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Best Free Activities in Sydney

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Published October 14th 2012
The best things in Sydney for Free
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Late musical entertainment at Pitt Street Mall

Sydney, the best things in life can be for free. It does not take much in order to enjoy yourself in this dynamic city. Sometimes it all depends on the timing. There is beauty and joy in these activities. These free activities are designed to also make you feel good.

1. Pitt Street Mall

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Free kids entertainment at Pitt Street Mall

[ADVERT]The free hugs parade is alive, and if you love street music the very best is available here. A large gathering usually comes around in the middle of a sunny day, otherwise on a Thursday night right outside Westfield Sydney under the bridge connecting both ends. Some of the funky bands come all the way from America to perform. When you see a large circle around some musical performances next time round, you need to check it out. Pitt Street Mall is also home to some dress ups for the kids occasionally as well. Think Sunday afternoons for the latter.

2. Darling Harbour/Darling Quarter

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Darling Harbour at night

With the newest addition, Darling Quarter, this area has never been a cooler place to hang out. Great for family picnics with an abundance of swings for the kids. The table tennis play area is also a hit. Otherwise, Darling Harbour is home to many free events including fireworks, sporting and other musical events. Free salsa lessons are occasionally available on Sunday nights at Hard Rock Cafe.

3. Circular Quay

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Glimpses of Circular Quay

Home to free street theatre, and is the spotlight of the annual Vivid Sydney festival. The best vantage points along Sydney Harbour is at this spot. Think the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge with water views.

4. Royal Botanical Gardens

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Royal Botanical Gardens

Fantastic gardens and an abundance of greenery. Great for picnics, running and walking. Excellent views of Sydney Harbour are enjoyed. A great walking trail from here to Woolloomooloo makes way for an enjoyable, lengthy walk.

5. Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge

For locals and visitors to Sydney alike, it is something that needs to be tried at least once.

6. Hyde Park

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Sydney's Hyde Park at night

Plenty of action on this end of the city. The annual Art and About event is held here with some free paintings and other artistic displays to enjoy. You can also play chess and enjoy the waterfall area.

7. Art Gallery of New South Wales

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The Art Gallery of New South Wales

For many people, looking at a combination of ancient and modern art paves the way for enjoyment and calm. A lot of history and charm is in this place. Many of the exhibits can be viewed for free.

A handful of the best free activities in Sydney. Feel free to leave any comments if you happen to come across any others for all of us to enjoy.
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