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Sydney is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in Australia with plenty of activities for the entire family. If you're planning your next trip to Sydney and are looking for some ideas, you came to the right place.
Read on to learn about these nine fun, free, and nighttime activities in Sydney.
Are you looking for something to do in Sydney that is free and outside the box? Look no further than the University of Sydney.
Even if you're not an architecture enthusiast, you will be surprised by the extraordinary Sydney Quadrangle. Formed by a collection of buildings built from 1854 until the 1960s, the Quadrangle features a carillon, clock tower, MacLaurin Hall, and well-kept lawns great for picnics.
While visiting the University of Sydney, make sure you check out the Great Hall, War Memorial Carillon, Nicholson Museum, and Macleay Museum.
Located only 10 minutes away from the city centre, Darling Harbour is one of the most fun family-friendly destinations.
Darling Harbour is home to countless restaurants, theatres, shops, special exhibitions, a zoo, an aquarium, and museums. While getting from place to place, you will be able to enjoy the waterfront and a view the Sydney skyline.
Don't forget to stop by the Australian National Maritime Museum, pose for a photo with a koala at the zoo, and even experience a flight simulator.
You can also go from day to night at Darling Harbour and wait for the light to light up the harbour and a spectacular view of Sydney at night.
Walking tours are quite popular around Europe and Sydney is no exception. If you're looking for a free way to see the highlights of Sydney, a walking tour is the best way to do it.
Because free walking tours are usually done in small groups, you get the opportunity to ask questions to the guide and get great local tips from them.
Similar to European walking tours if you've ever done one, you sign up for the tour and show up at the designated meeting spot. These tours are usually last about two to three hours.
Although these tours are free, you can leave the guide a discretionary donation at the end of the tour.
Formerly known as the Sydney Harbour Casino, The Star, Sydney, is the second-largest casino in Australia. This is the perfect place to go on a night out on the town if you're feeling lucky.
The Casino features eight bars, seven restaurants, and two gaming floors, which makes it the perfect place to spend an evening out.
If you've looking for a fun activity that is unique to Sydney, then you need to gear up to do the climb of a lifetime. While this activity is not cheap and will set you back between $174-$403, once you get to the top, the experience is worth it.
Before you get ready for the climb, you will have to do a breath test, change into your bridge climbing gear, and get a tutorial on how to use the gear and headset. During the climb, your guide will communicate with you via headset.
After you reach the top, you can expect breathtaking 360-degree views of Sydney. Some of the highlights include an unobstructed view of the Sydney Opera House and the Blue mountains.
If you're looking for a free activity to do in Sydney during the day, look no further than the Sydney Fish Market. As the largest fish market in the Southern Hemisphere, people buy more than 14,500 tons of fish every year.
Visiting the fish market is a destination of its own as the building looks like a museum on its own. The blue, waterfront building houses six seafood retailers where you can find Sydney's top chefs shopping for the freshest fish for their restaurants.
If you want to experience the freshest sea to table fish, the fish market has several restaurants and a sushi bar. Not to mention it also has a bakery, gift shop, and outdoor seating.
One of the most popular activities to do in Sydney, especially in the summer is happy hour at Opera Bar. This popular spot offers a panoramic view of the iconic Opera House, the city skyline, and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
To get the best experience at Opera Bar, don't forget to arrive in time for happy hour for the best drink prices. After enjoying a few drinks and appetizers, it's the perfect place to wait for dusk.
No trip to Sydney would be complete without visiting Bondi Beach one of, if not Australia's most popular beach. If you've never been to Bondi Beach, you're in for a treat as there are plenty of things to do besides working on your tan or taking on the waves.
If you enjoy hiking, the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is an iconic six-kilometrer trail that begins at Bondi Icebergs and passes through Tamarama and Coogee beach. This walk will take about one hour each way.
The Bondi Icebergs pool is another iconic spot in Bondi. This waterside salt water pool measures 50-metres allows visitors to sunbathe, and swim while enjoying spectacular views of the Bondi Icebergs.
During your visit to Sydney, you cannot miss the chance to take a sunset cruise. If you want to take a cruise through the harbour area, you have the option of taking a sailboat, ferry, or cruise ship.
Sailing through the water will give you a new perspective of the Sydney skyline.
Now that you know about these fun, free, and nighttime activities in Sydney, you're ready to plan your next trip.
Next time you're in Sydney, don't forget to check out Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour, the Fish Market, the University of Sydney, and take a free walking tour.
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