DIY Budget Travel (4K) – Sydney & Blue Mountains, best FREE attractions and cheap eats


I am going to Sydney to visit many of the Australia’s famous landmarks, urban parks and botanic gardens, museums, market, and learning about its politics As well as lots of off the beaten path attractions and ending the visit by take a breathtaking nature walk at Blue Mountain and stargazing Sydney’s night sky Not to forget, fuelling up with lots of inexpensive and tasty food All free, all under four days anything I can do, you can do! Located on Australia’s east coast Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in the South Pacific Founded in 1788 and led by Captain Arthur Philip as a British penal colony until mid-19 century The city has transformed into a major global cultural and economic center with an estimated population of 4.9 million and consistently rank as one of world’s most livable cities The Sydney International Airport is located around 9 km south of the City centre Although there is public trains to Central Station, there is a Airport Terminal Station Access Fees So here is a budget alternative So I am in the Sydney Airport right now I recommend you come to terminal 1 or 3 and from here you can take the public bus number 400 This #400 Bondi Junction bus will drop you off at the Mascot suburban rail station where you can catch a train to Central Station and within very few stops you’ll arrive here at Central and most likely you’ll be exiting out on this corridor to George Street and its also a good time for me to welcome you to Sydney! The central station is Sydney’s land transportation hub this is where you can catch buses and trains to and from other Australian cities This is small inner-city suburb called Chippendale and where I recommend you stay as it is walking distance to many attractions Welcome to Casa Central! I want to take a moment to thank my host Casa Central Accommodations for providing me with complimentary bed during the filming of Sydney They offers clean and comfortable private and dorm rooms at affordable prices Best of all, its only few minutes walk from Central Station and The Goods Line, and next to newly developed, the Central Park And… Free self-serve laundries!!! Our first attractions is the Chinatown located in Haymarket, between the Central Station and Darling Harbour It is Australia’s largest Chinatown initially it was located in Rocks area of Sydney later moved to Market Street and finally the current site since 1920s This is also home to the famous Paddy’s Market It is a flea market, specializing in cheap imported clothes, giftware and this is where you can pick some bargain for tourist souvenirs There is also has a small section for you pick up some fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood… oh yeah, you get FREE SAMPLES in lots of stalls The Chinatown is also great place for inexpensive food most nobly the Asian traditional pastries But, if you really… need to fully filled up go to the Eating World food court and you grab full meals for about $8 to $10 a bargain by Australian standards However if you love seafood… You’ll love the Sydney Fish Market If you like seafood, you definitely have to come here this is the world second largest fish market after Tokyo it’s where the trader come 4:30 every morning to do their bidding and to the public you can sample the fresh cut seafood inside many of the shops inside there with that being said, let’s go and check it out! The Sydney Fish Market incorporates a working fishing port a wholesale fish market a fresh seafood retail market a seafood cooking school and indoor seating and an outdoor promenade for the visitors Before you start to smell too fishy let’s head over to Darling Harbour and get some nice shot of Sydney skyline It is also a large recreational and pedestrian precinct that is situated on western outskirts of the city centre Originally known as Long Cove it was renamed after Lieutenant-General Ralph Darling who was the Governor of New South Wales from 1825 to 1831 Today, its home to a number of major public facilities and attractions including the Australian Maritime Museum On the way to the next site, we’ll also pass by Town Hall the seat of municipal council for Sydney Our destination is the Queen Victoria Building, constructed between 1893 and 1898 The building, on the “scale of a cathedral” was designed by the Scottish architect George McRae who had emigrated to Sydney in 1884 during a building boom In 1897, the building was renamed to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria Today, the building consists of four main shopping floors The ceiling is decorated with two mechanical clocks each one featuring dioramas and moving figures from moments in history On our way to the Hyde Park, we can see the Sydney Tower nearby However, its little too expensive But I am going to show you an inexpensive alternative later Also located in the city centre, the Hyde Park the oldest parkland in Australia It’s surrounded with many of Sydney’s famous landmarks From the very early days of the colony this open area became the favourite place for sport and recreation It was known variously as ‘The Common’ the ‘Exercising