Sydney is the third most expensive city in the world, according to 2013 statistics, which place it behind Japan’s Osaka and Tokyo. A strong Australian dollar means the country’s unofficial capital can easily bleed your pockets. The good news is, as with any big city, there is still plenty left to do on a budget. For my first Big Five City Guide feature, I tackled this cosmopolis based on my recent adventures there as a solo backpacker.
If you’re going to be in Sydney for several days, or if you just plan on doing a lot of moving around (via trams, busses, ferries, etc.) it’s definitely worth investing in a My MultiPass. It gives you unlimited travel on all the ferries, busses, and trams inside certain zones (for example, a zone 1-only pass is $45 for 7 days and includes the above-mentioned Manly ferry, the ferry to Watson’s Bay, and busses to and from Bondi, in addition to all the inner city transportation.) Furthermore, if you’re going to sleep outside the city center, the pass will be worth your while for this alone; point-to-point tickets into town every day will add up quickly. Even if you don’t do anything else in Sydney, a MultiPass will allow you to take dozens of “free” self-guided tours on water and on land.