10 Awesome (And Free) Things to Do in Sydney
If you’re one of the many thousands hitting up Sydney next week for UNIGAMES 2014, lucky you! You’re totes gonna have a sweet-as time (whether you’re competing or partying!). But while you’re in town, you may as well make the most of your trip to the Harbour City and see some of it’s cool sites. Don’t worry, we know you aren’t made of moula and that’s why we’ve put together this list of ten cool things to do in Sydney, and all of them are completely FREE! #winning
1. Swim in a beach pool or bay
A visit to Sydney wouldn’t be complete without a swim in one of it’s beaches, bays or ocean baths. With Sydney’s temperature climbing higher each day, now’s the perfect time to soak up the sun and take a dip. Obvs choices for beaches are Bondi, Coogee, Manly, Tamarama, Bronte. There are also heaps of ocean baths and quaint harbour bays around the joint. Why not try one of these:
- Giles Bath, Coogee
- Bondi Baths
- Wylie’s Baths, Coogee
- Parsley Bay Reserve
- Murray Rose Pool/(formerly known as Redleaf Pool)
- Fairy Bouwer Rock Pool, Manly
2. Art & About
Running until 12 October, Art & About is an annual event showcasing interactive and innovative art pieces within public spaces around the city. The cost? FREE!
3. Royal Botanic Gardens
Whether you’re a plant enthusiast, a lover of the outdoors, keen for cultural experiences or just feel like a beautiful escape in the middle of the city, the Royal Botanic Gardens will satisfy your desires. And now that spring has sprung, there’s no better time to discover this magical place. Those keen to find out more may even want to enjoy a free guided walk – they commence each day at 10.30am.
4. New in town? Head to Newtown!
Head to the funky streets of Newtown for a day and experience Sydney’s inner west at it’s eclectic best. Offering a blend of alternative and hipster, this is the area if you love to people watch. Grab a stool at one of the many cafes or bars and overlook the main drag as people of all ages pass you by. There’s also fantastic shopping (both vintage and boutique), fabulous street art, markets on the weekends, loads of buskers and more. Meander down the bustling King Street, the very location that Coldplay made their film clip for A Sky Full of Stars. But before you do, head to Cow & Moon in neighbouring Enmore for some gelato – they recently took out the award for the World’s Best Gelato! Newtown is super easy to get via public transport, with both trains and buses servicing the area. Plan your trip here.
5. Art Gallery of NSW
Head to the Art Gallery of NSW and check out the collections – most exhibits are free and all of them are fascinating. If you’re in the area on a Sunday, you might want to head back outside to Speaker’s Corner – there you’ll find political extremists, hippies, academics, nutters and anyone else eager to express their thoughts to the world. It certainly makes for an interesting afternoon!
6. Grinners are Winners
Located at Milsons Point, right on the edge of the Harbour and under the shadow of the Coathanger, the views enjoyed from historic Luna Park are priceless – and that may well why it’s free to get in! Even if you don’t go on the rides, it’s just fun to have a wander through. And if you can’t resist a ride on something, a $16 Sampler Pass gets you one ride on any two rides. Full ticket details can be found here.
7. Bondi to Coogee walk
A cliff top coastal walk, the Bondi to Coogee walk extends for six km in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The Bondi to Coogee walk features stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools.
8. Befriend a farmer (while satisfying hunger!)
Eveleigh Market is an award-winning authentic Farmers’ Market held every Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Located on the city’s fringe, the markets allow local NSW farmers and artisan food producers to show off and sell their goodies direct to the public (lots of free taste testing!).
9. It’s a lovely day for a stroll
There’s heaps to do in Centennial Park, a huge parkland that’s less than 5km from the CBD and just a stone’s throw from the buzzing Oxford Street. There are free electric BBQs for you to use. Grab a tray of snags, a loaf of bread and get sizzling! Or maybe twitching’s more your style. WTF is twitching? I’m glad you asked (‘cos I didn’t know either). Twitching is what peeps in the know call birdwatching. Centennial Park is home to around 140 different birds, making it a great place to wander through and play a game of ‘let’s find our favourite feathered-friends’. You can also hire bikes from Centennial Park Cycles, with prices starting at just $15. Or maybe you wanna head back to your childhood and strap on a pair of rollerblades? The paths around the Park are ideal for rollerblading; you can even hire gear at nearby Skater HQ (it’s just across the road).
10. Music to your ears …
Beach Road Hotel at Bondi has free gigs every Wednesday night. Nothing beats a mid-week gig (especially when it’s FREE!)