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10 Free Things To Do In Ultimo and Surrounds

Are you visiting Ultimo and on a tight budget? Here are ten fun activities that will help you make the most of your time in this inner-city suburb without having to spend a cent.  

Explore the Ultimo Community Garden

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This garden in McKee Street Park, Ultimo is 100% communal – no private allotments at all. You can check it out on your own anytime you like. But if you’d like to participate in some gardening of your own, come along on Sunday morning between 10am and 12pm.

Visit the Powerhouse Museum’s Research Library

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Although tickets to the museum cost $15, it doesn’t cost anything to check out its research library. You just have to make an appointment and give 24 hours’ notice. With 40,000 books, 1,500 journal articles and a range of electronic resources and journal articles dating all the way back to 1880, the library is a fascinating treasure trove of information.

Check out the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

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This funky-looking building on the UTS campus was the first Australian building designed by architect Frank Gehry in his signature curvy style. Australian-Chinese businessman Dr. Chau Chak Wing made the building possible with a generous $20 million donation, and although you’re welcome to visit, be aware that classes may be in progress.  

The Wentworth Park Fitness Circuit

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With its four floodlit, multi-purpose fields, Wentworth Park is a great place for a game of soccer or football. It’s also an excellent place to get in shape while soaking up the sunshine, with fitness stations throughout the park.  

Free activities at Ultimo Community Centre

Ultimo Community Centre has everything from art classes to tai chi to casual basketball. Keep on top of their many events.  

UTS Art Gallery and University Open Days


UTS’s art gallery takes care of over 1000 artworks, most of which are displayed throughout the UTS building. With regular new exhibitions and a permanent collection full of contemporary artists, there’s a lot to see for free in this eye-opening, mind-expanding gallery. Universities like UTS also have open days from time to time, giving you the chance to see the place for yourself and check out tours and talks.

Visit the White Rabbit Museum and Art Gallery

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The White Rabbit Gallery is Sydney’s collection of contemporary Chinese art. A former knitting factory, it focuses only on artworks from after the year 2000 and has four floors of exhibition space with two free tours each day.

Walk through Chinatown

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Whether you want to eat, shop or just take in the bright colours and festive atmosphere, Chinatown is the place to be. Take your pick from an amazing variety of Asian food, shop at both malls and markets and enjoy a musical or concert at Capitol Theatre.

Visit the Fish Market and view the Fishing Fleet

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Love seafood? Why not visit the largest fish market in the southern hemisphere? While the food, of course, ain’t free, it costs nothing to step outside and check out the fishing trawlers which have been operated by the Bagnato family for decades.

Walk the Goods Line

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Follow the route along the old railway line that’s now a popular and scenic pedestrian walkway. Sharing space with a bicycle path, the walkway goes past some of Ultimo’s attractions like the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building and the Powerhouse Museum. At the end of the walk, you’ll find yourself at Darling Harbour, ready to experience even more free activities.