Sydney is expensive. We’re talking top ten most pricey cities in the world kind of expensive. But it’s also beautiful, exciting and culturally rich. While there’s no denying there are plenty of activities to do here that would blast a hole right through your bank account, you can still live large in this bustling city by the sea for $20 or less.
1. Visit The NSW State Library
I hear you shaking your head, but this is no high school library. Smack bang in the middle of the city on Macquarie Street, it’s the oldest library in Australia with the sandstone building dating back to 1826. Even ignoring its façade, you can’t ignore what’s going on inside. Free classic films every Sunday, a myriad of free art and photography exhibitions (at the moment it’s rock’n’roll photographer, Tony Mott’s exhibition, What A Life!), and yes, for book buffs, the kind of rare and beautiful books, manuscripts, maps and more that take you to your happy place.
2. Become A Film Buff
Speaking of movies, if you prefer cult over classic, you’re going to love the free movies at Soda Factory in Surry Hills every Monday. They’ll also sell you beer and hot dogs for only $5 a pop from 5pm to 7pm, which is rather nice of them really, and even kinder to your wallet. In summer, you’ll find plenty of free outdoor screenings around the city, including the courtyard of The Argyle in the iconic Rocks, every Monday.