As with any big, modern city, filling up your weekend with fun things to do can empty your wallet pretty quickly. But in Sydney, if you know where to look there are plenty of things to do for free!
Here are top five picks for an enjoyable day in Sydney and the most it will cost you is the money for a coffee, snack or maybe an ice cream. If you take a packed lunch it won't even cost you anything!
The Botanical Gardens are huge, perfectly designed gardens packed full of flora and fauna which hug the sparkling blue waters of Sydney Harbour. There is so much to see and do here; have tea at the coffee shop nestled in the middle of the gardens, wander around the Chinese garden and smell and touch the fragrant herbs in the herbarium. Ibis' and ducks live peacefully on the ponds and your nose will soon sniff out the fruit bats that hang like fruit from the tall trees; hundreds of them in fact, they are currently trying to be moved on humanely as they are damaging the trees. You can't blame them though, if I were a fruit bat what better place to call home than the botanical gardens!
Darling Harbour is a great place to go to see street performers and there is also a jam-packed calendar of free events throughout the year. There are often free festivals, artworks and firework displays around Darling Harbour which you can take part in or watch from one of the many cafes and restaurants in the area.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is a great way to get your arts fix. This museum holds works from contemporary artists around the world that you can peruse for free! There are also exhibitions throughout the year that require an entry fee but the majority of the artworks, installations and sculptures can be seen for free.
The Sydney Observatory on Sydney Harbour is Australia's oldest working observatory. It has free general entry to gain access to the ground and first floors to learn about how important the observatory was for science, shipping and meteorology in the 1800s. There are also lovely gardens to explore and the views form the aptly named Observatory Hill are charming. If you do want to peek through one of the powerful telescopes or do some star watching by night there is a little extra charge.
The Australian Maritime Museum on Darling Harbour has free entry to any core or temporary exhibitions and is a great day for the whole family. A peek at the moored submarine is really worth a look and even non-maritime fans will love the exhibitions and displays.
There is so much more to do for free in Sydney if you search in the right places but these ideas should keep you occupied for a while and Furnished Property will have a comfy furnished apartment for you to rest your weary legs!