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Five Free Things to do in Sydney

Christine Knight

You’ve made it to Sydney (Yay!) But struggling with the towns steep cost? Well here’s a fix for that. Sydney is blessed with being one of the most loved towns in the South Pacific. People from around the world flock to the coastal hot spot for its food, culture and of course, weather. But just because you’ve already forked out a pretty penny for that flight and accommodation, doesn’t mean you gotta spend big bucks to enjoy this town! Want to get the most out of Sydney on a tight budget? We’ve got you covered with these five ways to explore the harbour city without spending a cent.


Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)

Located on the waterfront in Circular Quay, the MCA has free entry to the permanent exhibitions. The museum houses Australian and international modern art, with a significant collection of works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. With over 4,000 works by Australian artists across mediums such as painting, photography, sculpture and moving image, there’s plenty to see for free! Before you leave, be sure to walk up to the rooftop for stunning harbour views from the sculpture terrace.

140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000


Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW)

One of Australia’s oldest art galleries, the AGNSW opened in 1871 in the lush surroundings of Sydney’s Domain park. It’s free to roam the large, light-filled rooms featuring modern and contemporary art works, as well as the traditional galleries that feature exceptional examples of

colonial and 19th-century Australian works and European old masters. There are also dedicated galleries that display Asian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks.

Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000


Royal Botanic Garden

Take a stroll through the enchanting Royal Botanic Garden, situated right in the centre of Sydney. Since opening in 1816, the garden has offered locals and tourists alike a place to throw down a picnic blanket and enjoy the serenity of the its peaceful surroundings. The garden is open every day of the year and is completely free of charge. Bring a picnic lunch or take one of the free guided walking tours that are offered every day at 10:30am.

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Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney


Swim at one of Sydney’s beaches

There are over 100 beaches in Sydney so it’s hard to choose just one. If you only have time for one beach in Sydney, Bondi Beach is a good choice – it’s iconic for a good reason! The beach is just stunning, but the bonus is at the southern end of the beach there is the fantastic cliff top Bondi to Bronte walk that will take you on a stroll that is so breathtaking it will leave you speechless. Bring a picnic lunch and voila! The best views in town are completely free.

1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach


Walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Tourists pay a premium to climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge – but did you know you can walk across it for free? The walk takes about 15-30 minutes, depending on how many times you stop to take photos. For a small fee you can walk up the top of the south-east pylon for stunning views.


Take a walk back in time at The Rocks Discovery Museum

Explore Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood, starting with this free museum. The museum focuses on the area’s Aboriginal history, including the Rocks’ original inhabitants, the Gadigal (Cadigal) people, as well as its colonial and port periods, through to the present day.

Kendall Lane



Christine Knight is an Australian travel writer and blogger. When she’s not chasing her energetic five-year-old through Sydney’s inner west, you’ll find her “researching” her way through the best high teas in the city.