Free things to do in Sydney

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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. Sirius Cove

    Sirius Cove

    Sirius Cove is a beautiful, protected beach with plenty of shade on the grassy area behind the beach. This is a very popular spot with families and dog lovers, and parking can be hard to come by on the weekends...

  2. Narrabeen Beach

    Narrabeen Beach

    Narrabeen Beach is one of Australia's iconic surfing and swimming beaches. Over three kilometres of sand stretch from Long Reef in the south to the Narrabeen Lagoon entrance in the north, with four surf lifesaving...

  3. Manly Beach

    Manly Beach

    In company with Bondi, Manly Beach is Sydney’s most iconic strip of sand, named by the State’s first governor Arthur Phillip in 1788 for the impression made on him by “the confidence and manly behaviour” of the area’s...

  4. 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...

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