On this week’s What You Could Get In The City For $10 series, we’ll go back to another city in the down under. And this time, we’re gonna talk about the city with probably the highest living cost in the entire country: Sydney, New South Wales.
As we talked about Singapore last week, Sydney is no different in terms of being one of the most expensive cities in the world. Therefore, it’s quite interesting to follow what you can actually do in the city for just $10. Are you gonna get far with that amount of money? Is there any life hack you should know before you plan out a visit to the capital city of the NSW?!!
Now, now… Thanks to David Angel from Delve into Australia, as in this opportunity, he’s going to share what you could get in the city for what’s equal to $10 USD. 🙂
Quite Chilly in Manly!
Sydney is an expensive city to visit, especially with the Australian dollar remaining at historically high levels over the last few years. But there are bargains to be had at certain times.
One of the best things to do in Sydney is to take a ride on a harbour ferry. In order to use public transport in Sydney, you need to obtain an Opal card which you can then use on all ferries, buses and trains.
The best ferry ride of all is the F1, which runs form ferry hub Circular Quay to the seaside suburb of Manly, in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
The one time of the week you can get there and back for less than US $10 is a Sunday, when fares across the entire network are slashed to just A$2.50 (US $ 1.93!) for unlimited travel throughout the day. On other days of the week, the return on an Opal ticket works out at A$ 14.70, which at $11.37 takes us slightly over budget.
The Manly ferry is one of the best public transport journeys in the world. As it leaves Circular Quay, you pass Sydney Harbour Bridge on your left and Sydney Opera House on your right, before heading out towards the ocean, passing North and South Heads before finishing the half-hour journey in Manly Cove, which is part of North Harbour.
Manly is a beautiful suburb, with the still turquoise waters of the harbour on one side and the famous Pacific Ocean surf pounding the beach the other, just 400 metres away.
There are several harbour beaches, including Delwood and Fairlight, a few minutes’ walk from Manly ferry wharf. The ocean-facing Manly beach is one of the best surfing beaches in Sydney, and it’s always busy with surfers catching the many waves. Nearby, Shelly Beach is much quieter and more sheltered, and it’s the starting point for a great coastal walk to North Head.
All of this is, of course, free, and you still have the equivalent of just over $8 USD burning a hole in your pocket. A coffee in Manly normally sets you back A$4-5, and you often find coffee and cake deals for $8-10 AUD ($6.50-8 USD), a perfect way to use up the rest of your budget, sitting back and savouring this wonderful spot.
Contributor: David Angel from Delve into Australia
David Angel is a professional writer and photographer who has traveled the world – and Wales, his home country – for the last 30 years. Delve into Australia is a newly launched travel blog with the aim to be an online expert travel resource for people who are planning to travel within Australia. For the past 8 years, David has been making a yearly trip down under with his Australian-born wife, Faye.