Free things to do in Sydney with kids
Kids are expensive enough as it is, and it’s not necessary to blow your budget to keep them entertained. Here are some ideas for free activities you can do around Sydney.
The best beaches in Sydney for kids
One of the best free activities for families is right on our doorstep at Coogee Sands. Coogee Beach is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches and epitomises the Australian lifestyle. It is a protected marine reserve that provides snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities, as well as golden sands and gorgeous walks along the coastline.
Within 20 minutes of Sydney’s CBD and the airport, Coogee Beach has long been a favourite among locals and tourists alike. Known for its elegant historic buildings and ocean bathing pools, it is one of Sydney’s oldest suburbs.
As a result of its protected location, the beach does not have large waves and breaks, which makes it an ideal location for kids to safely play and swim.
Other beaches you can explore include Parsley Bay Reserve (a hidden gem), Freshwater Beach on the northern end of Sydney, Dee Why Beach and rockpool and, of course, the iconic Bondi Beach.
Explore the Royal Botanic Garden and the Domain
In the heart of Sydney city is the Royal Botanic Garden, which is a botanical and cultural oasis. In this area of natural beauty, families come to relax and learn about plants and horticulture.
It’s the perfect place for moms and their infants to enjoy a picnic, watch the light play across the foliage, or run a few laps with the pram. Even the most active kids will find enough space to explore in this 30-hectare park that resembles scenes from a fairy tale.
Enjoy some culture at the local art galleries and museums
Enjoy a bit of culture by visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the Art Gallery of NSW, where kids can also take free audio tours. Powerhouse Museum is free to enter and part of the Australian National Maritime Museum is free, but if you want to climb aboard a ship or see the latest exhibition, you’ll need to buy a ticket.
Explore Sydney’s various playgrounds and play spaces
Sydney’s councils have invested a great deal in renewing park spaces in recent years, which have been transformed into amazing play spaces that attract more and more families to them every weekend. It is the ultimate free activity, as there is free parking, bbq areas, and playgrounds galore.
Take a walk on the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Take the family to the Sydney Harbour Bridge next time you visit to experience one of Australia’s most iconic sights. There is a pedestrian walkway located on the eastern edge of the bridge that allows you to soak in all of the views of the harbour and Sydney City. You can also pay to do the BridgeClimb, walk to the top of the Pylon Lookout or walk along the Sydney Harbour Bridge at any time of day or night.
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