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Published April 16th 2015
The best things in life are for free
You might have seen my article on 17 Free Things To Do In Sydney and now I bring to you 20 more free things to do in Sydney that is sure going to keep you satisfied all year round!
Whether it is walks, picnics or gallery and museum hopping- you will find it all with this list below.
1. Bondi to Coogee Walk
When: All year round Where: Bondi Beach starting point. Details: One of the most spectacular walks and coastlines you see near a city, this route takes in some of Sydney's most iconic beaches. The full walk consists of 6 different sections and of course conquering all six is a challenge for all! The walk can take anywhere from a couple hours to a full day return depending on stops and your fitness level. Click here for website.
2. Sculptures by the Sea When: 22 October 2015 8 November 2015 Where: Sculpture by the Sea Walk can be started from Bondi or Tamarara. Details: Every year this spectacular event transforms the Bondi to Coogee Walk into a coast walk of 2km long of temporary sculptures, featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world. Click here for website.
3. North Head Lookout
When: All year round Where: North Head Drive, off Darley Rd, Manly Details: Enjoy the sweeping views from the mouth of the harbour to Sydney skyscrapers, and if you are lucky you might just spot out a whale or two! Sunrise and sunsets are absolutely spectacular at this Lookout. It is 30 minutes drive from Sydney CBD and 5 minutes drive from Manly.
One of the many breathtaking views from Bondi to Coogee Walk...
When: All year round
Where: Cliff St, Watsons Bay
Details: Avoid the crowds with this attraction by heading to Sydney's most intimate beach, you can pitch your umbrella and admire the city's priciest homes as you relax, swim or sunbathe (topless sunbathing is allowed here).
5. Free Live Music at Opera Bar
When: Evenings & Weekend afternoons.
Where: Opera Bar, Sydney Opera House, Lower Concourse Level, Sydney
Details: This is one of the loveliest terrace bar with breathtaking harbour views and there is plenty of free live music each night and weekend afternoons.
6. Bronte Park
When: All year round
Where: Bronte Rd, Bronte
Details: This is perfect for picnics, walks, relaxation and there are coin-operated public barbecues. The beach is favoured by many families and Bronte lays claims to the title of the oldest surf lifesaving club in the world (1903)!
7. Luna Park
When: Friday & Saturday: 11am-10pm, Sunday: 2pm-6pm and Monday: 11am-4pm for all times and days see website.
Where: 1 Olympic Dr, Milsons Point
Details: With no entry fee, this historic fun park with killer harbour views is worth checking out. Walking around and admiring the atmosphere is almost as good as taking a ride (check website for ride pricing) Click here for website.
8. Shelly Beach
When: All year round
Where: Marine Parade, Manly
Details: Shelly Beach- witness marine life in their natural habitat for free! Do not forget the snorkel gear and enjoy the natural aquarium up close and personal.
9. St James Church
When: Monday- Sunday see website for times.
Where: 173 King St, Sydney
Details: You may have seen and visited the spectacular St Marys Cathedral, but St James on the other hand is just as spectacular- being Sydney's oldest church (1819) and built from convict-made bricks. There is plenty to see at this beautiful church from the sparkling copper dome, dark-wood choir loft, the crypt and the 1950's stained-glass 'Creation Window'. Free classical concerts are held here every Wednesday between March and December at 1:15pm. See website for service times.
10. White Rabbit Gallery
When: Wednesday Sunday : 10am-5pm
Where: 30 Belfour St, Chippendale
Details: Get quirky with this delightful little gallery that is devoted to contemporary Chinese Art. There is an excellent tea room downstairs. There are guides all over the place willing to explain the art as well as free tours. Click here for website.
11. Centennial Park
When: All year round restrictions on car park times see website
Where: Centennial Park (minutes from Sydney CBD by public transport or car)
Details: Plenty of free events happen here and of course this is the perfect 'city escape within a city'. With an abundance of birdlife including black swans, many ponds to admire and landscape lawns, walks, plenty of romantic or family picnic spots and plenty more of free activities to be enjoyed at this striking parklands. Click here for website.
12. Spit to Manly Walk
When: All year round
Where: Mosman Spit Bridge to Manly Beach
Details: One of Sydney's best walks! The walk takes you from Spit Bridge Mosman through to Sydney Harbour National Park and along the way you see fascinating Aboriginal rock art, Manly Cove, across North Head and down to Manly's famous beach. Click here for the map.
13. Free Classical Music at Conservatorium Wednesdays
When: All year round check website for days and times
Where: Check website for venues.
Details: Australia's premier musical training institution hosts its Lunchbreak series with free classical music. Click here for website of schedule music.sydney.edu.au/event-listings
14. Paddington Markets
When: Every Saturday: 10am- 4pm
Where: 395 Oxford St, Paddington
Details: Smack in the middle of Paddington's famed shopping strip is these markets that call it home. Pick up a unique souvenir or just enjoy the lazy Saturday browse... Click here for website
15. Sydney Observatory
When: Monday- Sunday: 10am-5pm Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday)
Where: 1003 Upper Fort St, The Rocks
Details: This beautiful heritage- listed sandstone building lays in the heart of The Rocks and everyday at 1pm do not miss the ball dropping! At night (there is a fee for night tours) you can see stars, planets in the solar system, the Moon and plenty more wonders. You can take a close look at Aboriginal astronomy and the amazing exhibitions before climbing up into the famous telescope domes... All exhibitions are free entry. Click here for website.
16. Sydney Olympic Park
When: All year round
Where: Sydney Olympic Park
Details: With over 35kms of cycle ways and 100km of walks, and rolling green parklands you will easily get lost in it all and watch the day go by with free activities including kid's activities as well as free events held here from time to time.
17. Free Movies
When: Every Mondays from 7:30pm (summer only)
Where: 354 Bourke St, Surry Hills
Details: Every summer you can watch for free in the courtyard at the Beresford Hotel. For all details see website.
18. Australian Centre for Photography
When: Tuesday- Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm closed Mondays and Public Holidays
Where: 257 Oxford St, Paddington
Details: There are many exhibitions both permanent and temporary including travelling exhibitions, international projects, public projects and more. There are classes and workshops held at the Centre too. For all information see website.
19. Government House
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am- 3pm House entry and for ground visits daily: 10am-4pm
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Lower Macquarie St, Sydney
Details: Located in the Domain and overlooking the Royal Botanic Gardens as well as the Iconic Sydney Opera House, this Gothic Revival building is a must see. The ground floor has an outstanding collection of 19th & 20th century furnishings and decoration. The upstairs rooms have been used as the private quarters for the Governor, Queen Elizabeth and other members of the Royal family and visiting heads of State.
20. The Mint
When: Monday- Friday: 9am-5pm closed weekends & public holidays
Where: 10 Macquarie St, Sydney
Details: This is Sydney CBD's oldest public building and historic coining factory, past and present. The Mint is home to historic structures, archaeological elements, and Caroline Simpson Library, which holds the only public research collection in Australia dedicated to history of the home and garden.