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...

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

clock Duration: 30 days
  • Sydney Sea Life Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world.
  • It's home to over 12,000 animals and 650 different species from an array of habitats.
  • The aquarium is located in Sydney's Darling Harbour neighborhood, right...
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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...

Australian Museum: Ice Age Mammoths Exhibition Sydney Entry Ticket

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  • Tickets to the Australian Museums temporary exhibition Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age".
  • The exhibition runs until 13/05/2018 and tickets are selling out fast.
  • The exhibit showcases a life-size replica of Ice Age mammoths...
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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...

Sydney Tower Eye with Observation Deck

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  • Entrance into the Sydney Tower Eye and admission to the Observation deck, the tallest point in the city.
  • The tower itself is Sydney's tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The...
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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...

Combo Ticket: Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Wild Life Sydney

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  • The Sydney Combo Pass allows you to visit three attractions around the city from the following list: Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney, Sydney Eye Tower and Madame Tussauds.
  • There's also the option to buy a 1, 2 or 4 attraction...
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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...

Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • It’s an entire day’s visit to the Taronga Zoo along the shoreline of Sydney Harbor
  • Discover different trails including the Kids " Trail, Australian Walkabout, Big Cats " Trail, and Reptile World and
  • Enjoy an...
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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...

Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

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  • Take an intimate trip that grants you access to the backstage reserved for celebrities at the Sydney Opera House
  • This tour is ideal for art fans and individuals visiting Sydney for the first time.
  • Experience the huge stage...
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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....

Madame Tussauds Sydney Entrance Ticket

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  • Meet with renowned artists at the Madame Tussauds Sydney
  • Pose for a personal photo-shoot to be on the cover of the cosmopolitan
  • Experience what live recording sessions are like
  • Meet with VIPs in the studios and...
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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 Harbour Ferry with Taronga Zoo Entry Ticket

clock Duration: 1 to 6 hours
  • Ride to the Taronga Zoo to discover over 2,900 animals at your own pace
  • Enjoy the spectacular views of Reach the zoo on a rocket ferry as well as a ride in the Sky Safari cable car
  • Observe the Sydney landmarks, such as the...
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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....

Australian Museum General Entry Ticket

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  • Meet and interact with community members and make changes towards the realization of a fair balance
  • Get guidance through commentary on devices that are available in various languages including English, Mandarin, Korean Spanish,...
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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...

Sydney Jewish Museum General Entry Ticket

clock Duration: 2 to 4 hours
  • Experience the interactive media, soundscapes, and audio-visuals of objects that are part of the Museums Temporary and Permanent Exhibitions.
  • Observe a restored Holocaust exhibition, outlines of human rights achievements, challenges,...
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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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