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A wonderful budget 4-day trip to Sydney

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to Sydney

1. Where We’ve Been

Day 1: Springfield Lodge, Ippudo Sydney, Sydney Town Hall, Westfield Sydney -, Queen Victoria Building, Jamie's Italian Sydney .

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to Sydney
Photo by Pedro Szekely

Day 2: The Blue Mountains, Waradah Aboriginal Centre, Three Sisters, Scenic World Blue Mountainsa, Leura village, Red Door Cafe, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Chinatown, Madang Korean BBQ, Sydney Town Hall.

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to Sydney
Photo by HasithaTudugalle

Day 3: Paddington Markets, Glebe Markets, The Wedge Espresso, Sydney's Paddy's Markets, B.B.Q. King, Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Darling Harbour, Pancakes On The Rocks.

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to SydneyPhoto by Wild Life Sydney Zoo

Day 4: Sydney Fish Market, The Rocks Market, Watsons Bay, Bondi Beach.

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to SydneyPhoto by Marc Dalmulder

2. Top Favorite Places and Activities

3.Transport in Sydney - Cost of Transports

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to SydneyPhoto by Bidgee

  • Our main transports in Sydney were walking and public transports.
  • Sydney is very walkable—it's basically flat, with no hills to climb, and the streets are well marked. Pedestrians do not jaywalk, and police are not hesitant to fine you for doing so.
  • Newsstands sell Opal Card, a stored-value transit card similar to London's Oyster Card. It’s the cheapest and most convenient way to access public transportation.
  • Public buses are easy to use, with well-signposted stopping points including route maps. Frequent train services travel to the CBD, making the trip in around 40 minutes.
  • The daily maximum you'll pay for travel is capped at $15 for adult, $7.50 for children, or $60/$30 for a week, which includes buses, trains and ferries.
  • As for taxis, they are metered and in egalitarian Sydney. Taxis are the easiest option albeit also the most expensive.

4. Where to next

Next time, you should not miss these places which are also Australia’s highlights.


The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains sydney
Opening time: 07:30 AM - 16:00 PM

If you love to discover the beauty of nature and take delight in synchronizing with natural environment, The Blue Mountains is definitely a perfect choice for you!



Rodd Island

Rodd Island
Opening time: 09:00 AM - 17:00 PM

Rodd Island, located in the sheltered waters of Iron Cove, just off Birkenhead Point, has a colourful history and boasts some of the best views west of the bridge.



Scenic World Blue Mountainsa

Scienic World Sydney
Opening time: 09:00 AM - 17:00 PM

It takes less than two hours to get Scenic World. An amazing world for you to escape from busy lives in the city and to have fun with several activities.



TreeTop Adventure Park Sydney

TreeTop Adventure Park Sydney
Opening time: 10:00 AM - 16:00 PM

For those who would like to experience the feeling to be on top, the adventure in Tree Top Adventure Park in Western Sydney is a wise choice.



Circular Quay

Circular Quay
Opening time: 07:00 AM - 17:00 PM

Among several appealing destination Sydney, which one will be your first stop? Circular Quay could be a great answer for you!.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House
Opening time: 09:00 AM - 17:00 PM

The Sydney Opera House situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, Australia is one of the greattest models for modern architecture in the world.

5. Tips on Travel In Sydney

Best time to go

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to Sydney

Photo by Charlie Brewer

We manage to visit Sydney in October as the weather then is pleasant. It’s best to visit Sydney in late spring and early fall. The spring months from October to November are warm when the ocean is slightly cool for swimming. In the early-autumn months from March to April, the weather is stable and comfortable. The summer months from December to February are typically hot and humid. The coolest winter months are fromJuly to August.

Annual festivals

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to SydneyPhoto By Norman Lee

Planning to visit Sydney in October, we already added the annual Good Food Month festival to our list. This event brings all street foods and culinary of Sydney to you!

Besides, Sydney Festival takes place in every January. The event brings stages around 400 cultural performances by more than 1000 artists in more than 30 venues

Money

The Australian dollar (AU$) is the local currency used in Sydney. Moneychangers are plentiful in the city, especially in the tourist areas. We can find some hotels and banks also offer foreign exchange services. Visitors will have no difficulty in money exchange in Sydney.

You should bring some cash as it is needed for public transport and small store purchases. Foreign ATM cards are widely accepted at almost machines throughout the city. You can pay by credit cards in most restaurants, shops and department stores.

Exchange rate

The U.S. dollar currently fetches 1.20 Australian dollars.

Dress code

Casual dress is fine for most occasions unless visiting a five-star eatery or trendy bar, which often have a dress code.

Tipping

Tips are not needed although it’s commonly accepted to be around 10 to 15 percent when dining at restaurants.

Electricity

Voltage is 220-240. Even many top hotels, airport lounges and other venues lack 110-volt outlets, although they usually provide adaptors on request or you can get them from housekeeping, but it's best to bring your own.

Useful apps

Locals give high marks to the TimeOut Sydney and Australia Good Food Guide apps. The Sydney Official Guide app from Destination New South Wales is also highly rated. Arrivo Sydney (Android) and NextThere (iTunes) are useful public transit apps. Justgola apps is recommended to plan your trip easily.

