The Best Free tours in Sydney (or pretty cheap!)
Free Tours Sydney, with views like this the tour of Long Reef are not to be missed
Heading out on a tour in Sydney can be pretty expensive! But luckily for us there are some great free tours all over Sydney.
Read on to find out the best free tours in Sydney.
Central Business District
1. The Art Gallery of NSW
The Art Gallery of NSW is one of the most important and largest Art Gallery’s in Sydney. It runs free daily tours including a Contemporary Art Tour and Contemporary Art Express Tour. Both of these tours provide an introduction to art in the Gallery.
Address: Art Gallery Road, Sydney NSW 2000
Full details: artgallery.nsw.gov.au
2. Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art is an exciting and thought provoking art gallery located right on Circular Quay. There are free daily guided tours. Guests can also download an app which provides information on the MCA’s Collection, exhibitions and activities.
Address: 140 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney NSW 2000
Full details: mca.com.au/whats-on/guided-tours/
3. Government House
Government House is the official residence of the Governor of NSW. Visitors are able to view the house as part of a guided tour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tours depart on the half hour from 10.00am to 4.00pm. The Gardens are open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Address: Government House Sydney Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Full details: governor.nsw.gov.au/government-house/visit-us/.
4. Royal Botanic Gardens
Explore the heritage and plant diversity of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney with a knowledgeable volunteer guide on a free tour of the garden. For individuals or small family groups no larger than six people.
Address: Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000
Full details: rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
5. Town Hall
Tours of Sydney Town Hall can be arranged via Friends of the Town Hall.
Address: 483 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $5.00 donation
Full details: sydneytownhall.com.au
6. Parliament of New South Wales
Visitors can undertake a On the tour you will see the Legislative Chambers and the historic Parkes, Wentworth and Jubilee rooms. Tours take place every day during the school holidays. Guided tours of the Parliament of NSW run on Mondays and Friday at 1.30pm.
Address: 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Full details: parliament.nsw.gov.au
7. White Rabbit Gallery
The White Rabbit Gallery showcases one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art. Founded by Judith Neilson AM, the White Rabbit Collection focuses on works produced after 2000. Admission is free, as are the guided tours at 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm.
Address: 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale NSW 2008
Full details: jnprojects.net/white-rabbit-gallery/visit/gallery/
8. St Mary’s Cathedral
St Mary’s Cathedral offers a. The Crypt with its magnificent terrazzo floor, considered to be one of the finest mosaic floors in the world, and tours are available during the week. Visitors wishing to view the Cathedral Crypt can do so from 10am to 4pm, Monday-Friday. Tickets can be purchased at the Cathedral Shop for $5.00.
Address: St Marys Road, Sydney NSW 2000 free guided tour every Sunday following the 10:30am Solemn Mass
Cost: Weekend tours are free, Crypt tours are $5.00
Full details: stmaryscathedral.org.au
9. Sydney Observatory
It is free to explore Sydney Observatory and you can also go on a day tour for $10.00 for an adult ticket. You’ll get to look through their solar telescope and you might be lucky enough to spot the sun, stars, moon or Venus!
Address: 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point NSW 2000
Cost: Free entry, $10.00 per adult ticket for a day tour
Full details: maas.museum/event/sydney-observatory-day-tours/
10. Long Reef Rock Ledge Tour
Long Reef Rock Ledge is amazing! Free tours of the ledge are run by NSW Department of Industry & Investment Fishcare Volunteers. Make sure to check their website for walk dates and to book in (please book in at least a few weeks in advance of the walk).
Address: Anzac Avenue, Collaroy NSW 2097
Full details: reefcarelongreef.org.au/guided-reef-walks/
11. Macquarie Lighthouse Tour
Macquarie Lighthouse is Australia’s first and longest operational navigational light source. Today the lighthouse is still used for it’s original purpose – being a guiding light to boats entering the harbour. Tours of Macquarie Lighthouse run every two months.
