7 FREE THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY

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7 FREE THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY

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Sydney isn’t the cheapest place to live in, nor is it the cheapest place to visit. But having said that there are so many things that you can do in Sydney, for FREE! Let me show you 7 free things you can do in Sydney.

1. ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES 

Soak in  some culture, check out some pretty amazing art, and if you time it right – you can even join one of their free guided tours! Free tours happen on the daily, where you get to learn anything from Aboriginal Art, Collection highlights, Asian art and Australian art. 

You can easily spend a couple hours here and they also have a cafe in case you get hungry  whilst you’re soaking in all that culture. 

 

2. ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS 

Just steps away from the Art Gallery is the Royal Botanic Gardens here in Sydney – it is a 30 hectare garden and is an amazing sanctuary in the Sydney CBD. Typically people spend about an hour here, but it’s really up to you how long you’d like to spend here. Do check out their websites because they offer tours here, some free, some paid. This is a perfect place for photos, and if you’re already here, do head to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair – it is an awesome vantage point for you to take photos of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. 

Address: Address: Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
Website:
https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/

3. STATE LIBRARY OF NEW SOUTH WALES 

The State Library is just a really beautiful building. I always see people take wedding photo outside of it, just on the steps. Besides being very aesthetically pleasing, it is also extremely functional as a fantastic work space. It’s essentially a co-working space with free WIFI available too. So if you ever need a space to work for a bit, and feel guilty staying too long at a cafe with just one coffee, come and work at the state library! 

Address: Address: Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000 
Website: https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/

4. QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING (QVB)

The construction of the Queen Victoria Building was completed in 1898, and although it suffered long periods of neglect before it was restored 1980s, which is what you see today. Not only is it extremely beautiful (both interior and exterior) , it also has over 200 shops & restaurants, so you can shop til you drop and then grab a bite to eat. 

Address: 455 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Website: https://www.qvb.com.au/

5. BONDI TO COOGEE WALK 

If you’re looking to do some exercise while you’re here, then you really can’t go wrong with the Bondi to Coogee Walk. It’s a beautiful coastal walk. It’s around a six km walk and you stroll past beaches, cliffs and rock pools while completely immersed in the stunning views. 

There are many cafes and restaurants on you walk so why not stop by one of the cafes, grab a coffee and quick bite before continuing on your way? And once you get to Coogee, cool down with a swim at the beach! 

6. WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN 

This “secret” garden is actually one the worst kept secrets in Sydney, but it is still an absolute must visit. Wendy and her late husband, Brett Whitetely, set up their home in Lavendar Bay in 1970 and lived there for two decades. When Brett passed away in 1992, a grief-stricken Wendy threw herself into cleaning a large unused railway land near the foot of her house, removing piles of overgrown rubbish and going at it until she was too exhausted to think and feel. And with time, this garden was started. 

Come here with a book, or with a coffee, or with picnic food 

Address: Lavender St, Lavender Bay NSW 2060
Website: https://www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au/

7. LUNA PARK

And last, but definitely not least – I’ve spoken about this before…head to Luna Park for absolutely amazing views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Everytime I am in the vicinity I have to take photos here. Luna Park is free to enter so you can pose with the ferris wheel and the wooden roller coasters as much as you want.

Tip: if you walk towards the direction of North Sydney, you’ll get to Lavender Bay and Wendy’s Secret Garden, and trust me – the views there are also equally breath taking. 

Janice Fung

Janice Fung

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