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It’s Monday again! We hope you had a great weekend and that you are well rested and ready to take on the day. But let’s be honest, Mondays are the worst. It’s the first reminder that your weekend is over, but we have a few great things for you to do that won’t make your Monday that bad. The best part is that it’s all for free! Check out today’s Australian installment of Dollars & Sense by reading below.

Have Lunch At The Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens, which are just a short walk around the water’s edge from the Sydney Opera House, is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful settings you will see anywhere, with the gardens filling an area of land between the harbor and the eastern part of the central business district.

The gardens sit on the side of an large piece of land and the harbor views from up on the hill are superb. There are large trees with a wonderful shade canvas and this makes the best spot imaginable to stop and have lunch.

A walkway is popular for lunchtime walks or jogs. The gardens have more than one million specimens and there is even a hop-on hop-off “train” for the less energetic.

The gardens are an excellent place to escape the noise of the city. They open daily at 6.30am and close at sunset. Entry to the gardens is free.


Visit The Circular Quay

Circular Quay is the hub of Sydney Harbor, situated at a small inlet called Sydney Cove, the founding site for Sydney and Australia. It is a stepping-off point for most attractions based around the harbor and an exciting place to be on a warm summer’s day. The quay is a vibrant, bustling place with ferries leaving every few minutes to different parts of the harbour, including Manly, Watsons Bay, Mosman and Taronga Park Zoo.

On the southern side of Circular Quay is a walkway that leads to the Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanical Gardens; while on the northern side, a short walk along lovely landscaped walkways takes you to the Harbour Bridge and The Rocks, one of the oldest, most attractive and most interesting parts of Sydney.


Financial Tip Of The Day

Clean Your Car’s Air Filter

A clean air filter can improve your gas mileage by up to 7%, saving you more than $100 for every 10,000 miles you drive in an average vehicle. Plus, cleaning your air filter is easy to do in just a few minutes – just follow the instructions in your automobile’s manual and you’re good to go.

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