9 awesome free things to do in Sydney
It may be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Sydney on a budget. There are many free things to do in Sydney that will allow you to appreciate her beauty and fun!
1. Free walking tour of the city
What better way to start your visit to Sydney then a free 3-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable guide? I’m Free Walking Tours walk every day at 10.30am and 2.30pm.
2. Picnic in the Royal Botanical Gardens
Take a picnic lunch (maybe a bottle of wine) and enjoy the beauty of the gardens located on the edge of the harbour. The views across to Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge are stunning. Don’t forget to visit Mrs Macquarie’s Chair probably the most iconic photo spot in all of Sydney.
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3. Do the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
One of my favourite walks in Australia, is the 6km walk between Bondi and Coogee, two of Sydney’s most famous beaches. The walk offers stunning views of cliffs, bays and rock pools and passes the beaches of Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly and Gordon’s Bay. Bring your swimmers, camera and snorkelling gear!
4. Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge
An easy 30-minute walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge will give you panoramic views of the Harbour and save you the $200+ to climb to the top of the bridge.
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5. Visit the Art Gallery of NSW
The Art Gallery of NSW is free to enter and is one of Australia’s leading art museums with collections of Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art. The modern and contemporary works are displayed in expansive, light-filled spaces, offering stunning views of Sydney and the harbour.
6. Explore the Rocks District
The Rocks District is the oldest area of the oldest city in Australia, and possibly my favourite part of Sydney. There’s a story around every corner, and The Rocks possesses some wonderful heritage buildings to admire and an intriguing history and cobblestone lanes to explore.
Don’t forget to visit the free Rocks Discovery Museum and learn more about the history of the area and the stories of those who lived there during the early years of white Australia. There are plenty of great pubs to stop in at for a beer at the end of the day.
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7. Take in the view from Observatory Hill
A little-known secret is the stunning view from Observatory Hill. It’s just behind The Rocks district and above the Pyrmont warehouses. It’s a steep little climb, but so worth it!
8. Enjoy Barangaroo Reserve
Barangaroo Reserve is Sydney’s newest Harbour foreshore park. What was once an ugly industrial area is now a spectacular, six-hectare headland open space. Barangaroo Reserve features lookouts, extensive walking and cycling trails, idyllic coves, picnic spots and places for quiet contemplation.
Take your pick! Sydney has a ridiculous number of stunning beaches, some hidden in little coves on the harbour, others more grand and well-known like Manly and Bondi. Find one that suits your vibe and your activity interests, and enjoy the scenery and serenity.
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