Not only does Sydney regularly rank as one of the most visited and beautiful cities in the world, but there are also many FREE things you can do to experience the best this harbor city has to offer. And if you’re traveling on a budget, be sure you don’t have to pay for the most famous landmarks and symbols of Sydney.
1. Tour for Free Walk
Instead of going alone, begin your visit to Sydney with an informed local guide, accompanied by a free walking tour. I’m free to hike every day from 10.30 am and 14.30 pm, rain, hail, and shine guys from I’m Free walking tours and these three hour quick tours unveil the past of the most interesting areas, including an excellent tour of the historical hot spots of The Rocks. You should go it alone once you’ve got your bearings.
2. The coastal road from Bondi to Coogee
My favorite free way to do in Sydney is maybe the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. This spectacular walk of six kilometers, with breathtaking views of the ocean, mountains, bays, rocky swimming pools, and some of Sydney’s top beaches, Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly, and Gordon’s Bay. Bondi and Coogee not to mention. Stop for a swim or stop for a drink and dough in a café – that’s the best place for a few hours to spend. To get to Bondi, hop to Bondi’s Bondi Junction Station with the train. Take the Bondi Beach bus from there.
3. Go across the Sydney Harbor Bridge
The harbor of Sydney exceeds everyone else in the world and the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge is a perfect viewpoint. Although you can go up the arch with BridgeClimb, an option is to go free through the arch and enjoy the same views on a lower level. Take a moderate 1.4 km walk from The Rocks at the South end over the bridge to the Milsons Point at the North. If you go back and take a train to Circular Quay Station from Milsons Point Station.
4. Discover the Royal Gardens of Botany
The serenity of the Botanical Gardens, an enchanting place close to the city center, is hard to beat. A few hours in the gardens is a free and peaceful way to explore one of the top places in Sydney. Carry a blanket and a bottle of wine for a picnic lunch. Walkthrough the gardens to enjoy the various plants and views of the area. A free, self-guided walking tour is also available. Check out Mrs. Macquarie’s chair, which has one of Sydney’s best viewpoints, especially at sunset, overlooking Sydney’s Opera House and Harbor Bridge.
5. Circular Quay and CBD Walk
The CBD- and Harbour-front is a very walkable place and the Central Station is a short 30-minute walk from me to the Circle Quay along with either the George or Pitt Streets. Wander and take pictures of the famous monuments of Sydney like the Sydney Opera House, Port Bridge and visit the Royal Botanical Gardens while at this quay. Circular Quay is a busy center for transportation. You can easily sail to Manly by ferry.
6. Beach Snorkeling
The beaches of Sydney are known and a must for free activities. You have many nice beaches to enjoy from the northern beaches to the eastern suburbs. Palm Shore, Freshwater, and Manly are my favorites on the north side. At least once in your life in the eastern suburbs, I like Bronte, Coogee! In the unbelievable Bondi!
7. Hyde Park to stroll around
You walk through Australia’s oldest park as you go for a walk through Hyde Park. Official staff seeking fresh air or fast siesta are famous for the central open green space. Hyde Park features many monuments and sculptures and is an impressive fig-lined lane on its central road. The St. Mary’s Cathedral is near Hyde Park. It was the first Australian Roman Catholic Church and the Gothic Church in English style, and symbolizing the spiritual origins of the region. Visitors can enjoy free guided tours on Sundays at noon.
8. Take a festival free of charge
Sydney organizes some of the world’s biggest free festivals and activities. Some of the major ones come up here. This is a taster.
New Year’s Eve – Is the new year better than Sydney’s showcased atmosphere and firework? And to watch it costs nothing.
Sydney Mardi Gras – one of the world’s biggest LGBT gatherings and festivals where thousands of people float colorful floats around Oxford and Flinders St.
Vivid Sydney – Sydney is a spectator of light, music, and ideas in this special event. The Sydney Opera House sails are spectacularly illuminated.
Sydney Festival – The Sydney Festival includes a program of about 80 activities covering dancing, theatre, music, visual arts, cross-media, and forums, for three weeks each January.
9. Explore the lively districts of Sydney
Darling Harbor is a vibrant harbor area just a 10-minute walk from the CBD and has a large children’s playground and a great free entertainment program each week. Walk along the Cockle Bay forest along the harbor vessels. Free fireworks take place on Saturdays at 8.30 p.m. or 9 p.m. at Darling Harbor.
You can enter the historic Rocks district if you proceed northwards towards the Harbour Bridge. From the 1800s, maybe my favorite part of Sydney is this historic pocket. Each corner has a story and The Rocks own some beautiful historic buildings, a love of history, and winding paved roads.
10. NSW’s Art Gallery
The NSW Art Gallery is a publicly available and one of the leading Australian art museums with Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian, and contemporary art collections. The new and contemporary buildings offer amazing views of Sydney and the Harbor and are seen in expanding lighted spaces.