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The best free things to do in Sydney

Cameron Carpenter

Sydney scores high on the lists of the world's most expensive cities. But there's still plenty to without breaking the bank.

So ditch your wallet and make the most of the harbour city with this list of free things to do!

(And if you have a suggestion, please share it with us in the comments so we can include it in the list!)

Soak up the view on the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk

You can't call yourself a local until you've done the Bondi to Coogee walk! It's the most popular coastal walk Sydney has to offer, featuring spectacular clifftop views of the pacific ocean and passes by the best of the city's beaches. Plan around two hours for the walk, plus extra time for swimming.

Spend the night at the recently renovated Australian Museum

On Thursday nights, the Australian Museum is open late, and it comes alive with live music and a pop-up bar. After enjoying a drink, you can roam the halls of the museum and take in all of the incredible exhibitions. With an interactive playground and awesome dinosaur exhibition – the kids will love it too!

See the sights while walking over the Sydney Harbour Bridge

One of the best ways to see Sydney is a walk or bike ride over the Harbour Bridge. The walk takes about 20 minutes, and it's best to begin on the Northern Side, so you have the Opera House view all the way! The stairs to the bridge are located next to the pedestrian tunnel at the Broughton and Burton Street intersection in Milson's Point. (map)

Take the kids to one of Sydney's coolest playgrounds

Your kids will love you for taking them to either one of these amazing playgrounds. The Wild Play Garden in Centennial Park is complete with a bamboo forest, water play area, and epic treehouse. Another standout is the Darling Harbour Children's Playground, featuring giant slides, a 21-meter flying fox, and so much more.

There's truly something for any interest at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The extensive collection covers five levels and includes one of Australia's most extensive galleries of Aboriginal art. Nestled next to the Royal Botanic Gardens, the building also houses leading contemporary pieces, Asian treasures, and European masters.

Explore the beauty of the Royal Botanic Gardens

If you need a break from the concrete jungle, The Royal Botanic Gardens has to be one of the best spots in the CBD to relax. The gardens run along the edge of the waterfront in the city center, with incredible views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Take a picnic and watch the sunset!

Get in the zone at the State Library of New South Wales

The State Library of New South Wales is worth a visit just for the building itself! With free WiFi and plenty of spots to plug in your laptop, it's the perfect place to catch up on some work – or just zone out with a book for a few hours.

Visit the Royal National Park – also known as 'Sydney's backyard'

Covering more than 160 square kilometres, the Royal National Park has spectacular beaches, rainforests, wildlife, and ancient Aboriginal sites. If you're seeking an adventure, there's beautiful spots to kayak, plus walking and cycling trails to suit any ability. And for those of us who just want to relax, the park has plenty of spots to picnic and swim.

Take a dip at one of the ocean pools

It's no secret that Sydney's home to some of the best beaches in the world, and almost every beach also comes complete with an ocean pool – either built out into the ocean or carved directly into the coastal rock. They all offer a safe place to shelter from the waves and currents of the surrounding sea – and some pretty amazing views!

So there you have it! A list of things to do in Sydney that won't cost you a cent. What have I missed? Be sure to leave a comment with your suggestion, and I'll add it to the list.