Live luxe for less in Sydney

 

Sydney is a rich tapestry of colour and culture, offering a variety of exciting things to see and do. Couples, business travellers and solo travellers alike are guaranteed to enjoy the experiences that await them in this capital city. There’s no need to break the bank in order to make the most of your stay in Sydney. Instead, the following tips will help you have an indulgent yet inexpensive time in this lively metropolis.

Eating out

Dining out and sampling local fare is one of the quintessential things to do when visiting any new destination. Thankfully, Sydney’s wide array of restaurant options makes it easy to eat well regardless of your budget. For under $60 per person, hungry travellers can experience some of the best food in Sydney.

Adobe Bistro Bar, located at Darling Harbour, is an elegant venue serving fresh, seasonal produce and offers a bistro lunch for just $29. Junk Lounge (so named after traditional vessels commonly found in Hong Kong’s harbour), located on the second level of Cruise Bar at The Rocks offers great views of the Sydney Harbour and is an ideal dining venue for couples, with a hearty dinner for two costing less than $80. The Hainan chicken and rice comes highly recommended.

Junk Lounge/Cruise Bar Junk Lounge/Cruise Bar

Shopping

A trip to stylish Pitt Street in Sydney just begs for some retail therapy. The Strand Arcade and Queen Victoria Building (fondly known to locals as QVB) offer the best spot for a Sydney shopping day. Tourists may be eligible to claim back the goods and services tax (GST) on purchases, which is something all savvy shoppers can appreciate. For good value, head to the outlet malls located at Alexandria or DFO Homebush near Sydney Olympic Park for your pick from brands like Seafolly, David Lawrence and Oroton.

Travel secret: If shopping at QVB, be sure to stop into the nearby Workshop Espresso coffeehouse. This is a mecca for caffeine-loving locals and is known for its delicious coffee and freshly baked goods.

Queen Victoria Building Queen Victoria Building

Activities

Your Sydney getaway should be relaxing as well as stimulating. Ayurve Spa, inside Myer (located at George Street), is one of the best spas in Sydney and offers a range of deals and packages fit for couples or solo luxury lovers. Massages and facials start at a reasonably priced $60. Another renowned spa is Endota Spa at The Rocks, which promises to rejuvenate your body and mind with packages for just $155 or a 45-minute massage for $95.

Live luxe for less at Rendezvous Hotel The Rocks - a four star hotel in the heart of the historic Rocks precinct, delivering five star service and luxuries.

By Stephanie Fuller

When Stephanie Fuller’s wanderlust is not leading her across the world to her next destination, she’s uncovering the delights of Sydney and the rest of Australia. She loves painting, reading, and scouring the internet for funny cat videos.

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