Money Saving Tips

Check the tourist office – There are often deals on tourist attractions or special festivities going on in the area. Also make sure to inquire about discount coupons to some of the most popular places in the city.

Free local events – “What’s On Sydney” has a list of free and cheap current events.
Walk the bridge for free – Taking a Bridgeclimb is 205 AUD but you can walk across this icon for free.

Emergency number

Triple Zero (000)

  • Call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency to contact the Police, Fire or Ambulance if:
  • Someone is seriously injured or in need of urgent medical help
  • Your life or property is being threatened

There is a fire

  • You have witnessed an accident or crime
  • Calls to Triple Zero (000) are free.

6. Cost of Accommodation

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to SydneyPhoto by Sydney Lodges

We decided to stay at Springfield Lodge and it really satisfied us.

Review:

  • The housekeeping cleaned our room every day, the bed was comfy and the room was fairly quiet
  • The front of the hotel and terrace was nearby a small coffee house and bistro and you can get breakfast, lunch & dinner there if you don't want to go far and the food looked nice.
  • There was laundry facility and a kitchen in the basement for guest to use as the hotel didn't do food
  • Location was within spitting distance of the King’s Cross Station.Kings Cross underground station was a 2 min walk and there is a tourist information kiosk near the hotel to get advice and leaflets on things to do.
  • There was also a Hayes Market and a Sydney fish market right across the road from the lodge. Potts point had lots of cafes, and quirky shops, bars

Tips

  • You can save a little money at Hostels. Price range is from 20-40 AUD for a dorm room. Private rooms cost from 35 to 50 AUD per night.
  • Hotel price depends on its location. Most budget hotel price starts around 62 AUD for a single room, and 90 AUD for a double room. The price will be more expensive in downtown.
  • Hotel rates go down in winter. The highest rated lodgings with the most reviews, according to TripAdvisor.com, are two hotels: Merton Serviced Apartments Campbell Street and its sister property Merton Serviced Apartments World Tower. Accommodations include full kitchens and washer/dryers.
  • In the luxury category, the 155-room Sydney Park Hyatt gets top marks, but the prices are a splurge (in the $700 per night range).

7. Food in Sydney

1. Average Cost of Food

  • Cheap meals like sandwiches, burgers, and sushi can be found for under 14 AUD.
  • Most restaurant meals will cost from 27 to 41 AUD.
  • Meals on the harbor will cost a bit more because of great views.
  • If you cook your own food, you can spend between 68-110 AUD per week.

2. Where we ate

Ippudo Sydney

  • Good thing about dining in Australia was that you pay the price as it was stated on the menu since tax has been included.
  • Food was very good.The menu was pretty extensive with a big range of different styles of ramen
  • Our meal was AUD27.We had ShiromaruTamago (AUD17), Tonkatsu broth with thin noodles, pork loin with flavoured egg, Bakuretsu Tofu (AUD10), which is spicy tofu and minced pork with a small portion of noddles in sizzling hot stone pot.
  • Atmosphere in the place was great, along with service. The wait staff was really attentive

Ippudo Sydney

Westfield Shopping Centre, 5021/188 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Opening time: 11:00 AM - 21:00 PM

The Sydney store is a welcoming affair, with a long bar lined with stools at the entrance where those without time to stop can snag a quick bowl.

Westfield Sydney

  • There were lots of restaurants and eateries here catering for all budgets. We had some good food at this mall. The food court upstairs was a must see, the price was cheap for the quality of the food, and the available variety of restaurants was amazing.
  • A quick tip, if you go on weekends, and subsequently there may be queues to get into a store.

Westfield Sydney -

Westfield Sydney
Opening time: 09:30 AM - 18:30 PM

Westfield Sydney brings to people the most beautiful surprises with exclusive discounts, special offers and access to their onsite Concierge Team.

Jamie's Italian Sydney

  • We had a very delicious dinner at this place. The warm bread served to me was awesome. We particularly loved the bread sticks. It was Very nice!
  • We tried Prawn Linguine (AUD16) – juicy pan-fried garlicky Spencer Gulf prawns served with tomatoes, chilli, rocket and fennal, and My Famous Polenta Chips (AUD8.50) – crispy fried with rosemary & parmesan.


Jamie's Italian Sydney

107 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Opening time: 11:30 AM - 22:00 PM

Jamie’s Italian Sydney, the first Jamie’s Italian in Australia. Delicious, healthy Italian food at an affordable price. It is the perfect setting to enjoy pastas or pizzas with friends and family.

Madang Korean BBQ

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to SydneyPhoto by Anna Ayvazyan

  • For dinner, we went to Sydney Madang (at 371 Pitt Street, NSW 2000). It served the best Korean BBQ in Korean town, located near Chinatown.
  • Although it was inside some alley, you can easily find out because there will be hordes of people lingering outside, waiting for tables.
  • We were there at about 8pm and waited in the cold for at least 1.5 hours to get a table with grill.
  • We ordered Marinated Beef Ribs (AUD19, above), Sliced Pork Belly (AUD14) and Army Stew with Kimchi & Sausages (AUD38, below). The BBQ meat was ok but the army stew was the bomb. It was my first time having such awesome rice cake which literally melted in the mouth! The stew was probably the best I’d ever had. Then again, I’ve only tried Korean food in Singapore.


