Uni Holidays are the perfect opportunity to explore! For those short on cash but loaded with time here are 10 cheap and cheerful ideas for the break:
1) Visit Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo island is located in the middle of Sydney Harbor at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane cove rivers. The island is a UNESCO world heritage site and has a rich history, once being a convict prison, then a dock and even a reform school. The great thing about cockatoo island is that it is easily accessible via the Sydney ferry network. A student ticket to Cockatoo island from circular quay will only cost you $6.20 return. This means that you’ll have enough change from a $10 note to enjoy a coffee on the island and soak up the harbor views. It is also worth checking what’s on at cockatoo island before you visit.
2) Swim in an ocean pool
One of the beautiful features of many Australian beaches their ocean pools. These pools are open to the public and perched on the side of beaches and bays, filled with sea water. These baths are usually free, although sometimes there may be a small entry fee. Find out more about Sydney’s ocean pool’s.
3) Have a sauna and a swim at the famous Bondi Icebergs
While this is also an ocean-pool related activity, I believe the Bondi Icebergs deserves a special mention. The icebergs is located on the most famous beach in Australia. The “bergs” as it is affectionately called by locals is a favorite of many celebrities. While the fine dining restaurant upstairs is reserved for high flyers and celebs, you’ll be able to use the pool and sauna for under $10. A swim and sauna will cost you $6.50, afterwards you can hang out on the white steps pretend you’ve moved to Mykonos for the summer.
4) Make the most of a “City of Sydney” event
The Sydney City council is always hosting free events across the city. There are several events over the summer including festivals, dance parties, art pop-ups, exhibitions, exercise classes… the list goes on and on! In May / June the incredibly popular Vivid Sydney is exhibiting throughout the city: “Vivid Light transforms Sydney into a wonderland of ‘light art’ sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy – for free. It is a magical celebration of light-design excellence and the world’s largest outdoor ‘art-gallery’: a unique Vivid Sydney experience.”
Make sure you check the City of Sydney website to find free events that may interest you.
5) Catch the ferry
Many Sydneysiders use the ferry as everyday transport to and from work and the city. This means that city rides are affordable and easily accessible. There’s nothing better than a cruise around world famous Sydney Harbor for under $10! Get a seat up the front of the ferry and feel the wind in your hair as you glide past the opera house, under the Harbor Bridge and past Sydney’s incredibly expensive harbor-front properties. For a short trip a concession return ticket costs $6.20, and $7.60 for a longer trip.
6) Hire a bike
One of the fastest and more enjoyable ways to explore Sydney is by bike. Sydney has over 100kms of dedicated bike paths, catering for all levels of riders. renting a bike is a fairly inexpensive way to see the city, with Sydney bike tours renting their city bike for $9.00 an hour.
7) Visit Art galleries
Sydney has some amazing galleries, and the best thing is that they are free (excluding specific featured exhibitions. Take yourself to the Art gallery of NSW to enjoy works by Roy de Maistre, picasso, Francis Bacon, Grace Cossington Smith and many, many more! Other fantastic galleries to visit are the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, White rabbit gallery and Brett Whitely Studios. Make sure that you check out the gallery websites to find out what’s on!
8) Go to a Market
Going to the markets is a great way to spend a lazy Saturday or Sunday with friends. It’s free to walk around, soak up the vibe, and there’s usually live music playing. One of my favorite things to do on a saturday is buy a Chai tea for $5 from the Bondi farmers market, sit on the mats and enjoy some music and sunlight. My other favourite markets are the Sunday Bondi Markets, the Paddington markets and the Glebe markets. Make sure you check them all out!
9) Take a walk
Sydney has two absolutely amazing and world famous walks. The first is the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk and the second is the Spit to Manly walk. The Bondi to Bronte walk is less intense than the spit to Manly walk and you will often see people walking it in converse shoes or even thongs – although runners are advised. Make sure you pack your swimmers so you can take a dip at any of the beaches that you pass along the way. The spit to manly walk is for more advanced walkers and you will need to wear runners or hiking shoes. It’d be a good idea to pack your swimmers for this walk as well.
10) Check out Sydney’s Gardens and parks
Sydney has some beautiful Gardens and parks. They are a great place to exercise, walk, relax or have a picnic. My favorite parka and gardens, in no particular order are Centennial park, the Chinese garden of friendship ($3 admission) Wendy Whiteley’s secret garden and the Royal Botanical Gardens. All worth exploring!
Do you have any other cheap and cheerful activity ideas for the holidays? We’d love to hear them in the comments bellow!