iconFree & cheap things to do in Sydney


  • Pack your own food and have a picnic at Hyde Park, also Australia’s oldest park.
  • The Strand Arcade in Pitt St is another gorgeous building to peruse and window shop at the designer stores.
  • Walk along Oxford Street Darlinghurst to Paddington and pick up a few bargains.
  • Shop at Paddington or Rozelle Markets, held on Saturdays from 10am-4pm with stalls selling Australian fashion, art, jewellery, homewares and food stalls.
  • Wander on foot across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge from Milsons Point.
  • Explore the iconic Sydney Opera House.
  • Lie back and relax at Royal Botanic Gardens or have a seat at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and enjoy the water views.
  • Free guided walks from Royal Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre departing daily or follow a self-guided themed tour.
  • Walk up the hill to check out artwork at Art Gallery NSW where the kids can have free performances on Sunday exploring art.
  • Family Funday, explore Sydney with unlimited travel on buses, train and light rail for $2.50 per person, under 4 years travel free. Purchase tickets online, or at an Opal card retailer, or Transport Customer Service Centre.
  • Catch the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, feel the wind in your hair and enjoy the view.
  • Discover Cockatoo Island, a UNESCO world heritage listed island in the middle of Sydney Harbour and rekindle your sense of adventure.
  • Peruse the Sydney Fish Market and try a cooking classes at the Sydney Seafood School.
  • Discover Darling Harbour with so much to see and do at your fingertips Wildlife Zoo, Sealife Aquarium, Madame Tussauds and cafes/restaurants and the Darling Quarter Kids Playground to keep the kids occupied.
  • Check out the National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. Kids are free on select days.
  • Meander through Paddy’s Markets to pick up a trinket or two or shop for food at “crazy hour”.
  • Next door to Paddy’s Markets is Chinatown for cheap eats or ramen.
  • Weekend markets at Surry Hills, Balmain, Glebe and Kirribilli.
  • Walk along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk and spot a migrating whale from May to November. If you happen to be in Sydney in late October to November, you may stumble across the yearly Sculptures by the Sea exhibition.
  • Check out Sydney Olympic Park, the site of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
  • Discover Sydney’s convict heritage and see remnants of history at The Rocks.
  • Under the distinct yellow sails, you’ll find the Rocks Markets selling arts and crafts, indigenous art ware, jewellery and lots more.
  • Whilst at The Rocks, check out the view from Glenmore Hotel or have an emu, kangaroo or crocodile pizza at The Australian Heritage Hotel.
  • Head out to Bondi Beach or check out the Bondi Beach Markets on Sunday weather permitting.
  • Have a go at barefoot lawn bowls at Clovelly with a cracker view to match.
  • Catch the train to Katoomba and wander down to see The Three Sisters rock formation.
  • Discover magical lush landscapes such as Chinese Garden of Friendship or Wendy Whitely’s Secret Garden.
  • Go to beaches are Malabar and Dee Why Beach for the surf and expanse of sand without feeling crowded. Wattamola is a hidden paradise but it does get busy in the summer with its aqua coloured water.
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