How To Experience Sydney — On Any Budget

If you’re a city person but you like adventure, Sydney’s for you. If you’re a beach person but you want world class food options, Sydney’s also for you. And, if you’re an animal lover who enjoys a glass of fine natural wine — well, you get it. Sydney just might be the one destination that’s got something for everyone. Don’t believe us? Navigate this video by clicking the choices as they appear, and we’ll magically serve up spots tailored precisely to your tastes. See the best bars, the best shows, the best day trips, the best beaches, and the best city sites – you’ll even learn how to speak some Aussie slang. And, who knows: after planning this trip, you might just plan your move down under.

How to help

Many of the amazing businesses featured in this experience are now operating online, or raising money to support affected staff. We hope to see them IRL again someday, but in the meantime we’ve compiled some of their links below if you are interested in supporting their efforts.

(Please note eko has no relationship with the business and organizations in the lists presented below, and the charity list provided is simply representative of some of the work charities are doing during this time and how each of us can play a small part. Please always use caution and your own judgement when placing orders on external websites or donating to a charity.)

Support businesses featured in this video

Expand each section to see the places we visited in Sydney, and discover ways to support.

  • VERIU BROADWAY | Sleek no-fush crash pad for stylish travelers | $
  • OLD CLARE HOTEL | Artful digs in a modern setting, each room is different and comes with a soaking tub | $$$
  • PIER ONE SYDNEY HARBOUR, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION | Accommodations with postcard views of the harbour and bridge | $$$
  • HUNTER VALLEY HORSES | Meet an equine friend and take a scenic stroll through the wineries | $$$
  • ICEBERGS OCEAN POOL | Buy a day pass to the chicest natural pool in town | $$$
  • LET’S GO SURFING | Take a lesson from a local to hang ten like a pro | $
  • SHARK DIVE AT SEA LIFE AQUARIUM | Cozy up to sharks at this safe but thrilling aquarium dive | $$$
  • SYDNEY BY SAIL | One of the best views in town is from the water, so sail on by all the landmarks | $$$
  • RUBY’S DINER | All your brekkie favorites in a stylish setting | $
  • THREE BLUE DUCKS | A warehouse of inventive breakfast dishes building on Aussie ingredients | $
  • BILLS | Go for the banana pancakes, stay for the swanky interior design | $$$
  • YELLOW | This best-of-the-best wine bar also serves a creative, dressed-up brunch | $$$
  • BODHI | Undeniably delicious vegan fare | $
  • COLOMBO SOCIAL | Flavorful Sri Lankan restaurant that employs refugees and asylum seekers | $
  • SPICE ALLEY | A whole well-designed row of international street food to choose from | $
  • WINGS AND TINS | The best of what the name suggests: wings and beers. We’re in | $
  • RESTAURANT HUBERT | Old world elegance meets best-in-class food at this jazz bar/resto | $$$
  • INTERMEZZO | Dressed up, homemade Italian food so good you’ll feel like you’re in Rome | $$$
  • CHIN CHIN SYDNEY | Asian fare to feed the whole family — try the tasting menu! | $$$
  • NORTH BONDI FISH | Yummy local fish dishes right on Bondi beach | $
  • THE DOLPHIN | Natural wine, local ingredients, and a bar to hang in after dinner | $
  • MARY’S | Aussies flip for these locally sourced burgers — veg options and natural wine included | $
  • HARRY’S | Absolutely no-frills meat pies for your gotta-try-it impulse lunch | $
  • ICEBERGS DINING ROOM AND BAR | This iconic dining room serves up local and Italian staples with a view | $$$
  • BENNELONG | An unforgettable meal inside the opera house with Aussie staples | $$$
  • ESTER | Sydney chefs dig this carnivore’s paradise and we can see why | $$$
  • SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE WALKING TOUR | Get up close and personal with one of the world’s most iconic buildings | $
  • SYDNEY TOWER EYE SKYWALK | A city view from the top of it all, this climb will really give you a lay of the land | $
  • TARONGA ZOO | Australia is known for its animals but at this beautiful zoo, you’ll get to know them intimately | $
  • SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE CLIMB | An adventerous and unique way to get to know Sydney’s iconic bridge and the surrounding sites | $$$
  • SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE HELICOPTER TOUR | Go way up with this high flying tourist attraction | $$$
  • COLOSSUS DANCE SHOW | Live performance is taken to the next level with this massive modern dance troupe | $
  • SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE | See what’s on while you’re in Sydney at one of the world’s most iconic venues | $$$
  • BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE | Traditional aboriginal dance finds adoring audiences here | $$$
  • LIFE THE SHOW | A cabaret, a musical, a burlesque performance all add up to a night of fun | $$$
  • ARTIFICER | Best-in-class coffee in a no-frills setting serves up serious roasts | $
  • GLEBE MARKETS | Wander aisles of vintage with a dang good iced long black | $
  • BLACK STAR PASTRY | Expect bomb pastries as the name suggests but wash it down with a strong brew | $
  • MECCA COFFEE ALEXANDRIA | With spacious airy interiors and delicious joe, this is, in fact, the mecca | $$$
  • 5TH EARL AT THE CANNERY | Stop by family-owned 5th Earl for a good cup of coffee before wandering the shops | $$$

  • Support fundraising efforts in Sydney and beyond

    A donation of any size can go a long way to helping those on the frontlines and the people hardest hit by the impact of COVID-19. Here are a few ways to help:





    About travel and COVID-19

    The COVID-19 crisis has affected all of us, and the travel and hospitality industries that make experiences like the ones seen in this show possible have been devastated.

    While we may have to wait to visit Sydney, we hope this project helps you plan for a future when the city is back on its feet.

    For up to date travel advisories for residents of the US, visit the US State Department website. Those in other countries should consult with their local travel authority before traveling.