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Top Attractions In Sydney For Free

Sydney is a great place to visit. This modern city is home to some of the world’s most famous attractions, such as the iconic Sydney Opera House. When visiting Sydney on a budget, the best way to enjoy your trip is to check out the many cheap things to do in Sydney.

attractions in Sydney that are worth checking out are the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Bondi Beach, Lane Cove National Park, Parramatta Park, Art Gallery of NSW, and many more!

The best thing about visiting Sydney is that there will always be something free for you to do regardless of the time of the year. For instance, one of the free things to do in Sydney this summer is to visit the many free beaches that include the famous Bondi Beach, Palm Beach, and Shelly Beach. If you are traveling with your kids in tow, one of the free things to do in Sydney with kids is to have a picnic at the Parramatta Park, an idyllic park featuring 200 acres of land area.

So if you’re in the process of planning for a budget trip to Sydney, you better check out this list of free things to do in Sydney.

Free Attractions in Sydney

Top Rated Sydney Attractions

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Spanning one of the world’s largest harbours, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a masterpiece of construction. Upon its completion in 1932, the steel arch was the second longest in the world, with a span of more than 500 metres; soaring to a height of 134 metres above sea level, it remains the tallest of its kind. Nicknamed “The Coathanger” for its distinctive shape, the bridge has become the centrepiece of the harbour city, and a focal...

Hunter Valley Wineries with Lunch

clock Duration: 11 hours
  • This full day, group tour, takes you around some of the Hunter Valley's finest wineries before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.
  • The Hunter Valley is a beautiful wine making region located in the Hunter Region just 3 hours north of...
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Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney is among the finest public showcases of flora in the world. In 1816, the colonial governor of NSW, Lachlan Macquarie set aside some 75 acres of shorefront as a preserve for the rich array of local and foreign botany. Intended as an exclusive garden for scientific study, the gardens were opened to the public 15 years later. Today, the gardens welcome around 3 million visitors every year.

Visitors can...

The Sydney Opera House Tour

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • An hour long guided walking tour around the Sydney Opera House with a knowledgeable and interactive guide.
  • The tour offers a great way to learn about the buildings rich history and the story behind the buildings design.
  • The...
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Bondi Beach

In the land of 10,000 beaches, no beach is more famous than Bondi Beach. Each year, more than 5 million visitors are riding its waves. And all year round, tourists from around the world flock to lay their towels in the drawn to this one kilometre arc of golden sand. The closest beach to the Sydney CBD, it acts as a magnet for many locals during the hottest days of summer; even in the coldest days of winter, surfers can be seen sand and bronze...

Bridge Climb Sydney

clock Duration: 2 hours 30 m
  • A group hike over the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge at dawn, day, twilight and night.
  • Views change completely depending on what time of day (or night!) you hike and group sizes can be as big as 13.
  • It's an unforgettable bucket...
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Shelly Beach

Just a few minutes from the better-known Manly Beach, Shelly Beach is a unique location on the east coast of Australia, since it actually faces west. With a large reef also sheltering the beach from the heavy ocean swells, Shelly Beach is a small and secluded haven – perfect for a quiet picnic on the sands or a gentle swim in the ocean. These calm coastal conditionsmake ShellyBeach an ideal spot for scuba divers and snorkelers to explore an...

Grand Blue Mountains Day Tour with 3 Scenic World Rides

clock Duration: 10 hours
  • A 10 hour full day tour of the Blue Mountains National Park with a pass for Scenic World and entrance to three of the rides.
  • Scenic World is home to one of the worlds steepest railway lines and commands spectacular views out over the...
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Housing a comprehensive selection of art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, the Art Gallery of NSW is a must for art-lovers. Established in the late 19th century, it acquired works from European masters from Rubens and Canaletto through Monet and Cezanne to Picasso and Braque. Those seeking works of a more local flavour will find Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, and works from colonial Australianmasters like Tom Roberts and...

Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves Day Trip from Sydney

clock Duration: 11 hours
  • A day trip to the Blue Mountains to explore the Jenolan Caves and the surrounding areas of natural beauty.
  • The Jenolan Cave system spans over 40km and is home to nine caves in total, all open to the public.
  • The day will be spent...
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Palm Beach

The most northerly of Sydney beaches, Palm Beach is far from the bustling crowd, yet only an hour’s drivefrom the CBD. Three kilometres in length, Palm Beach is among the most spacious of Sydney beaches, offering ample room to shake the sand off a beach towel without blinding other bathers. The natural beauty of the beach is offset at its northern tip by the historic Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse.

For many locals and tourists alike, Palm...

Blue Mountains All Inclusive: Tour, Lunch and Water Taxi

clock Duration: 10 hours
  • A full day of outdoor adventures in the beautiful Blue Mountains National Park, a protected area and listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The park sits just under a two hours drive north-west of Sydney and is a popular tourist...
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The Rocks Discovery Centre

This family orientated museum helps you to piece together the history of Sydney's oldest neighbourhood. Located in a historical 1850's warehouse, its 3 floors take you back in time to pre-European days before gradually bringing you back up to date as you go through the Colony exhibition which covers 1788-1820, then the Port exhibition 1820-1900, and finally the Transformations exhibitions which covers the history from 1900 to the present day....

Sydney to Blue Mountains Day Trip - All-Inclusive

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  • The easiest way to enjoy all that the Blue Mountains National Park has to offer without missing a beat.
  • This all inclusive package covers everything from cultural visits to scenic railway rides.
  • It's one of the most popular...
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Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

The MCA is Australia's leading contemporary art gallery. Housed in a historic Art Deco building it contains more than 4,000 works of modern art and is dedicated to showcasing the works of living artists from Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, along with artists around the world. It displays paintings, photographs, sculptures, drawings, film, and performance art.

Whilst you're indulging your creative...

Sydney's Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai National Park Small-Group Tour

clock Duration: 7 hours
  • Tour with a local guide through the famous Northern Beaches and Aboriginal heritage sites like Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
  • Seven-hour tour full of adventure, historical information and delicious lunch at Ocean...
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Lane Cove National Park

Just 11 kilometres from the heart of Sydney, Lane Cove National Park comprises more than a thousand acres of bushland. The park was created between the two World Wars to offer respite from the encroaching western suburbs of Sydney. By constructing a weir on the lower Lane Cover River, park developers drowned the valley upriver – making its waters safe for recreational use.

The park offers a wide array of facilities and activities....

Sydney Tower 360 Bar and Dining Experience

clock Duration: 1 hour 30 mi
  • Lunch or Dinner at the top of the Sydney Tower in the rotating 360 restaurant.
  • The restaurant sits at 309 metres above ground and rotates a full 360 degrees, rotating at 70 minutes per revolution.
  • Menu highlights include braised...
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Parramatta Park

Located in the heart of western Sydney, Parramatta Park is an idyllic sanctuary in the midst of urban sprawl. Straddling the Parramatta River, the site had been home to Aborigines for 20,000 years; indeed, Parramatta is a prehistoric aboriginal name for the river, probably signifying water of eels. After the arrival of European settlers and convicts in 1788, colonial governors took up residence on the site; the governor’s country estate and...

The Rocks Pub Walking Tour

clock Duration: 2 hours 30 m
  • Small group and two and a half hour walking tour in four of Sydney's oldest pubs.
  • The tour includes explanations of history and degustation of craft beer, wine or cider.
  • You can expect a combination of fun and educational...
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Sydney

There are many things you can do for free in Sydney like booking free entry into some Sydney museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.

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