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Cheap areas to stay in Sydney

With its fun-loving population of students, young families, and resident backpackers, Sydney is no stranger to the shoestring side of travel. Areas like the University of Sydney in the south-west have great wallet-friendly rooms, with bunkbeds and shared accommodation aplenty. Head to the east and you'll find countless hostel beds and guesthouses peppering the shores of laid-back Bondi and Manly, set to the sounds of acoustic guitars and the splash of the Sydney shore. Or, stick to the streets of Haymarket, where some super-cheap dorms offer easy access to Chinatown and the harbor.

Cheap hotels in Sydney

The king of budget digs in the city of Sydney comes in the form of the ibis chain. The ibis budget at Sydney Airport offers up modern accommodation just a stone's throw from the city's departure lounges and runways, while the ibis budget Sydney East can be found nestled between the galleries of Woolloomooloo and the harbors of Rushcutters Bay. Thanks to the established backpacking community sprawled across the country, you can also expect to find plenty of cheap and cheerful hostels.

Where to find cheap food in Sydney

Food trucks and affordable holes-in-the-wall abound in cool and characterful Sydney. Make for the boho streets of Camperdown, where the university feeds a medley of beatnik coffee haunts and rowdy student pubs. Also on the menu is the hip and happening area of Alexandria, where the old industrial depots and redbrick warehouses are now occupied by maestro baristas and bespoke bakeries. Budget eats are everywhere in Haymarket, as Korean noodle stands and burrito stalls and all-American food trucks coalesce next to Paddy's Market, Quay Street, and the train station.

Cheap things to do in Sydney

If you're eager to keep the bank balance intact while traveling through Sydney, this metropolis of historic sights and fascinating places has plenty on offer for free. For starters, the duo of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge come totally gratis, so be sure to stroll around the quaysides here with your camera in hand. Lazing on the beaches is free too, with the coastal walk between Bondi and Coogee offering up interesting stop-offs at places like Tamarama Beach and the Sculpture by the Sea, not to mention snorkeling opportunities at Clovelly and Gordon’s Bay. And for the culture vultures there are budget galleries and historic hotspots. Check out the Art Gallery of New South Wales, packed with Australian masterworks from the last century, and don't miss the pretty Gothic rises of St. Mary's Cathedral, soaring to a peak right in the heart of town.

Cheap ways to get around Sydney

While not all of Sydney is walkable, the main attractions in the downtown area certainly are. That means you can check off everything between Darling Harbour, The Rocks, and Potts Point without even having to think about purchasing a bus or train ticket. For the attractions that are further afield, and for access to the beaches around Bondi, you'll need to hop aboard local buses, which are well-known for their budget-friendly tariffs. There's also some cheap light rail options, along with water taxis with affordable rates and combo tickets to keep prices low.

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