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Sydney, Australia, is a common travel destination for people looking for a combination of adventure travel and long days on the beach. With a variety of different activities, travelers are sure to have an experience that's hard to forget.
In addition to its famous museums and theaters, a vacation in Sydney offers plenty of free activities that give travelers a taste of the Aussie culture. If you're planning a trip to the land down under, be sure to stop by one of these free attractions for a one-of-a-kind experience.
1. The Bondi to Bronte Walk
Some of the most spectacular coastline views can be seen during a stroll along the Brondi to Bronte Walk. According to National Geographic, it's the most popular walking trail in Sydney. As you and your travel companions enjoy the soft sand and turquoise shores, you will find yourself on some of the most popular beaches and coves. Most beaches serve as an ideal resting point with barbecues and play areas for children.
Travelers will also run into several quaint cafes and kiosks that make it easy to stop for a drink whenever the desire strikes. The Sculpture By the Sea exhibition is another reason the walk is so popular among both locals and travelers, during which beach goers get a close look at various sculptures created by some of the city's most renowned artists free of charge.
2. Contemporary Art Museum
Conde Nast Traveler calls the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia's most innovative museum and, to top it off, it's completely free. The online travel site also noted that the MCA Cafe and Sculpture Terrace on the fourth floor is home to some of the museum's most interesting exhibits. You can take a break from the art galleries and indulge in a snack from the cafe as you take in the stunning vistas of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The location of the museum draws a number of travelers to the site overlooking Circular Quay.
The excitement doesn't end there, however, as visitors get a chance to view some of the world's most controversial exhibits that range from modern and hip to more traditional pieces. Although the galleries contain art that's worth a hefty price, guests can get up close and personal to the best of Australia's art without spending a cent.
3. The Sydney Observatory
Take a self-guided tour of the the Sydney Observatory and catch a glimpse at Australia's oldest functioning telescope. Built in the 1850s, Lonely Planet suggested that guests who don't mind spending a few dollars take in the sky through the Night Telescope or in the observatory's 3-D Theatre. Just be sure to book ahead, as these spots fill up quickly.
After you've explored the free exhibits that give an inside look into the best of Australia's meteorology and astronomy, take a seat up on Observatory Hill, which overlooks the Sydney Harbour and Millers Point.
4. The Sydney Opera House
Although viewing a show will cost you, taking a tour of the Sydney Opera House is free to all interested travelers. Aside from hosting world-class artists and bands, the opera house is also filled with rich history.
The house was designed by the famous Danish architect Jorn Utzon. It's white sails are famous around the world and it even ranks as one of the most recognizable buildings across the globe, according to National Geographic. It's also a great location to take pictures, as it sits right on Circular Quay. Taking over 10,000 builders to construct the building, including its roof made of more than 1 million Swedish tiles, it's no wonder travelers from all over the world make their way to Sydney to take in its breathtaking beauty.