List 23 January

7 things to do for free in Sydney

Travelling on a budget? Make the most of Australia's most popular city with these 7 free things to do in Sydney

For the ultimate money-saver down under, combine a budget bed with these freebies...

1. See free films

The Darlo Bar hosts free weekly showings of cult classics on its rooftop every Tuesday night – with free popcorn!

2. Be in the audience

A variety of TV shows need people to clap on cue. Tickets are free, on a first-come-first-served basis – for info check the programmes on abc and Channel Nine.

3. Take a hike

Walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge – it's a lot cheaper than going over the top! Carry on to Manly; the 11km walk takes in some great sights.

4. Get into art

Tuesdays to Thursdays, commercial galleries hold previews with free nibbles. There are also a free galleries; try the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

5. Enjoy lunchtime music

Catch a free concert at the Conservatorium of Music.

6. Tour Government House

This elegant colonial residence (within the Royal Botanic Gardens) offers free guided tours, Friday to Sunday.

7. Admire Gothic architecture

Take in the glory of St Mary's Cathedral, open 10am to 4pm; join a free tour – Sundays at noon.