To the film lovers without any budget, here is a great find. There is an outdoor cinema set withing the Royal Botanical Gardens. It plays films from 8.30 most nights, which you can check online. I have heard it normally costs $30 a ticket, but there is a free option. If you take the path that leads up behind the cinema, you will come across some rocks on the right hand side. Climb up on these (not too challenging) and you have a good view of the large screen, albiet slightly obscured by some trees.
Up here, not only can you see the cinema screen and hear the dialogue, but you can also see the Opera House and Bridge lit up in the night. You'll find your eyes wandering between the film and the stunning backdrop, trying to comprehend the surreal nature of the situation. There is one snag though; you will be sharing your seat with a few possums and bats.
It seems that someone always seems to know someone, somewhere. The two friends I am in Sydney with, Rob and Dan, went to university with a girl who is living in Freshwater, just around the corner from Manly. To get there I got the ferry from pier 3 at Circular Quay. It costs around 10 or 11 bucks for a return ticket. The ride over to Manly is very pretty in itself. The sun was shining down on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera house as the boat chugged around the coast. Half an hour later and you get to Manly, a beachside town full of pretty people on surfboards.
Apart from the inferiority complex this can give you, this seems like the place to settle around Sydney. I spent that night sat my friends, and their friends, perched on rocks and drinking beer as the Sun set. Absolutley perfect.
Arriving in Sydney the most important thing came first, where to find cheap food? I instantly found there are at least two Coles stores on George Sreet, brilliantly news. There is also a Woolworths on the corner of George Street and Park Street.
Ok, so next, free internet (I have an online research job and the first big task of travelling to a new place is finding a wireless connection). The usual Wifi and power points of Hungry Jacks are nowhere to be found as in Melbourne. Although, finding Wifi was not as bad as the midnight search of Singapore, which only got me and my laptop drenched and my dignity taken from me as I slipped over in the wet streets. The Sydney State Library offers free wireless and thankfully, the lockers their are also free, which the not so friendly security man pointed me to. All in all, not a bad first few hours.
and this is one of the many reasons i came here.
Source – Dial a Flight – Cheap Flights to Australia.