Madang Korean BBQ

371A Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Opening time: 11:30 AM - 01:00 AM

Madang is a traditional Korean BBQ restaurant located down an alley just off Pitt Street in Sydney CBD

The Wedge Espresso

  • After shopping, we had a relax time at some nice café! We went to The Wedge Espresso which was just across Glebe Market. It was a long, narrow café that served some kickass coffee. We ordered Flat White for AUD4.50.
  • The staff was friendly and attentive, and it got an eclectic mix of local, and characters, which arealways fun.


The Wedge Espresso

53/55 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037, Australia, Sydney
Opening time: 08:00 AM - 16:00 PM

Sitting in a hole-in-the-wall style position on a narrow side street off Glebe Point Road is The Wedge Espresso, a small cash-only cafe that boasts a relaxed vibe, a great menu, and among Glebe locals, the best coffee in Glebe.

B.B.Q. King

  • We had the Roast Duck, Roast Pork and BBQ Pork rice (AUD16) to share between 2 people. Serving was huge! The meat was succulent.
  • The food was always reliably good, decor reliably disconcerting. Most people going to BBQ King for the roast duck (thousands of barbecued ducks), service was rapid. The prices weren't cheap (but okay for the quality of the food and size of the portions).


B.B.Q. King

18-20 Goulburn Street, Sydney
Opening time: 00:00 AM - 00:00 AM

B.B.Q. King is located at 18-20 Goulburn Street, Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Pancakes On The Rocks

  • We had Nachos (AUD14.95) and Fisherman’s Catch (AUD21.95). For desserts, we had Chocolate Jewels (AUD11.95). Chocolate pancakes with cream and chocolate ice cream, smothered in chocolate sauce. I requested to change the chocolate ice cream to vanilla cos everything is so chocolatey! I spent AUD48.85 in total.

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to SydneyPhoto by Christian Tan

Pancakes On The Rocks

Harbourside Shopping Centre, 229-230, Darling Harbour
Opening time: 00:00 AM - 00:00 AM

Pancakes On The Rocks is located at Harbourside Shopping Centre, 229-230, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

8. Shopping in Sydney

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to SydneyPhoto by Bentley Smith

Chinatown is situated in Haymarket, between Central Station and Darling Harbour and is Australia's largest Chinatown


Chinatown

Chinatown, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia, Sydney
Opening time: 00:01 AM - 23:59 PM

Chinatown is situated in Haymarket, between Central Station and Darling Harbour and is Australia's largest Chinatown

Located at eastern suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Paddington Markets is an inspiring and adorable place for us

Paddington Markets

Paddington Market
Opening time: 10:00 AM - 16:00 PM

Located at eastern suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Paddington Markets is an inspiring and adorable place for you, for me, and for all of us.

Everything from original design clothing, pre-loved attire, bric-a-brac, books and records, to arts and crafts, jewellery and hats. There are food stalls and some outdoor entertainment including bands, jugglers and acrobats.

Glebe Markets

Glebe Public School, Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037, Australia, Sydney
Opening time: 10:00 AM - 16:00 PM

Everything from original design clothing, pre-loved attire, bric-a-brac, books and records, to arts and crafts, jewellery and hats. There are food stalls and some outdoor entertainment including bands, jugglers and acrobats.

The markets cater for both locals and tourists and they claim to have over 1,000 stalls that sell almost everything from fashion and accessories, sporting goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, pets supplies, clothing, electrical goods to arts and crafts and souvenirs.

Sydney's Paddy's Markets

Hay Street & Thomas Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Opening time: 09:00 AM - 17:00 PM

The markets cater for both locals and tourists and they claim to have over 1,000 stalls that sell almost everything from fashion and accessories, sporting goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, pets supplies, clothing, electrical goods to arts and crafts and souvenirs.

You are bored with shopping for clothes and shoes? You want to look for some local feature in Sydney? Don’t miss Sydney Fish Market!

Sydney Fish Market

sydney fish market
Opening time: 07:00 AM - 16:00 PM

You are bored with shopping for clothes and shoes? You want to look for some local feature in Sydney? Don’t miss Sydney Fish Market!

If you are around The Rocks, don’t miss The Rocks Market with the busiest and lovely shopping nature with passionate people.


The Rocks Market

The Rocks Market, George St The Rocks NSW 2000 Australia
Opening time: 10:00 AM - 17:00 PM

If you are around The Rocks, don’t miss The Rocks Market with the busiest and lovely shopping nature with passionate people.

9. Top Things to do in Sydney

Queen Victoria Building

  • We could not miss The Queen Victoria Building which is well-known as one of the most gorgeous buildings in Sydney, Australia.


Queen Victoria Building

Queen Victoria Building
Opening time: 09:00 AM - 18:00 PM

Being designed by the architect George McRae in late nineteenth-century, The Queen Victoria Building is now well-known as one of the most gorgeous buildings in Sydney, Australia.

The Blue Mountains

  • If you love to discover the beauty of nature and take delight in synchronizing with natural environment, The Blue Mountains is definitely a perfect choice for you!

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains sydney
Opening time: 07:30 AM - 16:00 PM

If you love to discover the beauty of nature and take delight in synchronizing with natural environment, The Blue Mountains is definitely a perfect choice for you!

