Great Eats For Under $20: 10 NSW Must-Try Restaurants

Delicious food  doesn’t need to be expensive. If you’re on a tour of New South Wales, driving around in your Australian camper van hire and want a unique culinary experience without hurting your budget, we have compiled a list of NSW must-try restaurants where you can satisfy your cravings for less than $20.

1. Chinese Noodle House

One of the most celebrated small restaurants in NSW is the Chinese Noodle House, where you can enjoy affordable Chinese cuisine.  How affordable? Well, their dumplings are sold at less than $10. The noodles are also a must try. During lunch, the line snakes in this 30-seater diner so be sure to get there early if you don’t want to be left out.

Where: 8 Quay St, Haymarket, Sydney 2000

Sample Menu: Combination Noodle with Minced Beef Sauce and Cucumber, Xinjiang Stir Fried BBQ Lamb, Pork and Chives Pan Fried Dumplings

2. El Loco

For Mexican food that  fires up your appetite without burning  your budget, choose El Loco with their  wide variety of dishes from Torta (Mexican sandwich) to Quesadilla (corn tortilla with cheese and meat/vegetables). They’re also famous for their tacos which can be bought for as low as $6. The place also serves wine and cocktail to complete your gastronomic experience.

Where: 64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, Sydney 2010

Sample Menu: Fried Chicken with Chili Dip, Choriso Quesadilla, Grilled Minute Steak, Churros with Chocolate or Caramel Sauce

3. Ocean Master

For over 20 years, Ocean Master has served sumptuous seafood dishes and is now one of the most popular food chains in NSW. They also serve burger combos, salad and desserts. Their fish and chips only cost $11.90. Their stores are also easy to find; just look for the blue and white themed shops.

Where: 385 Barrenjoey Rd Newport Beach, 2106

Sample Menu: Calamari Pack, Sea Scallops, Bacon & Egg Roll, Garden Salad, Grilled Fish & Salad

4. The Soda Factory

Are you a fan of American food? The Soda Factory serves US-style grub like hot dogs and crispy fried chicken. The diner also has a lively, sometimes soundful atmosphere that speaks out to the youth. The best thing about it is the food is almost free! On Tuesdays, you can get gourmet hotdogs for only $1.

Where: 16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills, Sydney

Sample Menu: Kick Ass Hot Buffalo Wings, Cheeseburger Spring Rolls, Texan BBQ Bite Size Pork Ribs, Soda Made Nachos

5. Lord of the Fries

Spinned from one of the greatest coming of age novels, Lord of the Fries cater to every hungry chap. The store primarily serves hotdogs, sausages and fries with at least 10 sauces to choose from. One of the most sought-after items  on their menu is their fries (sweet potato included) that you can get for less than $5.

Where: 537 George St, Sydney

Sample Menu: Melbourne Hotdogs, New Guru (veggies patty), Shoe String Fries, Onion Rings

6. Indian Home Diner

Someone said that variety is the spice of life and that is what Indian Home Diner brings to the table. With food rich in unique flavours and fragrance, it’s a great place to be introduced to Indian cuisine. Their Chicken Tikka Roll (Indian Kebab) only costs $7.00.

Where: 86 Oxford Street, Paddington, 2021

Sample Menu: Lamb Korma, Mango Chicken, Saag Tikka (Tandoori Chicken), Mixed Vegetable Curry

7. Mr. Crackles

If crispy food is your thing, Mr. Crackles is the place to go. One of their iconic dishes is the crispy pork belly that takes 3 days to prepare. The store also has a unique open-front layout which stands out in one of NSW’s busy streets. Their crackling is also sold for only $5.

Where: 155 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, 2010

Sample Menu: Chicken Katsu, Sweet Potato Wedges, Sticky BBQ Pork, Vego (vegetarian) Rolls

8. Lentil As Anything


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Have you ever paid for the food you ate with just a donation? At Lentil As Anything, you pay what you think the food is worth. The store is, after all, a non- profit vegetarian catering service. So what’s on the menu? A lot. From Vietnamese salad to Tibetan Momos (dumplings). This self-served restaurant is a definite must-try for the health conscious.

Where: 391 King Street, Newtown, 2042

Sample Menu: Greek Honey Doughnuts, Miso, Tofu Kebabs, Ragu Pasta

9. Takumi

In the mood for Japanese food? This round sushi bar is smack right in one of the busy streets of Sydney and offers food at very reliable prices. At any given time, Takumi has about 40 food selections on the menu. It’s also one of the favourite hang outs of college students. Their sushi train also serves $3 a plate. They also serve bentos and noodles.

Where: Level 3 Market City, 2 Quay Street, Haymarket, Sydney 2000

Sample Menu: Soft Shell Crab in a Bowl, Grilled Scallop Roll, Eel and avocado Roll, Sashimi

10. Room 10

A hole-in-the-wall coffee shop with a warehouse-chic ambiance is a good place  to spend your break. You can also eat a healthy breakfast in this shop that is  famous for their barista-styled cappuccino. One of their must tries is the $13 tuna and egg salad.

Where: 10 Llankelly Place, Potts Point, 2011

Sample Menu: Toasted Banana Bread, Handcrafted Organic Muesli, Breakfast Pane (Toastie), Toasted Sourdough

I know  you’re feeling hungry reading about the great food from  these fabulous diners. If you’re  on a long vacation and travelling via campervan or motorhome, don’t miss these NSW must-try restaurants when you’re in the city.

