Free Things to do in Sydney – Sydney100

Free Things to do in Sydney

What are the Top FREE Things to do in Sydney?

Fun Free Things to see and do in Sydney during the Weekends and Holidays

The are many free things to do in Sydney included in the top 100 things to do list. Below you will find a selection of these along with a few more included from other parts of the web site. We may even throw in a couple more for free. If you know of any thing that we have missed please let us know and we will include them on this page.

Walks around the Harbour – Spit Bridge to Manly

There are many excellent walks around the Harbour, through Sydney’s National Parks and alongside glorious beaches and across its headlands. Many are listed on the top 100 things to do, one of the best is the Spit Bridge to Manly walk ranked at No. 35.

Government House

A visit to Government House is surprisingly free. We list Government House at No. 38 You can combine this with a pleasant stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens – listed at No. 9.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Located right in the heart of Sydney, this beautiful 200 year old garden contains an outstanding collection of native and foreign horticulture. If you are seriously interested in Botanic Gardens you can include yourself on a tour for free:

Free Tours of the Royal Botanic Gardens

The Harbour Bridge

As you might expect, it costs a lot to climb the Harbour Bridge, much less for a trip up the Harbour Pylon but it costs nothing to walk across it.

The Harbour Bridge is listed at No. 6

Bondi Beach

There is currently no charge to enter the “Peoples Beach” aka Bondi. In fact, you don’t even have to pay to watch Bondi Life Guards (think Bondi Rescue) from, hopefully (if you get my rift) standing around not doing much. Soak up the atmosphere, sights and sounds of the most entertaining and interesting beach in world. And, oh yes – it’s gorgeous to.

Bondi Beach – listed at No.15

And, if you feel like stretching your legs, you can take an awesome coastal walk all the way from Bondi to Coogee.

Walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach – Listed at No. 21

Paddington Reservoir Garden

The mildly romanesque Paddington Reservoir Garden is free to get into and, as a bonus, free to get out of as well. The garden has been built below street level at the bottom of an old water reservoir. It contains an ornamental pond and hanging gardens.

Paddington Reservoir Garden – listed at No.109

Museums and Art Galleries

Sydney is perhaps Australia’s most fortunate city as it is surrounded by natural splendour with the world’s most gorgeous natural harbour at its heart. On top of all this, Sydney has added Australia’s most famous landmarks, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. This would hardly seem to make Sydney an ideal home for Australia’s top museums and art galleries, given there are so many other things to do. Yet, it is. Many of Sydney’s museums and art galleries are free, or partially free, to get into. The Art Gallery of NSW (No.77) has established itself internationally with some major must-see exhibitions. The Museum of Contemporary Art (No.105) and Powerhouse Museum (No.60) are wonderful examples of how to make museums interesting, engaging and even fun (it does cost a few dollars to get into the Powerhouse, so we have cheated a bit with this entry, but it is well worth it).


There are periodically free movies shown at Olympic Park every last Sunday of each month. You should find this, and other free events and festivals from the links from the menu at the top of this page.

The Rocks – The Rocks Discovery Museum

The Rocks is the oldest section, of the oldest city, in Australia. The Rocks possesses some wonderful heritage buildings to admire and an intriguing history and cobblestone lanes to explore. The Rocks is a favoured location for events, markets, buskers and other ‘goings on’. You can also enjoy free admission to the Rocks Discovery Museum which contains a wealth of information about the Rocks area and helpful staff just waiting for you to ask them a question.

The Rocks Visitor Centre

The tourist information office, the Visitor Centre, provides loads of free information about the Rocks and Sydney. The Visitor Centre is located in the The Rocks Centre, on the corner of Argyle and Playfair streets.

The Rocks – Listed at No. 78

Sydney Observatory

Australia’s oldest observatory is free to get into during the day to see it’s old telescopes, pictures and other artifacts. There are also some great Harbour views from the site. You do have to pay to see the 3D space theatre and main telescope.

Sydney Observatory – Listed at 114

Olympic Park

Olympic Park, site of the 2000 Olympic Games, also includes a 40 hectare park which is ideal for a walk or bike ride and a great space to enjoy a picnic.

Customs House

Customs House - Free Things to do in Sydney

You can enjoy one of Sydney’s finest heritage buildings for free. Customs House attractions, besides the building itself as highlighted by the Vivid Festival, include exhibitions, a meeting point with refreshments, a library and information centre including free wireless internet and a giant model of Sydney. Explore the exhibitions, enjoy the events or just read a newspaper and browse the net.

Customs House

See the Sights – Mrs Macquaries Point, Milsons Point, South Head and North Head

There is no charge for looking. It doesn’t cost a cent to look and photograph Australia’s best known icons. For fabulous Harbour views, visit Mrs Macquaries Point and South Head on the south side of the Harbour and North Head and Milsons Point on the North Shore.

Travel Guide

Whilst we can’t give the Travel Guide away, we can guarantee that you will save at least as much as it costs to buy the book. So it’s kind of is free..sort of.

Travel Guide

Events and Festivals

Many of Sydney’s top events and festivals are free, or partially free, to get into. For example, Sculptures By the Sea at Bondi Beach is an absolute must and costs nothing.


It’s amazing when you think about it, the Fireworks are said to be one of the greatest shows on the planet, yet it doesn’t cost anything to see it. One of the best things to do is also one of the free things to do in Sydney. New Years Eve and Australia Day (26th January) are key dates but Sydney is often on the lookout for an excuse to fire a few rockets over the Harbour. Check out the events pages in case there is anything pending.

Current and forthcoming Events and Festivals

For current and forthcoming top Sydney events consult the menu at the top of this page.

Sydney Festival

There are festivals, and then there is the Sydney Festival. Sydney is a great place to be at any time of year, but in summer, it shines. This is due, in part, to the Sydney Festival which energizes the place into a state of heightened delight. Many of the Festival’s events are free, and the opening night is almost guaranteed to be a night to remember.

Sydney Festival

Top 100 Things To Do

We haven’t included all of the free things to do in on the Top 100 list. There are also a number of low cost options that don’t quite qualify as free (because they aren’t!), for instance, climbing the Harbour Pylon. So if you are looking for more, please click below:

Top 100 Things To Do

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