Free time retreats in downtown Sydney

No gap year in Australia is complete without visiting the city of Sydney with its world famous harbour and landmarks such as the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge – also fondly known as The Coathanger.

Living in any city can be expensive and if you’re on your gap year in Australia then you will no doubt be restricted to a tight budget. The hostels are great in Sydney and are usually very well located. There are plenty of things to do to while enjoying your free time, especially in downtown Sydney and many don’t even cost a thing.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Palm Trees

Sydney Harbour Bridge Palm Trees

The best free things to do would be to take a walk around Circular Quay and watch the ferry’s coming in and out of the idyllic harbour.

To the left of the quay is the Museum of Contemporary Art which is free to visit. There is a distinguished display of Australian artists and there is a great gift shop for less obvious souvenirs.

If you are not interested in art, then it is still worth taking a break for a coffee on the gallery roof which allows for a spectacular view of the harbour surrounds.

To the right of the quay, you will arrive at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

You can walk around it and take pictures up close and have a peek inside at no cost.  Walking on, you will come across The Royal Botanical Gardens which is a perfect place to have a picnic and absorb your exciting surroundings.

If you hang around until dusk, the fruit bats that sleep in the trees will come out and flock around the Opera House lights.  You’ll only witness this on your gap year in Australia!

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