Australia attracts millions of visitors every year and is becoming more popular each year.
Home to the widest long-span bridge and Sydney Opera House, tourists have plenty to look forward to.
Sydney is the 12th most expensive city in the world, but it can still be done on a budget. I visited Sydney with my mom and we spent most of our trip doing free things, but we did splurge on a trip to the Blue Mountains (well worth it!).
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1. Take a walk on the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Many people decide to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a higher panoramic view of the city, but walking across the bridge gives great views as well, with photos being free and allowing you to take as much time as you would like on the bridge.
Walking on the pedestrian pathway will give you a beautiful view of the Sydney Opera House, Luna Park, and the surrounding bay areas.
2. Visit the Queen Victoria Building
The QVB is a mall unlike you’ve ever seen before. The architectural design of this building is Romanesque and lovely, especially during the holidays.
An enormous Christmas Tree fills an entire room a couple of floors up and makes it an excellent area for photos.
3. Royal Botanical Gardens
These botanical gardens are situated very close to the Sydney Opera House and sit along the coast of the water.
Free tours of the botanical gardens are given all year round, along with the chance for you to spend a few hours in the park with your loved one reading a book or having a picnic.
4. Bondi to Coogee walk
The walk from Bondi to Coogee takes about 2 hours but is well worth it for the views and scenery. Feel free to take your kids, pups, and anyone else along with your venture along the coastline.
Make sure to bring along your camera as you will witness plenty of beauty unlike you have ever seen.
5. St. Mary’s Cathedral
This beautiful cathedral sits in the center of Sydney. The English-Gothic style architecture will wow you as you set foot on the steps of the church.
Bonus: I would also recommend taking a ferry around the bay area. I spent about $5 to sit on a ferry that went to a few excellent spots that I wouldn’t have seen unless I had a boat myself. I was able to take beautiful photos of scenic areas for free.
My mom and I recently spent a week in Australia, and we would both recommend it to others, no matter what your budget is.
It can be very doable for any visitor, whether you have plenty of money to spend or are on a tight budget.
6. Free Guided Tours
Sydney has a few free guided tours (that you can check out here).
Sydney Sights Free Tour lasts 2-3 hours and starts every day at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm.
There’s also the Rocks at 6 pm Tour that lasts 1 1/2 hours and starts every day at 6 pm.
Both tours will help you discover Sydney’s rich history, culture, events, arts, and more in just under a few hours. And it’s free!
7. Manly Beach
Manly Beach is apart of the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
Known as one of the best beaches in Sydney, Manly Beach has more of a laid back side compared to Bondi Beach.
This beach is also known for being one of the best surf spots due to the consistent swells making for perfect conditions.
There’s even a surf school on the beach to rent out boards.
8. Hyde Park
Hyde Park is a 40-acre urban park in the central business district of Sydney and is the oldest public parkland in Australia.
At Hyde Park, there’s the ANZAC Memorial Building, visitor center, the pool of reflection, and several monuments and statues to look at.
The northern section of Hyde Park features the Archibald Fountain and several beautiful themed gardens. There are over 580 mature exotic and native trees in this park.
Hyde Park also hosts several events throughout the year, including the Sydney Festival, Australia Day, ANZAC Day, and the Food and Wine Fair.
9. Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is a performing arts center situated at Sydney Harbour, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon.
There are over 1,500 performances annually attended by more than 1.2 million people.
Even crazier, over 8 million people visit the site annually, and over 350,000 people take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House each year.
There are so many free museums to choose from in Sydney Australia.
Museums are a great way to discover Australia through exhibits.
I’ll leave you the full list here. [15 Free Museums in Sydney, Australia]
A few of these free museums include:
- The Rocks Discovery Museum
- Museum of Contemporary Art
- Australian History Museum
- Museum of Freemasonry
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Have you ever been to Australia?
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