5 Activities to do in Sydney for Free


Maybe you spent too much coin partying, you’re at the final stretch of your trip, or you want to challenge yourself to travel on the cheap. We’ve got you covered. Here are five activities in Sydney that are en gratis.


Sydney Harbour Bridge
The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, which spans from the city center to the North Shore opened in 1932. Beautiful and functional, the wide steel arch bridge provides a crossing for cars, trains, bikes, and pedestrians. Although the daring BridgeClimb costs money, you can walk across for free. Stay in one of the Accor hotels in Sydney for scenic vistas of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the world-class Sydney Opera House.

© M. Fagg Australian National Botanic Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
Nestled between the harbour and the eastern edge of the central business district, the Royal Botanic Gardens is a lovely oasis from the crowded city. It is close to many Sydney hotels around Hyde Park. Founded in 1816, it is the oldest scientific institution in the country and features over one million plant specimens. You can join a free, guided walk or explore the 30-hectare park on a self-guided tour. Sit on the grass in the shade of the large trees and soak up the magnificent views while having a picnic lunch.


Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach is Australia’s most famous beach and it’s easy to see why. Golden sands, azure waters, and powerful waves ideal for surfing await. People watch, swim, or explore the bustling seaside village. Skip the touristy Campbell Parade and trek to the nearby Hall St, Gould St and Glenayr Ave for hip cafes and eclectic boutiques.


Nicholson Museum
Sir Charles Nicholson in 1860 founded this museum on the campus of the University of Sydney. The Nicholson Museum showcases the largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere, which include everything from terracotta urns to mummies. Through the extensive array of artifacts and curiosities ancient stories are told and insights into the lives of past civilizations are unveiled. With free admission, this museum is a hidden gem.


Art Gallery of NSW
The Art Gallery of NSW is one of Australia’s premier museums, with over one million visitors a year. It has one of the largest collections of Aboriginal art in the country as well as Australian, European, Asian, and contemporary art. Come on Wednesdays evenings for Art After Hours for free entertainment that relates to the current exhibition. As the gallery stays open until 9pm enjoy live music, lectures, celebrity talks, and film screenings. On the second and last Sunday of every month and school holidays there are free performances for children.