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Wendy Whitley's Secret Garden
Photograph: Robert Polmear

Free things to do in Sydney today

Entertain yourself in Sydney without spending a cent

By Time Out editors

Sydney may be a pretty exxy place to live in, but if you keep your bargain hunting eyes open, you’ll find heaps of free and cheap things to do on any day of the year. You know what costs no dollars? Going for a wander on one of Sydney’s best walks, or checking out the city’s coolest laneways (although you may be tempted to flash cash at fab cafés and shops). Got a few dollars for a date? Show off your fiscal responsibility and fine dining knowledge with these cheap hacks for fancy places, then follow these instructions for nabbing cheap theatre tickets in Sydney.

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Free things to do on any given day

People on a free walking tour in Circular Quay
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I'm Free Sydney Walking Tours

Things to do Walks and tours Sydney

If you have visitors in town, this is a free way to check off many of the city’s historical sites in one go – and there’s a fact-filled guide to do all the talking. 

Wendy's Secret Garden

Things to do Lavender Bay

The secret maybe well and truly out about this hidden garden, but it really is heart-warming story and a space worth sharing.


Bondi to Coogee coastal walk

Sport and fitness Walks Bondi Beach

It’s one of Sydney's most popular walks – and for good reason. That coastline is spectacular, from every direction, and you’re in a pretty urban environment, so it’s one you can do on a whim.

Wentworth Falls
Photograph: David Iliff

The best waterfalls in Sydney and NSW

Attractions Parks and gardens

Load up the picnic basket with economically baked muffins and last night's leftovers and take a road trip to find these cascading falls around Sydney. 


Woollahra Library at Double Bay

Attractions Libraries Double Bay

This Willy Wonka of libraries could convert even the most ardent library sceptic. Soak up stories and knowledge among three levels bursting with greenery.


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Bars Surry Hills

Okay, so the drinks aren't free – but the karaoke is! Book a room for up to 20 singing pals without spending your drinking dosh.

Royal National Park
Photograph: Klara Kalocsay

A guide to the Royal National Park

Things to do

It's less than an hour's drive from the CBD, yet so many Sydneysiders haven't stepped foot in the pristine 15,091 hectares of bushland that lines the coast south of Sydney. 

View of the city at Shelly Beach
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Shelly Beach

Attractions Beaches Manly

You may not want to brave the water on cooler days, but this little patch of sand in Manly is a beaut spot to sit and contemplate life whatever the weather.

Tour Sydney's street art for free

Bin Chickens 2018 Scott Marsh, Teggs Lane Chippendale
Bin Chickens 2018 Scott Marsh, Teggs Lane Chippendale
Photograph: Daniel Boud

Where to find Sydney's best street art

Art Street art

Sydney is home to a vibrant community of street artists, always ready to bring a splash of colour, a touch of provocation, or just the perfect Instagram backdrop to our city’s streets. But as with just about every piece of real estate in Sydney, these unlikely canvases are hotly contested spaces.


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