The largest and most glamorous of all cosmopolitan cities in Australia, Sydney usually attracts well-heeled tourists. However, this doesn’t mean that the Harbour City has nothing for holidaymakers on a limited budget. In fact, Sydney offers so much to do and see, either for free or at very affordable costs that many travellers end up facing the problem of plenty! Here is a list of some wonderful, yet free activities and attractions that you can enjoy in this beautiful Australian metropolis.
Bondi to Tamarama Coastal Walk
This part of Sydney, known for its spectacular costal beauty and the nesting colonies of seabirds, is truly a walker’s paradise. In late spring, you may visit the ‘Sculpture by the Sea’, an annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition.
Amble Around the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Take in the captivating views of the harbour and the Sydney skyline, relax at al fresco picnic places, and if you’re lucky, spot a whale or two – there is a lot to enjoy around the iconic Sydney Harbour without paying a penny. Additionally, a few of the bars around the harbour offer free live music each night and on afternoons during weekends.
Art Gallery of NSW
An outstanding collection of Australian art, including a significant indigenous section, makes this premium art institution a much-loved attraction among tourists arriving in Sydney. It is one of the largest art galleries in Australia and entry is absolutely free. Furthermore, a range of free guided-tours, talks, and films on different themes and in various languages promises visitors a thought-provoking experience, well worth their time.
The Rock Discovery Museum
A must-visit attraction for history buffs, the Rock Discovery Museum showcases the rich heritage of the Rocks area of Sydney. A variety of exhibitions display unique archaeological artefacts, ancient paintings, and other items that narrate the story of the area from the pre-European days to the present. Entry to the museum is free; but you need to buy tickets for the guided tours.
This picturesque beach is located in Manly, a suburb of Sydney, and is a great place to see plenty of marine life in its natural habitat. With a maximum depth of approximately 12 metres, the shallow waters of the beach prove it to be an enchanting attraction for divers and snorkellers alike. The area around the beach boasts spectacular natural vistas, along with many eateries, cafes, and picnic spots.