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25 things to do for under $25 in Sydney

Penny pinching? We've got your back with 25 fun activities to do around town
Bare Island fort La Perouse
Photograph: Adam J.W.C.
By Aobh O'Brien-Moody and Rebecca Russo |

Sure, Sydney’s hella exxy most of the time, but if you look hard enough, you’ll find some cheap as chips things to do that won’t leave a sizable hole in your bank balance.

1. Bounce off the walls and jump for joy at Skyzone Alexandria trampoline park. $18-$20.

2. Connect to country with a 90-minute Indigenous walking tour at Dharawal National Park in Campbelltown. $10.

3. Go for a dip at the heritage-listed Wylie’s Baths that sit below the Coogee coastal walkway. $5. 

4. Nab purr-fect coffee and meow-nificent cookies with the Catstronauts at Surry Hills’ Catmosphere Cat Café$20.

5. Slurp down some super mega ramen noodles at Gumshara (pictured below) in Chinatown’s Eating World. It's a big enough serve to satisfy two people. $25


6. Take a stretch and ground yourself with a one-hour casual $15 drop-in yoga class at Pocket City Farms

7. LOL all night long at the Comedy Lounge every Monday night at 8pm. $10.

8. See the city on two wheels with a Boomerang Bike from multiple bike stations across Sydney for $14 an hour. 

9. Sit beachside on a warm day and eat fresh cod, chippies and mushy peas ($20) at The Traditional Chip Shop in Bondi Junction.

10. Work up a sweat at No Lights, No Lycra’s weekly dance party in the dark (pictured below). Mondays. $7.

no lights no lycra

11. Take a picturesque tour of the elaborate Bare Island Fort, located in the La Perouse area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Sundays 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm. $10-$15.

12. Eat up at Enmore’s favourite Lebanese joint Emma’s Snack Bar, where you can fill up on Moorish chicken ($20) and pillowy soft bread ($3 per serve). 

13. Get the perfect Insta snap at Pylon Lookout beside the Sydney Harbour Bridge. $0-$15.

14. Ditch your inhibitions and get groovin’ at Groove Therapy, a one-hour dance class designed to make you feel good about yourself. $20.

15. Practice your strokes at Surry Hills’ impressive 50-metre Prince Alfred Park Pool, as seen below, (open all year round and heated). $4.80-$6.40.

Prince alfred pool

16. Up your cultcha with $20 Monday rush tickets at the Griffin Theatre Company, available every Monday from noon.

17. Dig into a hefty serve of pad si-ew with stir fried fat noodles with chicken and Chinese kale in a dark soy sauce at Chat Thai$14.

18. Ever wanted to learn how to skate backwards? You can get an aerobic workout on four wheels at RollerFit$20; skate hire for $5.

19. Or if ice is more your speed, head over to the Macquarie Ice Rink where the last hour of the day is discounted skating. $18-$19.

20. Put on your Grand Designs cap and stickybeak at the incredible ’50s-era Rose Seidler House in Wahroonga (below). $8-$12. 

Rose seidler house

21. Grab some mates and pig out at Chicken Institute, a Korean restaurant on Fitzroy Street serving a surprisingly excellent combo of fried chicken in buckets, bibimbaps and milkshakes. From $22.

22. Explore Manly’s beaches with Manly Kayak Centre where you can hire an XL stand-up paddleboard for $10 an hour per person.

23. Find fun for the kids and kids-at-heart at the Powerhouse Museum$0-$15.

24. Head through the theatre door to Giant Dwarf and take your pick of the performance litter: poetry slams, comedy and improv nights and more for under $25 a ticket.

25. Get the best bang for your buck at Darlo’s Trunk Road, pictured below, who serve up delicious curry fries and ‘roadies’, which are spicy fillings wrapped up in paratha bread. $12.

trunk road

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