Since Sydney is such a popular destination and a major metropolitan city, it is easy to find things to do for free. Spending your holiday in Sydney doesn’t mean breaking the bank. The summers are warm and the winters are mild in Sydney so there is always something to do for free. Whenever you are planning an outdoor activity, bring plenty of sunscreen, remember to reapply it and also bring protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses. The Australian sun is harsh all year long.
Water Fountain in the Formal Gardens on the Eastern Side of the Government House Photo Credit: Wikipedia
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Hiring a Car for Sydney Holiday
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Renting a car in Sydney is easy and convenient. You can hire a car in Sydney from one of the many different convenient locations based on where you are or where you are coming from. If you fly into Sydney, you can hire a car at the Sydney Airport. There are other car rental locations throughout Sydney including Artarmon in the north, Alexandria in the east of Sydney, and Blacktown in the west. Click the links and get a rate quote so you can find the best car hire rates in Sydney, Australia. If you tell our car rental agent where you are planning to go on your holiday so that they can recommend the best vehicle for your trip and the terrain you will encounter. Our helpful car rental agents can also assist you with local maps, holiday tips and pointers, and travel safety information.
10 Free Things to Do in Sydney on Holiday
Garden features in the formal gardens on the eastern side of the Government House Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Sydney is on the coast with the Tasman Sea on the east and mountains, valleys, and historic riverside towns. Since Sydney is one of the most popular destinations in all of Australia, we have featured quite a lot of Sydney holiday ideas before including: 5 Day Trips from Sydney, a Sydney to Melbourne road trip, a Sydney to Brisbane road trip, Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, Royal National Park, the Blue Mountains, the Glass House Mountains, Wollemi National Park, and Sydney’s Famous Beaches including a feature all about Bondi Beach. Here are 10 holiday excursions you can do in Sydney for free:
- The Rocks
The Rocks Photo Credit: Wikipedia
The Rocks is a historic area of Sydney’s City Centre. It is a pretty big attraction to tourists. You can walk up and down the streets and witness some of the oldest buildings in the city. Although they have been renovated and refurbished, they were built shortly after the colony’s formation in 1788.
- The Royal Botanic Gardens
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The Royal Botanic Gardens are next to the Sydney Opera House. Entrance is free and there is always something different going on. However, you can always stroll through the beautiful gardens, peaceful walking paths and take in the magnificent views of the harbour.
- Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most recognised landmarks. It is free to walk across the bridge and see some of the most spectacular views of Sydney and Sydney Harbour.
- Government House
The Government House Photo Credit: Wikipedia
The Government House is located next to the Royal Botanic Gardens. You can tour the Government House and see the historic home of New South Wales’ governors from 1846 to 1996.
- Queen Victoria Building – Clocks
Queen Victoria Building Clocks Photo Credit: ExperienceSydneyAustralia.com
The top floor of The Queen Victoria Building houses two mechanical clocks that are very unique and have historic significance. One is the Royal Clock; it displays scenes of English royalty on the hour. The second is the Great Australian Clock which features 33 scenes from Australian history.
- Australian National Maritime Museum
Australian National Maritime Museum Photo Credit: Sydney.com
The museum is both indoors and outdoors and features interactive fun. The museum is located on the northern end of Darling Harbour. The permanent exhibits are free.
- The Art Gallery of NSW
The Art Gallery of New South Wales Photo Credit: Wikipedia
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is the most important public gallery in Sydney. Admission is free for the general exhibition space. The art displayed here since 1874 is Australian, European, and Asian art.
- Bicentennial Park
Bicentennial Park Photo Credit: ExperienceSydneyAustralia.com
Just a short drive from Sydney is Homebush, Sydney Olympic Park. Bring a picnic or use the BBQ facilities there and make a day of your stay in the park. There is a playground for kids as well as bike tracks and waling tracks that take you through the wetlands.
- Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach is Australia’s most popular and well-known beach. If you are in Sydney, you must put a visit to Bondi Beach on your list of things to do.
- Manly Beach
Manly Beach Photo Credit: ExperienceSydneyAustralia.com
Out of all the other free beaches near Sydney, Manly Beach makes our list because of the amount of free things you can do while at Manly Beach. Take a scenic walk through the heritage trails and take in the views of this beach surrounded by three sides.