Sydney consistently ranks as one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit, and that’s probably not news to most of you. 

The GOOD news is that it’s possible to visit Sydney on a budget as there are plenty of free things to do in Sydney that allow you to experience the best the city has to offer without burning a hole in your pocket. 

Free Walking Tour

Why not start your visit to Sydney with a free walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide? Rain, hail or shine the guys from I’m Free Walking Tours walk every day at 10.30am and 2.30pm. 

Walk Across the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Instead of paying $200+ to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a MUCH cheaper option is to simply walk across for free and take in the same panoramic views on a lower level. 

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

This 6km walk features stunning views of cliffs, bays and rock pools and passes the beaches of Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly and Gordon’s Bay. Stop along the way for a swim, or stop at a cafe for a drink and a bite to eat. 

Royal Botanical Gardens

You cannot beat the serenity of the city and Sydney Harbour views from the Botanical Gardens. Spending half a day in the Gardens is a relaxing and free way to enjoy one of Sydney’s top spots. 

Picnic in Centennial Park

Centennial Park is an oasis not far from the CBD. It’s a great place for a picnic and to enjoy Sydney’s lush oasis of ponds, grassy hills and woodlands. 

Walk the CBD and Sydney Harbour Front

The Sydney CBD and Harbourfront area is very walkable. I often like to walk down from Central Station to Circular Quay along either George or Pitt Streets so I can feel the beat of the city for a short 30-minute stroll.