You don’t need to break the bank to enjoy what Sydney has to offer. These 20 attractions, activities and destinations are a perfect sampling of the city’s glamour and chic – and better yet, they won’t cost you a cent.
Stroll Along the Sydney Harbour Bridge
The climb itself will set you back at least $148, but you can get the next best thing for free by simply strolling along the pedestrian pathway at the bridge’s eastern edge.
Stroll Through the Art Gallery of NSW
Sydney’s premier art institution is free on entry, and has an enormous collection of everything from Indigenous to Asian art on display. Head to the galleries on Wednesday nights for free talks, films and more. See www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au for a schedule.
Find Sea Creatures at Shelly Beach
You don’t need to pay Sydney Aquarium’s pricey entry fees to see marine life in its natural habitat. Just grab your swimming goggles and take the Manly ferry to Shelly Beach. Other similar places to spot sea life can be found at Clovelly and Gordon’s Bay.
Enjoy the View from North Head Lookout
From the mouth of Sydney’s harbour, enjoy sweeping views at zero cost of Sydney’s magnificent skyline. The views are even more spectacular at sunset on the north end. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a whale or two.
Browse Through Eveleigh Market
The market, open every Saturday at 8 am, offers delectable gourmet foods in a quirky industrial setting. The artisans’ market, open the first Sunday of the month, is another great option with excellent local craft goods to browse (www.eveleighmarket.com.au).
Take a Dip in Camp Cove
Head to Sydney’s most serene beach for a break away from the city bustle. Spread a towel at the doorstep of one of the city’s priciest homes and enjoy a relaxing float in the wave-free harbour.
Relax in Bronte Park
Other than the coin-operated public barbecues, Bronte Park is Sydney’s best free al fresco lunch spot. Take a dip, enjoy your picnic and admire sparkling sea views from this popular summer destination.
Groove to the Music at Opera Bar
This lovely terrace bar is in a prime location with stunning views of Sydney harbour and the Opera House. They offer covered outdoor seating, relaxed vibes and free live music each night and on weekend afternoons.