Sydney Christmas 2017 | For Budget Travelers

If you are a traveler on a budgetSydney can be a very expensive place to visit.  However, that experience definitely helps build a true character with an abundance of perks along the way. Below I’ve listed 7 budget-friendly things to do in Sydney during Christmas.

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Get an Opal card

Because if you are on a budget, opal is your best friend. Getting around Sydney is expensive but journeys on a Sunday are capped at $2.50 which eases the hassle of getting around without the usual costs involved. You can visit places below as affordable as a short ride across the CBD. Grab your Opal Card from any city train station or news agency and load a fee to access a world of adventure by train, bus, and ferry.

1. Have a picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens

If you would like a nice view of Sydney Opera house with some water view and harbor bridge on budget. This is it! Head to the supermarket (Coles, Woolworths, IGA) on Christmas Eve just before they close and put together a bargain Christmas picnic. Supermarkets will not be open on Christmas day. With its waterfront setting, 55 sculptures and 3,964 trees Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens are worth a couple of hours exploration. There are free tours daily at 10.30 am and 1 pm Mon-Friday or just pack a picnic and enjoy the view.

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2. Watch the sunrise or sunsets from a Sydney Beach

If you are from the Northern Hemisphere, you might enjoy the summery Christmas day at the beach. Bondi is usually busy on Christmas day, and everyone is happy to share the Christmas spirit.  If you are after places to watch awesome sunrise – my favorite spots are Bondi of course, Mahon Pool near Maroubra or Turimetta Beach near Narrabeen on the Northern Beaches. Sydney also does great sunsets – I recommend Mrs. Macquiere Chair behind Opera House. You can also ride the ferry to Cremorne and take a swim with a view at the beautiful and free Maccallum Pool or if you are in the east try Wylie’s Baths in Coogee.

3. Visit the Royal National Park

The roads will be less busy than usual and the buses are operating on the Sunday timetable on Christmas day. You can view Bundeena and the indigenous rock art. Take the train to Cronulla and then the little Bundeena ferry across the bay to the beach and the rock art walk.

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4.  Go to Newtown

Newtown usually crowded and busy but during Christmas, it will be much quieter than usual. The window shopping and street art will be waiting for you to discover, and you are bound to find somewhere to eat along King Street or Enmore Road.

5. Mountains are calling

This is my personal favorite. Jump on the 8.54am train up to Katoomba and explore the Blue Mountains in relative peace as many tour operators do not run on Christmas day.

6. Checkout Sydney attractions such as Taronga Zoo, SeaLife Aquarium, and Wildlife Sydney Zoo

Say Merry Christmas to the beautiful animals there! They would love your presence, and a bonus is the crowds are usually a little smaller on Christmas Day.  These places also offer joint tickets that reduce the cost a little.

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7. Visit Churches

You can attend mass at St Marys Cathedral or St Andrews Cathedral in Sydney. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

 

sydney-christmas-budget-travelersChristmas lights in one of the mall in Sydney.

What I used to take these photos:

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera

This has been my favorite Camera so far. I love how my pictures come out crisp and colorful. It also has a screen which is useful when vblogging. You can check out what I meant on my Instagram which is here.

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GoPro HERO4 Silver

This is my good old Go pro that I take with me everywhere. I recommend it because it is small, lightweight and waterproof. I have had made many memories with this trusted item and looking forward to more.

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SanDisk 64 GB Memory Cards

I have been using SanDisk since my first camera which was back in 2009. They build quality memory cards. I recommend getting at least two, just in case something happens to one of them.

All-in-One Memory Card Reader

Do you think it’s a hassle of plugging your camera into your computer? This memory card reader will fit cards of all sizes and make an easy transfer to your computer. The reader supports all popular SD memory card formats, including SD™/SDHC™/SDXC™ memory cards, UHS-I SDHC/SDXC memory cards, and microSDHC™/microSDXC™ memory cards. It is also compatible with the latest UDMA 7-enabled CompactFlash cards.

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Hi! I am Anna, Nepali-Australian who, not too long ago, left my career in corporate Information Technology and Services to become a world traveller. Since then, I’ve travelled to over 37 countries, lived in 4 and have ticked some big adventures off my bucket list. I enjoy travel writing, travel photography, and a minimalist lifestyle. I have written for Ariana Huffington, Matador Network, TripZilla and collaborated with Hyatt Regency Hotel, National Geographic Australia, Uber, Red Cross, Lightroom, SilkAir-Singapore Airlines, Kerala Tourism Board, and some more. My goal is to show you how you can travel the world easily, safely, and adventurously on your own. I hope to inspire you to live a life you love.

Sydney Christmas For Budget Travelers

39 thoughts on “Sydney Christmas For Budget Travelers

  • December 17, 2017 at 10:45 pm
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    Really cool pictures! And nice compilation of things to do in Sidney 🙂
    Also, I’m very impressed by the size of the mall :O

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    • December 17, 2017 at 11:01 pm
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      It is one of the low-key but beautiful mall. Glad you enjoyed the post Pauline 🙂

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  • December 17, 2017 at 10:58 pm
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    I’ve always wanted to visit Australia and I️ always visit church’s in other countries! Beautiful list and great variety and inspiration!

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  • December 17, 2017 at 11:25 pm
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    You took some great photos! I’m checking out the camera right now because I need a really good one. And now I want to visit Sydney during Christmas. Another thing added to my bucket list!

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  • December 17, 2017 at 11:59 pm
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    I’ve never been to Sydney, but this guide is really perfect. Budget travel is my preferred mode for just about anywhere, and having a good guide to get me started is so helpful.

