Travel Guides Top Free Things to do in Sydney This Spring

Published on July 26th, 2018 | by Sun Gold Soap


Top Free Things to do in Sydney This Spring

Having a good time in Sydney doesn’t have to be limited by your budget. There is plenty to see and do in this city for free, so if you are visiting in the spring, don’t be afraid to dive right in. You’ll be surprised at how much fun you can have without spending anything at all.

Bondi to Coogee Walk

This walk is beautiful all year round, but in late spring it gets even more spectacular. This is when the Sculpture By The Sea takes up residence along the route, featuring modern work by artists from around the world which is only there for a limited period of time. The route itself is something to look forward to – taking you along the most beautiful coastline and past some of the most iconic beaches around Sydney. It’s not a difficult walk, though it is long, so you can cut it short at a number of different waypoints if it seems too far.

Walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge

It costs a pretty penny to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but the next best thing – walking it – is absolutely free. There’s a pedestrian pathway on the eastern side of the bridge, so you can walk the whole way along from one side of the city to the other. While you do, you can take in the iconic views of Sydney – the Opera House will be in full view for the whole of your stroll. There are plenty of low budget hotels to be found on either side of the bridge, whether you want to do the walk on your way out for the day or on your way back for the night.

Explore Some Art

What kind of art do you prefer – contemporary or historic? Either way, Sydney has you covered with a free gallery. The Art Gallery of New South Wales has art from around the world, as well as free talks and films on Wednesday nights. The Museum of Contemporary Art is another option, with a wide display of Aboriginal art which might interest you in particular. Some of the featured exhibitions will cost you, but the main part of the building is free to enter. If you want to explore history too, then The Rocks Discovery Museum is another free institution which looks into the rich heritage of the area.

Sample the Royal Botanic Gardens

royal botanic gardens sydney

The Royal Botanic Gardens are free to enter and are a magnificent location to stroll for a few hours. There’s a tropical greenhouse, succulents, herbs, exotic flowers and plants, and big green spaces where you can easily enjoy a picnic. There are also free tours on offer if you want to know more about the plants that you see on your walk. This is a paradise right inside the city, so it’s a great place to relax if you’ve been rushing around to see the other sights of the city.

Relax on the Beach

Sunbathing, swimming, walking, playing ball games – there are lots of things to do on the beach. There are plenty of them around Sydney, from famous Bondi to lesser-known spots. Shelley Beach is a great spot with plenty to explore – you need to take the Manly Ferry to get there, but use an Opal Card on a Sunday and it will only cost you $2.50 to get there. Take some goggles with you or a snorkelling mask and hunt for all of the local sea creatures that you would see if you paid to get into the Sydney Aquarium.

Listen to Conservatorium Wednesdays

When the academic year is in, head for the Conservatorium to treat yourself to free classical music. The Lunchbreak series is a chance for students at the musical training institution to practice, and gives you a chance to take in some culture at no cost. This is a real treat for fans of classical music, and if you’ve never heard it played live, you should definitely check it out and experience it for yourself.

There’s so much more to do for free in Sydney than you would expect, and this isn’t even all of it – merely the best picks. Whatever you want to do to spend your time, you’ll be able to do it on the tightest of budgets.

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