The Best Things In Sydney Are Free

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    Sun setting over the 'Coathanger'
    Want to see the sights on the cheap? Here are 10 things to do for absolutely nothing! By Renate Ruge

    Sun down in Centennial Park

    1, Cross The Coathanger
    Walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge – known affectionately by locals as The Coathanger – affords great views of the Opera House, the Parramatta river and North Sydney.
    2, Trip The Light Fantastic
    Watch fireworks blast and light up Darling Harbour every Sunday night.
    3, Live The Beach Life
    Experience Bondi beach at sunrise and watch the surfers catch an early morning wave. Walk the coastal path to Bronte after.
    4, Glorious Gardens
    Wander through Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Permanent exhibitions like the Sculpture Walk are found in the thirty hectares of beautiful grounds. Cast iron Lions guard the gates and statues of boys built out of stone play in the bushes.
    5, Get Political At Government House
    Make like a visiting head of state and take a tour of Government House in the Domain. The ground floor state rooms have wonderful collections of 19th and 20th century furnishings. Kings and Queens have stayed here.
    6, Wander around Cremorne Point
    The ferry drops you off on the peninsula. The path is lined with pretty flower gardens and shady trees and the views of the Opera House are some of the best in town.
    7, Picnic in Centennial Park
    Stay until the sun sets with an all-day picnic here. Wander down stately palm avenues, get the kids on horseback and set up picnic camp in a shady paperbark grove. There’s plenty to see: duck ponds, statues, lawns, rose garden and cockatoos in 189 hectares of parkland.
    8, Browse Kirribilli Fashion market
    Check out vintage finds from over 90 stalls with a Harbour backdrop.
    9, Sample Street Culture
    Martin Place is a bustling square where city types take lunch. There are often free fashion shows, dancers and a variety of entertaining buskers.
    10, Writers Walk
    Learn about famous Australian writers on 50 metal plaques withc reative thoughts from the likes of author Germaine Greer; and writers Thea Astley, Peter Carey, Dorothy Hewitt and James A Michener as you walk the cobble stone streets of The Rocks.

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