Ground’ the ‘Cricket Ground’ and the ‘Race Course Now, if you are short in time what I recommend you go down to ANZAC War Memorial and walk all the way upward and you’ll see many of the landmark along the way and this is the Hyde Park and behind me is the St. Mary’s Cathedral another landmark here in Sydney and if you keep going that way there is the Royal Sydney Mint and right beside it is the Sydney Hospital and right beside that is the State Parliament and if you keep going that way you’ll reach the Botanic Gardens and if you keep going you’ll bump into the Opera House The St Mary’s Cathedral is church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and the seat of the Archbishop of Sydney The first cathedral was founded in 1821 but ruined by fire in 1865 The foundation stone for the current cathedral was laid by Archbishop Polding in 1868 whom did not live to see it in use, as he died in 1877 Just few minutes away, we’ll visit the Sydney Mint to grab some spare change it’s a free attractions Located in the southern wing of the Sydney Hospital built between 1811 and 1816 paid with 45,000 gallons of rum to the contractors then known as the Rum Hospital It’s the oldest public building in the Central Business District The building was used as a coining factory between 1855 to 1926 after the British approved the colonial government request to establish a mint in Sydney which was to be the first branch of the Royal Mint outside England After the mint operation creased, the building was used by various government departments Gradually these buildings were planned for demolition until activists successfully led a campaign in 1979 to preserve it Right next door is the Parliament House for the State of New South Wales The facade consists of a two story Georgian building flanked by two Neo-gothic additions containing the parliamentary chambers That is the Speaker’s Chair here in the Parliament of New South Wales The Parliament of New South Wales is the main legislative body in the State and oldest legislature in Australia The parliament is bicameral with the lower house being the Legislative Assembly, and an upper house being the Legislative Council both directly elected by the people of the state in general elections every four years Also right beside the Parliament House is the State Library but we’ll catch up on my reading later as we’ll head over to the Art Gallery of New South Wales This is the most important public gallery in Sydney and one of the largest in Australia Established in 1871, the Academy of Arts early on bought some large works from Europe The Gallery’s first public exhibition opened in 1874 and the admission is free The Gallery holds significant collections of Australian art from settlement to contemporary, European and Asian art Today, it presents nearly forty exhibitions annually The Australian collections includes dates from the early 1800s and includes many iconic paintings and sculpture from the annals of Australian art history In 2003, a dedicated Asian Gallery was opened the space involves art from all corners of Asia including Buddhist and Hindu arts, Indian sculptures, Southern Asian textiles, Chinese ceramics and paintings, and Japanese works and more Right across the road is home to the oldest scientific institution in Australia and one of the most important historic botanical institutions in the world So what we got here is… relax… contemplate… discover and enjoy… walk on the grass touch the trees… smell the flowers… listen to the birds… connect with the natural world and indulge your passion for plants I can’t agree more… Should we continue? First opened in 1816 on the stunning position facing to Sydney Harbour the garden is one of the most visited attractions in Sydney It’s open every day of the year and access is free To the immediate adjacent is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings The Sydney Opera House is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an multi-venue performing arts centre design by the Danish architect Jørn Utzon the building was formally opened on 20 October 1973 The multiple performance venues which together are among the busiest performing arts centres hosting well over 1,500 performances annually with 1.2 million in attendance Well, up there is the Sydney Opera House and behind me is the Sydney Harbour Bridge two of the most important landmarks in Sydney Now, I am sure you are wondering how I get to this spot to enjoy this magnificent view Very simple, take any train to Circular Quay and get off there and walk for two minutes And this is where we are going to end our day… Even though we are going to do everything on a budget, we still need some money in Australian dollars off course and here is a trick! The best way to save money on foreign exchange fees? is to see if your bank has a partner in the country you are traveling to In my case, my bank belongs to the Global ATM Alliance and their partner bank here is Westpac meaning if I use any of their ATM here in Australia I don’t get charge but there is one catch… Their tricky bank machine will ask you if you like to accept the pre-converted rate in your home currency never accept it Their exchange