Sydney 2020: Backpacking Tips and Travel Guide


Known as Australia’s most popular city and the biggest city in Oceania, Sydney is an undemanding mix of beach culture and urban life. This municipal is the entrance for nearly all visitors in Australia, and a thriving backpacker’s paradise. The amazing city is home to world-renowned landmarks such as the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, together with some of the most picturesque and celebrated beaches on the planet. 

Diverse in culture, Sydney is open to all people from all walks of life. With its rich history, although young, the city admires its indigenous people through museums, educational walks, and cultural events. Aside from being Australia’s largest city, Sydney is considered to be the most visited. And opposing to popular belief, it’s not the country’s capital! 

Backpacking Sydney is an interest every traveller does when they visit. However, if you’re not a backpacker, whatever kind of traveller you are or for how long you are there for, there is a hundred per cent chance that you will most likely visit the city in your trip. Backpacking Sydney will surely give you a spectacular taste for life down under. If you want to have a blast in Sydney, keep reading our tips and guide! 

Travel Costs 

Standard Cost of Food: Affordable meals such as burgers, sushi, sandwiches, are around under AUD 14 (USD 10). But if you cook your meals, presume to pay around AUD 100 (USD 71) per week for groceries that for sure has chicken, vegetables, pasta, and other basic foodstuffs. It will cost you around AUD 20-28 (USD 14-20) for no-frills eating. And if you are staying in hostels, almost all provide family-style meals each night for around $8 AUD/$6 USD, although some offer “free dinners”, they’re usually crappy hot dogs and sausages.  

On the harbour, restaurants cost a little more expensive because of so many tourists and amazing views. Fast food is around AUD 15 (USD 11) for a meal. The sushi trains around the city provide a satisfying meal for AUD 10-20 (USD 7-14), the noodle and dumpling shops in Chinatown boasts mouth-watering and fresh meals for less than AUD 10 (USD 7), and Lentil like “Anything” (a vegetarian restaurant in Newtown) provide meals on a “pay as you feel” system. Another low-priced place to eat is the food court in the MLC Centre. 

Affordable Hotel Prices: Prices of hotel accommodations differ greatly in the city. If you’re planning to stay in the hub, it would be nice to get a private room at a hostel as the hotels are too costly downtown. Nearly all budget hotel start around AUD 90 (USD 64) per night for a single, and AUD 150 (USD 107) for a double, and get more pricey the nearer you get downtown. You’ll discover plenty of better deals and, on a per-person basis, be able to work out cheaper deals if you’re with a group. You can try finding a shared room in a home average of about AUD 33 (USD 24) per night. You can discover complete apartments starting around AUD 105 (USD 75) per night. 

Hostel Prices: In Sydney, hostels are pricey. Affordable hostels can be found in the King’s Cross area. An 8-bed room starts around AUD 26 (USD 20), though a 4-bed dorm starts around AUD 33 (USD 24). Private rooms differ between AUD 80-120 (USD 57-85) per night determined by things like location and whether the bathroom is shared or private. 

Food: Are you the budget type backpacker who’s a non-foodie? Then you may want to hit-up Australia supermarkets such as Coles and Woolworths and have yourself some lovely and simple outdoor picnic. You can also check out markets around the city that also have fresh seafood and produce at fair prices. So go check them out. 

Drink: There is no scarcity of backpacker bars in Sydney. You may want to be on the lookout for backpacker specials at plenty of hostels. Also, in authentic Australian fashion: drink silly and save money! But don’t forget to stay hydrated. 

Transportation: You may purchase an Opal Card. You are going to need it. Plus, taxis are expensive in Sydney, so rideshare is an amazing means of getting around. And for a cheaper fare, you may want to do an uberpool to share your ride with other travellers.

Other Tips: Internet is quite pricey in the land down under. Fortunately, Mcdonald’s always provides free WiFi for their customers. 

Best Time to Go to Sydney 

The best months to visit Sydney are from September to November and March to May. These shoulder seasons have pleasant temperatures and there is no need to deal with the huge tourist crowds. Also, airline prices are more affordable during this time.  

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Some places will be filled with several crowds from September to the end of November and March to May are the nicest months to visit Sydney. But generally, the temperatures are between the low 50s°F (10°C) to the mid-70s°F (24°C). Fall season from March to May is much similar, so you’ll want to bring a light jacket for those cold days.  

Meanwhile, the high season in Sydney is December to February, also recognized as Australia’s summer. Temperatures are normally in the high 70s°F (high 20s°C) each day, so people group here to take advantage of the heat. This makes it an extremely expensive time to visit the place.

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Ivandrea Ollero is a resident writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta Hotel, one of Australia’s contemporary luxurious hotels that also offers a great historical experience for tourists. Ivandrea provides hotel tips and hacks for a blissful best vacation. She is also a content writer who researches and write custom content about home improvements, finance, law, travel, fashion, and beauty. She graduated from St. Scholastica's College, Manila, with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016