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20 free things to do in Sydney

Monday, 3 April 2017, 06:09 PM by Simona Nicolosi

We all know how expensive Sydney is, and we know what it’s like to be a student on a tight budget - we’ve been there too. That’s why we think you should give this article by the Lonely Planet a good read. It lists 20 activities and must-see attractions in and around Sydney that will make you enjoy and appreciate this breathtaking city without spending a cent!

If you enjoy festivals, cultural exhibitions, live music, and sporting events, Sydney is the place to be. With countless events happening year-round, Sydney is always buzzing with life, and is sure to have something to please everyone.

These are some of the most popular yearly events divided by season just to give you an idea of what we’re talking about:


If you’re into electronic dance music, then there’s no better way to welcome summer than attending the Stereosonic Music Festival at Sydney Olympic Park in December.

Get into the Christmas spirit with Carols by the Sea, a fantastic night of entertainment from young, local musicians followed by Christmas favourites and carol singing at Bondi Beach. Remember to bring along your singing voices and a rug to sit on!

And of course let’s not forget the most spectacular event of all,  Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display. As you can imagine, the city gets packed for this special event, with more than a million people eager to get a prime position for the celebrations, so have a look at the list of vantage points on the official website, choose your spot and get there early!

January 26 is Australia Day, or Straya Day as the locals like to call it. It's a day to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian with a variety of activities throughout Sydney and the state including free entertainment, cultural performances and harbour races.  



If you’re in Sydney around February-March time don’t miss the celebrations for Mardi Gras, a colourful and spectacular LGBT parade that attracts over 20,000 interstate and international visitors each year. An absolute must-see event.

Between March and April it’s time for the Sydney Royal Easter show. At this year’s show you’ll be able to meet farmyard animals, watch agricultural competitions and devour delicious food.



Between May and June the Vivid Festival transforms Sydney into a mesmerizing wonderland of light art, sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy - for free! You cannot miss the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.

Between June and July, St. Mary's Cathedral turns into a winter wonderland with an array of winter activities including a large outdoor ice skating rink, exhilarating rides, and captivating entertainment for everyone



From mid-October to November the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk hosts one of Sydney’s most popular events, Sculptures by the Sea - the largest free to the public sculpture exhibition in the world.

In October Hyde Park transforms into an aromatic Asian market with numerous stalls serving street food and drinks, with live DJs and music for you to dance the night away.  It's the Night Noodle Market!


For a full list of events coming to Sydney soon, take a look at this website

Sign Up for Student Excursions at Greenwich College

Another good way to explore Sydney and its surroundings without spending a fortune, is with our weekly excursions. Every Friday morning our GEC English Teachers will take you on a new exciting adventure. Don’t miss out! Like our Facebook page to find out more about our next excursions.


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