It may be Australia’s most expensive city, but Sydney has a fantastic collection of free activities that will keep all ages entertained. From popular weekend markets to amazing attractions you’d never know have free entry, we have the best things to do in Sydney that won’t cost you a dime. Save your pennies and still see the city highlights with any one of the attractions below. Here are 8 free things to do in Sydney.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Nature enthusiasts will relish time at the Royal Botanic Gardens, which offer free entry. Situated in the heart of the city, the open green space covers over 30 hectares and features a range of indigenous and exotic flora. Don’t miss the stunning Palace Rose Garden, which in season, bursts to life with over 1,800 roses.
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia can be found at Circular Quay in a former Maritime Services building. A beautiful example of late Art Deco architecture, the museum first opened its door in 1991. Browse the impressive collection of art from across Australia and around the world, without spending a cent. The MCA Cafe also boasts stunning views of the Sydney Harbour.
The Rocks Markets
Every weekend, the ever popular Rocks Markets pop up on Sydney’s glistening waterfront. Take a stroll through the stalls to find all kinds of eclectic items, from fashion and jewellery to homewares and handcrafted art. On Friday nights, you can join the crowds at the Rocks Friday Foodie Market for cheap flavourful eats.
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
To truly appreciate Sydney’s picture perfect coast, take the Bondi to Coogee Walk. Extending six kilometres, the cliff top walk meanders through Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Take regular breaks along the way and revel in the glorious ocean views. There are plenty of rest stops and seating, but expect the walk itself to take around two hours.
A theme park for free? As it turns out, Luna Park doesn’t charge an entry fee so you can spend all day in the theatrical amusement park. The rides will set you back around ten dollars a pop, but if you just want to enjoy the carnival atmosphere, it’s a great way to spend a few hours. Thrill seekers should try the new Hair Raiser ride which will have you plummeting back to earth at 80 km per hour.
A 40 acre parkland in the heart of the city, Hyde Park is the perfect spot to enjoy the great outdoors. Boasting well-kept gardens and stunning fig tree lined avenues, the parklands are ideal for a picnic or a leisurely stroll. Keep an eye out for several notable landmarks such as the Archibald Fountain, the Captain Cook Statue and the Anzac War Memorial.
North Head Lookout
Situated on the northern most edge of the harbour, the cliff tops of North Head overlook the deep blue ocean. Take a relaxing ferry ride from Circular Quay before trekking the paved pathway to the lookout. An enviable vantage point, you can view an impressive sunset over the shimmering harbour whiling keeping an eye out for whales during migration season.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Penny pinchers can enjoy the city’s most iconic attraction, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. While taking the prized bridge climb isn't cheap, enjoying a stroll across the impressive steel structure won’t cost you a thing. The views of the city will be priceless as you cross from the CBD to Milsons Point, so don’t forget the camera.
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