Published on October 26, 2015 2:50 pm, by Jen Bakker
Taking out a family can be costly. In Sydney if you know where to go it’s easy to have a great day and spend limited cash. Here’s 8 awesome things to do that prove it’s easy to have fun and be frugal at the same time.
$2.50 all day travel on a Sunday makes Sundays the perfect day to take a long trip on public transport – grab a ferry out to Cockatoo island for a scavenger hunt or take a train to the Blue Mountains for an endless choice of hiking tracks or picture perfect picnic spots.
Head to Homebush for a range of activities, lots free and some paid for. There’s are parks with different activities. Free BBQs are on offer, there are walking tracks, cycle paths, playgrounds and water play. Also for the nature lovers there are a large variety of plants and animals to check out.
Coogee to Bondi – spend the day at not 1 but 5 beaches. Wind your way along the cliff tops of the Eastern beaches stopping for swims along the way. Coogee, Clovelly, Bronte, Tamarama and Bondi are all lovely for different reasons and when it’s hot there’s nothing more rewarding than another swim after walking for 10-15 mins. Don’t forget your picnic & water bottles, there are water stations along the way to fill up.
Spend the day in town. Start around the Rocks with a self-guided walking tour, maps are available online. Go to the Museum of Contemporary Art, which has free entry and often has child friendly exhibitions. Take a walk over the bridge and enjoy the amazing views. Round out the day with a picnic in the Botanic Gardens or check out if there is anything happening in or around the Opera House.
Head to the Darling Harbour playground, let the kids have a run around while you chill out close by on the grass. After that head across to the Pirrama Playground in Pyrmont, the view is great and the kids have the choice of playing in the water features or on the playground. There are concrete paths that are great for scooters and bikes as well.
Grab some wheels or just your sneakers and head to the Bay. Start from Leichhardt, Rozelle or Drummoyne. It’s a 7km loop with plenty of parks along the way to stop for a play as well as some coffee shops for mum or dad to get a caffeine hit. One of the parks has a flying fox, popular with kids of all ages and there are plenty of places to stop for a rest or to just enjoy the view.
Invite some friends over for an evening meal and let the kids prepare the menu and cook. That should keep them occupied most of the day. Be ready to guide them towards meals they can prepare…and don’t underestimate them. You’ll end up with a messy kitchen, but will have a heap of fun, while teaching the kids a thing or two. Just a tip, let the guests know the kids are menu planners and chefs for the evening!
Spend a day at the Royal National Park – get there by car or train. $12 per car entry, or free on foot. There is everything you could desire for a great day with beaches, BBQs, parks and walking trails. Check out the website for information, including patrolled beaches during summer.
Jen is an experienced banking professional who loves wine, coffee, finding a bargain and of course her three beautiful children. Since Jen's first budget led her to buy a home at 20, Jen has passionately helped others to make better decisions with their money.