Get out and about (without spending a cent) and discover the best free things to do in Sydney.
There’s plenty of things to see and do in Sydney any day of the week. But in most cases, you’ll need a bit of cash to make it happen. For those days when you’re short on cash but want to explore our city, discover the best free things to do in Sydney. Check out our top recommendations below!
Go hiking in a national park
Take a short train trip or drive in any direction from Sydney and you’ll stumble upon stunning national parks ready to be explored. For those heading South, make sure to visit the Royal National Park for plenty of bushwalks, BBQ spots and beaches. Up North, you’ll find the likes of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, the Lane Cove National Park and Berowra Valley National Park. Plus out west, you’ll find the Blue Mountains National Park and even the sprawling Western Sydney Parklands.
Picnic in a park
Enjoy the best views Sydney has to offer (for FREE) by hosting a picnic in the park. From beachside party BBQs to Sydney Harbour views, enjoy a relaxing day with your family and friends whilst taking in the breathtaking views of these locations. Discover our top picks for Sydney’s best picnic spots here.
Explore an art gallery
Getting your dose of culture doesn’t have to cost you the earth. In fact, there are tonnes of free galleries, arts centres and exhibitions to explore across Sydney all year around. Check out these 6 free culture spots to visit in Sydney.
Visit a secret garden
Set in the lush Lavendar Bay Parklands is Sydney’s favourite spot, Wendy’s Secret Garden. This peaceful waterside spot is the perfect place to relax and unwind in nature (for FREE). Soak in beautiful views of the gardens and sparkling harbour beyond, located just a 10 minute walk from North Sydney or Milsons Point train stations. Find out more here.
Join a free yoga class
While there are plenty of luxe yoga studios to try in Sydney, most are far from cheap to enjoy. But never fear, there’s also plenty of free yoga classes regularly running across the city. To find your nearest upcoming FREE yoga class, click here.
Take a coastal walk
Too cold for a swim, but wanna be near the water? We’ve got you sorted. Sydney has plenty of spectacular coastal walks to enjoy (and all won’t cost you a cent). Grab your walking shoes and check out the iconic Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk or head North and enjoy the Spit to Manly Coastal Walk. Really looking to break a sweat? Check out Sydney’s epic new 80km coastal walk from Bondi to Manly here.
Go for a swim or soak in the sun at the beach
Speaking of coastal views, there’s no better way to enjoy Sydney for FREE than by heading to the beach. Whether you’re ready for a dip or just want to recline in the sunshine, we’ve got plenty of great spots to enjoy. Check out Sydney’s best swim to sundowner spots here.
Browse a local farmers market
Get outdoors and do your weekly groceries all at the same time at Sydney’s best farmers’ markets. From Everleigh’s iconic Carriageworks Farmers’ Market to the weekly Marrickville Organic Food Markets, Bondi Farmer’s Markets and North Sydney’s Northside Produce Market, there’s plenty of spots to visit. Entry is usually free and you’ll be able to score plenty of free samples during your visit too.
Break a sweat at an outdoor fitness park
Getting fit doesn’t have to involve an expensive gym membership. In fact, there are plenty of outdoor fitness parks and gyms you can use across Sydney for free. Head to Bondi’s Outdoor Gym, enjoy Prince Alfred Park’s Outdoor Gym, break a sweat at Observatory Hill’s Outdoor Gym and get moving at Sydney Park’s Outdoor Fitness Park.
Let your inner child run wild at Luna Park
It’s one of Sydney’s most iconic spot: Luna Park. Set in the heart of the city overlooking Sydney Harbour, this famous amusement park is an epic day out for kids and adults alike. The best bit? Entry to the park is FREE (although you will have to pay to jump on the rides). Find out more here.