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Top 25 free things to do in Sydney



Saving up to buy a home? Then you’ll need to scrimp and save every spare cent for your deposit – Sydney represents the country’s most expensive property market! Thankfully, the city itself is a place full of adventure and experience, and much of it is free. If you are looking for activities that won’t have you digging deep into your pockets, here are 25 free things to do in Sydney:

1. Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens was established in 1816 and is Australia’s oldest scientific institution. It holds free guided tours every day, so grab your walking shoes!

2. Picnic in Hyde Park

Hyde Park is the oldest public parkland in Australia and full of history, with sites like the Archibald Fountain, the ANZAC War Memorial and the Pool of Reflection.

Hyde Park in Syndey

3. Ride the Bus

Don’t feel like walking? The 555 shuttle bus runs seven days a week from Central Station all around the CBD. Tickets are completely free and it’s a great way to see Sydney’s impressive architecture.

4. Explore the Queen Victoria Building

The QVB marketplace is filled with shops, cafes and impressive displays, even if you’re just window shopping.

5. Visit Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO world-heritage-listed island found in Sydney Harbour where you can spend the day playing tennis, life-sized chess, or having a picnic.

6. Shop at Paddy’s Markets

Wander around Paddy’s Markets checking out all the trinkets they have on offer!

Paddy's Market building in Syndey

7. Head to Chinatown

Once you finish up at Paddy’s Markets, right next door is Sydney’s Chinatown, where you can find amazing food at cheap prices.

8. Go for a walk

The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is a stunning way to explore the coastline, and if you’re there in May you might even see some whales!

9. Admire the Museum

The MCA is free to enter and filled with different artworks, installations and collections. There are also free guided tours, talks and a café.

10. Adventure in The Rocks

The Rocks is Sydney’s cultural hub, with cobblestone laneways, shops, restaurants, festivals and pop-up stalls.

11. Visit Bondi

Home to the infamous Bondi Beach, Bondi is a place for everyone, whether you’re there for a swim, a surf or a shop at the Bondi Markets.

Bondi Beach, Sydney

12. See the Olympic Park

Wander around Sydney Olympic Park, where you can check out concerts, sporting events, festivals or exhibitions – many of which are free.

13. Visit the Art Gallery

The Art Gallery of NSW is home to both national and international artworks and is a place of inspiration and beauty. Admission is free, and so are most of the events!

14. See the Fish Market

The Sydney Fish Market is perfect if you love seafood, whether you just want to take a look around or enrol in one of their professional cooking classes.

15. Explore Darling Harbour

There’s always something happening in Darling Harbour, like festivals, restaurants and live music, with plenty of kids activities scheduled for family visitors.

Darling Harbour, Sydney

16. See the Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic landmarks of Australia. Head out just before sunset for an amazing sight!

Sydney Opera House

17. Shop the Strand

The Strand Arcade in Pitt Street is a great place to browse designer stores and all things fashion.

18.Check out Oxford Street

Oxford Street is renowned for its quirky collective of cafés alongside designer boutiques. Those on a budget can shop the regular markets for a fashion bargain.

19. Walk the Harbour Bridge

Walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a free way to enjoy the gorgeous views while ticking off an item on your Australian must-do list!

20. Shop DFO

Hunt for more bargains at Homebush’s DFO.

21. Explore the Maritime Museum

The ANMM is free to access most areas and is packed full of education.

Sydney National Maritime Museum

22. Visit Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

This national park is your chance to take a walk and see authentic rock artwork of some of Australia’s oldest inhabitants: the Guringai.

23. Check out some birds

The Birds Australia Discovery Centre holds regular tours and educational talks on all things feathered.

24. Browse Pyrmont Growers Market

The Pyrmont Growers Market is only held once a month but with its top quality, unique produce, it’s worth checking out if you can time your visit right.

25. Explore the Observatory

The Sydney Observatory is Australia’s oldest observatory and is free to enter, and fun to explore.