Sydney Family Freebies

Take the kids out without spending a packet with these must-do Sydney freebies

Getting out and doing fun stuff with the family doesn't have to mean spending buckets of cash. Even beyond the beaches and parks there's so much going on in and around Sydney. Sometimes all that's needed is a reminder of what's available. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Type 'Free' in the City of Sydney 'What's On' search engine

This might sound obvious, but it's surprising how many don't think to do it. A simple search here will give you a daily list of free activities, and where they're happening – from Corroborrees to origami lessons and everything in-between. It lists activities for all ages and it's constantly being updated, so you're sure to find something that's interesting. And free!

Take a landmark walk

There are literally hundreds of great walks in and around Sydney – so why not add a landmark theme? Start with Luna Park to the Botanical Gardens via the Harbour Bridge (and Opera House). Or try the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. For something a little longer, take 12km the Spit to Manly walk. Prefer short and sweet (with some great fish and chips afterwards)? Take a ferry to Watson's Bay and do the South Head walk.

Hit up the museums and galleries

There are plenty of galleries that don't charge an entry fee. You may know about the Museum of Contemporary Art in The Rocks and the Art Gallery of NSW in the domain – both with excellent permanent and touring exhibitions. But there's also the Nicholson Museum in the University of Sydney (incredible artefacts and Egyptology displays), the Reserve Bank of Australia Museum in Martin Place, the Australian National Maritime Museum (note while entry to the museum is free, you will need to pay to go on the ships outside). Again on a nautical theme is the semi-hidden Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Heritage Centre at Garden Island.

Investigate Cockatoo Island

Okay, you will need to catch a ferry to get there. But once you've arrived it's not only a fascinating historical site (UNESCO World Heritage listed), it's an incredible playground where you can just go and explore. It's the only Sydney Harbour Island where you can stay overnight if that’s your thing – though you do need to pay for camping permits. Head to the website to find out what's on – the island also hosts festivals throughout the year.

Try some Geocaching

If you want to get outside and have an adventure experience as a family, Geocaching is one thing that has to be on the list (if it isn’t already). For starters, you don't need much equipment - your mobile phone and a pen or pencil is pretty much it. There are caches all over Sydney. And through the hunt you'll all discover things you never knew – even if you live nearby. Go to Geocaching Australia to get started. Happy hunting!

Don't forget a quick and easy snack to tie you and the family over through the afternoon. Try our decadent chocolate, raspberry and marshmallow brownie recipe that is sure to delight as the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.