Top 10 free activities to do in Sydney

As one of the most popular and dense cities in Australia, Sydney can be a very expensive destination. From accommodation and food to transport and sights, Sydney has the highest cost of living in Australia. As such, it is a good idea to mix in some of the free activities available in Sydney.

I have collated some of my favourite activities in Sydney below. I should warn you that it involves lots of walking, so bring your walking shoes and sunscreen.

1. Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

This is one of the most scenic walks that I have done. This is a 6 KM walk, but the time just flies by as you stroll along with the sound of the ocean and nature accompanying you.

I would highly recommend that you take public transport to Coogee and walk north to Bondi, with a stop in Bronte for some of the best beach action in Sydney. The 373 and 377 busses take about 45 minutes to get from the CBD to Coogee. The 333 or 380 will return you from Bondi to Circular Quay.

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

2. Royal Botanic Garden

In such a big city, it is very hard to find a serene and quiet area to take a deep breath. The Royal Botanic Garden is definitely a place to do that with locals and visitors mixing together.

3. Explore the Rocks

The Rocks is one of the most interesting and oldest areas in Sydney’s CBD. The best way to discover it is to wander under the Harbour Bridge and along some of the picturesque streets; taking time to admire the old workers terraces and cafes.

Tip: Check out the Nurse walk.

4. Mrs Macquarie’s Chair

This is the best viewpoint in Sydney with the Opera house and the Harbour Bridge in one shot. A definite must try on any visit to Sydney.

The view from Mrs Macquarie's Chair

The view from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair

5. Sydney Harbour Front

You know that iconic picture of Sydney with the Opera house and Bridge, this is where you go for that image.

6. Barangaroo Area

The Barangaroo area is being developed quite extensively and the waterfront boardwalk (King Street Wharf) is simply stunning with a wide array of restaurants with amazing views of the harbour.

7. Darling Harbour

I can honestly say that Darling Harbour is one of the liveliest area in Sydney with free entertainment, shopping precinct and the Cockle Bay area. You cannot go to Sydney and not visit Darling Harbour.

Cockle Bay Precinct, looking towards Darling Harbour

Cockle Bay Precinct, looking towards Darling Harbour

8. The Beach

When I think of Sydney, I think of sun and beach time. Sydney has some amazing beaches with white sand and blue water. While Bondi is the most popular and well known, there are other amazing beaches such as Manly or Bronte. Just remember to bring a towel and some sunscreen.

9. Sydney Markets

The markets in Sydney are a good way to discover local talents and to mingle with Sydney residents. The items might not necessarily be the cheapest but it does not cost anything to browse.

Some of the best markets in my opinion:

The Rocks Markets

The Rocks Markets

10. Ferry

This is technically not free, but definitely very cheap (even more so if you have an Opal card). The ferry from Circular Quay to Manly offers some of the best views from the water and I cannot recommend it enough.

TIP: Make sure to head there a good 15 minutes before the ferry departs so that you are among the first to board. Upon embarking head straight to the outside viewing area for some of the best views of the harbour. Be careful though, you might get sprayed with seawater.


All in all, Sydney is a amazing place made even more enjoyable by some of the free activities above. What other free activities would you recommend?

Are you planning to go to Sydney soon? If so which ones of the above would you try? Let me know in the comments below.



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