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.
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.
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.
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.