Sydney is such an amazing city. It is everything you’d wish for: A husting and bustling CBD, a world-famous bridge and opera house, many many beaches and lush green parks where you can wander for hours on end.
Today I am sharing with you 5 amazing activities that you can do in Sydney for free, yes you heard me right, FREE!
There is a pedestrian walkway on the eastern side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge that offers some of the best views of Sydney Harbour.
There are two ways to access the walkway: from the southern side of the bridge or from the northern side. I advise you to go to the Northern site (Milsons point) because this way you are walking towards the opera house, so you have the best views.
The walk across the bridge should take from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on how many times you stop to admire the harbor and take photos. First timers, I say give yourself an hour, as the astonishing views will keep you captivated. During Vivid this walk is an absolute MUST as well as it offers you some unique picture opportunities.
VISIT THE ART GALLERY
From the old masters and the great art movements to splendid colonial and indigenous art and striking contemporary works, all can be seen for free at the Art Gallery.
Almost everything is free in this gallery, including:
- Entry, which allows you to see the Gallery’s permanent galleries and most temporary exhibitions
- Video available online through the Gallery channel
- Most events, from tours and talks to music and film
See all free events
WHERE IS THE GALLERY?
Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000
Infoline 1800 679 278
WALK THE BONDI TO COOGEE COASTAL WALK
One of the prettiest coastal walks you can do in Sydney. Along this six-kilometer coastal cliff top walk, there are ocean pools, a cemetery, hot surfers(wink) and lifeguards, secret coves, picnic grounds and stunning views, both the Pacific Ocean and the million-dollar houses spilling down the hills.
Starting at the northern end of Bondi Beach, two hours, and six kilometers later you’ll finish up at Coogee Beach, having trekked past Tamarama Beach, Bronte Beach, Clovelly Beach and Gordons Bay.
The walk bench-presses at about a medium difficulty. There are some hills and stairs so you might be huffing and puffing in places, but it’s not too extreme.
It’s best to get to Bondi via public transport – Transport NSW’s Trip Planner tool is your friend – because parking in Bondi for more than two hours hurts (If you can find a spot) Plus, you don’t want to walk all the way back to Bondi.
The walk itself is pretty straightforward. But if in doubt, hug the coastline and follow the crowds.
THE ROCKS DISCOVERY MUSEUM
The museum tells the story of The Rocks from pre-European days to the present. The exhibits are filled with interactive fun, using touchscreens, audio, and visual elements to bring the history of the area alive. It is a very family friendly museum, which offers four permanent exhibitions.
The exhibitions cover the periods:
- Warrane (pre-1788)
- Colony (1788–1820)
- Port (1820–1900)
- Transformations (1900–present)
They teach you about the establishment of the English colony and the time when sailors, whalers, and traders made The Rocks their home. Super interesting and worth a visit when you are in the area.
More information on the museum can be found HERE
WHERE IS THE MUSEUM?
Kendall Lane (enter via Argyle Street),
The Rocks, NSW, 2000
Phone: (02) 9240 8680
WANDER THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS
Located next to the opera house is the Royal Botanic Gardens. Wonderful lush color of the sweeping lawns, dark green canopies and thousands of beautiful flowers. The Botanic Gardens are not just a place to sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning views, there is always plenty to do and new things to discover, doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter.
Area: 30 ha
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