Waradah Aboriginal Centre

  • Waradah is one of Australia’s best Aboriginal cultural centers where you can learn more about Australia’s unique heritage and first peoples, as well as witness traditional Aboriginal dance and didgeridoo performances.


Waradah Aboriginal Centre

33-37 Echo Point Road, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia, Sydney
Opening time: 09:00 AM - 17:00 PM

One of Australia’s best Aboriginal cultural centers, Waradah is the place to learn more about Australia’s unique heritage and first peoples, as well as witness traditional Aboriginal dance and didgeridoo performances.

Three Sisters

  • Located in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Sydney, New South Wales. The Three Sisters are a famous rock formation towering high above the Jamison Valley which is worth seeing.
  • Scenic World Blue Mountainsa
  • It takes less than two hours to get Scenic World. It’s an amazing world for you to escape from busy lives in the city and to have fun with several activities.


Three Sisters

23-31 Echo Point Road, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia, Sydney
Opening time: 08:00 AM - 17:00 PM

Located in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Sydney, New South Wales. The Three Sisters are a famous rock formation towering high above the Jamison Valley

Leura village

  • The village is one of the highlight of our trip. Leura sits framed upon a background of stunning natural wonders: sandstone escarpment, dense eucalypt forests and rugged terrain.
  • Featherdale Wildlife Park
  • It’s a must go if you go with kids. Featherdale Wildlife Park is home to one of Australia's most comprehensive collections of native wildlife. Cuddle up to a Koala at no extra charge, and hand feed Kangaroos and Wallabies.


Leura village

Leura Mall, Leura NSW 2780, Australia, Sydney
Opening time: 00:01 AM - 23:59 PM

Leura is an enchanting village located in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia. With its Edwardian storefronts and 19th century cottages, Leura sits framed upon a background of stunning natural wonders: sandstone escarpment, dense eucalypt forests and rugged terrain.

Sydney Town Hall

  • This well-known landmark on George Street has a variety of spaces for hire – with another two in the adjoining Town Hall House. Capacities range from 12 people to more than 2000.
  • Wild Life Sydney Zoo
  • Are you an animal lover? You love to see how wild animal live and widen your knowledge about natural lives? Let’s do a journey to Wild Life Sydney Zoo!.


Sydney Town Hall

483 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Opening time: 08:00 AM - 18:00 PM

This well-known landmark on George Street has a variety of spaces for hire – with another two in the adjoining Town Hall House. Capacities range from 12 people to more than 2000.

Darling Harbour

  • It will be a big mistake when you fail to visit Darling Harbour in your trip to Sydney, New South Wales, very spectacular scenery


Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour Sydney
Opening time: 08:00 AM - 20:00 PM

It will be a big mistake when you fail to visit Darling Harbour in your trip to Sydney, New South Wales.

Watsons Bay

  • Watsons Bay brings us a good time with enjoyable views and delightful seafood in best restaurant.


Watsons Bay

Watsons Bay, sydney
Opening time: 06:00 AM - 20:30 PM

Located 11 km north-east of the Sydney central business district, Watsons Bay brings to people who come here a good time with enjoyable views and delightful seafood in best restaurant.

Bondi Beach

  • Bondi Beach is well-known with its golden sands, turquoise waters will be a memorable experience for you and your family in the trip to discover Sydney.


Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach sydney
Opening time: 00:00 AM - 23:55 PM

Bondi Beach which is well-known with its golden sands, turquoise waters will be a memorable experience for you and your family in the trip to discover Sydney.

10. Itinerary

DAY 1 - ITINERARY6 places

Day 1: Springfield Lodge, Ippudo Sydney, Sydney Town Hall, Westfield Sydney -, Queen Victoria Building, Jamie's Italian Sydney .

10:00 Springfield Lodge 89.0 United States Dollar (USD)

9 Springfield Avenue, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia, Sydney

Springfield lodge is a beautiful 1930's boutique accommodation house located in the leafy suburb of Potts Point, just a kilometre from Sydney's CBD. Well known tourist spots such as Elizabeth Bay House and El Alamein Fountain is within walking distance.

  • Upon reaching Sydney airport, you can purchase an Optus SIM card at the Optus kiosk for AUD20. You can use this SIM card for 10 days. There’ll be a snake long queue so if you are not in a hurry to purchase this, you can always purchase it in the city where Optus can be easily found. They also sell AUD2 SIM card at 1-day usage in convenience stores. TIP: Remember to bring your passport out if you are purchasing it in the city as this is required for registration. The $2 includes unlimited national voice calls to Australian mobiles and fixed lines, and 13/1800 numbers*, Unlimited standard national SMS/MMS to Australian mobiles*, and Unlimited mobile Internet browsing on your mobile handset within Australia. So Instagrammers and Facebookers, this SIM card will be your gateway to the social media and upload as many pictures of your travel as you wish!
  • Go to the Meeting Point and wait for someone to bring you to another part of the airport to take the hotel transfer. There’s no fixed timing so you must call 02 95577615 to inform someone to come pick you up. Or you can go to the Concierge booth beside the Meeting Point and inform someone
  • The airport transfer took us directly to our hotel, Springfield Lodge at Kings Cross. We paid AUD89/night. Hotel is decent, location is excellent as it is less than 5 minutes walk from Kings Cross Station. Also, if you are into clubbing, Kings Cross is the place. Checking in was no hassle and it was quick. There is a tourist information booth nearby, so you can always check your route or plan your journey with the person at the booth.
  • We bought train tickets from the stations itself. For buses, we either paid cash or purchase bus tickets from convenience stores. It is safer to purchase tickets from convenience stores because some buses do not accept cash. Each bus ticket is about AUD2.20 if you travel within the city itself. Thank technology for Google Maps! We planned our routes with google map which indicated which bus to take from point to point.
  • Take a bus/train to Ippudo Sydney 10 mins3.14 km

11:40 Ippudo Sydney 20.0 United States Dollar (USD)

Westfield Shopping Centre, 5021/188 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

The Sydney store is a welcoming affair, with a long bar lined with stools at the entrance where those without time to stop can snag a quick bowl.

