Seven Things To See and Do in Sydney

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Wondering how best to spend your time in Sydney? Here is our bucket list of 7 attractions and fun things to do is the only guide you need.

Free Walking Tour

Why not start your visit to Sydney with a free walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide? Rain, hail or shine the guys from I’m Free Walking Tours walk every day at 10.30am and 2.30pm.

The 3-hour easy walking tours of Sydney will show you the sights and give you your bearings so you can then go it alone.

Walk Across the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Instead of paying $200+ to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a MUCH cheaper option is to simply walk across for free and take in the same panoramic views on a lower level.

Bondi Coastal Walk

The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk is one of my favourite free things to do in Sydney. It is a stunning walk and the perfect way to spend a gorgeous few hours in Sydney.

This 6km walk features stunning views of cliffs, bays and rock pools and passes the beaches of Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly and Gordon’s Bay. Stop along the way for a swim, or stop at a cafe for a drink and bite to eat.

To get to Bondi Beach, jump on a train at Central Station and depart at Bondi Junction Station. From there take a bus to Bondi Beach.

Royal Botanical Gardens

You cannot beat the serenity of the city and Sydney Harbour views from the Botanical Gardens. Spending half a day in the Gardens is a relaxing and free way to enjoy one of Sydney’s top spots.

Pack a picnic lunch, a blanket and a bottle of wine. Then take a walk around the gardens to admire the many different types of plants and city views. You can also take a free self-guided walking tour.

Be sure to check out Mrs Macquarie’s Chair which has one of the best vantage points in Sydney looking back over the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Visit Government House

Located in the Domain and overlooking the Royal Botanical Gardens, why not check out Government House, which is the most sophisticated example of a Gothic Revival building in NSW.

The House is open Friday – Sunday 10.30am-3.00pm and on public holidays, with viewing by guided tour only.

Darling Harbour

This lively harbourside precinct is just a 10-minute walk from the CBD and has cafes, a large kids playground and a program of fantastic free Sydney entertainment every week.

Stroll along the foreshore of Cockle Bay, admire the boats in the harbour or simply people watch. If you want to eat here on a budget head to the food court.

Hang out on the Beach

The beaches are famous and a must for free things to do in Sydney (besides the parking fees).

From the Northern Beaches to the Eastern Suburbs you have many great beaches to explore. Our favourites include: Palm Beach, Freshwater, Manly, Bronte, Coogee and you must visit famous Bondi Beach at least once.

Sydney offers its visitors a variety of accommodation from apartments in the city to houses for those who need more space. And if you are staying out of the main city, there is an abundance of locations to choose from such as Newtown, Randwick and Lane Cove.  Looking for more accommodation options, then check out other locations here.