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Free Things To Do In Sydney

Posted by Nicole West on 04/06/2015
Free Things To Do In Sydney

A trip to Australia can be a little uncomfortable on the wallet, but, once you make it there, the options for free activities are virtually limitless. This is in no small part because of the beaches, rainforests and wildlife, but Australia’s cities also offer budget-friendly options. To get you started, here are 10 free things to do in Sydney.

1. Walk Across The Sydney Harbour Bridge

While a bridge climb is spectacular, you can also enjoy vast panoramas of Sydney Harbour, entirely for free. There’s a pedestrian pathway on the eastern side of the bridge and you can start at Milsons Point and cross over to The Rocks, or vice-versa. Don’t forget a hat, sunscreen and your camera!

Free Things To Do In Sydney

2. Royal Botanic Gardens

Opened in 1816, the Royal Botanic Gardens sit on Sydney Harbour with views of the Opera House and the city skyline. It’s the oldest scientific institution in the country and boasts a spectacular collection of native and rare plants from across the world. Entry is free and the hardest decision you’ll have to make is which shady tree to perch under for a picnic.

3. Art Gallery of NSW

Free Things To Do In Sydney

As one of Australia’s premier art museums, the Art Gallery of NSW houses Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art, and admission is completely free! You can also enjoy the beautiful grounds overlooking Sydney Harbour, all within a short walk from the city centre.

4. The Rocks Discovery Museum

For a free family outing, head to The Rocks Discovery Museum, home to a collection of archaeological artefacts, images and historical stories about The Rocks area from pre-European times. The kids will love interactive audio-visual displays and touch screens that bring the information alive.

5. Centennial Parklands

Free Things To Do In Sydney

Located in Randwick, just outside of the city, the Centennial Parklands are home to swans, ducks, geese, turtles and eels among ponds, statues, flowerbeds and landscaped grounds. Entry is free and events such as pony rides, markets and fitness classes take place throughout the year.

6. Paddington Markets

Trendy Paddington is home to one of the most vibrant markets in Sydney. You can spend an entire Saturday browsing over 150 stalls, with original art works, jewellery, fashion, accessories, plants, crafts and gourmet nibbles. There’s also live music and plenty of spots to pull up a chair and simply relax.

7. Luna Park

Free Things To Do In Sydney

Entry to Luna Park is free and wondering around the complex is a fun way to take in the screaming, chaotic atmosphere of a carnival, with rides, entertainment and a vibe straight from the 1930′s.

8. 555 Shuttle Bus

The CBD shuttle (route 555) will get you around the city for free, allowing you the flexibility of hopping on and off wherever and whenever you like! It’s the perfect way to ensure you see all the sights without wearing out your travelling feet.

9. Bondi to Coogee Walk

Free Things To Do In Sydney

Starting at Bondi Beach, this stunning coastal walk will take you anywhere between one or two hours, strolling past white-sand beaches, parks and rock pools, all framed by vast views of the glittering Pacific. Stop to admire Aboriginal rock carvings in Marks Park and historic Waverly Cemetery set high on top of sandstone cliffs.

10. Sydney Olympic Park

As a major sporting and leisure precinct, a visit to Sydney Olympic Park is an interesting day out with loads of free sights to discover, including Bicentennial Park with barbeques, adventure playgrounds for kids, bike paths and a boardwalk through the mangroves.

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