Free things to do in Sydney

Highlights

Some of Sydney's popular attractions are free, including the world-famous Bondi Beach, coastal walks, whale watching from headlands, and leading art galleries. Enjoy a free tour of the Royal Botanic Garden, and walk around the Sydney Opera House and across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

  • Spectacular views from the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Royal Botanic Garden, 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.

The Bondi to Coogee Walk, Sydney

For spectacular views, walk across the impressive Sydney Harbour Bridge and around the iconic Sydney Opera House, an architectural masterpiece. Next to the Sydney Opera House is the Royal Botanic Garden, a green 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 and there is a free tour of the collection.

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 Birds Australia 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. The Rocks Discovery Museum

    The Rocks Discovery Museum, housed in a restored 1850s sandstone warehouse, tells the story of The Rocks from pre-European days to the present. Home to a unique collection of images and...

  2. North Head Sanctuary

    Right in Manly's backyard is North Head Sanctuary - Sydney's secret getaway.There are over 10 kilometres of easy walking tracks to explore. Start at Shelley Beach and walk through virtually...

  3. Birds Australia Discovery Centre

    Located next to the Newington Nature Reserve in the heritage precinct Newington Armory, the Birds Australia Discovery Centre is open to the public and provides regular tours, an extensive bird book library, education...

  4. Hyde Park

    Hyde Park is Australia's oldest park. Divided by Park Street, the southern section of Hyde Park contains the ANZAC Memorial building and visitor centre, the pool of reflection and numerous monuments and statues. The...

  5. The Federation Cliff Walk

    The Federation Cliff Walk is a five kilometre clifftop walk with postcard views out to the Pacific Ocean from Dover Heights to Watsons Bay.The sandstone cliffs that guard the approaches to Sydney...

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