7 Fun and Free Things to do in Sydney this Spring

Move out of the way, winter, spring is coming through.

It’s time to make the most out of the sunshine and enjoy a social life that doesn’t break your bank.

Sydney’s a wonderful, diverse place with lots of things to do and explore but no one can deny that it’s an expensive city. So to help you navigate the madness, here are seven fun yet frugal things to do in Sydney this spring.


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  1. Day trip to the beach

Alright, let’s start with the basics. If we’re talking about cheap and fun, the first thing that comes to mind is the beach.

And living in Sydney means having easy access to some of the world’s best beaches, so take advantage of it.

If you want to make a day at the beach even more special, there’s plenty of free festivities such as the Festival of the Winds, a much-loved annual kite flying festival at Bondi Beach. And the Bondi to Bronte walk is a pretty good option too!

  1. Immerse yourself in the arts

September is all about celebrating Sydney’s diverse art scene, as Art & About presents some fantastic and free exhibitions all over the city. Make sure to check out The Terrace, Sydney’s latest pop-up live music venue and rooftop bar.

Set against the backdrop of Sydney Town Hall in the heart of the city, enjoy a drink to the sounds of some of Sydney’s best DJs and acoustic acts. It runs from the 18th to the 28th of September, and best of all, entry is free!

  1. Get cultural at Darling Harbour

Culture Beats in Darling Harbour makes it simple (and cheap) to experience multiple cultures without even leaving the country.

Almost every weekend in spring will feature a colourful cultural festival such as the Taiwanese Festival and Lebanon Carnival. From music, dance and art to delicious food, spring is the perfect chance to explore Australia’s diversity.


The Malaysian Festival at Darling Harbour

  1. Cycle your way through the city

Jump on a bike and enjoy the city in new, magical ways during the Sydney Rides Festival during the last three weeks of October.

One of my favourite parts of the festival has to be the Sydney Rides to Eat initiative where cyclists can receive special offers and discounts at participating food venues.

Get fit while eating delicious discounted food? Count me in! Sydneysiders are also invited to night-time bike rides to discover the heart of the city through light installations, special effects and outdoor lounges.

  1. Eat your way through the night

Discover Sydney’s vibrant food scene during Good Food Month in October as the city lights up with exciting food events.

Although many of the events can be quite pricey, the night markets held in Chinatown every Friday night would be a good option for us frugal people. Enjoy free performances, music and soak in the positive vibes as you indulge in delicious Asian street food.

  1. Sculpture by the Sea

Held during the later months of spring, Sculpture by the Sea is a free outdoor sculpture exhibition held in Bondi Beach and is back for the 19th year!

The breathtaking views of the sculpture park and the impressive installations make it one of Sydney’s most loved annual events. The scenic coastal walk is a wonderful escape from the city.

  1. Smell the flowers

While we all love free festivals (or anything that is free, for that matter), we can’t forget about the flourishing flowers. Flowers are the essence of spring so take the opportunity and stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Perhaps you could organise a BBQ, bring some beers and play some ball games… as long as you have good company, who needs to spend money to have fun?

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Image: Alan Lam, Flickr