When funds are tight, as they are for so many of us these days, we still want to be able to take our families on holidays but not have to default on the mortgage in the process. Choosing a holiday destination that has something for everyone but won’t break the bank can be a challenge.
Sydney on a Shoestring for Families
Although most people think of Sydney as an expensive place for family holidays in NSW, there is actually a huge range of free and cheap activities if you know where to look.
Firstly, the beaches in Sydney are varied and beautiful and completely free. Pack a picnic lunch and head to any one of Sydney’s glorious beaches for a day of fun in the sun. Many of Sydney’s beaches have ocean swimming pools, children’s playgrounds and designated picnic and BBQ areas.
Sydney Olympic Park has a huge range of free or cheap activities including over 35 kilometres of bike tracks to explore, and you can either bring your own bike or hire one on site. Kids will love the Amazing Chase in the Newington Armory where they can challenge their friends to a bike race using maps to locate checkpoints, and then solve puzzles and answer questions before moving onto the next point. Maps and clues can be downloaded for free from the Sydney Olympic Park website.
The range of other free activities in Sydney suitable for family holidays include extensive networks of bike tracks around lakes, beaches and parklands, beautiful bushwalks in the many areas of National Park in and around Sydney, the Sydney Opera House, the historic Rocks area, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Sydney Observatory, Centennial Park and the list goes on and on.
The best way to get well priced accommodation for family holidays is to steer clear of the Sydney CBD. Choice Hotels Comfort Inn North Shore is a great value family run North Shore hotel that features a range of rooms including comfortable family rooms. The hotel is conveniently located in Lane Cove only 7 kilometres north of the CBD, twenty minutes by car from Sydney Olympic Park and within easy access of many of Sydney’s free attractions.