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Wendy Whitley's Secret Garden
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The best things to do in Sydney for free

Entertain yourself in and around the city without spending a cent

By Time Out editors
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Sydney can be a pretty exxy place to live, 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.

Now, if you want to flash your cash in the Harbour City, you can book a luxurious staycation in one of the swankiest hotels in town, eat at one of the 50 best restaurants, treat yourself to a pampering at a spa, or sample the fanciest ways to eat cucumber at one of the city's ritziest high-teas.

But then again, the best things in life are free. Here's where you can find them in Sydney.

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Free things to do every day of the year

Jacaranda tress at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Jacaranda tress at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Photograph: Destination NSW

Chill out in a park

Attractions Parks and gardens

Whether you're looking to go for a run, walk your dog, have a sedate picnic or just take a break from your four walls, these are the parks to visit.

Bondi coastal walk
Bondi coastal walk
Photograph: Destination NSW/James Horan

Explore a walking trail

Sport and fitness Walks

Sydney’s blessed with many different walking paths that’ll suit amblers of all abilities.

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Wander the city's laneways

Things to do Walks and tours

We know our friends in the south have the claim when it comes to laneway culture, but if you know where to look, Sydney can give Melbourne a run for its money.

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Wentworth Falls
Wentworth Falls
Photograph: David Iliff

Go chasing waterfalls

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. 

Adam Goodes mural close up
Adam Goodes mural close up
Photograph: Maxim Boon/Time Out

Discover street art masterpieces

Art Street art

Home to a super-cool community of artists ready to bring a splash of colour to any available wall, the city is teeming with incredible street art you can admire for free. 

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A wide shot of Bondi Beach showing crowds of people both sitting
A wide shot of Bondi Beach showing crowds of people both sitting
Photograph: Daniel Boud

Hit the beach

Attractions Beaches

From Sydney’s most famous seafront to the hidden bathing spots around the harbour, the city's beaches are world-beaters.

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Eat like a baller on a budget

Bowl of food at Spice I am
Bowl of food at Spice I am
Photograph: Anna Kucera

The best cheap eats in Sydney

Restaurants

Dining out on a dime is one of this city's great thrills. Here are our picks for Sydney's best eats on a budget. We've tasted everything from banh mi to tonkotsu ramen, biang biang noodles and vegan burgers without breaking the bank. 

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