25 things to do for un­der $25 in Syd­ney

Sure, Syd­ney’s hella exxy most of the time, but if you look hard enough you’ll find some great things to do that won’t leave a hole in your bank bal­ance. By Aobh O’Brien-Moody & Re­becca Russo

Time Out (Sydney) - - Cheap Sydney -

01 Bounce off the walls and jump for joy at Sky­zone Alexan­dria tram­po­line park. à www.sky­zone.com.au. $18-$20.

02 Con­nect to coun­try with a 90-minute Indige­nous walk­ing tour at Dharawal

Na­tional Park in Camp­bell­town. à www.macarthur.com.au/tours/. $10.

03 Go for a dip at the her­itage-listed Wylie’s Baths that sit be­low the Maroubra to Bondi coastal walk­way. à www.wylies.com.au. $2.40-$5.

04 Nab purr-fect cof­fee and meow-nif­i­cent cook­ies with the Cat­stro­nauts at Surry Hills’ Cat­mo­sphere Cat Café. à www.cat­mo­sphere­cafe.com/syd­ney. $20.

05 Take a stretch and ground your­self with a one-hour ca­sual $15 drop-in yoga class

at Pocket City Farms in Cam­per­down. à www.pock­etc­i­ty­farms.com.au.

06 Slurp down some su­per mega ra­men noo­dles at Gumshara in Chi­na­town’s Eat­ing World. It’s big enough for two. à 25-29 Dixon St, Hay­mar­ket 2000. $25.

07 LOL all night long at the Com­edy Lounge at Café Lounge ev­ery Mon­day night at 8pm. à www.the­com­e­dy­lounge.syd­ney. $10.

08 See the city on two wheels with a Boomerang Bike from mul­ti­ple bike sta­tions across Syd­ney for $14 an hour. à boomerang­bikes.com.au.

09 Sit beach­side on a warm day and eat fresh cod, chip­pies and mushy peas ($20) at the Tra­di­tional Chip Shop in Bondi Junc­tion. à www.thechip­shop.com.au.

10 Work up a sweat at No Lights, No Ly­cra’s weekly dance party in the dark on Mon­days. à no­light­snoly­cra.com. $7.

11 Take a pic­turesque guided tour of Bare Is­land Fort, built in 1885 in the La Per­ouse area of Ka­may Botany Bay Na­tional Park to guard Syd­ney from sneak at­tacks. à www.na­tion­al­parks.nsw.gov.au/venues/bare-is­land­fort. Sun 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm. $10-$15.

12 Eat at En­more’s favourite Le­banese joint Emma’s Snack Bar, where you can fill up on the likes of Moor­ish chicken ($20) and pil­lowy soft bread ($3 per serve). à em­mass­nack­bar.com.au.

13 Get the per­fect In­sta snap at Py­lon Look­out be­side the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge. à www.py­lon­look­out.com.au. $0-$15.

14 Ditch your in­hi­bi­tions and get groovin’ at Groove Ther­apy, a one­hour dance class that is de­signed to make you feel good about your­self. à groovether­apy101.com. $20.

15 Up your cultcha with $20 Mon­day rush tick­ets at the Grif­fin The­atre

Com­pany, avail­able ev­ery Mon­day from noon. à www.griffinthe­atre.com.au.

16 Prac­tice your strokes at Surry Hills’ im­pres­sive 50-me­tre Prince Al­fred

Park Pool (open all year round). à www.princeal­fred.org. $0-$6.40.

17 Dig into a hefty serve of pad si-ew – stir-fried fat noo­dles with chicken and Chi­nese kale in a dark soy sauce – at Chat Thai. à www.chatthai.com.au. $14.

18 Ever wanted to learn how to skate back­wards? You can get an aer­o­bic work­out on four wheels at RollerFit. à www.rollerfit.com.au. $25.

19 Or if ice is more your speed, head over to the Mac­quarie Ice Rink where the last hour of the day brings dis­counted skat­ing. à www.mac­quar­ie­icerink.com.au.$18-$19.

20 Grab some mates and pig out at Chicken In­sti­tute, a Korean restau­rant on Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills serv­ing an ex­cel­lent combo of fried chicken in buck­ets, bibim­baps and milk­shakes. à www.chick­enin­sti­tute.com.au. From $22.

21 Put on your Grand De­signs cap and stick­y­beak at the in­cred­i­ble ’50s-era Rose Sei­dler House in Wahroonga on a Sun­day ( see p32). à $0-$12. syd­neyliv­ing­mu­se­ums.com.au/rose-sei­dler-house.

22 Ex­plore Manly’s beaches with Manly Kayak Cen­tre, where you can hire an XL stand-up pad­dle­board for $10 an hour per per­son. à www.man­lykayak­cen­tre.com.au.

23 Find fun for the kids, and the kids-at­heart, at the Pow­er­house Mu­seum. à maas.mu­seum/pow­er­house-mu­seum. $0-$15.

24 Head through the the­atre door to Gi­ant Dwarf and take your pick of the per­for­mance lit­ter: po­etry slams, com­edy and im­prov nights and more for un­der $25 a ticket. à gi­ant­d­warf.com.au.

25 Get the best bang for your buck at Darlo’s Trunk Road, who serve up de­li­cious curry fries and ‘road­ies’, which are spicy fill­ings wrapped up in paratha bread. à www.trunk­road.com.au. $12.

Rose Sei­dler House

Chicken In­sti­tute

Sky­zone Alexan­dria

Bare Is­land

Cat­mo­sphere Cat Café

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