12 Free Things To Do In Sydney, Australia

Sydney in Australia is one of the most visited cities in the world. Located on the picturesque Sydney Harbour Bay, Sydney is home to some of world’s most photographed and iconic attractions. The best thing about Sydney is that you don’t have to spend all your money on paid attractions. Here is a list of 12 free attractions and activities to do in Sydney.

Things To Do In Sydney

1. Tour the Government House

Government Houseflickr/Alex Guibord

Free guided tours of Government house are conducted every half an hour from 10.30 am to 3 pm from Friday to Sunday. If you are traveling in a group, book early for convenience. Government House is located in the Domain and overlooks the Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Opera House. This building was constructed between 1837 and 1854 and is currently the most sophisticated example of a Gothic Revival building in New South Wales. Don’t miss a chance to see the outstanding collection of 19th and 20th century decorations and furnishings in the dining room. The Government house is within Botanic Gardens.

2. Enjoy a picnic at Royal Botanic Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardensflickr/karlnorling

The Royal Botanic gardens is open each day of the year (expect the areas assigned for private or ticketed events). The gardens represent a 30 hectares oasis of ‘green space’ in the center of the city. The gardens occupy one of Sydney’s most spectacular positions; it’s one of the most breathtaking beautiful settings you will ever see. Enjoy your picnic lunch on the beautiful grass, listen to the birds, smell the roses and get back to nature and view the unique collection of plants from Australia and overseas. Also get a chance to enjoy the knowledge offered by volunteer guides and learn more about history of these magnificent gardens.

3. Sydney Harbour Bridge walks

Sydney Harbour Bridgeflickr/smalljude

No matter what you think, nothing can get you prepared for the sheer beauty and majestic beauty of Sydney Harbour Bridge. This is no ordinary bridge; it’s a bridge steeped in history and dominates the landscape of Sydney for miles and miles. You can take a walk across this bridge and enjoy the breathtaking views. This landmark is truly aspiring, so don’t forget to bring your camera because you will not be short of amazing photo opportunities.

4. Visit Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery of NSWflickr/Robert Montgomery

This gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm with late closing on Wednesdays at 9 pm. The art gallery is over 100 years old and is the leading museum of art in New South Wales. The art gallery holds significant collections of Asian and European Art. Each year, the gallery presents about 40 exhibitions.

5. Bondi to Coogee coastal walk

Bondi to Coogeeflickr/WIDTTF

Take a walk along the 6km route and enjoy a course of stunning views. The picturesque coastal route features beaches, rook pools and cliffs. Start your walk at the iconic Bondi Icebergs, just above Bondi Baths at the southern part of the beach. There are actually 2 routes you can take from Bondi icebergs; walk along the path or climb the steep steps to Marks Park where you will find breathtaking views.

6. Enjoy magnificent views from North Head Lookout

North Head, Sydney Harbourflickr/Graeme Churchard

North Head Lookout allows you to view breathtaking views across Sydney Harbour and Manly Cove. A 1 kilometer-long paved pathway leads to the lookout, and includes interesting information about local animals and plants. This spot has a rich military history and you can enjoy watching whales and ferries as they move between Circular Quay and Manly.

7. Take your family to Camp Cove

Camp Coveflickr/Wilson Afonso

Your kids will love swimming and snorkeling at this beach. Just a few minutes’ walk from Watsons Bay ferry wharf, Camp Cove boasts millionaire views that you can’t afford to miss. This beautiful beach is packed with all the fun options to keep you and your family smiling all day. Relax on the sandy beach, unroll your picnic rug and enjoy your lunch as you watch the spectacular harbor views and city skyline. To make the day even more interesting, bring your kayak for a peddle.

8. Relax at Bronte Park

Bronte Parkflickr/M A Lurig

This is a beautiful, grassed, shady and very busy family park. Part of this park is maintained by a team of dedicated volunteers who ensure you have the best time ever. Easily accessed via public transport, this is Sydney’s best spot for a barbeque, so bring your family and relax. The park gets busy, especially during summer, so try to get in early for to avoid congestion.

9. Explore Luna Park

Luna Parkflickr/Nicki Mannix

Situated near Sydney Harbour Bridge, this is one of the biggest theme parks in Australia. Right from its mouth-shaped gate to the enormous Ferris wheel, this is just the perfect place for a fun day in the city.

10. Visit Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Museum of Contemporary Artflickr/Simon Clancy

This is considered one of the best contemporary art museums in the world. The museum houses some of the best works of contemporary art by modern artists. It exhibits works of contemporary art by different artists in Australia and across the globe. Admission to the museum is free and there are also free daily guided tours. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Thursdays you can stay up to 9 pm.

11. Explore the Royal National Park

Royal National Parkflickr/Eddy Milfort

Hiking along the coastal walk in the park, and looking at the dramatic cliffs of this beautiful national park is one of the best experiences in Sydney. Established in the year 1879, this is the world’s second-oldest national park. Enjoy cycling, bush walking, jogging, camping, picnicking and surfing at this park. Also get a chance to experience the annual whale migration between June and November.

12. Learn history at The Rocks Discovery Museum

Rocks Discovery Museumflickr/Caz and Craig Makepeace

This is a free, family friendly museum which tells the story of The Rocks area from pre – European days to the present. You can learn about the area’s traditional custodians, the English colony and when traders, sailors and whalers made The Rocks their home. Housed in a restored 1860s, sandstone warehouse, this museum is home to a unique collection of images and archaeological artifacts found in the Rocks. The exhibits are full of interactive fun for kids of all ages. It also uses audio, touch screens and visual elements to bring the history of this area alive.