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Sydney is known as one of the most expensive places in the world. However, you do not need to spend that much money to enjoy it.
Here is a list of things that you can do for free:
Bondi to Coogee Walk
One of the most popular activities is to go on the scenic Bondi to Coogee walk.
This coastal walk is 6km and starts from the popular Bondi Beach and goes through four different beaches until you reach Coogee. You can stop and enjoy the water, the beach and the barbecues along the way.
My favorite stop is Gordon´s Bay. This is a secluded and quiet paradise between Clovelly Beach and Coogee Beach. The spot has abandoned boats and happens to be a great diving spot.
If you need more information visit: http://www.bonditocoogeewalk.com/
Wedding Cake Rock at the Royal National Park
The Royal National Park can be reached by train from Sydney Central Station. One of the best walks goes from Bundeena to the impressive cliff that has a wedding cake shape.
You can make it as a full day trip from Sydney since the walk from Bundeena can be long.
For more information, visit the website of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service here.
Figure Eight Pools at the Royal National Park
Another popular destination in the Royal National Park is the Figure Eight Pools. Go by train from Sydney Central Station to Otford Station. Get to the main road and walk left until you find the start of the hiking trail.
The walk should not take you more than two hours from the start of the trail until you start walking down the Burning Palms. Please check the conditions of the trail before going, since there have been many accidents in the past.
For more information, visit the website of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service here.
Hangout in Newtown
Newtown is the hipster area of Sydney. It has a very good atmosphere and it is the perfect place to go for some beers with friends.
Consider visiting a place called “Lentil As Anything”. They serve delicious vegetarian food for free. Click here for more information.
Visit the Northern Beaches
The Northern Beaches in Sydney can be reached by public transportation, although it can be a long ride. However, it is worth visiting.
The most scenic viewpoint is located in Palm Beach and should be included in your itinerary. This can make an amazing half-day trip.
Another great trip to the northern beaches includes the Spit to Manly coastal walk. This is not as scenic as the Bondi to Coogee Walk but definitely worth doing. Click here for more information.
Walk around the Old Bare Fort at la Perouse
According to the legend, the island in front of La Perouse was described as “small bare island” by Captain James Cook. Later in 1880, a fort was built in this place to protect Sydney.
The fort was transferred to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to become a museum. It has also been featured in some movies such as Mission Impossible II.
You can walk around it and it makes a good day trip since there are a few beaches close to hangout.
Maroubra is always a good option
Maroubra is usually an underrated beach but it is one of my favorites. In summer it can get a little bit busy but off season can make a great place to relax. The water is cold with many waves, making it a good place to surf and swim.
There is a nice trail after the beach that leads to an amazing viewpoint of the whole area.
Of course, the Opera House Bar
The Opera House is the main tourist destination in Sydney. It has became a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 2007 and it is considered one of the most remarkable buildings in the world.
One of the coolest things about the Opera House is the bar with the view to the harbour. There is live music every evening and the atmosphere is great.
Now that we mention the Harbour…
There are two popular postcards from Sydney: 1. The Opera House and 2. The Harbour Bridge.
Many people pay a lot of money to climb the Harbour Bridge. Nonetheless, you can walk on the sideways and enjoy an amazing view of the bridge and the Opera House.
Centennial Park is THE PARK
A friend once told me that Centennial Park is the Central Park of Sydney. I really do not agree with him but certainly it is a very big and beautiful park.
Centennial Park is great for a picnic, a run or even a football game. There are many free events organized in the park and many concerts take place in here.
I used to visit this place at least two or three times per week when I was traveling in Sydney. Visit this website for more information on Centennial Park.
Art Gallery of NSW
When I went to the Art Gallery for the first time, I thought that they forgot to charge me. However, this place is entry free actually. The exhibitions are incredible and there is a nice restaurant with a great view of the city.
This is one of the places that you should not skip if you like art. Click here for more information on the Art Gallery.
Royal Botanical Gardens
After your visit to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, go for a walk through the beautiful and relaxed Botanical Gardens. There are plenty of birds, nature and awesome views to the Opera House nearby.
Watson´s Bay for an amazing viewpoint
Watson´s Bay is not a very well known spot for tourists. Getting there sometimes takes time because of traffic but it is without a doubt, worth visiting. The views from the lighthouse are impressive and you can take a nice picture of the skyline from this place.
This festival happens once a year and it is one of the best times to be around the city. There are free light shows every night, including amazing works over the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The atmosphere is incredible and worth visiting.
St. Mary´s Church
This Neo-Gothic church is one of the most beautiful churches in Sydney. It is located in front of Hyde Park and is free to visit. Every Sunday they offer free tours after the Mass.
I hope that you find this post useful and helps you plan your trip.
If you plan to travel around Australia maybe you would like to read “An Alternative Way to Travel in Australia“.
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