Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
Jhappi Time in Affordable Sydney
Sydney is famous as an events city with something for everyone on offer throughout the year. Check out what's on in Sydney – free entertainment is often included during popular community events such as New Year's Eve, Australia Day and Vivid Sydney.
Sydney is one of those rare global cities offering visitors plenty of things to do that cost absolutely nothing - even the 555 Shuttle Bus is free within the city centre. Some activities are outdoors but there are galleries, museums and other attractions that are also free to visit.
Spend a day at the beach, enjoy a game of cricket in a local park or walk across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Wander through a 30-hectare oasis of tropical plants, green lawns, ponds and shady trees overlooking the harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. Join the daily, free guided walk or follow a self-guided, themed tour. From the gardens, head to the Art Gallery of NSW where the permanent exhibitions are free. The Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay also offers free entry to its outstanding permanent collection.
Sydney Olympic Park has many great attractions that are especially appealing for family groups, most of them free. Walk or cycle through wetlands to the bird hide, enjoy a picnic or take your bike for a spin along the cycle tracks. Check out Lake Belvedere, the Peace Monument, a huge sundial and the many water features.
Eating out in Sydney is affordable and fun. Like most global cities with a rich multicultural heritage, Sydney has something for everyone's taste buds when it comes to cuisines and dining styles.
If halal food is your preferred style, you'll find many restaurants and cafes in inner-city locations such as Darlinghurst and Circular Quay, Chinatown and Surry Hills. Sydney's halal restaurants are great value, with many serving delicious home-style food at good home-style prices. A few of the best Indian restaurants close to the city centre include Aki's at Woolloomooloo, Malabar in Darlinghurst and Nilgiri's at St Leonards.Getting around with the whole family is easy in Sydney. Pick up a travel pass that includes ferries, trains and buses. With the Family Funday Sunday fares, you can explore Sydney and nearby regions on buses, trains, ferries and light rail for just $2.50 per person.