Australia is the country of adventure, romantic geography, spectacular vistas and unbelievable and untamed wilderness. A trip to this fascinating adventure capital is never devoid of fun. Still, exploring Australia’s many charms can become an expensive deal, especially if you’re traveling as a group. Here are 15 things you can do in Australia to enjoy your trip, without spending a single penny!
Free Things to do in Sydney
- Have a fun filled family holiday and take great pictures as you ‘cross the coat-hanger’, that is cross the Sydney Harbor Bridge on foot. The world’s largest steel bridge stands at a height of 134 meters above Sydney harbor. The Sydney harbor with its opera house and lovely ships is a great experience so be sure to take tons of pictures.
- Have another great family fun day for free in Coney Island’s Sydney’s Luna Park. Enjoy free rides and take great pictures of this beautiful park, which is open every day.
- Take your kids to the Art Gallery of NSW and the Australian National Maritime Museum. Entry is free in both places and it’s a great opportunity for your kids to expand their brain cells a little. This is a great opportunity for some learning. The museum provides guides who will walk you through the exhibits.
Free Things to do in Melbourne
- Explore the city by the free City Circle Tram. Get off wherever you want, explore the sights and hop back on the tram to get to the next destination. The free tram makes it possible for you to explore the lovely city of Melbourne at your own pace.
- Take your kids on a tour of the moving image, at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. It’s the only center of its kind and is dedicated to cinema; everything from the early silent talkies to the latest digital effects can be explored here.
- Take a tour of 35 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens in the Royal Botanic Gardens. You can even get a free guided walk, or opt for a self-guided audio walk. Each sample of tree or plant is carefully marked and named in Latin and English, along with the actual origin of the plant.
- Come and visit Mornington Peninsula, one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Free Things to do in Darwin
- Visit the artificial Lake Alexander at East Point Reserve artificial lake. In a real lake, you’d have some concerns over jellyfish or crocodiles, but here, you can swim and windsurf to your heart’s content, and for free. Watch the wallabies grazing on the green grass on the shores towards evening. Take a nice hike with your family on a boardwalk that meanders through the costal monsoon mangrove forests.
- Visit the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, and explore the over 60 food stalls that are laid out here. 30 different countries have stalls here; there are also 200 art and craft stalls for the art lover. You can shop for anything here; make a list of all the gifts you need to buy and do them here. You can make a day out of it by shopping for souvenirs, getting a Thai massage, listen to live bands and chill on the beach with a glass of wine. This market is open Thursday and Sunday nights from April to October.
Free Things to do in Brisbane
- Visit the beautiful inland city Southbank Beach with your family. This artificial beach with its 4000 cubic meters of sandy shores and realistic waves created with three mega liters of water is a wonderful family fun spot. For kids, there are three playgrounds with swings, slides and all the accompanying playground items. There are plenty of colorful rubber tires and floats for your kids to ride the bouncy waves on.
- Take your kids to the Daisy Hill Koala Centre, about 25km south-east of Brisbane’s nucleus. This is a lush, beautiful and green bushland retreat for koala bears. The fragrant eucalyptus forest is a pleasure to walk about in and the prospect of sighting the elusive koala bears makes this a fantastic opportunity for the animal and nature lover. This center is open between 10am to 4pm on all week days.
Free Things to do in Perth
- Perth’s sparkling Swan River calls out to tourists to windsurf and sail to its beaches and sandy bays. The beautiful Swan River that winds past Perth’s city skyline is the ideal place for a fun filled family holiday. If you don’t want to hire a boat to jet-ski or to go parasailing or ski-biscuiting, you can always fish for brim, taylor and mulloway from the river’s edge! Take a walk and discover walking tracks and picturesque picnic spots with your family.
- Hike the 963 kilometer Bibbulmun Track, all the way from Kalamunda to Albany. With several camping shelters on the way for free use, all you need is sufficient water, plenty of candy bars and a pair of good hiking boots. Best family fun ever!
Free Things to do in Adelaide
- The Adelaide Central Market is a must visit for anyone visiting this vibrant city. This market features more than 80 traders and stores. You can get everything here, from organic fresh produce, to the best of gourmet cheeses and confectionery treats. With multi-cultural and multi-regional cafes from different parts of the world offering their national specialties and guest chefs whipping up their magical cooking demonstrations, this market is anything other than your average weekend market. You can even sign up for a cooking class and take guided tours to learn about the market’s history.
- Where else can you get free bikes that you can use to zoom around the Adelaide riverfront and the wildlife packed, wooded Adelaide Zoo trail? Just show your identification and pick up your free bikes plus helmets and get exploring.
- While in Adelaide, don’t miss taking your kids to St. Kilda adventure playground. Even you can play on some of the playground’s recreations! This 4 hectares of pure fun is free for everyone, with a shipwreck and wooden castle thrown in for free exploration.