Sydney is the most internationally recognised city in Australia and its iconic landmarks are legendary. This makes Sydney a destination city, but despite this, Sydney can be quite an expensive place to live in. So, before you go paying double what you are used to for a beer and a glass/bottle of wine, there are some wonderful cost-free activities that will help fill your days.

Here are some of the most rewarding free activities that you can do in and around Sydney.

  • Walk across the Sydney Harbour bridge. While climbing the bridge will cost a few dollars, you can take a stroll along the pedestrian pathway that runs along the bridge’s eastern edge.
  • Visit the North Head lookout and enjoy the views from the Harbour towards the city skyscrapers. If you can make this trip at around sunset, the view can be spectacular.
  • Take the cliff top walk from Bondi to Coogee beach. The walk features amazing views and a range of parks, beaches, cliffs, rock pools and bays. At the right time of the year you may be able to spot some whales.
  • Visit the Sydney Royal botanic gardens which is southeast of the Sydney Opera House. The garden was originally established in 1816 and features a stunning array of plants from all around the world. The gardens are a popular picnic spot and regular free tours are offered to visitors.
  • Take advantage of the free admission to the Sydney Art Gallery. The gallery features a wide variety of quality art pieces. If you can manage to get there on a Wednesday night, you can enjoy the free talks and films on offer.
  • Enjoy the free live music available every night and weekend afternoons at the Opera Bar and various festivals on throughout the year.
  • Visit the Royal National Park. The park features nearly 100 kilometres of walking tracks, gullies of rainforests, spectacular cliff tops and beautiful beaches.
  • Don’t miss conservatorium Wednesdays hosted by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Lunchbreak concerts are conducted for free throughout the academic year.
  • Visit Sydney’s Paddies markets. Established in the seventies these markets have a wide range of goods on display. You can easily spend a couple of hours browsing the markets looking for a memorable bargain.
  • Visit the Murray Rose pool in Rose bay. Also known as Roseleaf pool it is more an open enclosure of Sydney Harbour surrounded by a wooden walkway and protected by shark nets. This family friendly free facility named after one of Australia Olympic swimming champions features a couple of floating pontoons for adults to sun themselves on and for children to jump off.
  • Learn some local history by visiting the Rocks Discovery museum
  • Take the walk from Mosman’s Spit Bridge through to Manly beach. You will discover some amazing aboriginal rock art as well as wandering past Manly Cove and over North Head.
  • Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art overlooking Circular Quay. Free guided tours are given daily and the free permanent exhibition is well worth your time.
  • Spot some marine life in the wild at Shelly Beach, Clovelly beach and Gordon Bay. Take a pair of swimming goggles and enjoy the underwater scenery.

What also makes Sydney such a great place to live is its many beaches in the eastern, northern and southern suburbs. So, once you have filled a morning with the activities above you can go and chill with friends, at the beach, for free.

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