101++ Free Things To Do in Sydney

Start drawing up the list of the must-dos when the lockdowns end and we can travel again. There’s plenty to do in Sydney that doesn’t cost a dime, and plenty you can do while safely keeping your distance… so many in fact – we found 101 free things to do while you’re in town!
  1. Take a walk around the world famous Sydney Opera House.
  2. Admire Sydney’s icon, the stunning Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  3. Take a guided tour of the Royal Botanical Gardens.
  4. See Government House, where the colony’s early rulers worked.
  5. Check out a masterpiece at the NSW Art Gallery.
  6. Visit the amazing Museum of Contemporary Art.
  7. Snap the ultimate Opera House photo from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair.
  8. Explore Sydney’s relationship with the sea at the National Maritime Museum.
  9. Take a walking tour with the staff at the most popular Sydney Central YHA hostel.
  10. Stroll around Olympic Park and see all the venues from the 2000 Olympic Games.
  11. Relax in the pool during your stay at Sydney Central YHA.Sydney Central YHA Pool
  12. Discover Sydney’s industrial heritage on the “Port” historical walking tour.
  13. Head bush and enjoy the awesome Spit Bridge to Manly walk.
  14. Enjoy a free show with the street performers at Circular Quay.
  15. Listen to some didgeridoo playing from buskers at Circular Quay.
  16. Take some time to plan your Australian trip with the Backpacker Bucketlist. You don’t need to be a backpacker to follow the best guides to saving your hard earned cash when you’re out in the harbour city!
  17. Visit the beautiful and historic St Mary’s Cathedral.
  18. Browse the art and craft stalls at Paddington Markets.
  19. Stroll around the fascinating Fish Markets, the second largest in the world.
  20. Watch a movie in Sydney Central YHA’s own cinema.
  21. Do the stunning cliff top walk from Coogee to Bondi with the staff at the only hostel in The Rocks.Coogee to Bondi with Sydney Harbour YHA
  22. Visit St James’ Church; the oldest in Sydney.
  23. Dance your socks off at Sydney Central YHA’s salsa night!
  24. Challenge the locals to a game of chess on the giant board in Hyde Park
  25. Stop in at the QVB, one of the most beautiful shopping centres in the world.
  26. Cover the city in a stride at the 3D city model at the Customs House.
  27. …while you’re there, why not see the history of trade at the Customs House.
