10+ Free Things to Do in Sydney Australia for Tourists

Australia is an exciting and super-stylish city. There is so much for everyone here: adults, groups or couples—or the whole family, finally taking that vacation you’ve talked about for so long!

No matter how you’re coming to Sydney, you’ll find it unforgettable.

And some of the best things in Sydney, as in life, are free. Here, we offer a preview of ten top Sydney attractions open at no charge, namely:

  • Sydney’s History and Arts, at Your Fingertips With the Free Culture Walks App
  • The Well-Loved Footpath From Bondi to Coogee
  • Chinese Art in Sydney: The White Rabbit Collection
  • The Internationally Acclaimed Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • The Ever-Fragrant Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Mrs Macquaries Point: Wow! What a View
  • The Panoramic Lookout from Observatory Hill
  • Open-Air Music at the Opera Bar
  • Classical Music at the Conservatorium
  • Circular Quay: Create Your Own Tour
  • And more…

Save on Admission to Popular Sydney Attractions

If you’re planning to visit some paid admission attractions in Sydney, you can save on admission with The Sydney Pass to lots of top attractions, tours, cruises, and more.

See all available passes and Sydney based attractions. 

Choose as you go from dozens of activities and save up to 45% off combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Go on a Culture Walk

One way to enjoy the city is by taking a walk down Sydney’s memory lane. Imbibe the culture of the place using Culture Walks App. It’s free, and it’ll regale you with stories all about Sydney’s cultural sites and offerings.

And kids will like learning about history when there’s an app involved!

Sydney’s weather and scenic vistas are famous, and its history rich. For the joy of exploring on foot, few cities can rival it. Get the free app here.

Walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee

Icebergs Pool at Bondi Beach

See some of Sydney’s famous beaches, and stunning cliff views. Have an exhilarating day of exercise in the fresh, coastal air of one of the world’s most striking waterfront cities.

The free 21st annual sculpture exhibit known as Sculpture by the Sea near Bondi Beach is open Oct. 19 to Nov. 5, 2017. If you visit overlaps with those dates, experience the world’s largest free public sculpture displays!

Visit a Stunning Art Collection

The White Rabbit Collection boasts a vast trove of objects from today’s most acclaimed Chinese talent—about 500 artists. And it won’t cost you a cent to come in and browse.

There are daily tours at 11 am and 2 pm. Visitors join by showing up at Reception five minutes early.

The tea house on the lower level is open Wed-Sunday, 11-5.

Art Gallery of NSW

Enjoy an afternoon of Australian and international classics. Van Gogh? Check. Cézanne? Voilà . There’s contemporary art too, all at the Art Gallery of NSW—that’s New South Wales, of course, which Sydney serves as capital city.

You’ll love the elegant arches and scenic vistas. Admission to the permanent installations is free of charge. To see current activities open to the public, check out the What’s On webpage.

Enjoy a free film presentation Wednesday evenings. Check the timetable before you go. Kids can enjoy a lot here too, including the free artist workshops when school’s out, and regularly on first and third Sundays each month. Kids with individual needs are most welcome.

Stop and Smell the Roses

Photo credit: Forte Events

Right near the Art Gallery, in the park overlooking Sydney Harbour, you can relish a garden picnic, and enjoy one of the outstanding free tours hosted regularly at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

Explore the tropical greenhouse. And feast your eyes (and nose) on gardens brimming with herbs, succulents, and flowers.

Mrs. Macquaries Point—for a Wow! View of the City

Look: the Opera House!  And over there: the Harbour Bridge! Take a walk to the most impressive Sydney views.

The vantage point you’ll have from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair has been known and loved by visitors and residents alike for more than 150 years. Come see why.

Admission is free (keep pocket change for street parking if driving), and you can get here easily from the Botanic Gardens. Just take Mrs Macquaries Road!

Tennis, Anyone? Or Just Bring a Snack Basket and Behold the City From Observatory Hill

Observatory Hill is a slice of Sydney life, beloved by locals and sought out by visitors in the know.

It costs nothing to bring your lunch and soak up the rays—and behold a panorama of Sydney Harbour.

There are fitness stations , open-air art installations, and a tennis court in the park too.

Enjoy the Vibe at Opera Bar

Hang out on the sculptured benches. Feast your eyes on the view of Sydney Harbour right from its most iconic, exciting spot.

You’ll enjoy live music, free.

Come in the afternoon on weekends, or any night at all.

Conservatorium Wednesdays

The most renowned school of music in Australia offers Lunch Break concerts throughout its academic terms. Enjoy classical music, courtesy of the up-and-coming musical artists.

Look for the Lunch Break and other listings right here.

Circular Quay: Create Your Own Tour

The Museum of Contemporary Art, on the water at Circular Quay, offers thousands of Australian works of art, with free admission to the permanent collections.

The free, family-friendly Rocks Discovery Museum is right there, too. Admission is free to all. From 10 am to 5 pm daily, you can enjoy the interactive fun this museum offers with touch screens and videos that bring to life the history of your surroundings.

This is a great point to begin some of the sweetest walks in Sydney. Ambling from Circular Quay southeast to Rushcutters Bay will refresh your soul.

Ah, and while we’re speaking of Sydney’s great coastal walks, do plan to meander from Manly to Spit Bridge. It’ll take you through Sydney Harbour’s National Park where you’ll see rock art by Aboriginal artists and Manly’s famously beautiful beach!

And Wait. There’s More!

The city is always updating its public listing of exciting free activities and events. Just take a look at its freebies webpage. And pick up a copy of The Sydney Morning Herald on Fridays. You’ll find a section listing city events, including attractions open at no charge to the public.

Sydney is unique, special, phenomenal. Be excited!


Save on Attraction Admission

In addition to some popular free things to do in Sydney, you can’t experience Sydney without visiting some of its top attractions.

Consider getting The Sydney Pass, where you can save up to 45% on combined admission vs paying at the gate, to make the most of your time in the city.


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