Is Australia on your bucket list? Did you know that one of the most visited cities in Australia is Sydney? But Sydney can be expensive unless you know the secrets and tricks to doing Sydney on a budget. If you’re planning a trip to Sydney, check out this How To Luxury Guide to Sydney on $85 a day.
The How to Luxury Guide to Sydney on $85 a Day
Australia is one of my favorite countries. Although I might be biased. I pretty much love each of the 33 countries I’ve visited. But Australia has a special place in my heart. Jeff and I first visited the Gold Coast and Brisbane, Australia for two weeks in 1994. And we seriously considered making it our home. The only thing that held us back was the uncertainty of being able to get jobs.
So to say that I love Australia is an understatement. Our last visit was a week in Sydney 2013. It was supposed to be a family trip but the kids were left at home. But that’s a whole ‘nother story.
Because the seasons are reversed, our spring is fall in Australia. Which means it’s inexpensive to visit and you’ll usually get good weather. Here are a few tips, tricks, and secrets to enjoy a luxury vacation in Sydney for $85 a day.
We managed to fit in a lot of activities, way too many to list. You can read about all those activities and more in upcoming posts on Sydney, Australia.
Sydney Spring Vacation Costs for a Couple
You and your spouse, partner, friend, or family member can spend a spring vacation in Sydney for about $85 a day. Here’s how we did it and how you can too.
Two First Class one-way tickets on Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu to Sydney. A First Class one-way ticket on Qantas from Sydney to Los Angeles and a First Class one-way ticket on Hawaiian Airlines from Sydney to Honolulu and a First Class one-way ticket on American Airlines from Honolulu to Dallas and Dallas to San Diego. These tickets were booked when American Airlines allowed international stopovers. So we got two vacations with one award ticket redemption: Hawaii and Australia. The total cost for airfare: $208.30.
2. 7 Nights Lodging
You can stay at one hotel or bounce between several hotels like we did. We booked our first night at the Best Western Plus Hotel Stellar using 20,000 Best Western points. Then we spent 2 nights at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel using 50,000 Radisson points. The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel was booked when Radisson still offered the second night free on award stays of two nights or more from the Club Carlson Premier card Our next 2 nights were spent at the Hilton Sydney Hotel using the 2 free nights from the Citi Hilton Reserve card. And our last 2 nights we stayed at the Park Hyatt Sydney using the free nights from the Hyatt card. The cost for accommodations: $0.
Sydney is a walkable city. So you can walk everywhere and/or use the free CDB Shuttle Bus. If you don’t want to walk, the buses are cheap. We hired a shuttle to get to the airport. The total cost for transportation: $49.88.
4. Activities and Tours
There’s so much to see and do in Sydney and thankfully, much of it is free. 🙂 You can see our entire itinerary in a future post.
- Round-trip Train to Blue Mountains: $23.24
- Ferry to Manley: $29.09
- Round-trip public Bus to Bondi Beach: $31.51
Cost for activities and tours: $83.84
You can spend a fortune on food in Sydney. But it’s possible to eat cheaply in Sydney. By visiting local bars you can drink for cheap. Food: $226.93
An Australia vacation doesn’t have to be expensive. A couple can spend the spring in Sydney, Australia for $85 a day including airfare, hotel, activities, transportation and food. And without camping, backpacking, or staying in a hostel.
In the next post, I’ll show you how to use miles and points to travel to Australia. Stay tuned for more posts on Sydney and reviews.
I’d love to hear your tips on doing Sydney on a budget, especially if you stayed in luxury hotels.
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