How to Spend a Weekend in Sydney Under $100

Mar 2, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2016_From_Kisha_PAtel_-_Official_CAPA_Blogger_Image.jpegKisha Patel is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A political science and gender/women's studies major at Ursinus College, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Kisha challenges herself to have an amazing weekend in Sydney with a budget of $100.


Studying abroad is very expensive, and being a broke college student definitely does not help. I face a inner conflict daily as I debate whether or not the experience is worth the money before everything I want to do here. On one hand, I find myself thinking “this is once in a lifetime, when will you be in Sydney again?” On the other I say, “be rational and remember how hard you worked for every dollar.” Therefore, I wanted to test myself and see how I could have the ultimate fun-packed weekend and only spend $100. I concluded that there are TONS of fun and free things to do in Sydney, and that all my money is actually being spent being obsessed with food (which you can tell in my last post).



We started our day with a tour of the Opera House. CAPA got us a deal to take this tour for $10 because it is a My Global Education event, but normally it would be a $30 tour and definitely worth it! We saw all the cool concert halls and backstage places and learned all about the controversial history of the Opera House.

Photo: CAPA students at the tour

Photo: A cool shot inside the Opera House of the wings

Photo: Got a awesome shot of the Harbour Bridge from a balcony on the Opera House

Photo: The Studio Theatre that does Burlesque shows


Running Total: $10

Next, I went to explore The Rocks and grab lunch. I went to my favorite burger place, Ribs and Burgers and I had the best veggie burger. This place is a little pricey but definitely worth it.


Running Total: $36

After lunch, I went and explored The Rocks and fell upon these awesome outdoor markets.


 I had great self-control and didn’t buy anything here!

I highly recommend walking around The Rocks and going down the alleyways. There are such cool stores and restaurants. We even found this Alpaca store!

Photo: My exploring partner Ben in one of the cool alleys

Photo: More exploring

Photo: Found a cobblestone path with an amazing tree growing

The best part about wandering around Sydney is that it's completely free. There are so many cool neighborhoods to check out and there are markets everywhere! Also the views are amazing from every angle.

Photo: A view of the Opera House from the Rocks

Photo: A map of Sydney Cove

Running Total: $36

After the Rocks, we headed back toward home and ended up stopping for gelato. Along the way, we met a local who told us all about these art museums that were just five minutes from where we lived and they were free so we decided to go check those out after stopping for a gelato treat.

Photo: Watermelon mint gelato from Anita!

Running Total: $42

Photo: Found Central Park along the way to the Museum

Photo: The MOP Art Gallery

We went to check out the museums we were told about (free!) and found some beautiful exhibits.

Running Total: $42

Heading back toward our home, we fell upon a garage sale. I caved and picked up some wall art and DVDs for my flat. I only spent $5 and got three canvas paintings and seven DVDs!

Running Total: $47


Sunday morning started off with brunch with my roommates. We went to Three Bean’s located in Broadway Shopping Center and had corn fritters.


Running Total: $66.50

After brunch, many CAPA students headed to the beach for the Australian Surf Open, also a free event.

Photo Credit: Tristen Chiarmonte

Later in the day, I headed to Starbucks to get some homework done but there is always something happening in Sydney, so we instead fell upon a wine festival, that also had free entry!


Running Total: $66.50

Feeling good about spending the day and having so many fun free events, we decided to treat ourselves to dinner in Glebe. We checked out Green Mushroom, a vegan/vegetarian Indian restaurant. We shared dishes so we ended up splitting the check and spending $17 each for a ton of great food.


After dinner, we decided to walk home instead of catching the bus to see what else we could find. We ended up checking out the really cool shops along Glebe Point Road which were quirky and fun! Plus, window shopping is free!


TOTAL: $83.50

That was my great weekend in Sydney under $100. There are so many great free places to check out in Sydney and the city markets generally have pretty cheap deals. Here are some other great free places to check out:

  1. Paddy’s Markets (Chinatown – super cheap souvenirs and groceries)
  2. Glebe Flea Market (Saturday mornings, super cheap clothes!)
  3. Bondi-Coogee Costal Walk
  4. Hyde Park
  5. Sydney Harbour National Park
  6. Royal Botanical Gardens
  7. Chinese Garden of Friendship
  8. MOP art gallery
  9. White Rabbit art gallery

We live in such a diverse and fun city with so much to explore and you don’t have to spend a pretty penny to do it!

Photo: Grabbed a tourist shot outside the Opera House

Thanks Kisha!

Kisha's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned. 

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