Sydney was founded in 1788 when a fleet of eleven ships filled with cattle, chickens and convicts landed in Port Jackson. 40,000 to 60,000 years before this, the area was home to a variety of Aboriginal tribes.
Today Sydney is the most populated city in Australia, has hosted the 2000 Summer Olympics and is the state capital of New South Wales (but not the capital of Australia – that title goes to Canberra).
With all that in mind we bring the top five free things to do in Sydney:
5. Centennial Park
Just a few minutes from Sydney’s central business district you can find the first activity on our list of the top five free things to do in Sydney – Centennial park. Some ideas of things to do here are: Have a BBQ on the park lands, bird watching, picnics and rollerblading.
“It is emphatically the People’s Park… one of the grandest adornments of this beautiful country” -Sir Henry Parkes, opening Centennial Park 26th January 1888.
This activity on the list of free things to do in Sydney is technically kind of cheating. It is free to go into Luna Park however if you want to go on a ride it will cost you around AUS$10. Luna Park has become iconic to the people of Sydney and joined the state heritage register in 2010.
Although it is aimed primarily at children, Luna Park can be fun for all ages. Check out the opening times here.
3. Walk Sydney Harbour Bridge
Third on our list of top free things to do in Sydney is one of Sydney’s most famous landmarks, second only to the Sydney opera house. As an adult, if you wanted to climb across the top of the bridge (not for those with a fear of heights!) it will set you back between AUS$198 and AUS$358 depending on what time of day you go.
Luckily for us, if you want a similar (but much, much cheaper) experience it is free if you just want to walk across the bridge and enjoy the views of the harbour.
2. Take a Free walking tour of Sydney
At Five Free Things we love walking tours. Depending on the tour guide, they can be extremely fun and informative, sometimes you can even learn things from a local that wouldn’t appear in any guidebook. Free Tours Sydney take you on a two and half hour comprehensive tour past ‘The Rocks’, Hyde Park Barracks, Archibald Fountain amongst other Sydney landmarks.
Although the tour is free, at the end they may ask for you to donate depending on how much you feel the tour was worth. This is so that they can keep their tours running in the future.
1. Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Art Gallery of New South Wales has exhibits and collections of European, Australian, Asian, contemporary and Aboriginal art. It is also one of Australia’s most popular art museums with over a million visitors each year. There are five floors (lower level 3 to upper level) with free permanent exhibits taking up most of the space on each floor.