10 amazing & free things to do in Sydney

Sydney is one of the world's most expensive cities, and if you are traveling on a tight budget and still want to experience as much as possible, you can actually do amazing things for free. Below we have listed 10 amazing things you can do in Sydney that are completely free-of-charge!101189-aerial_sydney-large-13700147361-carousel

1. Royal Botanic Gardens
Located in central Sydney, east of the Opera House and Macquarie Street, you find this oasis of beautiful gardening, walking trails and wildlife. If you walk out to the point of "Mrs Macquarie's Chair", you have an amazing view of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Just walk around, maybe have a picnic, and spend some time enjoying this beautiful place in Sydney, especially because it's free!

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2. Walk over Harbour Bridge
If your budget is not big enough to have a go at the Harbour Bridge Climb, you can always walk across it yourself. From the bridge, you have a fantastic view of the Sydney skyline, coastline, and the (always impressive) Opera House. Once across, you will have the chance to explore Sydney's northern areas like Kirribilli, Lavender Bay and Mahones Point (Hint: there's good, cheap restaurants on Sydney's northside).

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3. The Beaches
To visit Sydney's beaches is simply a must; this city has some of the best beaches in the world. You have several different beaches to choose from within a reasonable distance, the most known ones being Bondi Beach, Bronte Beach and Coogee Beach. Bondi and Coogee are larger beaches where you have the best chance to go surfing, while Bronte is a smaller beach with a stunning saltwater pool perfect for a swim. Another beach to visit is Manly Beach, and make your way up the northern beaches like Shelly Beach (go snorkeling!) and Palm Beach. To get to Manly, the easiest way is to go by the ferry; a good day to do that is on Sundays, when it only costs around $2.50, and the view from the ferry is worth the trip!

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4. Museums

Learn about Australia's History, Archaeology and Religion by visiting some of Sydney's free museums. Here are 4 of them:

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5. Walk to Observatory Hill Park
To take a walk up to Observatory Hill Park doesn't make you disappointed. On the contrary, it might send you into ecstasy! Here you have a stunning view of the Harbour Bridge, with Luna Park, Lavender Bay and Kirribilli in the background. The park is perfect for a picnic and just sit and enjoy the view, you don't get a view like this everyday!

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6. Walk the Sydney Beach Walks
Sydney has many fantastic walks, one of the best being along the eastern beaches. This most famous promenade is the Bondi to Coogee walk, which takes about 2 hours depending on pace, and during the walk you will pass Tamarama Beach, Clovelly Beach and Bronte Beach. So, for no cost at all, you get an incredible walk by Sydney's finest beaches with spectacular views, cliffs and pounding waves! (Hint: the Manly to Spit Bridge walk is also a must-do)

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7. The Markets
On the weekends in Sydney there are loads of markets, offering colourful and creative products of various kinds. It is completely free to enter these markets and, even if you do not shop, it is a really fun experience to see all the beautiful things and also to meet some of the coolest locals. You might just make a new friend!

Here are 5 great markets:

  • The Rocks Markets - Open Friday 9am - 3pm (food market) and Sat-Sun 10am - 5pm. To read more about it: www.therocks.com
  • Glebe Market - Open every Sat 10am-4pm. Probably the hippest market in Sydney with around 200 stalls that offers cool vintage clothes, jewelry, books and so much more. Read more here: www.glebemarkets.com.au
  • Paddington Market - Open every Sat 10am -4pm. This is a community based market with a lot of handmade art, jewelry and crafts. Great place to support the local entrepreneurs. Read more here: www.paddingtonmarkets.com.au
  • Bondi Markets - Open Sun 10am - 4pm. A lovely beachfront market with hand made jewellery, designer clothing, arts, crafts, retro furniture, vintage clothes and so much more. Read more about it here: www.bondimarkets.com.au
  • Kirribilli Markets - Open once a month, Sun  8:30am - 3pm. This market has a vibrant atmosphere with good vintage clothes, great live music and international food. Read more here: www.thekirribillicentre.org/market-dates/

 

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8. Festivals and Events
Sydney is a city with some of the best festivals and events in the world, and many of them are totally free! Here are 3 of the coolest events you can go to anywhere, at any price:

  • Vivid Sydney transforms the city into a wonderland of 'light art' sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy. It's amazing, and entirely free! Read more here, we promise you don't want to miss this one: http://www.vividsydney.com/
  • Mardi Gras - The annual gay parade (and party) on Oxford Street, and one of the biggest gay festivals in the world! Read more here: www.mardigras.org.au
  • Outdoor Cinemas - All around Sydney, and especially around summer, there are many great outdoor cinemas to enjoy, and some are free. To read more about them: www.au.timeout.com/sydney/film/features/13918/sydneys-best-outdoor-cinema-seasons

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9. Visit St Mary's Cathedral
This church is found in the centre of Sydney, perched just east of Hyde Park. It is Sydney's largest and oldest church by far, and totally worth a visit. You can go to one of the masses, or just go take some pictures of the beautiful building and architecture.

