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Sydney: 10 things to do for under $10

Sydney: 10 things to do for under $10

There are plenty of wet blankets in this life out there, just waiting to hold you back. Like time, stamina, food poisoning, dumb footwear choices or boring travel partners. Don’t let budget be one of them.

It is actually possible to make rent, eat food, get tipsy and kill boredom all at the same time, if you’re not a frivolous jerk about it.

Here’s 10 things you can do in Sydney for under 10 bucks. You’re welcome.

1. Hel-lo Happy Hour

There are not many places where you can get change from a tenner for a glass of half-decent wine. Well, problem solved: Bondi’s The Shop & Wine Bar run happy hour every day (yes, EVERY day) from 3 - 6pm. Six bucks for a red, a white or a beer. Best of all, their wine list is mostly made up of natural / organic / preservative-free wines. (The term is Natchies, peeps). Zero guilt involved.

2. Hit up a gallery opening

The grown-up versions of these happen around town most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, such as White Rabbit, Special Group or Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. Free booze, free food and best of all, art. Dress yourself semi respectably and get involved. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more your style, Surry Hill’s China Heights is a regular for most Fridays and a guaranteed good time. Wear whatever the hell you please.

3. Get on a boat

For less than AUD$6, you can jump on a ferry from the city’s Circular Quay to Watsons Bay, cruise through the harbour and act like you own the joint. That view’s worth more like $6million, if you ask us. Be sure to take a walk past Camp Cove and around the headland. Grab an icy pole from the beach kiosk, sit up on the headland and spot the whales / dolphins / people who are financially responsible enough to legit own their own boats.

4. Stuff your face at Lentil As Anything

Once a Melbourne-only institution, this vego-friendly restaurant is now smack bang in the middle of Newtown. The principle is simple: you pay what you can. Eat like a king, and have enough change to buy a tall one and spend the afternoon people watching in Camperdown Memorial Park (just a short stroll away). 

5. Get in the drink

Overlook Sydney’s postcard perfect Bondi Beach at Icebergs Pool & Sauna for the sweet-arse price of AUD$6.50. Go for a swim, a steam or just people-watch. If inner city living is more your style, hit up Andrew Boy Charlton pool – right on the edge of the Royal Botanic Garden – and save $2 as entry here is only AUD$4.50. WINNER.

6. Go to an exhibition 

The Museum of Contemporary Art [MCA] and the Art Gallery of New South Wales [AGNSW] have plenty of great free exhibitions and the gallery is the perfect place to spend hours and hours and hours and… still have change to make Happy Hour.

7. Go to town on dumplings at Chinese Noodle Restaurant

Deep in the heart of Chinatown, there is a much-loved dumpling house with grapes strung across the ceiling (it makes even less sense when you actually see it). This place ensured many a student (ourselves included) didn’t starve through their uni years. Here, you’re sure as sh&t to see change for a ten dollar note. Our pick? The eaten-so-many-times pork and cabbage dumplings (AUD$8.80 for 12). Hot tip: go at a random time or expect to wait in line. While you rhyme. What? It’s fine.  

8. Eat a steak

You can be skint and still eat steak. Take your pick of $10 steaks nights in some of the best pubs across the city – among our picks are The Dove And Olive or The Cricketer’s Arms (Surry Hills) on a Monday, Hotel Mosman (Mosman) on any night of the week, and so many more. If you want to take a date and still only have a $10 budget, take them to Surry Hills’ The Forresters on a Monday night - steaks are 5 bucks each!

9. Take a stroll

There are plenty of walks to do in Sydney. The 4 kilometre-long Bondi to Bronte, which takes you through Tamarama and Mackenzie’s Bay, is a local fave that’s known to be 1.5 hours of blissful coastal views. Or if you’re on the dark side, try the Spit to Manly coastal walk, which takes about 3-4 hours. Be sure to pack water and, if you’re looking to cool off, your togs (swimmers).

10. Play tourist, harbourside

Grab a beer (and your change) and watch the sun set right on Sydney’s Harbour. You can see the bridge and the opera house from the Royal Botanic Gardens in the city, North Head in Manly, or McKell Park in Darling Point to name a few. This is a great one for the ‘Gram

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