  • How to get there: Take Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line from Kings Cross and stop at Town Hall. Westfield is within walking distance from Town Hall station.
  • It was about lunch time after we checked in. Because it was winter, we craved for something hot really badly and we settled for Ippudo Sydney at Westfield
  • I had ShiromaruTamago (AUD17), Tonkatsu broth with thin noodles, pork loin with flavoured egg, and Bakuretsu Tofu (AUD10, pictured above), which is spicy tofu and minced pork with a small portion of noddles in sizzling hot stone pot. Food was good. Good thing about dining in Australia is that you pay the price as it is stated on the menu since tax has been included. My meal was AUD27.
  • Walk toSydney Town Hall10 mins0.59 km

12:50 Sydney Town Hall

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to Sydney

Photo by sv1ambo

483 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

This well-known landmark on George Street has a variety of spaces for hire – with another two in the adjoining Town Hall House. Capacities range from 12 people to more than 2000.

  • How to get there: - Public Transport : Central Sydney is served by a comprehensive and convenient public transport network, ranging from buses and trains to light rail and ferries. Buses and trains travel direct to Sydney Town Hall.
  • - By cycling : Cycling is a convenient, sustainable and enjoyable way to get to the Sydney Town Hall. The City of Sydney has begun construction of a high quality network of cycle paths and lanes that will make cycling a relaxed, safe, mainstream transport option for adults and children.Bike parking facilities are available on both the Druitt Street forecourt and the Sydney Squareside of the building.
  • The Sydney Town Hall is open during Council’s business hours, Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm. Due to the building’s event schedule, access to the different areas of the building is often restricted to because of this
  • Take a bus/train to Westfield Sydney - 15 mins11.64 km

14:05 Westfield Sydney -13.0 United States Dollar (USD)

Westfield Sydney

Westfield Sydney brings to people the most beautiful surprises with exclusive discounts, special offers and access to their onsite Concierge Team.

  • There is a bright green bus, with the number 555, that runs between Circular Quay and Central Station every 10 minutes on weekdays: 9.30am to 3.30pm, with a late finish of 9pm on Thursday evenings. Weekends: 9.30am to 6.00pm.
  • You can join the Free Sydney Walking Tour which starts at 2.30pm and ends at 5.30pm . Meet at anchor/construction work beside Sydney Town Hall. The anchor is to the left when facing the front of the Town Hall. Look for someone in a bright green T-shirt and they will bring you to Sydney Opera House, The Harbour Bridge, The Rock’s District, Cadman’s Cottage, Hyde Park Barracks, The ‘Rum’ Hospital, St Mary’s Cathedral, The Tank Stream, Fort Denison, Pitt St Shopping Mall, Martin Place, Sydney Tower, Hyde Park, Circular Quay, Town Hall (not in order). I didn’t join the tour ; however, I’ve seen many good feedback on tripadvisor, so if you have some time, do join the walking tour!
  • Take a bus/train to Queen Victoria Building 20 mins12.49 km

15:55 Queen Victoria Building

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to Sydney

Photo by Bradon

Queen Victoria Building5.0 United States Dollar (USD)

Being designed by the architect George McRae in late nineteenth-century, The Queen Victoria Building is now well-known as one of the most gorgeous buildings in Sydney, Australia.

17:35 Jamie's Italian Sydney 20.0 United States Dollar (USD)

107 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Jamie’s Italian Sydney, the first Jamie’s Italian in Australia. Delicious, healthy Italian food at an affordable price. It is the perfect setting to enjoy pastas or pizzas with friends and family.

  • The warm bread served to me was awesome. I particularly love the bread sticks. Very nice! I had Prawn Linguine (AUD16) – juicy pan-fried garlicky Spencer Gulf prawns served with tomatoes, chilli, rocket and fennal, and My Famous Polenta Chips (AUD8.50) – crispy fried with rosemary & parmesan.
  • After dinner, we walked to Martin Place station and took a train back to Kings Cross.

DAY 2 - ITINERARY10 places

Day 2: The Blue Mountains, Waradah Aboriginal Centre, Three Sisters, Scenic World Blue Mountainsa, Leura village, Red Door Cafe, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Chinatown, Madang Korean BBQ, Sydney Town Hall.

07:30 The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains sydney

If you love to discover the beauty of nature and take delight in synchronizing with natural environment, The Blue Mountains is definitely a perfect choice for you!

