(English follows ) Mon article sur Sydney, en Australie, a été publié dans La Presse le week-end dernier. Mon défi? Visiter l’une des villes les plus dispendieuses au monde avec seulement 200$ en poche.
Vous pouvez lire l’article ici.
My article about Sydney, Australia, was published in La Presse last weekend. You can read it in French here.
And this is the English translation :
Sydney, Australia: the famous Opera House, Bondi Beach, the animated nightlife and also… the exorbitant prices. It is one of the most expensive cities in the world after all. However, it is possible to get the full Sydney experience on a tight budget. You can visit the Australian metropolis with but $200 in your pockets.
From Darling Harbour to the Harbour Bridge
Equipped with a long black or a flat white, leave Darling Harbour, where there are several tourist attractions such as the Sydney aquarium, and walk by the water to the Harbour Bridge. Access to the bridge is free and it offers a beautiful view of the city. Get your camera ready! It is also possible to go up a pylon for $13 or, if you are more daring, to climb the structure, but that will cost you between $200 and $300. We prefer the first option.
Sydney Opera House
Keep strolling and pass by the historical area of The Rocks, then Circular Quay, up to the Sydney Opera House. This emblematic building, which depicts of the sails of a boat, celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. To see the inside and learn more about the controversial history of the Opera House, guided tours are offered everyday for about $30.
The traditional meat pies
At lunchtime, you can’t go pass the most typically Australian dish; the meat pie covered in mashed potatoes, mashed peas and gravy. Harry’s Cafe de Wheels has been baking those pies for over 70 years. Pie Face, a chain that can be found everywhere in Australia, provides a convenient alternative. The traditional meat pie is filled with beef, but you can choose among several fillings such as chicken curry, vegetarian and bacon and cheese.
Visit to the museum
In the afternoon, escape the heat by visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art. Access to the permanent collection and guided tours are free. Renovated in 2012, the museum highlights the work of international, Australian and Aboriginal artists.
Relaxing in the Royal Botanic Gardens
A few steps away from the museum are the Royal Botanic Gardens, a favourite of Sydneysiders who want to get away from the urban bustle. You can enjoy a guided visit to learn more about exotic plants or simply relax by a tree and observe the flocks of birds parading in front of you.
A drink in Surry Hills
To chat around a glass of wine on the patio, head to Surry Hills, the ultimate hip area. Take advantage of the happy hour offer, in the early evening, and taste wines from the Hunter Valley, located near Sydney.
Sushi and dumplings
In Sydney, Asian cuisine has the best price-quality ratio. Fill up with dumplings in Chinatown at Sea Bay restaurant (376 Pitt Street) or Chinese Noodle Restaurant (8 Quay Street). If you’re a fish lover, you have to stop by Sushi on Stanley (85 Stanley Street).
Sleeping at a hostel
Hostels are the most economical option if you want to spend the night in Sydney. You can still go with a private room if you don’t like the good old dormitories. If you prefer the comfort of a hotel, some websites have great last minute deals. Another option: If you have more than 10 000 followers on Instagram, Hotel 1888 (139 Murray Street) offers you a night stay for free. The place is even equipped with a selfie corner…
A fresh juice to start the day
Seeing the procession of big arms and flat stomaches in the Australian metropolis, you will probably want a healthy breakfast. Very popular, are the juice bars abound in the city. We recommend O Organic Produce Cafe (487, Crwon Street) in Surry Hills or Sejuiced (Shop 3, Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive) in Bondi Beach.
Bondi to Coogee walk
From the CDB, take a bus to Bondi Beach. Before swimming, go for a walk on the promenade to Coogee. The view is breathtaking and you’ll cross many beaches along the path. Bronte Beach is ideal for families, Tamarama to surf and Clovelly for snorkeling.
Pita at Sabbaba
Back in Bondi, eating for cheap can be a challenge because of the blown up tourist prices. The restaurant Sabbaba (80-82 Hall Street) escapes this rule and has huge falafel, meat or fish pitas for less than $10. Sit outside to people watch the mix of tourists and tanning enthusiasts.
If you are in the area on a Sunday afternoon, go to the Bondi markets to rummage through clothes, jewelry, furniture, etc. Local artists and artisans are kings here. It is in this market that the designers from the iconic Australian brand Sass & Bide had their beginnings. Elsewhere in the city, Glebe Market (Saturday) and Rozelle Market (Saturday and Sunday) are also worth a visit.
To the beach!
Bondi is one of the most famous beaches in the world and it would be sacrilegious to leave without having dipped a toe in the water. Be careful in the waves, you wouldn’t want to end up on an episode of the reality show Bondi Rescue. The seawater pool from Icebergs is also accessible for a few dollars.
Sydney.com – Bondi Beach
Dinner in a pub
A pub is the perfect place to have a traditional meal without spending too much. Here, you will find some Australian classics, like salt and pepper squid, steak and barramundi. At the Shakespeare Hotel (200 Devonshire Street), every meal is $12.50, from the lamb shank to the pulled pork sandwich. Order at the bar and sit with the regulars.
Amount spent for this stay:
$200, including 2 nights in a hostel private room, six meals, two glasses of wine and two bus tickets. The value of the Canadian dollar in relation to the Australian varies, but most of the time it is around parity.