The Top 5 Best Free Things to Do in Sydney

shutterstock_122646589Sydney is a vibrant city full of amazing experiences – and a lot of them are completely free. This is excellent news when you’re trying to see the world on a shoestring budget, laying your head in a backpacker’s hostel and taking advantage of every possible cheap pub meal deal.

Most people are aware that you can walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge for free – that is, across the bottom of the bridge; climbing to the top will cost a little more. But what are the hidden (and not-so-hidden) gems of the city that won’t cost you a cent?

1. Luna Park

Entry to Sydney’s venue for carnival fun is absolutely free, allowing you to wander through the park and soak up the atmosphere. It’s a great spot for aspiring photographers to get shots of classic amusement park rides and sideshows without having to pay an admission fee. The rides will cost you of course, so be prepared to pay if you want to experience the Rotor or the Wild Mouse for yourself.

2. Wandering the Sydney CBD

A simple day spent wandering around the central business district of Sydney will yield some highly rewarding secrets if you know where to look. Take yourself to Martin Place and see if you can find nearby Angel Place. It’s a secluded alleyway with cafes and shops nestled inside, but its most striking feature is a stack of empty vintage bird cages hung suspended in the air above. Then, take a leisurely walk down Pitt Street Mall, where there’s almost always some free music or other entertainment in the form of buskers. Take a left and head towards the beautiful Hyde Park for a relaxing garden stroll.

3. Browse through The Rocks

The Rocks is stuffed full of olden-day charm with historical Sydney at its core. The buildings are pretty to look at, the laneways are cobbled and winding, and if you head there at the right time, you might catch the night markets to pick up some great food and handicrafts. The Rocks is also home to Pancakes On The Rocks, which isn’t free, but it is open 24 hours a day, and it is delicious.

4. The White Rabbit Gallery

Just a short walk from Central Station, heading south of the heart of the CBD, lies the quirky and eclectic White Rabbit Gallery in the tree-lined suburb of Chippendale. Entry is free and you’ll be able to explore a gallery full of contemporary Chinese art, with guides to explain what it’s all about, as well as free tours. The Gallery also has a (not free) tea room where you can indulge in a range of different teas, as well as sample some delicious dumplings.

5. Bondi to Coogee Walk

Strap on your best and comfiest walking shoes and conquer this wonderful walking track along the coast from legendary Bondi Beach to Coogee. You’ll get to experience the coastline first hand and enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and sand in the sunshine. Of course, you can always stop for a swim at the beach at Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte or Coogee, and if you get thirsty along the way, there are plenty of drinking fountains. Set aside plenty of time: it’s six kilometres long, which is do-able in about two hours.