  • I found an online deal for day trip by AAT Kings ( http://guidedtours.aatkings.com/ ) to Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park for AUD57.50/pax and managed to get the agency to pick us up at a location near our hotel. For the deal, we were brought to Waradah Aboriginal Centre to watch a short performance on aboriginal song, dance and didgeridoo. Then, we visited Echo Point where we viewed the famous Three Sisters rock formation. Next we arrived at Scenic World where you can choose to join the rides or take a short hike to the next meeting point.
  • Take a bus/train to Waradah Aboriginal Centre 4 hours 45 mins21.5 km

09:30 Waradah Aboriginal Centre10.0 United States Dollar (USD)

33-37 Echo Point Road, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia, Sydney

One of Australia’s best Aboriginal cultural centers, Waradah is the place to learn more about Australia’s unique heritage and first peoples, as well as witness traditional Aboriginal dance and didgeridoo performances.

09:55 Three Sisters

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to SydneyPhoto by library_dragon

23-31 Echo Point Road, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia, Sydney

  • Located in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Sydney, New South Wales. The Three Sisters are a famous rock formation towering high above the Jamison Valley
  • Then, I visited Echo Point where we viewed the famous Three Sisters rock formation.
  • Take a bus/train to Scenic World Blue Mountainsa 5 mins2.15 km

10:30 Scenic World Blue Mountainsa

Scienic World Sydney

It takes less than two hours to get Scenic World. An amazing world for you to escape from busy lives in the city and to have fun with several activities.

  • Next I arrived at Scenic World where you can choose to join the rides or take a short hike to the next meeting point.
  • Take a bus/train to Leura village 10 mins4.7 km

12:10 Leura village

Leura Mall, Leura NSW 2780, Australia, Sydney

Leura is an enchanting village located in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia. With its Edwardian storefronts and 19th century cottages, Leura sits framed upon a background of stunning natural wonders: sandstone escarpment, dense eucalypt forests and rugged terrain.

  • I was then brought to Leura Village, a delightful blend of groomed gardens and quaint shops for lunch.
  • Walk to Red Door Cafe 0.01 km

12:40 Red Door Cafe 13.0 United States Dollar (USD)

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to Sydney

Photo by Stian Olsen

134 Leura Mall, Leura NSW 2780, Australia, Sydney

Red door cafe offers friendly service and homestylecooking.The menu offers gluten free and vegetarian meals.The chef produces there ownconserves,chutneys and sauces which are avialable to take home to indulge later

  • We opted to have lunch on our own expense and chanced upon The Red Door Café along Leura’s main street. You can easily identify the café by its red door.
  • This little cosy café sits probably max 20 pax but the atmosphere was great. I saw many locals sitting, reading papers or books while sipping a cup of coffee. There are many food options and do look out for the daily specials on the blackboard. I only realized there are more options after ordering from the menu which the waiter brought me. I ordered eggs and bacon on a baguette but I swapped the bacon for ham instead. I also ordered Chicken Pide which is basically Chicken pie and it was really some good pie. The hot mocha was really comforting since it was really cold. I didn’t take note of the price but since it didn’t bother us much when I paid, so it should be reasonable!
  • Take a bus/train to Featherdale Wildlife Park 1 hour 5 mins69.37 km

15:15 Featherdale Wildlife Park 16.0 United States Dollar (USD)

217 Kildare Road, Doonside NSW 2767, Australia, Sydney

Featherdale Wildlife Park is home to one of Australia's most comprehensive collections of native wildlife. Cuddle up to a Koala at no extra charge, and hand feed Kangaroos and Wallabies.

  • How to get there: - DRIVING DIRECTIONS : Via the M4 Take the Reservoir Road exit and travel North-west towards Blacktown for 3km. Turn left onto Bungaribee Road and continue for 1km. Turn Right onto Lancaster Street and after 700m turn left onto Kildare Road and continue for 850m until you reach Featherdale.
  • Via the M2 The M2 becomes the M7. Take the Richmond Road exit and turn left onto Richmond Road. Continue towards Blacktown for 5.1km. Turn right onto Lyton Street and travel for 900m. Continue onto Lancaster St for 400m and then turn right onto Kildare Road and continue for 850m until you reach Featherdale.
  • Via the M7 (north bound) Take the Richmond Road exit and turn right onto Rooty Hill Road North and after 210m turn right onto Richmond Road and continue for 4.4km. Turn right onto Lyton Street and travel for 900m. Continue onto Lancaster St for 400m and then turn right onto Kildare Road and continue for 850m until you reach Featherdale.
  • - By PUBLIC TRANSPORT : Getting to Featherdale by public transport is easy. From the city, take the North Shore and Western line to Blacktown Station. Bus stand 9 is located just outside the station. Take the number 725 bus for a 10 minute ride which will drop you right outside Featherdale’s gates.TICKET PRICES Adults; $29.50, Child (3-15 years): $16.00 ,Student / Pensioner: $23.00, Senior: $20.50, Family (2 adults/2 children): $83.00. Family (2 adults/1 child): $69.00, Family (1 adult/2 children): $56.00
  • After lunch, I was brought to Featherdale Wildlife Park where I took pictures with koala, kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and penguins!
  • Take a bus/train to Chinatown 40 mins45.16 km

17:25 Chinatown

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to SydneyPhoto by Tony Mendez

