Sydney is one of Australia’s most exciting cities to visit, but it’s also the most expensive. So to help you save some money towards the odd splurge, Debbie has five free activities to do in Sydney, which you may not have heard about.
Embrace your ghoulish side with a visit to one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets. Situated next to St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Newton, Camperdown Cemetery is home to 2120 headstones of the great and not-so-good of Sydney. The woman who was the inspiration for Charles Dickens’s Miss Haversham, otherwise known as Eliza Donnithorne is buried here, as is Sir Thomas Mitchell, surveyor-general of NSW.
Find out more about the history of Camperdown Cemetery
Paddington Reservoir Gardens
There may be no gardens as stunning or as fun as the Royal Botanic Gardens (which are also free to walk around) but everyone knows about them. Paddington Reservoir Gardens was the winner of the 2009 Australian Award for Urban design and offers a different take on gardens. Not so much flowers and trees as architecture and interactive displays.
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A great place to take the weight off after all the walking you’ve been doing, Customs House also offers a unique aerial view of the city, in the form of a giant model situated under the glass floor. Relax in the Grand Atrium or take home some redecorating ideas from its contemporary interior. Situated at Circular Quay, local transport options are numerous.
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Free movies by the boulevard
Ok, so this is a limited offering, but during the delightfully warm summer month of January, you can catch a free movie at Cathy Freeman Park, Olympic Boulevard. Take along your rug and your picnic and enjoy some of the latest blockbusters alfresco.
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The last one is obvious, but it shouldn’t be missed. As Australia’s oldest observatory, Sydney Observatory not only offers a look into the country’s history through artefacts and old telescopes, you can get some of the best views of the city. There are sections which you need to pay to enter, such as the 3D theatre and main telescope, but give these a miss and you won’t pay a cent.
Find out more about Sydney Observatory