rate are always worse so just skip it and continue Next morning, we are back at the Circular Quay Station and begin our day here It is also close to The Rocks the name for the historic area of Sydney’s city centre and there is the free The Rock Discovery Museum to learn about its unique history It’s a family friendly museum which tells the story of The Rocks area from pre-European days to the present Housed in a restored 1850s sandstone warehouse, the museum is home to a unique collection of images and archaeological artifacts found in this area The exhibits also includes the area’s traditional custodians the establishment of the English colony and the time when sailors, whalers and traders made The Rocks their home through to the 1970s union-led protests which preserved this unique part of Sydney The Rocks is also home to another free attraction an important cultural institution the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia The only museum solely dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art, both from across Australia and around the world The collection contains over 4,000 works by Australian artists that have been acquired since 1989 It spans all art forms with strong holdings in painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper and moving image as well as significant representation of works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists But if want to reach the sky… I mean stargazing! you’ll love Sydney Observatory located on a hill now known as Observatory Hill at the opposite side of the Rocks you know all this remind me of my fascination with the stars as a little boy after watching Carl Sagan’s The Cosmos This astronomical observatory is a free working museum In some evening the visitors can observe the stars and planets through a modern 40 cm telescope and a historic 29 cm refractor telescope built in 1874 the oldest telescope in Australia I got to say this is the biggest telescope I ever seen and if you come here at the night time there is stargazing tours but that has to be pre-booked Next we’ll take a public ferry from the Circular Quay to the North Shores The ferry is approximately $6.00 alternatively you can also take train to get across the Sydney Harbour Bridge for $3.50 on peak hours The best way to get around the city is using the public transportation I recommend you buy a prepaid, reloadable Opal Card which entitles you to an $0.30 discount on each trip and automatic deduct your fare from the stored value The card can be used on any trains, buses, ferries and light rail services throughout New South Wales and has added bonus of an maximum fare cap of $15 a day and weekly cap of $60 and $2.50 on Sundays Sadly, the cap does not apply to Airport station access fee So… to get to this breathtaking view all you need to do is take the ferry from that side to this side and get off at Milsons Point The Milsons Point is actually a suburb located 3 kilometres north of the city centre It’s named after a free settler James Milson who settled in the nearby area and established a profitable business supplying ships with stone ballast, fresh water, and the produce of his dairy, orchard, and vegetable It’s especially speculator and romantic at night as you’ll see the lights from high-rises dominating the Sydney skylines After an entire day of adventure I am not going back without fuelling up So, let’s about eating cheap Now with not much of spare change I can either begging or be creative with my money by going to hunt down cheap places to eat with that being said, I am a bit hungry, so let the hunting begin! I am supermarket fan, this is where I pickup fresh fruits and subsidized milk Many of them has sushi bar and deli counters with freshly made sandwiches However, I typical dine out at Chinese or Japanese restaurants as I get the most bangs for my buck Next, as promised… I’ll show you the free alternative to the Sydney Tower by taking marathon across the Harbour Bridge So, another things I am going to do here in Sydney is to challenge myself by walking from this side of the bridge to the another side people have said it takes about 20 to 25 minutes I think that will be a great exercise after all that food what we have eaten so, if you are ready, I am ready… let’s go! The bridge’s design was influenced by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York City This is the tallest and sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world There had been plans to build a bridge as early as 1815 but the construction didn’t begin until 1923 And ladies and gentlemen..! please take a moment to enjoy the, breathtaking, speculator, amazing view of Sydney from the Harbour Bridge Oh, let’s not forget the stunning night view… it’s really romantic! But let’s get high! I am mean… get a higher view from the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout For only $15 or $10 for student you’ll get to see the city from 87 metres above and on the way up to the top where you can discover the history and construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as well as those men who built it in the 3 levels of exhibits So, ladies and gentlemen… once again, please