If you find yourself in Sydney for a day and want an adventure for free we have found a plethora of delights for you to explore. Whilst you will need to find your way to the spot, entry or exploration is free! Have fun!
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is a cultural marvel and houses a brilliant range of contemporary art. The venue is free to visit and children are warmly received. For a gold coin donation child visitors receive an activity book to plot their journey around the site. You can also download this for free and take it with you.
The Rocks Discovery Museum is open every day from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm and is located in a three-storey high restored 1850s sandstone warehouse in The Rocks. It is free to enter and walks you through the history of the are from pre-European occupation through to modern times. It is a great little pit stop if you are exploring the area.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an Australian Icon. Whilst you can pay to do the BridgeClimb or walk to the top of the Pylon Lookout you can also enjoy the bridge and it’s magnificent view for free by walking the pedestrian pathway along the bridge’s eastern edge.
The Art Gallery of NSW is considered one of the premier art galleries in Australia and experiences over 1,000,000 visitors every year. A mere 15 minute walk from the city centre, admission to the Gallery is free, and so are the permanent galleries and most exhibitions and events. For families you can take a children’s trail through the gallery which will help your kids interpret, draw and write their journey in front of the art with extension ideas for activities away from the Gallery too.
The Royal Botanic Gardens is the perfect spot for a picnic right in the heart of Sydney. This space is the place to visit if you wish to introduce your children to plant life with everything from a tropical greenhouse to succulents and herbs on show. Want a tour? Check their website for the next free tour.
Luna Park is a very popular Sydney destination. Entry is free and the view is breathtaking. You do need to pay for rides, but if you want a budget visit head to Coney Island for just $10.00. I always remember to pack lunch 😉
Barrenjoey Lighthouse is a destination every fan of Home & Away should visit. Located just above Palm Beach, you can reach the lighthouse via the 1km walking track.
White Rabbit Gallery is a free gallery (Thursday-Sunday) devoted exclusively to contemporary Chinese art. The venue is well resourced with guides who are more than happy to answer any questions, explain the art or even provide a free tour. Check out the tea rooms downstairs for a great experience.
Centennial Park is the perfect spot for a picnic, a ball game or a walk. At 189 hectares it is a massive area perfect for exploring. There are always a plethora of free activities happening at the site and I always click through to their What’s On Page for ideas. The Entertainment Quarter isn’t too far away either with so many food choices, two free playgrounds and a whole bunch of other goodies to explore.
Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches. You can swim in the ocean or swimming pool; try your skills at the Bondi Skate Park or play at the enclosed playground. It’s also a celebrity haven – so you are likely to spot one or two on your adventures. Want something a little quieter (with better swimming locations)? Head to Cronulla.
St Peters Park is one of our favourite places to visit with our bikes as it has an entire mini road pathway with traffic lights, roundabouts and stop signs perfect for little kids. Of course, it is also free. On the other side of the park you will also find an enormous playground with tunnels, climbing walls, bridges, slides and swings. *Must visit*
The Sydney Opera House is another Sydney landmark that offers the Kids at the House program for children filled with a bounty of theatre options. Although these generally have a fee, each school holiday period the site opens a creative play area which is free to visit. Check the program before you visit.
Australian National Maritime Museum is located in Darling Harbour, a short walk from the CBD. They have a large selection of ships, boats and submarines on display and a rich permanent collection which your kids will love to explore. You can visit the galleries and exhibitions for free on the first Thursday of every month (excluding public and school holidays). It is well worth a visit!
Botany Bay is a place most Australian’s can tell you a lot about. It is the place where some would say Australia’s European history began. Walking along the shore line you will come across many notable historical markers, a burial plot and many educational items.
The Sydney Observatory is an Australian landmark offering some of the best views across the city. Entry is free providing access to all of the rooms other than the top observation areas where the telescopes are used for tours. One of the highlights for us was the LEGO room which is also free.
We will add more places as we find them! Feel free to leave a comment detailing the finds you have discovered.