Top ten free things to do in Sydney

Sydney offers great attractions and scenic views.. for free! So spending a lot of dollars is not necessary to simply enjoy what this city can offer.

Here are our top ten free things that we enjoyed doing when we visited Sydney:

1. Of course, taking pictures of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge

Overall, your Australian visit wouldn’t seem complete without taking snapshots of Australia’s major attractions. So take a lot of ’em!

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

2. Stroll around Circular Quay

Circular Quay so far I think is the liveliest and busiest spot in Sydney. Here you can see different Aussie people from all walks in life going with their own typical days. Someone racing to the ferry port for the next ride. Someone simply enjoying a cone of ice cream in a cold spring weather. Someone dragging along a baby stroller while sipping a cup of Starbucks. Someone in neck and tie, holding a newspaper, and rushing to an appointment likely. And everywhere, you can see skyscrapers, restaurants, boutiques, businesses, all existing along the famous harbour.

cicular quay sydney

3. Go to Hyde Park then visit St. Mary’s Cathedral

Hyde Park and St. Mary’s Cathedral are situated just across each other. So you simply cross the street to head to one or the other.

St. Mary’s Cathedral closes around 6:ooPM though so better visit it before that time.

st. mary's cathedral sydney

4. Discover Sydney roots in Rocks Discovery Museum

If you are done with the busyness of the busy citylife, head over to the museums, which are a handful in Sydney, and they’re free. Start with Rocks Discovery Museum because here, you will learn the early settlers of the land down under and how life and culture evolved through time.It is located within Rocks Market, which is walkable from Circular Quay.

TIP: There’s a free walking tour of the Rocks every 6PM that you can join.

rocks discovery museum sydney

Rocks Discovery Museum

5. Visit Museum Contemporary Art or the Art Gallery of NSW

Both these museums offer great masterpieces. Depending on your taste, you can visit the Museum Contemporary for your cravings for modern art or visit the Art gallery of NSW for a renaissance type of aura.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is located in Circular Quay. It wouldn’t be hard to find this place being an orangey prominent beautiful architectural piece. There’s an area of the museum that requires tickets also, if you want to explore more.

The Art Gallery of NSW is located near Royal Botanical Gardens. Inside the museum, you’d find renaissance type of art pieces with sizes that go up to the ceiling.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art


Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery of NSW


6. Hit the Bondi beach! Walk the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk

Sydney experience wouldn’t be complete without the beach experience, something Sydney life is famous and attractive for. Just a few train stops away from the CBD, you can head to the Bondi beach, plunge in to the waters, or simply enjoy some sand-y moment. Then go for the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk that is around 6km.

Bondi beach

Bondi beach

7. Chill at the Royal Botanical Gardens

A few meters away from the Sydney Opera House is the Elizabeth II Gate where you can enter the Royal Botanical Gardens. Inside the gigantic mass of land garden, you can view different types of trees, take a look at the Macquarie’s Chair, or simply enjoy the scenic views that this strategic location can offer.

Royal Botanical GArdens Sydney

Royal Botanical GArdens Sydney

8. Strolling around Darling Harbour

The Darling Harbour is another famous spot in Sydney. This is where you can find the Australian National Maritime Museum (which has a Free Galleries ticket pass you can avail for free!), Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, and restaurants along the Cockle Bay Wharf.

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour


9. Buy your souvenirs at the Paddy’s Market

Okay this is not exactly a free thing to do since you are going to buy something! But you can simply go to Paddy’s Market and see what the hype is all about.

If you’re nearing the end of your trip and still clueless on what to bring for your folks back home, Paddy’s Market is your best bet. Here you can buy affordable shirts with Australia marks on them, caps, mugs, bags, pens, pillows, and just anything you can think of.

paddys market

paddys market


10. Take a ferry ride going to Manly Beach preferably during sunset

One for the team! This can seal your Sydney trip. A ferry ride on a sunset, passing through the Sydney Opera House, looking at the harbour behind. Magical! We regret not taking the ferry ride! FYI, the ferry ride is of course not free, but the sunset view is priceless (they say!).

Thanks for reading!

top ten free things to do in sydney

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