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11 Top Free Outdoor Things To Do in Sydney

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Published May 9th 2019
A List of the best free ways to experience Sydney
Sydney is truly beautiful; it offers lashings of natural wonderlands, a stunning skyline and captivating harbour and world-class beaches.

This vibrant city is also home to an amazing list of free outdoor things to do, see and experience.

You may have read my 17 Free Things To Do & See In Sydney article, but this one is just as good and features outdoor things to do whether you are a first time visitor, nature enthusiast, a Sydneysider or just wanting to have fun without breaking the bank, there is an outdoor attraction for everyone.

1. Free Guided Tours
The best to explore a city is through a Tour. Sydney is home to great walking tours, making it the perfect way to learn about the city's history as well as getting secret insider tips from a local. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from I'm Free Tours Sydney Facebook

2. The popular Coogee to Bondi Walk
The perfect way to experience Sydney's stunning coastline is to explore all the amazing walking trails, and the famous and ever-so-popular Coogee to Bondi Walk is one free thing you do not want to miss out on! You will be welcomed to epic views, quirky cafes, beautiful parklands, secluded coves and swimming beaches galore. Click here for the website.

3. Visit the world-famous Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach is one of Australia's most iconic beaches and it offers many free things to do from enjoying the surf, exploring the dramatic clifftop Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, dipping your toes in the Bondi Baths, admiring the night-time sparking scene, people watching at Bondi Pavilion, browsing through the shops, to having fun at the many free events held here including family-friendly festivals. Also, be sure to grab a bite to eat at one of the many laid-back and quirky cafes or enjoy a barbie at the free BBQ facilities which can be found at the pretty Biddigal Reserve in North Bondi. Click here for the website.

4. A Day at Manly Beach
While Bondi Beach is by far the most famous beach in Australia, Manly is quite special too and it is home to Cabbage Bay Reserve where you will find one of the best snorkelling beaches in Sydney, Shelly Beach. The main beach is perfect to cool down during the warmer months and if you are a keen surfer, Manly Beach does not disappoint! The Corso is a pedestrian mall which is worth checking out browsing through the shops, grabbing a bite to eat or exploring the galleries. Click here for the website.

5. Sydney Olympic Park
It may not be a stone throw away from Sydney City Centre, but Sydney Olympic Park is worth exploring and makes the perfect family-friendly day out with its many free attractions and free events, including the Birdlife Discovery Centre (open every weekend), admiring the public art, birdwatching at Bicentennial Park, taking a stroll at the Brickpit Ring Walk, exploring the Wetlands and Woodlands and much more. Click here for the website.

6. Cockatoo Island
This UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Island is home to a convict site and is filled with many free things to do. Explore the maritime and convict history at the many displays and exhibits, including the 17 cranes which have heritage values and contribute to the unique industrial skyline of Sydney Harbour, enjoy a picnic under the fig trees or a barbeque at the free barbeque facilities. You can explore the Island on the free self-guided tour. There are other tours available for a fee. Click here for the website.

7. Sydney Harbour National Park
You will discover some of the best and easiest walking tracks and trails, breathtaking views, swimming opportunities and more. See native wildlife living in rare pockets of bushland; explore the cultural history on the many walks, where you will see everything from convict-built buildings, Aboriginal sites to military fortifications and heritage lighthouse. There are many free things to do here that will keep you coming back for more! Click here for the website.

8. Centennial Parklands
Spanning over 26 hectares, you will find beautiful walks, stunning open green spaces, picnic areas galore, walking and cycling paths passing ponds, gardens, trees and fields, birdwatching opportunities, self-guided walking tours, children's playgrounds, Ian Potter Children's Wild Play Garden, Labyrinth and more. There are horse-riding opportunities too for a fee. Click here for the website.

9. Glebe Foreshore Walk
This delightful walk connects to parklands, suburbs of Glebe and Annandale, and Sydney Fish Markets (one of the world's biggest seafood markets). The Walk offers beautiful Sydney Harbour, ANZAC Bridge, and city skyline views, as well as glimpses of Sydney port and industrial heritage. Click here for the website.

10. Secret Gardens
There are many beautiful gardens across Sydney including secret gardens that are often the result of one person's passion and Sydney is home to fine examples of private retreats that became much-loved oasis's for all. Including the Beach Bible Garden (beautiful example of the glory of God's creation), Lisgar Gardens where you will find exotics, annuals, fish ponds and waterfalls, Elizabeth Farm built by wool pioneer John Macarthur and his wife Elizabeth- the Garden is one of Australia's oldest surviving European buildings, surrounded by a recreated 1830s garden and some of the country's oldest exotic plants.
Wendy's Secret Garden, Arthur McElhone Reserve, and Paddington Reservoir Gardens are also secret gardens to visit...

Image Courtesy from Facebook

11. Manly to Spit Bridge Walk
Manly to Spit Bridge Walk also known as the Manly Scenic Walkway offers one of the most beautiful coastal walking tracks. The route hugs the coastline, offering stunning expansive harbour views while juxtaposing harbour-side homes with Aboriginal sites. Highlights include discovering 1,000-year-old Aboriginal rock engravings, walking through sub-tropical, coastal heath-land and beach habitats. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sydney Coast Walks Facebook
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Your Comment
Thank you, o_pol :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|512) 257 days ago
Thank you, fasno :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|512) 257 days ago
Thank you, robyn :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|512) 257 days ago
Loving the weekend, been to so many places because of it!
by o_pol (score: 0|8) 261 days ago
this is wonder full thank you
by fasno (score: 1|81) 258 days ago
by robyn (score: 0|4) 257 days ago
Another one to add to the list is the Milson Point station to Berry's Bay foreshore walk via Luna Park and around Balls Head and through the Coal Loader tunnel to view the bats there, past the Sustainability Centre (big market on this weekend) then finishing up at Waverton Station.
by twocr (score: 0|2) 252 days ago
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