Address: Macquarie Lightstation, Old South Head Road, Vaucluse NSW 2011
Cost: $5.00 per adult or $3.00 per child
Full details: harbourtrust.gov.au
12. North Fort Tour
During this 75 minute guided tour, a guide will take you from the North Fort Visitor Centre to Australia’s Memorial Walk. From there, you will visit North Fort’s gun emplacements before descending into the 200-metre-long tunnel complex. There are four tours every Sunday (at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1.00pm and 2.00pm) and Saturday Tours run during the summer months.
Address: North Fort Visitor Centre, North Head Scenic Drive, Manly NSW 2095
Cost: Tours cost $10 per adult, $7 per child/concession holder, $20 for a family pass
Full details: harbourtrust.gov.au
13. Headland Park Tunnels and Gunners Tour
During this 90 minute tour, a guide will lead you through a set of demilitarised fortifications set within stunning coastal bushland, including tunnels off limits to the wider public. The tour concludes at the Headland Park Artist Precinct, which is home to a thriving community of artists. Tours run the first Sunday of every month. Tour runs from 10:45am to 12:15pm.
Address: Georges Heights at Headland Park, Mosman NSW 2088.
Cost: $10 per adult, $7 per child (aged 16 and under) or concession holder (incl. pensioners and students), $20 for a family pass (two adults and up to two children/concession holders).
Full details: harbourtrust.gov.au
14. Australian Botanic Gardens Mount Annan
Australia’s largest Botanic Garden, The Australian Botanic Gardens offer free guided tours of the Australian PlantBank each weekend. Tour times vary so please contact the Visitor Centre to confirm times and to book your space on the tour as tours book out quickly.
Address: Narellan Road, Mount Annan NSW 2567
Full details: australianbotanicgarden.com.au
15. Discovery Centre, BirdLife
Enjoy a free guided bird walk around Newington Armory at 10.00am on the last Sunday of the month. This fascinating walk around the Newington Armory helps people of all ages to identify and spot birds in their natural habitat.
Address: Newington Armory, 1 Jamieson Street, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
Full details: birdlife.org.au/visit-us/discovery-centre
Out of Town
If you are up for a bit of an adventure, why not head to one of these fantastic spots located just out of Sydney.
16. Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
Hunter Region Botanic Gardens are run by a team of volunteers. The garden is laid out in a theme configuration including acacias, banksias, myrtaceae, grevillias, ferns, bushtucker plants, succulents and palms. There is also a children’s play area, coffee shop and walking tracks. Tours are available daily (bookings required) for an extra fee.
Address: 2100 Pacific Highway, Heatherbrae NSW 2324
Cost: Entry is $2.00 per adult or $5.00 per family. Guided tours are also available for $5.00 per adult or $4.00 per senior/concession (bookings required)
Full details: huntergardens.org.au
17. Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens
Discover the beauty and history of the Garden on foot with a volunteer guide. Tours generally run each day at 11.30am.
Address: Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah NSW 2758
Full details: bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au
18. Wollongong Botanic Garden
The Friends of Wollongong Botanic Garden offer regular 45-minute garden tours in their electronic buggy. Make sure to check the event calendar for any upcoming tour dates.
Address: Murphys Ave, Keiraville NSW 2500
Cost: Gold coin donations encouraged with funds raised supporting conservation projects at the garden.
Full details: council.wollongong.nsw.gov.au
Free Walking Tour Sydney
There are two organisations that provide free walking tours in the Sydney Central Business District, These tours are ‘free’, but a tip is expected upon completion of the tour.
19. I’m Free: I’m Free run two tours each day, Sydney Sights Free Tour and Rocks at 6pm Free Tour
20. Free Tours Sydney: Free tours Sydney runs one free tour each day, Free Walking Tour which covers both the City and The Rocks area.
More Free Things to do
Check out the Freedays directory for tonnes more fun and free things to do in Sydney.
Do you know of any other free tours in Sydney?