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Five things you can do in Sydney for free

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Five things you can do in Sydney for free

Sydney isn't the cheapest of cities especially if you want to experience a lot of the popular attractions like climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge of seeing a show at the Opera House.  But don't be put off - there are so many things to do for free that you many even be able to save a few pennies to spend on something else.

Take a walk

Walking costs nothing and Sydney is a great city to walk around. A popular walk is from Bondi to Coogee along the coast. You will pass many things from Waverly Cemetery with its Victorian and Edwardian monuments, to many beautiful beaches. While some may opt to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a steep price, why not just take a stroll along it? Or to see more of Sydney Harbour itself, you can take the 16 mile walk around it. Alternatively, take a hike from Spit to Manly. You'll see some magnificent sights from a national park to aboriginal art and a beach along the way.

Get in touch with your cultural side

Another place that offers free guided tours is the Art Gallery of New South Wales (NSW).  They also have free workshops and performances of mime and music during the week. There is a huge Chinese community in Sydney so make sure you take time to eat in Chinatown.  Also, check out the White Rabbit Gallery which show-cases modern art from the country. It's small but The Rocks Discovery Museum packs in a lot about the area's history.  It's quirky and looks just like a little brick house on the corner of a street.

Cycle round a park

Make sure you have your camera with you for some amazing views from Centennial Park.  While you can see so much of the city from here, the park itself is so big you can stop by fountains, flower gardens, statues and even have a picnic by an ampitheatre. Another park worth cycling around is the Olympic park.  It hosted the Olympic Games in 2000 and the Rugby World Cup in 2003 so there's lots of history to take in. You don't get offered a free guided tour every day so take advantage of one at the Royal Botanical Gardens.  A peaceful area to have some down time in the oldest scientific institution in the country.

Check out the local markets

Always handy for trinkets and souvenirs, there are plenty of markets Sydney has to offer. There's Paddy's Markets which is a large vegetable and flower market - known to be the biggest in the southern hemisphere.  It even has a free shuttlebus to take you around. If you'd like to find something original then head to Paddington Markets where you can find crafts, arts and clothing all made by up and coming local designers.

Take in some rays at the beach

You'll have to make time for at least one day at the beach while in Sydney - it is free after all! Bondi is the most popular of course with a fun atmosphere and plenty of diners to eat at, and of course to party at night. Dee Why is another beach to try north of the city for some surfing.  It has free WiFi too so you can send lots of selfies  to friends and family back home. For some quiet time head to Clovelley and Coogee.  From Coogee take that coastal walk back to Bondi for a night out.  


Siobhan Maguire is a budding journalist studying at the University of Salford in Manchester. A well-seasoned traveller, she blogs at A Girl Gets on a Bus, and you can follow her Twitter here.


Thanks to Tom Dawson , Eddy Milfort, Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious , and istolethetv for the excellent pictures from Flickr. Please note they were under Creative Commons Licence at time of publishing.

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