Chinatown, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia, Sydney

Chinatown is situated in Haymarket, between Central Station and Darling Harbour and is Australia's largest Chinatown

  • After the day trip, I asked the driver to stop us at Chinatown. You can visit Chinatown Night Market that opens from 4pm – 11pm on Fridays only, located at Dixon Street, Haymarket, New South Wales, Australia.
  • How to get there: Coming along 86 (Castlereagh Highway) Start off your trip going Southeast along Castlereagh Highway. Follow it along until you come to Great Western Highway. Merge on to Great Western and follow on to Western Mwy. As you follow Western Mwy it will turn back in to Great Western Highway. Follow this until you come to Broadway Road. Turn on to Broadway and follow down to George Street. Turn on to George Street and follow until you are coming in to Chinatown.
  • Following 69 from the North Start off your trip following 69 (Singleton Road). Stay on Singleton until it banks right and turns in to Wilberforce Road. Follow Wilberforce on to Bridge Street. Bridget Street will come to a traffic circle that takes you on to Windsor Road. Follow Windsor down until you see a sign for Westlink. Take the ramp for Westlink , and follow until you switch over to M2 Mwy. Follow M2 to Lane Cove Tunnel. After the tunnel you will make a right at Gore Hill Freeway. Follow Gore Hill until you come to Warringah Freeway. You will follow Warringah until it becomes Western Dstr. Make a right on to Day Street and then a left on to Goulburn. Turn right at Sussex and follow down until you come in to Chinatown.
  • Walk to Madang Korean BBQ 5 mins0.42 km

18:30 Madang Korean BBQ

371A Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia30.0 United States Dollar (USD)

Madang is a traditional Korean BBQ restaurant located down an alley just off Pitt Street in Sydney CBD

  • For dinner, you have to go to Sydney Madang (371 Pitt street, NSW 2000) which serves Korean BBQ in Korean town, located near Chinatown. Even though it is inside some alley, you can easily spot it because there will be hordes of people lingering outside, waiting for tables. We were there at about 8pm and waited in the cold for at least 1.5 hours to get a table with grill. We ordered Marinated Beef Ribs (AUD19, above), Sliced Pork Belly (AUD14) and Army Stew with Kimchi & Sausages (AUD38, below). The BBQ meat was ok but the army stew was the bomb. It was my first time having such awesome rice cake, it literally melted in the mouth! The stew was probably the best I’d ever had. Then again, I’ve only tried Korean food in Singapore.
  • Walk to Sydney Town Hall 5 mins0.45 km

19:35 Sydney Town Hall

483 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

This well-known landmark on George Street has a variety of spaces for hire – with another two in the adjoining Town Hall House. Capacities range from 12 people to more than 2000.

  • From Sydney Madang, you can walk to Town Hall or Martin Place station back to the hotel. We actually walked back from Sydney Madang because I was so stuffed.

DAY 3 - ITINERARY8 places

Day 3: Paddington Markets, Glebe Markets, The Wedge Espresso, Sydney's Paddy's Markets, B.B.Q. King, Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Darling Harbour, Pancakes On The Rocks.

10:00 Paddington Markets

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to SydneyPhoto by Ian Sanderson

Paddington Market10.0 United States Dollar (USD)

Located at eastern suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Paddington Markets is an inspiring and adorable place for you, for me, and for all of us.

  • To get to Paddington Market (Saturdays only 10am-4pm), take bus 378. As I was staying in Kings Cross, we took bus 311 to Oxford Street and then changed to bus 378. We didn’t buy anything there. The stalls mainly sell homemade candles, self madejewellery, leather bags etc.
  • Take a bus/train to Glebe Markets 5 mins3.16 km

11:05 Glebe Markets 2.0 United States Dollar (USD)

Glebe Public School, Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037, Australia, Sydney

Everything from original design clothing, pre-loved attire, bric-a-brac, books and records, to arts and crafts, jewellery and hats. There are food stalls and some outdoor entertainment including bands, jugglers and acrobats.

  • From Paddington Market, we took Bus 378 and alighted at Lee St, then take bus 431 from a bus stop nearby to alight along Glebe Point Road to Glebe Market (Saturdays, 10am-4pm). This is the market for me. I managed to buy 2 pairs of neon flats for only AUD2/pair! SO SOSO WORTH IT. There are also some stalls selling nice clothes and tees.
  • Walk to The Wedge Espresso 0.03 km

12:05 The Wedge Espresso 8.0 United States Dollar (USD)

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to SydneyPhoto by Sacha Fernandez

53/55 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037, Australia, Sydney

Sitting in a hole-in-the-wall style position on a narrow side street off Glebe Point Road is The Wedge Espresso, a small cash-only cafe that boasts a relaxed vibe, a great menu, and among Glebe locals, the best coffee in Glebe.

  • After shopping, just chillax at some nice café! We went to The Wedge Espresso which is just across Glebe Market. It is a long, narrow café that serves some kickass coffee. We ordered Flat White for AUD4.50.
  • Take a bus/train to Sydney's Paddy's Markets 5 mins1.8 km

12:55 Sydney's Paddy's Markets

Hay Street & Thomas Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

The markets cater for both locals and tourists and they claim to have over 1,000 stalls that sell almost everything from fashion and accessories, sporting goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, pets supplies, clothing, electrical goods to arts and crafts and souvenirs.

