Sydney, Australia’s largest and perhaps most vibrant city, has been blessed with beautiful beaches, green hillsides crisscrossed with numerous hiking trails and glorious sunsets over the harbor. To indulge in all the natural wonder doesn’t cost a cent, and there are the museums, parks and gardens that are free as well. Here is a list of some:
This is for all nature lovers and anyone who enjoys a hike. There are some beautiful trails in the hills that surround the city. One of the most popular ones is the Manly Scenic Walk that goes right through the Sydney Harbor National Park. This path offers some magnificent views. For a couple of hours, it’s a great way to spend the outdoors, with a few packed sandwiches. Another great walk is the Great North Walk, starting at Berowra Valley Regional Park. This particular walk is long and has been divided into many do-able sections.
It is very easy to spend an entire day in the areas around Sydney Harbor. The iconic Sydney Opera House does not have any free tours inside the edifice, but it doesn’t cost anything to walk around the structure and enjoy the views and the happenings in the many bars around. The Rocks is a historically significant place in the city and a great place for a stroll. During weekends, the Market at The Rocks makes the place come alive with color and people. The Rocks Discovery Museum on Kendall Lane may also be worth considering for a visit. Along Circular Quay are the metal plaques that commemorate the many writers who either lived in Sydney or visited. Known as the Writers Walk, this is a lesson in history that can appeal to the children as well.
Royal Botanical Gardens
Australia’s first vegetable garden, the Royal Botanical Gardens, is a great place to spend a quiet day with the family. It’s perfect for a packed picnic lunch or just a stroll. There is a rose garden, a patch for herbs and tropical plants. There are cockatoos and other beautiful bird life to watch. It is also a wonderful place to carry a book to and read through the day, stretched out on a bench. A walk along to the waters edge to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair is well worth the effort for the spectacular views of the Opera House, the Harbor Bridge and the harbor.
Sydney Olympic Park
This place offers a variety of activities. A walk through the complex is a history lesson on the Olympics. There are wetlands with a host of birds and also great cycle tracks for active. These biking tracks go past the major venues for the 2000 Sydney Olympics as well as through some of the largest urban parklands in Australia. Most of the guided tours within the Park cost money, but there is no charge for anyone who wants to explore for themselves.
Beaches in Sydney
The many beaches in Sydney are perfect family getaways for a day all year round. Bondi beach is the most popular.
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