Free things to do

You can enjoy plenty of fun and enriching experiences in and around the harbour city, without breaking the bank.

They say the best things in life are free. And we agree. From coastal walks and galleries, to festivals and iconic attractions, when you visit Sydney, you’ll never be stuck for something to do or somewhere new to explore.

1. Festivals and events
1. Festivals and events

Consistently voted the world’s best festival and events city, Sydney’s cultural and sporting calendar is action-packed. It features a year-round schedule of events, many of which are completely free-of-charge, or at least have a free component to enjoy! Food, art, sport, culture, history – it’s all covered. Find out more

2. Darling Harbour
2. Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is renowned for its energetic entertainment offering, sumptuous restaurants, iconic attractions and vibrant calendar of seasonal events and festivals. There’s always something happening, no matter what time of year, and many events are free-of-charge. Find out more

3. Art Gallery of NSW
3. Art Gallery of NSW

Experience one of the world’s most beautiful art museums: the Art Gallery of NSW. You’ll enjoy more than the traditional gallery experience, with many lectures, films, workshops, music performances on offer, as well as Art After Hours – a free event that includes a lively mix of ever-changing performances, talks, films and music. Find out more

4. Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
4. Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Located in the historic Rocks precinct, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is a cultural beacon in the city. The MCA has never been a museum that shies away from boundary-pushing exhibitions, and over the years, it has played host to works by many leading international artists, including Anish Kapoor and Yoko Ono. Find out more

5. The Rocks Discovery Museum
5. The Rocks Discovery Museum

Learn all about the historic Rocks precinct from this unique collection of local images and archaeological artefacts. Housed in a restored 1850s sandstone warehouse, it tells the story of The Rocks from pre-European days to the present, with interactive touch screens, and audio and visual elements. Find out more

6. White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Gallery
6. White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Gallery

Within walking distance of Central Station is one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art. Spanning four floors of a converted warehouse space, the Gallery will take you on a thought-provoking journey through contemporary Chinese artistic expression. Find out more

7. Coastal Walks
7. Coastal Walks

Sydney boasts an abundance of free public walks in and around the city’s many bays, beaches, inlets and rivers. They’re the perfect way to explore its stunning natural environment at your own pace. Find out more

8. Bondi Beach
8. Bondi Beach

Discover for yourself why Bondi Beach is the famous home of Australian surf culture. Feel the sand between your toes and take a relaxing dip in the crystal-clear waters, or simply marvel at the surfers in action, from the comfort of the shore. Make a day of it, pack a picnic and watch the sun set. And be sure to keep your eye out for the lifesavers from the TV show, Bondi Rescue! Find out more

9. Royal Botanic Gardens
9. Royal Botanic Gardens

Lose yourself amid the lush grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, the oldest botanic garden and scientific institution in Australia. Set on very shores of Sydney Harbour, it’s the perfect spot to unwind and soak up the city’s spectacular harbour views, or to enrich your botanical understanding with a guided tour. Find out more

10. St. Mary's Cathedral
10. St. Mary's Cathedral

St Mary’s Cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s also one of Sydney's most treasured historic buildings. IOne of the finest examples of English-style gothic churches in the world, it makes an excellent diversion, especially if you happen to strike an overcast day while you’re in town. Find out more

12. Sydney Harbour Bridge
12. Sydney Harbour Bridge

Scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enjoy a stunning 360-degree panorama of the city and harbour. BridgeClimb Sydney offers a range of experiences that will take you to the top of the famous ‘Coathanger’. Of course, if you’d rather keep your feet on the ground, you can still experience the majestic views by walking the full span of the bridge for free. Find out more

13. Free Wi-Fi in the City
13. Free Wi-Fi in the City

Staying connected is just as important when you’re travelling as it is at home – if not more so! From arrival at Sydney Airport, you will have access to a growing number of free wireless hotspots. Many of these are conveniently located just where you need them, while exploring the harbour city. Find out more

14. Free 555 Shuttle Bus
14. Free 555 Shuttle Bus

There’s an awful lot to see and do in Sydney, so make the most of your time by taking advantage of the free Route 555 Sydney CBD Shuttle. Running every 10 minutes in both directions on a loop from Central Station to Circular Quay, you can board the bus from stops marked with the green shuttle logo. Find out more

Still looking for more up-to-the-minute ideas for free activities? Check out the below sites:

www.sydney.com
www.au.timeout.com/sydney
www.broadsheet.com.au/sydney 
http://concreteplayground.com/sydney/

 

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