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17 Free Things to do & See in Sydney

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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
I am a travel writer and photographer with a passion for the great outdoors and food! I love travelling and discovering hidden gems... experience the journey on Instragram! @gypsy_compass
Published January 7th 2014
The best things in life are for free
Believe it or not, there are free things to do in Sydney!

There are many times when you want to have a good time without the need to fork out a lot of cash. So I have managed to create a list of fun things to do and see in the city for virtually no cost whatsoever - unless you are going to make purchases, such as food or shopping.

To help you on your way to begin the day filled with free things, there is a Free Sydney CBD Shuttle Bus that travels to most of the highlights in the city. You just need to look for the bus 555. The bus operates: Weekdays 9am to 3pm and on Thursdays till 9pm, Weekends- 9am to 6pm.

The free Sydney CBD Shuttle bus runs every ten minutes and the service operates in both directions on a loop from Central Station to Circular Quay via George St.
Below are the Top Seventeen Free Things to do and see in the City:

1. Royal Botanic Gardens
Address: Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
Hours: 9:30am- 5:30pm Monday to Sunday
Website: www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

2. Hyde Park
Address: Elizabeth St, Sydney
Hours: 24 hours All year round
Website: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/facilities/parks/major-parks/hyde-park

3. Anzac Memorial & Pool of Reflections
Address: (Hyde Park) Elizabeth St, Sydney
Hours: 9am 5pm All year round - except for Christmas Day & Good Friday
Website: www.anzacmemorial.nsw.gov.au

Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park...


4. Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: 140 George St, The Rocks
Hours: 10am 5pm Monday to Sunday & 10am to 9pm on Thursday All year round except for Christmas Day
Website: www.mca.com.au

5. St Marys Cathedral - Free Tours, lasting one hour are conducted on Sundays after Mass, approximately 11.30am.

Address: St Marys Rd, Sydney
Hours: 8:30am 5pm- Monday to Friday
Website: www.stmaryscathedral.org.au

The beautiful St Mary's Cathedral...


6. The Rocks Discovery Museum
Address: Kendall Lane, The Rocks (enter via Argyle St.)
Hours: 10am-5pm - All year round- expect for Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Website: www.therocks.com/things-to-do/the-rocks-discovery-museum.aspx

7. State Library of NSW
Address: Macquarie St, Sydney
Hours: 9am 8pm- Monday to Thursday, 9am 5pm Fridays and 10am-5pm on Weekends
Website: www.sl.nsw.gov.au

8. The Darling Quarter Kids Playground
Address: 1-25 Harbour St, Sydney (Darling Harbour)
Hours: 24 hours - All year round
Website: www.darlingquarter.com

9. Opera House
Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney
Hours: 24 hours All year round for external viewing internal viewing of the Opera House please check website
Website: www.sydneyoperahouse.com

The lovely Opera House at Circular Quay...


10. Harbour Bridge Walk
Address: Entrance to the walkway is near Milsons Point (Luna Park side of the harbour) and Observatory Hill (access from Cumberland St in The Rocks)
Information: The walk takes around 30 minutes return and there is bicycle access too.

11. Sightseeing around Darling Harbour
Address: Darling Harbour, Sydney
Hours: 24 hours, All year round
Information: You can spend as little or as much time here, you can walk around the harbour, grab a bite to eat and just relax.

One of the many views of the harbour at Darling Harbour...


12. Queen Victoria Building
Address: 455 George St, Sydney
Hours: 9am- 6pm Monday- Saturday 11am-5pm Sunday
Website: www.qvb.com.au
Information: This is an upper market shopping complex, just taking a stroll around the building with the amazing Romanesque Architecture is a must do.

13. Australian National Maritime Museum This is only free every first Thursday of the month to the permanent exhibitions only (not free on public holidays and school holidays)

Address: 2 Murray St, Sydney
Hours: 9am 5pm All year round except for Christmas Day
Website: www.anmm.gov.au

14. Sightseeing Circular Quay
Address: Circular Quay
Hours: 24 hours- All year round (expect for restaurants, cafes & shopping stores)
Information: There is plenty of things to do here from walking around the harbour and watching the ferries, enjoying a coffee break or meal and of course the views are one of the most spectacular in Sydney.

One of the views of Darling Harbour Bridge from Circular Quay...


15. Mrs Macquarie's Chair
Address: The Royal Botanic Garden / Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
Hours: 10am 4pm - All year round
Information: Circular Quay stop is the closest to Mrs Macquarie's Chair; it is an easy 20 minute walk past the Opera House and along the foreshore of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

16. Chinatown, Sydney
Address: Quay St, Sydney
Hours: 24 hours All year round (expect for restaurants and shopping stores)
Information: Strolling around Chinatown gives you a different perspective of the city and it also a different cultural experience.

17. Art Gallery of NSW
Address: Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
Hours: 10am 5pm- Monday to Sunday & 10am - 10pm every Wednesday All year round expect for Christmas Day & Good Friday
Website: www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au
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Why? Like they say 'The best things in life are for free'
When: All year round - check websites for activities listed above on dates, times etc
Where: Sydney City
Cost: Free! (unless you are going to make purchases)
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