A day in Sydney for under 50 bucks

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    Picnic in a shady spot at Watson's Bay by Renate Ruge
    Fancy a day in Sydney on a budget? Here’s how to have 12 hours of fun for just fifty Aussie dollars.
    Breakfast: $10
    Rose Bay marina Kiosk
    Hidden under the pier at Rose Bay is a buzzy open-air café. Breakfast watching speedboats cruise past and seaplanes fly overhead. Best on the menu is the bacon and egg roll. Wash it down with pear nectar for a thrifty start to the day.
    594 New South Head Road, Rose Bay (02) 9362 3555
    Travel by ferry: $5.30
    Catch the ferry from Rose Bay to Watson’s Bay.
    (You can buy single tickets for $5.30 for adults or pay $20 for a multi day pass which gives you access to train, bus and ferry for the day in more areas.)
    Lunch: $12.50
    Where: Enjoy fish and chips with a view at Doyles in Watson’s Bay $12 – go for the takeaway from the kiosk on the beach and bask in the sun on this pretty Sydney cove with views of the Sydney skyline.
    Hop on a ferry to Circular Quay.
    Afternoon stroll: FREE
    Wander through the Royal Botanical Gardens in the centre of Sydney, where thirty hectares of grounds house permanent exhibitions as part of the City of Sydney Sculpture Walk where giant globes of welded metal, nestle under trees, cast iron Lions guard the gates and statues of boys built from stone play in the bushes. Walk down to the picture postcard harbour through lily ponds and exotic flowerbeds.

Time for Tea.
Head to the Rocks on the other side of Circular Quay for a spot of window-shopping and some Sydney history. Venture through the cobbled streets following a historical walk (you can find maps for free at the information centre). Grab a coffee or tea at Renaissance café in their leafy courtyard: $3.50.
    Be A ‘Touro’ (Australian for tourist): FREE
    Climb the steps of the Opera House and have your picture taken under the eaves. Then go in search of a cheap snack for dinner. 
Try some rice paper rolls like the tasty tiger prawn and green mango spring rolls and a frozen coconut juice from Asian tapas place Miss Chu, served Vietnamese hawker-style. The Harbour Kitchen is a series of market stall style food shops. Watch the sun set over the Sydney Harbour Bridge with your picnic.
    $50 to spend:
    Breakfast: $10

    Travel: two ferry rides at $5.30 each: $10.60

    Lunch: $12

    Tea: $3.50

    Dinner: $13
    Total: $49.10

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