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Burn calories, not cash – 5 Sydney weekend activities for under $200

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2 young women exploring sydney on a budget and partaking in a coffee tour

It’s the most popular tourist destination in the country – and for good reason. For international visitors, you’ve got the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House; for out-of-towners, there’s the shopping on Pitt St and for those bachelors and bachelorettes, there’s the iconic Kings Cross.

But, the city is renowned for more than just its tourist hot spots.

Named as the most expensive city in Australia, a weekend in Sydney can come with a hefty price tag; but, you don’t have to fork out the big bucks to have a good time.

Whether you’re a local looking to explore your home city, or you’re a tourist keen to see what Sydney has to offer, we’ve put together some Sydney activities that will help you burn calories, without burning a hole in your back pocket – they’re all under $200!

1. Sydney CBD coffee tour and tasting, $79pp

As if you needed another reason to indulge in that double shot latte, the caffeine in your daily brew has been shown to increase your metabolism and if you classify yourself as a connoisseur, then a coffee tour and appreciation workshop might just be your cup of... coffee!

By the end of this three-hour walking tour, you’ll be buzzing from the caffeine, have walked off some calories and developed a very strong opinion on the country of origin of your coffee beans – cheers to that!

2. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, from $163pp

Get the blood pumping while taking in Sydney Harbour’s famous views with a bridge climb. For $163, you’ll spend 90 minutes ascending the inner arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and along the way you’ll rack up 556 steps and make it halfway to the summit of the Bridge. Keen to climb the entire Bridge? You’ll have to fork out some extra dollars, but the 3 ½ hr experience is worth every single cent.

Credit: BridgeClimb Sydney

3. Cheer on the NSW Blues, tickets from $55

Thought you couldn’t get fitter watching other people play sport? Researchers from Western Sydney University have found that viewing other people exercising can be a workout in itself – increasing your heart rate, respiration, blood flow and sweat release.

And what better way to get the blood pumping than with a game of NRL? 2018 is the year to watch the NSW Blues win back the State of Origin Shield and with nib a major sponsor of the team, there’s never been a better time to join the Blatchys Blues. Sydney’s ANZ Stadium will be hosting Game 2 in June and tickets are available from $55.

#uptheblues

Credit: nibHealthInsurance

4. Get a massage, price varies

If you’ve spent the last hour in one of Sydney’s famous traffic jams stuck next to a guy whose speaker system is worth more than his car, it’s probably time to relax with a remedial massage. Although you’ll only be burning minimal calories, the impact on your stress levels will do you a world of good.

Prices vary depending on where you go, but with a little research, you should be able to find a one hour massage for well under your $200 budget. The best bit? nib offers a number of Extras policies that pay back Benefits for remedial massage. You should check with nib before you go to be sure your massage provider is covered by us. If you don’t already have nib health insurance, you can get a quote online in just a few minutes.

5. Run away with the circus (for the day) $50

Take a leaf from Sia and swing from the metaphorical chandelier with an Intro to Aerial Arts class. A one hour session will allow you to try the trapeze, silks and aerial hoop and you’ll feel just like an acrobat as your body twists into different shapes and poses. If it turns out you’re no good at aerial, don’t stress; we hear there’s a clown school or two in Sydney...

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