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  • December 18, 2017 at 1:07 am
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    Thanks Anna for sharing this quick list without all the BS like many other blogs. I am saving this for when i get there next year.

    Have a great day.
    Khadija

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  • December 18, 2017 at 1:21 am
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    Always wanted to visit Sydney! Thanks for the suggestions <3

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  • December 18, 2017 at 1:35 am
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    Sydney has always been on my bucket list! Thank you for this, so maybe one day if I get a chance to go there, I could always refer back to your list here. 🙂

    Anyway, I love how you have listed everything that you used to take all the pictures. I’m not a professional photographer, neither I have a professional camera. Any chance you can post something with attached pictures using regular pocket camera? Just an idea. Cheers! 😀

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    • December 18, 2017 at 11:30 am
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      Hi Marya,
      I can write a post dedicated to cameras but FYI, the cameras I use are not necessarily professional cameras but it could be if you learn how to use them properly. Please clarify what you exactly want to know more and I can do my best to help out.
      Thanks

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  • December 18, 2017 at 1:46 am
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    Oh my days! You are making me want to jump into a plane to Sydney right now. Thank you so much for sharing such an insightful post. I enjoyed reading it.

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  • December 18, 2017 at 1:48 am
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    Beautiful! Australia, especially Sydney have been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember! Someday I’ll make it down under to finally meet my relatives and hope to see all these beautiful places in person!

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  • December 18, 2017 at 3:34 am
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    Very nice ideas, I hope I can visit Sydney one day
    XOXO, Dorie

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  • December 18, 2017 at 3:56 am
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    Aw, what a lovely Christmas it will be in Sydney! I bet those grand churches host an amazing Christmas mass!

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  • December 18, 2017 at 6:16 am
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    I’m saving this post. I can’t wait to see Sydney some day!

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  • December 18, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    I’d love to travel to Sydney. Someday, hopefully. Great article to show what can be done on a budget for sure!

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  • December 18, 2017 at 1:55 pm
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    I’ve never been but it’s at the top of my list! These photos are stunning and I’ll totally refer to this post when I’m planning my trip.

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  • December 18, 2017 at 2:04 pm
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    I would absolutely love to visit Sydney! It looks so beautiful and amazing! You took absolutely stunning pictures. Thank you for sharing!

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  • December 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm
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    Sydney is one of my very favorite places! We’ve been a handful of times over the last 10 years and it is beautiful! We’ll have to go at Christmas next time!

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  • December 18, 2017 at 3:34 pm
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    Having grown up in Montreal, where in some neighbourhoods you can’t walk more than 10 minutes without coming to a church, I would love to visit Sydney’s churches.

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  • December 18, 2017 at 5:04 pm
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    Sydney is such a beautiful place to visit. I’ve been there last year and it’s pretty amazing because of it’s beautiful scenery. I would love to revisit Sydney this 2018 with my twins.

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  • December 18, 2017 at 5:59 pm
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    Looked like a dream for me. I wish I had the budget to do traveling and experience everything as such. Photos are very inviting and welcoming, beautiful read!

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  • December 18, 2017 at 7:06 pm
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    Great photos and recommendations. I love zoos and since I am Catholic, I always enjoy visiting churches whenever I visit new places. Thank you fir mentioning what camera you used! I’ve actually been looking for a new one! !

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  • December 18, 2017 at 10:25 pm
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    I am planning to visit Sydney early next month, I hope they still have Christmas decorations by then and your guide is really helpful as I am traveling on budget. Bookmarking this post. Sydney is so beautiful, love all the pictures.

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  • December 18, 2017 at 11:24 pm
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    This is a fun time on Christmas day with or without the bulging pocket. I love the photos as they truly depict a fun time. Thanks for sharing.

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  • December 19, 2017 at 3:01 am
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    Sidney is actually on my bucketlist! Your tips are quite interesting as well, especially because I am indeed in a tight budget…

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  • December 19, 2017 at 3:35 am
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    I would so love to watch the sunrise there. Having a picnic in the botanical gardens sounds so divine. What an amazing experience that would be.

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  • December 19, 2017 at 6:16 am
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    Sydney is unforgettable experience on Christmas and New Year. Your post made me smile while recalling my days in Sydney.

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  • December 19, 2017 at 9:32 am
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    Sydney is one of my favourite places but I haven’t been in 11 years. I would love to go back so some of these things will definitely be going on my to do list.

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  • December 19, 2017 at 7:49 pm
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    Even non-religious travelers can appreciate the beauty of this church. Looks so grand! And the parks and malls. How’s the safety?

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  • December 19, 2017 at 11:21 pm
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    Loving your photos and posts about Sydney. We have never been there but hope to some day.

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  • December 20, 2017 at 5:47 pm
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    It’s a dream of mine to visit Australia one day, and your photos have reminded me of that dream. I love how beauty is present both in nature and in the man-made world. And wow, even the mall looks great!

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  • December 20, 2017 at 11:23 pm
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    These are some great tips to make the visit less expensive. I’ve always wanted to go here, one day I will and it looks like I need to visit around Christmas time as it looks beautiful! I would love to watch a sunrise or sunset on that beach.

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  • December 22, 2017 at 2:40 am
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    One of my dream country is Sydney Australia. I have heard a lot of beautiful places here and i hope i can come here so soon.

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  • December 22, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    Wow, that church looks very complicated yet beautiful. I can say it would be one of the best architectural beasts..:D

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  • December 25, 2017 at 11:06 am
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    You always have the best guides indeed! I hope I will visit Sydney one day!

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