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How to do Sydney on a Budget

In this city, many of the best things in life really are free – from lazing around the beaches or checking out the wildlife, to admiring Sydney’s outstanding art collection.
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge seen from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair

Budget Sydney

Art museums


Inside this stately Neoclassical building lies an exuberant collection. Blockbuster touring exhibitions arrive regularly and there’s an outstanding collection of Australian art, including a substantial indigenous section. A range of free guided tours is offered (; Art Gallery Rd; 10am–5pm Thu–Tue, to 10pm Wed; free).


A slice of Gotham City on Circular Quay West, the stately Art Deco MCA has been raising eyebrows since 1991. Constantly changing exhibitions range from the hip to in-your-face, sexually explicit and somewhat disturbing. You’ll also fnd aboriginal art featured prominently. There are daily guided tours (; 140 George St; 10am–5pm Fri–Wed, to 9pm Thu; free).

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