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. 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...

  2. Newport Beach

    Newport Beach

    Newport faces due east so is open to swell coming from any direction. A jumble of rocks 250 metres south of the north headland known as The Peak shapes two separate breaks that attract a highly skilled local surfing...

  3. Dee Why Beach

    Dee Why Beach

    Dee Why plays host to many of the northern beaches main events including Australia Day and New Years Eve fireworks. It also is the site of numerous first class sporting events such as the Beachley...

  4. Queenscliff Beach

    Queenscliff Beach

    Queenscliff is the northern headland of Sydney’s famous Manly Beach, possessed of an offshore “bommie” which can handle waves up to seven metres. In a mighty swell, this is where you’re likely to find some of Manly’s...

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