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The Best Ways to See Sydney in Summer for Cheap or Free!


20 Jan The Best Ways to See Sydney in Summer for Cheap or Free!

Sydney, in summer time is just stunning! But can get expensive to go on the regular tours and tourist attractions to see the best our city has to offer. Don’t get us wrong, Sydney tourist attractions are out of this world and totally worth it. But for backpackers on a budget, we’ve collected our favourite things to do in and around town that are FREE and spectacular!


1. Walk across the Harbour Bridge  

The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge is open to vehicles and pedestrians every day. It’s a spectacular way to see all of Sydney Harbour while walking across it. Choose a sunny clear day to get the best pics of the Sydney Opera House, our waterways and city skyline for free! Take the train over the bridge to Milsons Point (a scenic journey in itself!) then climb up the pylon steps and walk back over the bridge. When you arrive back to the city from your walk, take the stairs down and enter ‘The Rocks’ precinct for a cold beer at one of our historical Sydney pubs. Great Day Out!


(source: Coogee Chamber of Commerce)

2. Lay on a Beach

One of the great things about Sydney is that we have a number of beautiful surf beaches and harbourside inlets to visit that are not too far from the city and accessible via bus and train. If you like a busy, bustling surf beach with plenty of cafes restaurants and bars then head to Bondi, Manly or Coogee beaches. If you want something a little quieter with no surf then try one of the many harbour beaches around Sydney including Milk Bay and Nelsen Park.

fireworks darling harbour

(source: Foti Fireworks)

4. Fireworks in Darling Harbour 

They are on most weekends from late October through to late January at 9pm, and they’re 100% FREE! Darling Harbour and adjoining King Street Wharf are great spots to find some fun. Packed with cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Day or night, there’s always something happening in Darling Harbour and just walking around and soaking in the atmosphere is a fun night out! For details on the fireworks schedule, click here.


(source: True Local)

5. Bondi to Coogee Walk 

The 16 km walk between Bondi and Coogee is well serviced by public transport, although you can find car parking spots if you’re driving.


1. Bondi Beach
2. Tamarama Beach
3. Bronte Beach
4. Clovelly Beach
5. Coogee Beach

  • WHERE TO START: At Bondi Beach and then the road near the Bondi Icebergs Club on the southern side of the beach.
  • HOW TO GET THERE: By car or train to Bondi Junction and bus to Bondi Beach.
  • WHEN TO GO: You can go all year round for spectacular views! In summer make sure you are prepared with a hat, sunscreen and water. In winter take a jacket or wind cheater, it can get windy up there on the cliff tops!

sydney to hobart

(source: New Years Eve Blog)

6. Watch the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 

The annual most Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race starts on Boxing Day the 26 December. The race departs from Nielsen Park in Sydney Harbor and takes the international fleet more than 1100 kilometres (approximately 630 nautical miles) to arrive at the finish line in Hobart city, Tasmania. The yacht race will finish just in time for 2017 New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Hobart city. Walk 25minutes from our hostel down to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair with your picnic blanket and grab one of the best viewing points in the whole city! Get down early… there are likely to be crowds!

sydney festival

(source: Official Sydney Festival)

7. Sydney Festival 

Every January, Sydney Festival transforms Sydney with a bold cultural celebration, with thousands of people getting out and about to watch performances and be involved in the celebrations. The program has grown to over 450 performances and 150 events performed by over 1,000 artists at more than 46 venues across theatre, dance, music, circus and art. There are heaps of FREE and Cheap events at Sydney Festival, click here to see some of what’s on offer.

walking tour

(source: I’m Free Walking Tours)

8. Free Sydney Sights Walking Tour 

During this 2½-3 hour, easy-walking tour you’ll hear some of the history and explore the sites of Sydney. With friendly and knowledgeable tour guides they will give you insights into the people, places and events of Sydney.

From the Town Hall you’ll explore Sydney’s beginnings and development from its early days as a convict colony right up to the major developments that have made Sydney the world city that it is today.


10:30am and 2:30pm Every Day (excluding Christmas Day, 25th December). More info click here 

Have you discovered a hidden gem in Sydney? We’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment below.

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