  28. Discover the history of Sydney’s diverse peoples on the “Community” historical walking tour.
  29. Go for a body surf at Manly Beach.
  30. Discover early history at St Stephens’ Church and Cemetery in the hip heart of Newtown
  31. Try a free tasting of all sorts of goodies at the Redfern Carriageworks Markets
  32. Head to Darling Harbour. There’s always something going on!
  33. Check out one of the exhibitions at the State Library of NSW.
  34. Stop by Sydney Harbour YHA for a 1-hour tour of The Big Dig Archaeology site.
  35. See and be seen at the world famous Bondi Beach.
  36. Visit the studio of Brett Whitley, one of Sydney’s most famous artists.
  37. Discover industrial history at the Brickpit Ring Walk, Olympic Park.
  38. Explore the huge parklands and gardens at Centennial Park.
  39. Spot the bird life amongst the mangroves at Bicentennial Park, Homebush.
  40. Follow the Writer’s Walk along Circular Quay.
  41. See the elegant War Memorial in Hyde Park.Sydney Hyde Park Memorial - Free things to do in Sydney
  42. Mingle with the crowds at Paddy’s Markets.
  43. Discover the bohemian suburb of Glebe on the “Preservation” historical walking tour.
  44. Sizzle up a feast with the free electric BBQ’s in Centennial Park.
  45. Let it all hang out at Lady Bay, Sydney’s only nudist beach.
  46. Window shop till you drop at Bondi Junction shopping mall.
  47. See/hear/smell thousands of Fruit Bats in the Botanical Gardens.
  48. Take out a board game from Sydney Central YHA reception and challenge a friend.
  49. Visit The Mint, where Australia’s first coins were produced.
  50. Lose yourself in the atmospheric laneways in The Rocks.
  51. Take your snorkel and say hello to the fish at Clovelly.
  52. Head to your nearest beach for a game of beach soccer.
  53. Play spot-the-celebrity at Woolloomooloo wharf.
  54. Drop in to Cadman’s Cottage, the oldest residential building in Australia.
  55. Stroll down historic Macquarie Street and admire the Georgian and Victorian architecture.
  56. Spot a possum in the Avenue of Figs, Hyde Park.Explore Sydney's free art - Free things to do in Sydney
  57. Discover the wild side of Sydney on the “Passion” historical walking tour.
  58. Take a photo with the street art at Wooloomooloo
  59. See ancient aboriginal art at Dobroyd Head.
  60. Mix with the high rollers at Star City Casino (only free if you win!)
  61. Discover amazing contemporary Aboriginal art at the Art Gallery NSW.
  62. See up and coming artists at Soho Gallery.
  63. Enjoy some art on the way to the beach at Manly Art Gallery and Museum.
  64. Discover all you gotta know about Australia’s bank notes at the Museum of Australian Currency Notes.
  65. Travel like the Victorians at the Sydney Tramway Museum.
  66. Stroll the Hogwarts-esque lawns of Sydney University.
  67. See the largest collection of ancient artefacts in Australia at the Nicholson Museum.
  68. Visit the fascinating Macleay Museum.
  69. Visit Sydney’s Town Hall, the most ornate late 19th century civic building in Australia.
  70. Discover the roots of alternative Oxford Street on the “Parade” historical walking tour.Sydney Harbour YHA Rooftop Sunrise 2017 (22).jpg
  71. Have a drink on the rooftop at Sydney Harbour YHA.
  72. See the tomb of Australia’s first saint at Mary Mackillop Place.
  73. Explore the magnificent funerary memorials at Rookwood Necropolis.
  74. Marvel at the old brickwork stacks at Sydney Park, and cuddle a good doggo or two
  75. See how the first settlers lived at The Rocks Discovery Museum.
  76. Visit the Garrison Gallery, Historical & Military Museum.
  77. Take a Saturday stroll around the quirky Glebe Markets.
  78. Attend a didgeridoo concert at the Outback Centre, Darling Harbour.
  79. Experience some military history at Newington Armory.
  80. Walk along the bustling Parramatta river at Blaxland Riverside Park.
  81. Bring out your inner soap star at Palm Beach, site of Home and Away.
  82. See work by one of Australia’s most popular modern artists at the Ken Done Gallery.
  83. See how the kids lived at the Old School House Museum, Parramatta.
  84.  Cook up a storm with food from the free food shelves at your YHA.
  85. Discover the early history of the city on the “Colony” historical walking tour.Sunset on Observatory Hill - Free things to do in Sydney
  86. Catch the sunset, and a free show, at Observatory Hill
  87. Browse the late night bookshops on Oxford Street.
  88. Chat to your hostel roommates.
  89. See graves with a view at Waverley Cemetery.
  90. Check out a lifeguard demonstration at Bondi Beach.
  91. Chat with the cockatoos at the Botanical Gardens.
  92. Transport yourself to Asia in Cabramatta, Sydney’s “Little Vietnam”.
  93. Walk the boardwalks through the mangroves at Sydney Olympic Park.
  94. Discover Parramatta with the Harris Park Heritage Walk.
  95. Look out for whales from the cliffs at Dover Heights.
  96. Visit the Macquarie Lighthouse, Australia’s oldest.Sydney Harbour YHA_Vivd 2018_Circular Quay.jpg
  97. Walk across the Harbour Bridge and wave to the climbers above you.
  98. Explore the city by night during Vivid each winter
  99. Splash around in the rock pools at Coogee.
  100. Walk to the entrance to Sydney Harbour at The Gap.
  101. Meet your new best friend at your local YHA hostels.


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