enjoy the round two of the speculator view of Sydney… Next day… lets chill out a bit! So, we’ll head back to Circular Quay to take a ferry to the northern coastal suburbs of Sydney the Manly Beach the journey to the Manly Beach takes about 30 minutes as you can see I really regrets not bring a warm jacket because I am really, really cold right now don’t make the same mistake as I do The Manly Beach is about 10 minutes from the ferry terminal with the lively shopping and pedestrian boulevard that leads to the actual Beach This is one of Australia’s most famous surfing beaches The first world surfing championship was held here in 1964 and the site of Australian Open of Surfing held every February Australia is a hot country so make sure to be well hydrated The bottled water is pricy however there is water stations all across the city so save your bottles Today, the last place we’ll visit is the Olympic Park It’s about 16 kilometres west of city centre This is the area that was redeveloped for the 2000 Olympics this is the cauldron for the 2000 Olympic Game held here in Sydney and standing right now here in the Olympic Park I don’t know if I can recommend people coming here because its little deserted right now The facilities built continue to be used for sporting and cultural events including the Sydney Royal Easter Show Sydney Festival Stereosonic Big Day Out Soundwave Sydney 500 and a number of world-class sporting fixtures Sydney is well connected and there is free WIFI all around with lots of coffee shops But if you are a student of a research university most likely they are member of Eduroam which means you can go to any of their member universities anywhere on the planet and use their internet access free of charge in my case, I am with the University of Toronto And yes! one of the member institutions is the University of Sydney Founded in 1850 it is Australia’s first university and ranked in the top 10 of the world’s most beautiful universities I couldn’t agree more… It’s also home to free Nicholson Museum of Antiquities Macleay Museum of Natural History University Art Collection and Art Gallery as well as the Rare Books Library The last place we’ll visit is speculator but a bite far however I think is totally worth it! Today we are going to Blue Mountains and I am going there by train via the Central Station Remember, there is $15 daily maximum cap on your Opel card so make sure to take advantage of it and go far! The train rides take about two hours and we’ll be getting off at the Katooma Station so from the Katoomba Station, I hope I pronounce it correctly… either you can take a hop on and hop off bus which is pretty expensive or you can do it cheap way I almost missed the public bus You’ll need to get across the street for the bus stop that serves route 686 So, what so nice about the public bus is it also drop you off directly at the Lookout Pavilion so there is no need for the expensive tour bus did I mention you need to wear something warm… no kidding!!! The Blue Mountains is also a UNESCO World Heritage Area covering over one million hectares of sandstone cliffs, bushland, waterfalls and dense forest One of the famous rock formation is the Three Sisters on the north escarpment of the Jamison Valley at the Eco Point The commonly told legend is the three sisters, lived in the Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe They fell in love with three men from the neighbouring Nepean tribe but marriage is forbidden by tribal law The brothers were not happy to accept this law and decided to use force to capture the three sisters A major tribal battle ensued and the sisters were turned to stone by an elder to protect them Another great advice… don’t wear flip-flops bring a comfortable shoe because you are going to have fantastic breathtaking hike With over 140 km of walking tracks this is a paradise for those who loves hiking and the exploring the underground caves the problem here is… you know… every single lookout point so many of them are all scenic I also like to caution that the hike can be challenging as some areas are unpaved or has deep slopes I recommend you not to come after raining as it track can be muddy and slippery from the rainwater runoffs There is many waterfalls in Blue Mountains one of them is Leura Waterfalls located at the base on the mountain If you are bored waiting for next bus back… Don’t worry… right next to bus stop is an Aboriginal Centre selling indigenous artworks and handmade crafts So, if you are want support the local indigenous population? considered buying them as gifts or souvenir There is The Road Builders Memorial right outside It is dedicated to first settlement ancestors which consist of convict road builders of the Blue Mountains I return to the airport the same way From the Central Train Station I took a train to Mascot Suburban Station and transfer on to bus number 400 to the airport and this concludes my visit to this magnificent city With that being done I hope you have an amazing time in Sydney Don’t forget to like, share, comment on this video and subscribe to our channel Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, Pinterest and Flickr Thanks for watching!

