Free things to do in Sydney

Highlights

Exciting, beautiful and free

Some of Sydney's most popular attractions are free including world-famous Bondi Beach, walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and two of Australia's leading art galleries. Enjoy coastal and harbourside walking trails and whale watching from headlands. Pack a picnic lunch and visit the Royal Botanic Garden for great views of the Sydney Opera House.

  • Bondi to Bronte Walk, Sydney
  • Picnics in Centennial Parklands, Sydney

Wonderful family activities for free in Sydney

Sydney is a natural wonderland where lots of outdoor activities cost nothing. Youngsters can kick a ball in a park, climb trees, swim in an ocean pool or spot whales from a coastal lookout during the annual whale migration. Sandy beaches such as Bondi Beach are great spots for family fun.

With one of the world’s great natural harbours, enchanting national parks and gardens, abundant beaches and a spectacular coastline, Sydney is perfect for exploring on foot. You’ll find walking trails around the Sydney Harbour foreshore. A popular path is the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk.

Cape Solander, Botany Bay National Park

For spectacular views, walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and around the Sydney Opera House, an architectural masterpiece. Next to the Sydney Opera House is the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, an oasis with a free guided tour that departs daily from the Visitor Centre.

Walk from the garden to the Art Gallery of NSW, where entry is free and children can use online booklets to explore artworks. You can also download free audio tours for kids. Entry to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in The Rocks is free too.

Parts of the Australian National Maritime Museum are free, though if you want to climb aboard the ships and visit the latest exhibitions you’ll have to buy a ticket. Sydney Olympic Park has great family attractions and some are free, including the BirdLife Discovery Centre every weekend.

By using Opal cards on public transport, you'll enjoy daily travel caps and the $2.50 per person Sunday cap. Take the family on a ferry ride and explore Sydney Harbour and its islands including Cockatoo Island, one of the World Heritage-listed Australian convict sites.

  1. Avalon Beach

    Avalon Beach

    Over the last decade or so Avalon has become the favoured "sea-change" destination for Sydney-siders looking to adopt the surfer lifestyle. As a result, the board-riding community here is large and enthusiastic but...

  2. Freshwater Beach

    Freshwater Beach

    A stunning family beach wedged between two headlands, Freshwater is a short walk north from Manly. A coastal walk further north will take you to Curl Curl. The north headland provides excellent...

  3. Shelly Park, Cronulla

    Shelly Park, Cronulla

    Shelly Beach has a large park area and is located near ocean baths.Shelly Beach has a rocky shoreline with an ocean bath for swimming and is a great option for parents with younger children. There...

  4. Gordons Bay

    Gordons Bay

    Gordons Bay is located south of Clovelly Beach and north of Coogee Beach. Access to the bay is only limited to pedestrians via the surrounding streets or the Coastal Walk. Protected by an offshore reef , it is a...

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