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25 things to do for $25 or less in Sydney

Penny pinching? We've got your back with 25 fun activities to do around town

Written by
Aobh O'Brien-Moody
Rebecca Russo
Maxim Boon

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. Climb some boulders harness free (don't worry, the padded floors promise a soft landing) at 9 Degrees in Alexandria$20.

2. Connect to country with a 90-minute Indigenous walking tour at Dharawal National Park in Campbelltown, the second Saturday of every month. $15.

3. Go for a dip at the heritage-listed Wylie’s Baths that sit below the Coogee coastal walkway. $5.50. 

4. Nab purr-fect coffee and meow-nificent cookies with the Catstronauts at Surry Hills’ Catmosphere Cat Café$22-$24.

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 $17 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. Tuck into a sweet and fluffy tower of soufflé-pancakes at the first Australian outpost of the widely popular Japanese chain, Gram, in Chatswood. $18.90

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

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-$19.

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). $5.10-$6.70.

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$15.

18. Ever wanted to learn how to skate backwards? You can get an aerobic workout on four wheels at RollerFit$25; 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). $12-$15. 

Rose seidler house

21. Grab some mates and pig out at Red Pepper Bistro, one of the city's first (and still, one of it's best) joints for Korean Fried Chicken. From $18.

22. Explore Manly’s beaches with Manly Kayak Centre where you can hire an XL stand-up paddleboard for $25 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. Surrender to the rhythm of the hip-swinging beats at a Latin Dance Australia taster class. $20.

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