Sydney Christmas 2017 | For Budget Travelers
If you are a traveler on a budget, Sydney 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.
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.
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.
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.
7. Visit Churches
You can attend mass at St Marys Cathedral or St Andrews Cathedral in Sydney. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!
Christmas lights in one of the mall in Sydney.
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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.