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The 10 Most Australian Animals Ever

Even if you are not exactly a digital native, you might have seen photos or heard rumours of the dangers of Australia—well, the animals Down Under. We’re not denying the fact that there are some pretty scary ones like sharks, snakes, jellyfish, crocodiles and *gulps* spiders. Still, needless to say though, we’ve got some smackingly awesome (and friendly) ones too.

Don’t believe us? Here are ten of the most Australian animals, some of the top zoos and national and natural parks you can find them!

Australia Animals WallabyWallaby. If you thought Australia was all about kangaroos, then you’ve been wronged. Although a wallaby may look like the most famous mammal in the country which is the kangaroo, you’ll see some striking differences upon close inspection. The easiest way to distinguished them are through their size. The wallaby is smaller and its legs are shorter—making it more proportionate to the other parts of its body. Another thing you’ll notice is that the wallaby’s fur coating is brighter. Drive a campervan to Flinders Rangers in South Australia or in Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park.

Australia Animals KangarooKangaroo. Perhaps the most popular marsupial (pouched mammal) in the world, the kangaroo has always been one of the most iconic things (not just animals in Australia). The Kangaroo is endemic in Australia; there are 55 different species and about 35 million are found in the country. The males of these large footed creatures are known for boxing with other males to win the heart of the females in breeding. To find the kangaroos in Australia Flinders Ranges, in Kangaroo Islands, Anglesea  in Victoria and in the Grampians. 

Australia Animals KoalaKoala. Koalas, often also referred to as Koala Bears because of their semblance to the toys, are native in Australia. These cuddly herbivorous marsupials get their daily fluid intake from mint leaves and are active only two hours per day—sleeping for up to 18 hours. they are often found tucked in tree forks or dozing off at nooks. When travelling to Australia, drive to the coasts of Queensland in Victoria and in South Australia for wild Koalas.

Australia Animals QuokkaQuokka. One thing’s for sure: the quokka may very well be awarded as the most adorable animal in the world. Another marsupial belonging to the macropods family, quokkas are friendly herbivores who like to take photos. We mean to say that the cat-sized furballs have increasingly jumped into the bandwagon of selfie-loving millennials. Find them in Western Australia particularly on Rottnest Island near Perth or Bald Island in Albany.

Australia Animals EchidnaEchidna. Gamers will recognize an echidna to be what Knuckles, Sonic the Hedgehog’s first nemesis, is. In real life, echidnas aren’t red; they are brown, have a long beak of a mouth, have spikes shooting out of their bodies and eat ants—thus the name spiny anteaters. They are part of the monotreme family which means they are mammals that lay eggs. Another fun fact is that they are the oldest living mammals today which means they are well protected and conserved. If you’d like to see one, make Southern Queensland part of your self-drive holiday itinerary.

Australia Animals PlatypusPlatypus. The platypus is another monotreme that does not fall short on looking weird. The strange semi-aquatic creature looks like a crossover between a duck and a beaver with a bill-like mouth, webbed feet and a tail like that of the dam building animals. They may look harmless but male platypuses are able to secrete venom from their ankle spurs for defense and to assert dominance. The duck-billed platypus, as it is otherwise known is found in eastern Australian and mostly in Tasmania.

Australia Animals Tasmanian DevilTasmanian Devil. If this doesn’t scream Australian, we don’t know what does; it already has Tasmania on its name so you surely won’t be lost. The Tasmanian devil shares some characteristics with its Looney Tunes hit cartoons counterpart; they are both “specifically carnivorous in nature, [with a] voracious appetite, surly disposition” and “crazed behaviour”. Their main difference, however, lies in the appearance; the real life Tasmanian devil dons and black fur coat with a white line across the top of its front legs.

Australia Animals DingoAustralian Dingo. The dingo may look like a regular village dog but the main difference lies on the ecology. Dingos are free-ranging; roaming around mainland Australia is varying terrains such as grasslands, desert, tropical regions and woodlands. Dingos can be domesticated but they still have a penchant for hunting small animals like ground-dwelling birds, sheep, wallabies and even kangaroos. Fancy spotting one? Try a quick drive to the Australia Zoo!

Australia Animals Saltwater CrocodileSaltwater Crocodile. Steve Irwin likes a challenge and to challenge a saltwater crocodile he does. In fact, this is one of his favourite animals and where he got his daughter’s name, Bindi, from. The estuarine croc is the largest species of all living reptiles with sizes reaching up to six metres. They are considered to be the most dangerous animals in Australia and that is exactly the reason why more people would like to see them. For a thrilling Outback adventure with them, they could be found in of the zoos across Australia in the north.

Australia Animals Great White SharkGreat White Shark. The Great White Shark, like the Saltwater Crocodile, may not be natural in Australia but they certainly are one of the most wanted animals in terms of tourism. People flock for heart-stopping thrillers and this is exactly what a Shark Cage Diving Experience provides! The most famous destinations are found in South Australia’s Port Lincoln so you better wait no longer for your dose of adventures!

Travel one by one in Australia’s top destinations to see all of the most Aussie animals you can find with Salamanda Travel! Got a suggestion or comment or are you looking for the latest updates on our blog? Like and follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts today. If you need a vehicle for a self-drive holiday, you may click here!