For many travellers who visit Australia, Sydney is a mandatory stop. Sure everybody wants to experience one of Australia’s most populated cities, with stunning skylines, breathtaking landscapes, gorgeous hotels near Circular Quay, and lots of things to do.
Whether you are a solo traveller, you are exploring Australia with your partner, or you are planning an exciting adventure with your family, there are a lot of activities you can enjoy in Sydney for free. If you want to travel on a budget, you can also check on some cheaper hotel packages. Here you will find the top 20 Sydney activities, suitable for any kind of traveller.
1. Go On a Free Guided Tour
If you are visiting Sydney on a budget, you don’t need to spend much on tours and guides of the city. in fact, you can join on of the organised group tours at one of the meeting points and enjoy a walking tour of the town.
2. The Royal Botanical Gardens
Looking for a nice place to relax? Then you must visit Sydney’s Royal Botanical Garden, the perfect escape from the hustle of the city. You can even join one of the free guided tours.
3. The Bondi Walk
Exploring Sydney is all about discovering the coastline. The easiest way to do that is by the famous Bondi Walk, which starts from Bondi and goes for 6 km. At the end of this hike, you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia.
4. Manly Beach
Speaking of Australian beaches, you can’t miss Manly Beach. You can reach it through the Corso, a pedestrian mall with lots of shops, cafes and galleries.
5. St Mary’s Cathedral
St Mary’s Cathedral’s architecture is absolutely stunning. This place was destroyed by a fire in 1865 and was then rebuilt in 2000s.
6. Circular Quay
Circular Quay is where all the buskers in Sydney gather to perform. Here you can enjoy some good music for free, stop one at the lovely cafes or do some shopping.
7. Sydney Opera House
Even if you are not into music, you shouldn’t miss the Sydney Opera House. This is located on Circular Quay and offers a stunning view of the harbour.
8. Don’t Forget Art
The majority of the museum in Sydney is free to enter. This means that you can enjoy some good pieces of art and learn more about Australian culture without weighing on your budget.
9. Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Harbour Bridge is one of the most iconic places in Sydney. There is a walking path on either side of it, so you can enjoy different views. You can also climb the bridge, but this activity may be costly.
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10. Observatory Hill
If you are looking for a romantic spot in Sydney, then Observatory Hill is waiting for you. From here, you can have a panoramic view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour.
11. Bicentennial Park
There are several green areas in Sydney, and Bicentennial Park is one of the locals’ favorites. There are many facilities here, including picnic shelters, free electric BBQs and toilets.
- Hyde Park
You cannot visit Sydney and miss Hyde Park, the city’s oldest green area. It also contains the ANZAC memorial building and an entertaining visitor centre to find out more about Sydney.
- Birds Australia Discovery Centre
If your kids are in love with nature and animals, then the Discovery Centre is the perfect spot for an afternoon with your family. Here you will find an extensive bird book library, as well as several educational activities.
- The Rocks Discovery Museum
If you cannot believe that rocks can be enjoyable too, you should visit the unique collection of images and archaeological artefacts available at The Rocks Discovery Museum.
15. The Federation Cliff Walk
This is a five km clifftop walk which will offer a postcard view of the Pacific Ocean from Dover Heights. It is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and it is entirely free.
16. Camp Cove
For an afternoon spent away from the crowd, head to Campo Cove, which is considered Sydney’s quietest beach.
17. Visit The Luna Park
Sydney features a historic Luna Park with a view of the harbour views. There is no fee to enter, but you may be charged for rides and for taking part in some activities.
18. Conservatorium Wednesdays
Every Wednesday, during the academic year, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music hosts its Lunchbreak series. This is a must for all the travellers passionate about music, and it is free.
19. Peruse Paddington Markets
Ready to visit one of Sydney’s weirdest places? It is definitely worth spending a few hours browsing in this market, to pick up a unique piece or find the best deal of your life.
20. Murray Rose Pool
You don’t need to go to the beach to chill and sunbathe. Murray Rose Pool is the perfect spot for families or for those who want to take a break from their adventures.