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Sydney has earned a reputation as one of the most expensive cities in the world, both to live in and to visit. However, you will be happy to know that it is still possible to find affordable hotels in Sydney. Also, there are many free things to do in Sydney, so you can still enjoy a visit to this beautiful coastal city without spending a fortune.
Enjoy a Walk Around the Royal Botanic Gardens
Located east of Sydney’s Central Business District, or the CBD, the Royal Botanic Gardens feature some fascinating native and exotic plants. It is also the perfect spot for a picnic right in the heart of the city. Don’t miss visiting Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, one of Sydney’s best view points, on the edge of the gardens.
Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Foot
Climbing this iconic bridge can be very expensive, but you can choose to walk it. This way you can enjoy some excellent views of the harbor and the Sydney Opera House for free!
Take the Bondi to Coogee Walk
Featuring one of the most spectacular coastlines in the city, this walk takes you around some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches. Along this 6-kilometer walk, you can stop for a swim or to have a bite to eat.
Have a Picnic at Centennial Park
One of the largest parks in the city, the Centennial Park is a peaceful oasis not far from the CBD. During the warmer months, there are some great free events happening at the park.
Visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales
One of Australia’s leading art museums, the Art Gallery of New South Wales features an impressive collection of Australian, Aboriginal, European, and Asian art. Viewing the permanent collection is free, and the museum also offers complimentary guided tours.
Check Out the Paddington Markets
The Paddington Markets take place on Saturdays in Paddington, not far from the CBD. Here, you can find everything from clothes and fabrics, handmade jewelry, original artwork, fresh flowers, and tasty food.
Visit the Government House
Overlooking the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Government House is both a museum and the residence of the governor of New South Wales. The building is a great example of Gothic Revival architecture.
Get Lost in the Royal National Park
One of the oldest national parks in the world, this beautiful park features miles of trails, hidden beaches and dramatic cliffs. It is free to walk around, but there is an entrance fee for vehicles.
Check out the White Rabbit Gallery
This quirky little gallery features some unusual contemporary Chinese art. Entry is free from Wednesdays to Sundays, and there are also free tours available.
Do the Sydney Harbour Walk
This 16-mile footpath takes you through the harbor’s most popular attractions, allowing you to see many of the city’s major landmarks. It is a very long walk, but you can combine it with public transportation.
With a fascinating mix of urban and wild adventures, some fabulous parks and gardens, and great cultural venues, there are plenty of free things to do in Sydney. A visit to this magnificent city doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank!