Travel Expenses: Sydney 2007

Ah, Sydney. How I loved thee.

I’ve fallen inlove with Sydney, mainly because of the harbour and the ferries. I don’t know why, but I just love riding commuter ferries. It’s one of the reasons why I loved the Chao Phraya in Bangkok.

I only spent 3 days in Sydney, though I wish I could have stayed longer. Sydney has so much to offer to travelers, and admittedly, a weekend in Sydney isn’t too expensive. I was surprised when I saw the total myself.

Here’s my 3-day Sydney expense breakdown to give you an idea when you plan your own trip to this lovely city.

[EDIT March 5, 2009] I am an idiot. I made a HUGE mistake in summing up all the expenses, hence the ultra cheap total *facepalm* From Php 13K for a weekend trip, the real total finally came out (after TWO FRICKING YEARS): Php 23K!


Sydney, Australia Au$ 1 = Php 40
March 2-4, 2007
Actual Actual
Air Tranfers In Australia Dollar In Peso
Virgin Blue $ 223.00 Php 8,920.00
Green travel pass with return $ 54.50 Php 2,180.00 1
Airport Link
Taxi $ 12.40 Php 496.00
Manly Jet Cat $ 8.20 Php 328.00
Big Hostel $ 57.00 Php 2,280.00 2
$27/night, 6-bed female dorm
Including breakfast, 2 nights
+ credit card surcharge
Includes food court meals, junk food $ 92.30 Php 3,692.00
Fastfood, yum cha
Souvenirs/shopping $ 107.85 Php 4,314.00 3
Admission tickets $ 24.00 Php 960.00 4
Total $ 579.25 Php 23,170.00
1 With a green travel pass with Airport link, you can ride the train to and from the Kingford Smith Airport, and unlimited rides on the buses, trains and ferries within the green zone. Ferry includes the Manly ferry, except the Manly Jet Cat.
2 There is a $20 key deposit, which you get back when you surrender your key upon check-out
3 I really should control myself.
4 This is for the Chinese Garden and the National Maritime Museum. The maritime museum is free, actually, but you have to pay if you want to get inside the vessels docked (i.e. The Oberon-class submarine, the naval vessel, replica of the Endeavor.
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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 7 Comments
  1. Christine says:

    Wow you’re right, that IS pretty reasonable. Especially for Sidney. I always thought Sidney would be espensive, no idea why. Thank you for sharing this, this is good info. Now I just have to get myself to Sidney so I could actually use this info. ;)

  2. nina says:

    Isn’t it? I wasn’t able to do some of the more touristy stuff though, like the Opera House Tour (AU$23) or the Sydney Obervation Tower (AU$24) or try the Jet boat rides (AU$50+). The great thing though, is that a number of other touristy places like museums and galleries have relatively cheap admission tickets (free or less than AU$10).

    Suffice to say, Sydney is a very tourist friendly place for any budget!

    Oh, and if you’re going, go during the first week of March. The Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras culminates to a parade on its last day (first Saturday of March), and it’s really something worth watching, regardless of age or sexual preference ^_^

  3. Christine says:

    Haha, like in San Francisco, Sounds like fun! Will keep that in mind. :)

  4. Dan says:

    That is pretty good, although it is expensive compared to what you could do with

  5. nina says:

    Hmm, it seems my comment box ate the rest of what you typed Dan :-/

  6. rose says:

    Hello! nice blog, I’m also planning to visit Australia and Im looking for the cheapest airline. I was just wondering where did you take the virgin blue flight coz i checked their website and it’s not available in the Philippines.

    Thank you.

    • nina says:

      I flew Virgin Blue from Melbourne to Sydney. From Manila, you can check out Jetstar (via Singapore), Tiger Airways (via Singapore or Perth) and Air Asia (via Kuala Lumpur)

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