91 Replies to “DIY Budget Travel (4K) – Sydney & Blue Mountains, best FREE attractions and cheap eats

  1. You did a fantastic job. Breathtaking! 🙂 Can’t wait for your next video. I am a video creator too and would appreciate your opinion on my work.

  2. just watched the video you said not to go to blue mountains after rain but that is the best time to see all of the 25 waterfalls there

  3. Excellent Video and very informative I am going to use alllllll  of your information, keep walking and keep doing your amazing videos !!!

  4. Great work! I appreciate the content. looking for cheap ways for our visit soon. maybe it would help if the video is a bit slower. tends to blur at some parts. Overall, GREAT JOB!

  5. Blue mountains Katoomba . 1hr 40 mins by car using all toll roads / train express 2hr 15 mins from Central , Distance 102km

  6. Educational and interesting!! Very well researched. I didn’t know most of this history and im from Sydney!!

  7. Australia is a 'hot country' is a pretty big generalisation for such a large country. Australia receives more snow per annum than Switerzland. Travel 90 minutes west of Sydney and the climate is more akin to the UK rather than the tropics. Melbourne and Sydney's summers are fairly pathetic as well. New York, Toronto, Rome, Chicago, LA … some examples of cities that average warmer summer temperatures in the middle of their respective summers.

  8. Insightful vlog, you made us feel as if we were part of the trip. My friends and I are planning to visit Sydney and this is super helpful <3

  9. Lots of work went into the video and it shows in the quality of it. First class, what camera were you using?

  10. Loved the video, helped me a lot to plan my trip to Sydney. Just a little warning: i got motion sickness from watching the video since the camera is pretty much moving all the time.

  11. Paddys market,was the fruit and vegetable market for Sydney back when.A hive of energy,as products from everywhere,where trucked into the Market on a daily basis.

  12. I'm from the area and it is great to see a video that shows my city so well. It's great to see Sydney when vivid us in. A night walk through the city and ferry ride on the harbour is spectacular at that time.

  13. Congratulations, EXCELLENT !!. My last employment before I retired, I was a taxi driver for 18 years and that gave me an opportunity to learn Sydney and I don't think you missed anything for visitors. But the real beauty of Sydney, are some of its suburbs, like in the Middle Harbor and Pittwater https://youtu.be/Y7eicBBSv28

  14. The Opal Card does not operate throughout NSW. It works in Sydney and well beyond, but not on (NSW TrainLink) regional train/coach services and private bus services in and around many country towns. However, it will get you to places like the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Newcastle/Hunter and the Illawarra, which are each a couple of hours by train from Sydney Central. You can do a good round trip by ferry (a beautiful trip) and bus to Olympic Park, then back to Sydney by train via Lidcombe. Another walk with really great views is from Manly (ferry from the Quay) to The Spit (bus back to city) or vice versa.

  15. Nice video mate, I'm doing a similar thing, but each day over a few weeks.
    May I recommend The Rocks to stay instead of Central, more things to do, nicer area – try the YHA for cheap accom.

  16. Loved your suggestions! Could you give us more info on the entrance fees and how Scenic Word works? Not sure with so many tours how it works. Thanks again for your into. Was awesome! 👍🏼

  17. great video thanks for the info, Tokyo is two words pronounced TO KYO no To Kee Yo, fyi, Chinese characters translate as Eastern Lantern on capital

  18. Great video, one of the best I’ve seen! I’m flying to Sydney in two days, never been to Australia, and this has helped. Thanks Charles 😀

  19. I thought you were very good in showing everything and quick which was good you didn't drag it on even though I'm Australian I know all these places you went to but I still enjoy it .😊💜

  20. Great stuff…For a cheap day out at the beach is to catch the train to Cronulla.Its the only beach that the train goes directly to its a beautiful place.lots of restaurants,cafes or fish and chips and you can catch a ferry near the train across to the Royal national park.

  21. I was born, raised and still live in Sydney, and cause of this video I kinda realised I take all of this for granted..its just so normal seeing these places almost every day

  22. This is brilliant. Actually can't wait to come home. this is a really comprehensive look at what there is to do in sydney.

  23. I got here from the Airport Link website so I was expecting a boring video full of tourist traps but it’s entertaining and has great tips for budget travellers. Just what I was looking for, thank you.

  24. We're headed to Sydney next month and your video has helped our planning TREMENDOUSLY! Thank you so much!

  25. Hey I have two videos from when I was in Sydney. Check out my channel and let me know what you think!!

  26. I don't just like it, I love this video. I grew up in Sydney, now living in the Blue Mountains and I think your video is wonderful. Thank you so much.Many blessings.

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