Sydney: Free Fun in an Expensive City

Blogger Craig at noted that Sydney may be a costly city, but exploring on foot is a great way to dodge the expense. Walking is a fabulous way to explore the dramatic scenery in this sunny, warm-all-year-round city.

Join a free three-hour itinerary with “I’m Free” Walking Tours (twice daily), walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or take in the exhilarating salt air on the cliff-top Bondi-to-Coogee coastal walk.

Another good choice is a self-guided walk through the serene Royal Botanic Gardens which offers lovely vignettes of the harbour. Within the gardens is Government House, which has guided tours Friday to Sunday.

Other great spots to explore on foot are the harbour foreshore, the CBD, Darling Harbour with its free public entertainment, and the historical Rocks.

Branching off the tourist trail, head up into quirky Surry Hills with its assortment of one-off homewares stores, galleries and cafes. Paddington is tailor-made for meandering with its wrought-iron lace terraced architecture, and groovy boutiques.

Markets such as the Sydney Fish Market or the craftsy Paddington Markets are another great place to soak up the city vibe without spending a fortune.

And at the end of your foray, there is the sea. Sydney is famed for its beaches, whose sand and surf are absolutely free.