Free things to do 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.
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.