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  •   Sydney - Free

•   Government House
Government House sits within the surroundings of the Royal Botanic Gardens. There is a free tour on the weekend, when the staterooms, magnificently decorated in late 19th century style, can be seen. The historically significant gardens are open daily.

•   Sydney Harbour Bridge
Take a walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge. The views of the harbour are stunning and the activity at Circular Quay, with its ferry terminal, is endlessly fascinating. For a small charge you can climb the south-eastern pylon of the bridge, where there is a museum and more great views.

•   Opera House and the Domain
See the Opera House up close, walk up the steps and around the buildings, inside and out. You won't get as thorough an insight as on the guided tour, but you will be able to admire the architectural marvel that is the Opera House. Afterwards, walk around Farm Cove to Mrs Macquarie's Chair for some great views, and then stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Domain to appreciate Sydney's green space.

•   The Rocks
The Rocks is an area of outstanding historical significance. Stroll along the winding streets and admire the sandstone buildings, the historic waterfront warehouses and Cadmans Cottage, the oldest residence in Australia. Watch the street theatre and on Sunday, check out the craft markets.

•   The Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Art Gallery of New South Wales has an outstanding collection of works, including the largest permanent collection of Aboriginal art in the world. Admission is free (although a fee is charged for special events and exhibitions), as are the guided tours, and there are often free Aboriginal performances in Yiribana Gallery.

•   Parliament House
You can view proceedings from the public gallery in both chambers at Parliament House when the houses are sitting. It is advisable to book in advance for Question Time in the Legislative Assembly. On non-sitting days when the Chambers are not in use, you may also visit inside both Chambers. Guided tours take place regularly on non-sitting days.

•   National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour offers free admission to its exhibition spaces and galleries, where you`ll find fascinating displays relating to Australia`s maritime history. There is a charge to board the museum`s ships which are moored in the bay and there may be charges for special temporary exhibitions. Darling Harbour also has regular free events and street theatre.

•   Nielsen Park and the Sydney Beaches
For a pleasant Sydney picnic, go to Nielsen Park on the harbour foreshore in the eastern suburbs. You can swim, sunbake on the sand or just sit on the grass behind the beach under the shady trees. Alternatively, head to one of Sydney`s glorious beaches, which stretch almost continuously from Palm Beach in the north to Cronulla in the south. Take your swimmers and maybe a surfboard and don`t forget to slip, slop, slap!

•   Queen Victoria Building
The Queen Victoria Building in the city is a magnificent Victorian building, the site having come a long way from its origin as a produce market. After years of neglect it was refurbished as a shopping centre and is well worth a visit.

•   Sydney`s Parks
Explore two of Sydney`s greatest parks. Centennial Park, south of the city, is great for cycling or rollerblading. There are lakeside walks, a playground and a kids` bike track. Bicentennial Park, west of the city, is part of Sydney Olympic Park. There are walkways, cycleways, free BBQs, picnic areas, a bird hide and a wetlands boardwalk. Either park offers a great day out, filled with fun and fresh air!

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