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10. Visit Luna Park

There's no entry fee to this magical amusement park just across the Harbour Bridge to the north. If you are looking for a fun night with a killer view, you should absolutely visit Luna Park! If you really want to take one of the rides, it only costs $10, so still a totally budget friendly thing to do.

Do you know of other free things to do in Sydney? What's your favourite one?  Tell us with a comment below :-)


10 Reasons To Book a Trip to Tasmania

Tasmania (or “Tassie” in local-speak), is one of those magical places that truly has it all. You'll find natural wonders abound, with rugged mountains, beautiful beaches and lush forests; a nature-lover's dream come true. If you ever manage to set your foot on this Southern Australian Island, we can pretty much guarantee you will have an unforgettable adventure.

Here's 10 Reasons Why:

 

 

The Tasmanian Devil

No, it doesn't look like the one from Looney Tunes, but it is quite ferocious! Tasmania has a rich wildlife, and is the only place where you can find the Endangered Tasmanian Devil living in the wild. You very well might see one of the road attacking an animal carcass, but if you want to make sure to see one of these magnificent creatures you can visit the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, an ultra-modern zoo where the animals live more free than a usual zoo.

 

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A chance to see the Southern Lights

Tasmania is one of the best places in Australia to have a good chance of seeing the Southern Lights - or, technically speaking, the Aurora Australis. The best time to see the lights is in September, but they can show up anytime all-year round. The best places to make sure you can see the lights is from a mountain, beach or shallow bay, any place where there’s less light. Why not go camping and catch the lights?

 

 

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Four seasons

Tasmania is the one of the few places in Australia that has four distinct seasons. In the summer you can visit one of Tassie’s beautiful beaches, watch the leaves fall in Autumn, feel the amazing weather of Spring, and in Winter hit the slopes in the mountains of Ben Lomond in the north or Mt Mawson in the south.

 

 

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Tasman Peninsula

The Tasman Peninsula is one of the most beautiful spots in Tasmania, a beautiful coastal scenery where you can do everything from fishing, kayaking, and rock climbing, to horse riding and surfing.  For the bushwalkers, you'll find over 35 different walks and hikes on the peninsula!

 

 

 

 

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Cradle Mountain National Park

This world heritage-listed national park is one of the most visited parks in Tasmania and an absolute must-see while you are in Australia. You'll get the best experience exploring by foot, and there are loads of different day tours to choose from.

 

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Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay, part of Freycinet National Park, is one of the world's most beautiful and tucked-away beaches. Can't you see yourself relaxing surrounded by the beauty of Tasmania?

 

 

 

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Bruny Islands

Bruny Islands are the two south eastern islands tied together by Bruny Island Neck (see the picture). With a stunning 360 degree view, and some of the most adorable animals you'll ever see (like Little Penguins!), this one is a sure shot. If you take one of the boat tours, you'll get to see seals, dolphins, caves and vertical cliffs too!  It's an adventurers delight!

 

 

 

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The capital of Tasmania, and it has something for everyone. Here you'll find historical museums, amazing food, and a civilised gateway to all the mountains, beaches and forests just a skip away.  (Hint: stop by the Travel Desk to get recommendations on the best hostels to stay at in Hobart!)

 

 

 

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Taste of Tasmania

We all know how much we love good food here in Australia, and Tasmania is no exception! Taste of Tasmania is one of Australia’s most popular food festivals, attracting over 265,000 visitors each year. The festival is running between December 28 until January 3, so go ahead and make New Years plans to be there!

 

 

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The Fresh Air

Did you know that Tasmania has the cleanest air in the entire world? It's worth the trip just to give your lungs a break from the Sydney air!  Head to Tasmania, take in a deep breath of the fresh air, look around at the amazing natural beauty, and then call us and tell us you had a bad time. Yeah, we don't think that's going to happen ;-)