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Experience Sydney on a Backpackers Budget


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Backpacking is more than just a simple way to discover new places in Australia. It’s become a way of life for many young people all over the world. Being able to throw your backpack over your shoulder and roam the country at your own pace is both exhilarating and adventurous. The backpacking experience is all about exploring new lands, meeting new people and creating new connections that could last a lifetime.

There are those inquisitive backpacker types that want to live like the locals, while others want to squeeze every last ounce out of the experience. Others just like to sit back, and simply take in the wonder and beauty of it all. If you fit into any of these categories, then Sydney is a must for you. Our backpackers guide to Sydney will help you find the most memorable and unique attractions that you must explore, in order to transform your simple holiday of this famous Australian metropolis into a truly unforgettable experience.


When you decide to visit Sydney, one way to ensure you make the most of your trip is to find a place to stay that’s: a) within your budget and b) has relatively easy access to the attractions Sydney has to offer.  All backpackers have different tastes and needs, but if you want a good hotel you should opt for those that have at least 4 stars. We recommend the Jackaroo, Blue Parrot, Central Railway, Sydney Harbour YHA as well as the Bondi Beach House and the Original Backpackers Hotel. These hotels have all the essentials that you might need, whilst also boasting great locations, ensuring you can easily get to the destination of your choice without too much hassle. These are some of best hotels for backpackers and if you want great accommodation at a reasonable price, then these are your best bet.

Landmarks and Attractions

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney has so much to offer, and for most people, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge almost certainly spring to mind at the thought of this stunning city.  But, there are countless other landmarks and attractions that deserve to be explored. One of the most impressive attractions in this great city is The Taronga Zoo. Beyond the vast array of creatures from all over the world, you will undoubtedly get your native Australian wildlife fix here. Koalas, kangaroos, wombats. . . you name it. And for the aquatic inspired backpacker, the Sydney Aquarium boasts over 700 different species including sharks, rays, penguins and Australia’s very own platypus. 

If you’re backpacker with a fascination for nature, then visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens is a must. Just metres from the Opera House, these majestic gardens reveal a scene of captivating beauty that will simply take your breath away.

And no visit to Sydney is quite complete without experiencing the magnificent beaches on display. Be sure to check out at least one of many stunning beaches such as Manly, Coogee or the iconic Bondi beach to indulge in a truly “Aussie” experience.

Bondi Beach, Sydney


There’s an almost infinite selection of delicious food to enjoy in Sydney. With, Australia being the vibrant multi-cultural hub that it is, there’s cuisine from all over the world. If you want to partake in some of the local specialties, then we recommend the pot’n’parma. Never mind the obscure name, the dish is made up of the “parmigiana" which is essentially a crumbed chicken breast (or veal), topped with tomato sauce, bacon and cheese, accompanied with a “pot” of beer for good measure. This is a favourite amongst many locals. You can find it at pretty much any good pub in Sydney, such as the Steyne and Scubar. For those that enjoy a wild night out once in a while, Steyne and Sccubar are also great locations if you want to indulge in some cheap drink deals during your stay.

Sydney Italian Food


It couldn’t be easier to navigate your way through Sydney with the extensive selection of public transport available. Buses, trains, ferries are all at your fingertips and all of which have stops very close to most major attractions. If you choose to embark upon a trip by ferry, you have the opportunity to explore Sydney from a unique perspective, passing by most of Sydney’s well-known and iconic attractions.

Another great way to discover the excitement of Sydney at your own leisure is an adventure bus tour. These tours capture the essence of Sydney, and include the famous harbour, the alluring beaches, and the striking cityscape of modern and colonial architecture. In a 90-minute tour, there are a total of 34 stops along the way, making this irresistible value for around $40.

Sydney Opera House at night

Internet connectivity for backpackers

Staying connected to the web is pretty much essential in this day and age and is something that should not be overlooked, especially when you’re backpacking away from family. Thankfully, you won’t have to go too far to connect. You can find Internet connections just about anywhere in Sydney, from public libraries to cafes and most hotels. Best of all, most options don’t cost a penny.

Sydney Zoo


One of the biggest draw cards of Sydney is the almost perfect climate. With an abundance of sunshine, it brings stunning, Mediterranean style conditions, with temperatures of around 9 degrees during the winter and around 30 degrees during summer. The mild winter and hot summers make it one of the most desirable tourist destinations all year round. You will have the time of your life discovering the iconic landmarks and picturesque scenery under these idyllic conditions.

As you will soon discover, it really doesn’t get much better than Sydney. And, if you want to get the most out of your backpacking experience, the best way to go about it, is to meet some of the friendly locals and immerse yourself in their way of life for the duration of your stay. Australian’s are extremely accommodating and almost always willing to help. Just be friendly and engage in a relaxed, positive way and in no time, you will find yourself accepted as one of the locals.

Sydney is an incredible location for any backpacking experience. It’s time to create your unforgettable travel memories, so what are you waiting for? To start your journey, visit us today.