an exciting GPS game and tour, for $5.49. Armed with your mobile, you scour the streets for illegal alcohol while physically evading gangsters or slashing them with your phone. All you need to do is purchase the app from the Apple Store or Google Play and you’re good to go!

Kings Cross
Photo: Graffiti in King's Cross by JAM Project

5. VISIT THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM. There is a tour run by elderly volunteers at the Australian National Maritime Museum. The entry fee is $7. The museum itself is fascinating and the knowledge each of the tour guides have is outstanding. Take the opportunity to stop and ask the guides about their volunteering experiences – you’ll be surprised what you can learn!

National Maritime Museum, I
Photo: Australian National Maritime Museum by Newtown grafitti

6. MAKE TIME FOR MANLY AND ZUMBARONS. Catch a ferry to Manly and visit Zumbo’s Patisserie for a Zumbaron! Adriano Zumbo is the king of Sydney sweets and is famous for weird and wonderful creations. While exploring the beautiful beach side suburb of Manly, pop in here and try a salted butter popcorn zumbaron for $2.50, we dare you.

Photo: "Candy Apple" macaron filled with spiced apple compote by Charles Haynes

7. RIDE THE FERRIS WHEEL AT LUNA PARK. Enjoy one of the best vantage points for uninterrupted views of all that Sydney Harbour has to offer from the top of the ferris wheel at Luna Park. Entry fee is $10 and there is plenty more to enjoy while you are there!

Ferris Wheel, Luna Park
Photo: Luna Park Ferris Wheel by theihno

8. PEEK THROUGH A TELESCOPE AT SYDNEY OBSERVATORY. For a fee of $8, you'll be able to see the Southern Hemisphere through a telescope at Sydney Observatory – but with a twist – during the day! Look through a safe solar telescope, through which you can see the sun, bright stars and maybe the moon or Venus, depending on the time of day and year. You’ll also get a 3D space movie experience and can explore exhibits related to astronomy and meteorology.

Sydney Observatory (view no. 2) in 2009 for Tyrrell Today group
Photo: Sydney Observatory by lifeasdaddy ...a guy, his...

9. SEE THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS VIA CHOO CHOO EXPRESS. Take a 25 minute train ride on the Choo Choo Express around the Royal Botanic Gardens for $10. Situated on the bank of one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, the Royal Botanic Gardens occupies 75 acres in the very heart of Sydney. From lush green rainforests, to spectacular water views, to some of Australia’s best known landmarks, The Royal Botanic Gardens has it all.

Choo Choo Express
Photo: Choo Choo Express by travis forden

10. DRINK LEMONADE IN THE ROCKS MARKETS. Explore the Rocks Markets and try some traditional lemonade for $4! This drink will keep you refreshed as you wander this massive comprehensive Sydney market. There are many markets in Sydney but the Rocks are among the best. You can buy dresses and bags designed by the stallholder, one-off jewellery, original artworks and prints, souvenirs, delicious snacks and treats and more all in a place where you can catch glimpses of Sydney Harbour.

Photo: The Rocks on Sunday by Bernard Oh

Have you been to Sydney? We’d love your suggestions on your favorite way to spend the equivalent of $10 USD in this global city!

Topics: Sydney, Australia