1. Grab an ice-cream (it will probably be about $11 knowing Sydney tourist prices!) and stroll through Botanic Gardens and around the Opera House. Or for those with a penchant for a drink with a view, walk the botanic gardens, ending at the opera Bar for a beer or wine under the Opera House sails with a front row view of the Harbour Bridge. Best on a sunny day – not too much cover in the Gardens if it rains!
2. Best swimming holes. Either for fitness buffs or to absorb some rays there are some great options. Andrew Boy Charlton pool $6. Swim at North Sydney Olympic pool with view of Harbour Bridge $6.90. Wylie’s Baths Tidal Pool at Coogee – $4.50
3. Enter the creepy stare-face mouth of Luna Park. Entry is free. One ride is $10
4. Stroll – or power walk with your dog and your ipod like the locals – from Bondi to Bronte. It won’t cost you a dime and the view is a million bucks. Tuck a fiver in your pocket for a coffee at Tamarama Beach cafe on the way. Stick to the left to avoid the ire of the joggers.
5. Walk around old World War 2 gun emplacements at Fort Banks, La Perouse. Underground bunkers and tunnels amongst beach scrub. It’s tricky to find, you definitely won’t suffer from crowds. Take your own water and a snack.
6. Enjoy a chuckle, (or an awkward silence) at Stand up Comedy at Friend in Hand in Glebe on Thursdays. $10 suggested donation. Cowper St, Glebe.
7. Get your art on with some naked breasts at life drawing at the Arthouse Hotel. 6-8.30pm on Monday nights. The $5 entry fee leaves you change for a wine that will help you to draw! Pitt St, Sydney
8. Embrace your inner bookworm at Ampersand Cafe on Oxford St, Paddington, and now also on Crown St, Surry Hills. Have a coffee and lunch while sitting amongst the book shelves and reading what you want. New and used books. They also have events like book clubs and live music. Check out their blog.
9. Make like Alice in Wonderland and have a date with the White Rabbit. The White Rabbit Gallery that is. Contemporary Chinese art with an emphasis on Contemporary. Completely rehung every six months, it presents sculptures, paintings, drawings, installations, video, animations, embroidery and mechanical works. Stop at the tearoom downstairs for some refreshments. Admission is FREE!
Thu-Sun 10am-6pm. 30 Balfour St Chippendale NSW
10. Stick with the Chinese theme and get thee to Chinatown for some cheap Ramen. Huge helpings, and some food court style places are licenced! So you can enjoy a beer with your soup.
11. It may be a Friday but don’t let that stop your brain from ticking over at the Powerhouse Museum. Check out FastBREAK – a monthly food with thought event. Each month, on the last Friday, five young entrepreneurs from various industries tackle big questions with five-minute responses. Then, over breakfast, participants are invited to share ideas and experiences in conversations with the five speakers. $10 covers coffee, tea and pastries.