  • You can take bus 431 or 433 opposite Glebe Market to get to Paddy’s market (daily 9am-5pm). Alight at George St and walk to Paddy’s Market. You can skip this if you are not into buying souvenirs.
  • Additionally, you can get there by the following ways: By train: Catch the train to Town Hall or Central Stations. It's only a five minute walk to Paddy's! By bus: The Sydney Explorer stops right outside the door. By Monorail: Alight at Haymarket station, right at the door of Paddy's! By LightRail: Alight at Haymarket, right at the door of Paddy's.
  • Walk to B.B.Q. King 5 mins0.31 km

13:50 B.B.Q. King 25.0 United States Dollar (USD)

18-20 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW, Australia

This is a Chinatown's famous late night chow spot

  • I had the Roast Duck, Roast Pork and BBQ Pork rice (AUD16) to share between 2 people. Serving was huge! The meat was succulent.
  • Take a bus/train to Wild Life Sydney Zoo 5 mins1.23 km

14:55 Wild Life Sydney Zoo

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to Sydney

Photo by PJR

Wild Life Sydney Zoo

Are you an animal lover? You love to see how wild animal live and widen your knowledge about natural lives? Let’s do a journey to Wild Life Sydney Zoo!.

17:05 Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour Sydney

It will be a big mistake when you fail to visit Darling Harbour in your trip to Sydney, New South Wales.

  • At 8.30pm, catch fireworks that happens at Harbourside (Darling Harbour) every Saturday.
  • Walk to Pancakes On The Rocks 0.11 km

18:35 Pancakes On The Rocks 23.0 United States Dollar (USD)

Harbourside Shopping Centre, 229-230, Darling Harbour NSW 2000, Australia, Sydney

Established in 1975, Pancakes on The Rocks is renowned around the world for its famous buttermilk pancakes.

  • How to get there : Catch the train to Town Hall and walk across the Pyrmont Bridge about 12mins walk. Bus 443 from Circular Quay or 448 from Town Hall (QVB Building) and get off at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Light Rail from Central station to Pyrmont Bay Station.
  • I had Nachos (AUD14.95) and Fisherman’s Catch (AUD21.95). For desserts, we had Chocolate Jewels (AUD11.95). Chocolate pancakes with cream and chocolate ice cream, smothered in chocolate sauce. I requested to change the chocolate ice cream to vanilla cos everything is so chocolatey! I spent AUD48.85 in total.
  • After dinner, go Kings Cross for some drinks or clubbing. It was interesting to witness the clubbing scene in Sydney.

DAY 4 - ITINERARY4 places

Day 4: Sydney Fish Market, The Rocks Market, Watsons Bay, Bondi Beach.

08:30 Sydney Fish Market 8.0 United States Dollar (USD)

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to Sydney

Photo by Alpha

Sydney fish market

You are bored with shopping for clothes and shoes? You want to look for some local feature in Sydney? Don’t miss Sydney Fish Market!

  • My flight was on Monday so remember to call the airport transfer 1 day prior to departure.
  • How to get there: Take train along Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line towards Cronulla Station & alight at Town hall Station. Walk to York St to take 443. Alight 2 stops along Harris St. U-turn, turn right along Pyrmont Bridge Rd to reach Sydney Fish Market (SFM).
  • At Sydney Fish Market, I bought our food from Claudio, which is cheaper than the rest. I had soft shell crab, salmon sashimi and fresh oysters! My soft shell crab had a huge surprise for me. Crab roe!!! Om nom nomnom.
  • Take a bus/train to TThe Rocks Market 10 mins3.27 km

10:10 The Rocks Market 12.0 United States Dollar (USD)

The Rocks Market, George St The Rocks NSW 2000 Australia

If you are around The Rocks, don’t miss The Rocks Market with the busiest and lovely shopping nature with passionate people.

  • From SFM, take 443 to Bridge St near George St to The Rocks Market (10am-5pm, Sat & Sun). Walk along George St and you will find The Rocks. I didn’t buy anything from The Rocks but this market is definitely better than Paddington in terms of the stalls and market size. You can snap nice pictures of Sydney Opera House from The Rocks.
  • If you have time, you can choose to go Manly Beach where there’s a weekend market. To get to Manly Beach, you have to take a ferry from Circular Quay. I didn’t have time to go there, bummers.
  • I also had lunch here
  • Take a bus/train to Watsons Bay 25 mins12.23 km

12:35 Watsons Bay

Watsons Bay, sydney

Located 11 km north-east of the Sydney central business district, Watsons Bay brings to people who come here a good time with enjoyable views and delightful seafood in best restaurant.

14:50 Bondi Beach.

A wonderful budget 4-day trip to SydneyPhoto by Michael McDonough

Bondi Beach sydney

Bondi Beach which is 0well-known with its golden sands, turquoise waters will be a memorable experience for you and your family in the trip to discover Sydney.

Catherine

My name’s Catherine, you can call me Kate. I love animals, writing and travelling.I started my Asian journey since 2003; and I have been nearly 20 countries so far. The more I go, the more I fall in love with this incredible continent. It has a unique beauty and distinctive culture that never fully explored. This’s why there are many countries I still keep coming back over and over again. I’m here to share with you my fun, sad or even scared memory on my backpacking trails. Hope it works on you!

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