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36 Cheap and Free Things to do in Sydney

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by lilbusgirl (subscribe)
http://3eggsfull.blogspot.com.au/
Published August 14th 2016
How to discover Sydney in a short amount of time and budget
1. Start with a free walking tour and discover Sydney.

2. Take advantage of the free sightseeing bus in the city centre and admire Sydney's buildings and streetscapes from a different angle.

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Passing view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge


3. Pack your own food and have a picnic at Hyde Park, also Australia's oldest park.

4. Absorb the illustrious history of the Queen Victoria Building, don't forget to reach Level 3 and watch the clock chime on the hour. Stop by with a coin in hand at the wishing well to greet the Queen's favourite pet, Islay the talking dog at the entrance of the QVB.

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Queen Victoria Building


5. The Strand Arcade in Pitt St is another gorgeous building to peruse and window shop at the designer stores. My particular favourite is Courtesy of the Artist, a jewellery store with contemporary crafted bespoke pieces made by artists from Sydney.

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Shopping at The Strand


6. Walk along Oxford Street Darlinghurst to Paddington and pick up a few bargains.

7. Or shop at Paddington Markets held on Saturdays from 10am - 4pm with over 150 stalls selling Australian fashion, art, jewellery, homewares and food stalls.

8. Wander on foot across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge from Milsons Point. Mind the stairs though.

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The coat hanger otherwise known as the Sydney Harbour Bridge


9. The Pylon Lookout is must see with the perfect vantage point to take panoramic views of Sydney as well as being informative about the history of the Harbour Bridge. To get to the Lookout, take the public steps in Cumberland Street just north of Gloucester Street to the public footpath on the bridge. The view is glorious from here.

10. Explore the iconic Sydney Opera House.

11. Lie back and relax at Royal Botanic Gardens or have a seat at Mrs Macquarie's Chair and enjoy the water views.

12. Free guided walks from Royal Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre departing daily or follow a self-guided themed tour.

13. Walk up the hill to check out artwork at Art Gallery NSW where the kids can have free performances on Sunday exploring art.

14. Family Funday, explore Sydney with unlimited travel on buses, train and light rail for $2.50 per person, under 4 years travel free. Purchase tickets online, or at an Opal card retailer, or Transport Customer Service Centre.

15. Catch the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, feel the wind in your hair and enjoy the view.

16. Discover Cockatoo Island, a UNESCO world heritage listed island in the middle of Sydney Harbour and rekindle your sense of adventure.

17. Peruse the Sydney Fish Market and enjoy fish and chips or have mud crab cooked up fresh. Maybe fancy a hand at cooking classes at the Sydney Seafood School.

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Sydney Fish Markets to peruse and eat


18. Discover Darling Harbour with so much to see and do at your fingertips Wildlife Zoo, Sealife Aquarium, Madame Tussauds and cafes/restaurants and the Darling Quarter Kids Playground to keep the kids occupied.

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Sights of Darling Harbour


19. Check out the National Maritime Museuma t Darling Harbour. Kids are free on select days.

20. Meander through Paddy's Markets to pick up a trinket or two or shop for food at "crazy hour".

21. Next door to Paddy's Markets is Chinatown for cheap eats or ramen.

22. Shop for bargains at Sydney's DFO, Birkenhead Point or factory outlets at Alexandria.

23. Weekend markets at Surry Hills, Balmain, Glebe, Kirribilli and Rozelle. Or if the stars are aligned you may be in time for biannual Finders Keepers Markets.

24. Walk along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk and spot a migrating whale from May to November. If you happen to be in Sydney in late October to November, you may stumble across the yearly Sculptures by the Sea exhibition.

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Bondi Beach during Sculptures by the Sea display


25. Check out Sydney Olympic Park, the site of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

26. Discover Sydney's convict heritage and see remnants of history at The Rocks.

27. Wonder through Museum of Contemporary Art(MCA) where entry is free and dine at the café upstairs and enjoy the view.

28. Under the distinct yellow sails, you'll find the Rocks Markets selling arts and crafts, indigenous art ware, jewellery and lots more.

29. Whilst at The Rocks, check out the view from Glemore Hotel or have an emu, kangaroo or crocodile pizza at The Australian Heritage Hotel.

30. Head out to Bondi Beach or check out the Bondi Beach Markets on Sunday weather permitting.

31. Have a go at barefoot lawn bowls at Clovelly with a cracker view to match.

32. Catch the train to Katoomba and wander down to see The Three Sisters rock formation.

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Three sisters in fog


33. Discover magical lush landscapess uch as Chinese Garden of Friendship or Wendy Whitely's Secret Garden.

34. Enjoy the sun at lesser known beaches such as Balmoral Beach, and Clifton Gardens.

35. A few of my go to beaches are Maroubra and Freshwater Beach for the surf and expanse of sand without feeling crowded. Wattamola is a hidden paradise but it does get busy in the summer with its aqua coloured water.

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Beaches of Sydney


36. Looking for things to do with the kids, then jump onto a train, ferry, bus to Sydney's hotspots such as the Sydney Tower Eye, Darling Harbour and Taronga Zoo.
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Wow, great informative article, lilbusgirl!
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Great article, just in time for my staycation in October.
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