The best free activities in Potts Point : A Locay guide
Planning your stay in Potts Point and looking for some inspiration? Well, look no further because the LOCAY team have done the hard work for you. We’ve put together our ultimate guide to the best free activities in and around Potts Point.
Trendy and chic, Potts Point is an iconic Sydney suburb that is just full of surprises. Discover gorgeous architecture, quirky shopping and dining experiences around every corner. Go exploring the maze of backstreets and laneways a little further afield, and you’ll find hidden harbour parks with stunning views across the water – perfect for a lazy stroll or afternoon picnic.
There’s plenty of free activities just metres away from one of LOCAY’s best accommodation partners, The Jensen Potts Point. A great location for anyone looking for quality accommodation within easy reach of central Sydney. The friendly guest services team at this boutique guesthouse are available 7 days a week, and always more than happy to share great local tips on what to see and do nearby.
Truly the ultimate chill spot in Potts Point and very much a local favourite. This picturesque park is a bit of a hidden city oasis for those in the know. Surrounding the historic Elizabeth Bay House, you will find a garden of lush tropical plants and manicured lawns, plus an ornamental pond complete with stone bridge and filled with magnificent koi carp fish. It makes for a great place to kick back with a book, or for a scenic picnic with spectacular views across Rushcutters Bay and Sydney Harbour.
Found on the corners of Billyard and Onslow Avenues, the park is less than 5 minutes from Macleay Street on foot.
Finger Wharf, or Woolloomooloo Wharf, was built between 1920 and 1915 and is the longest timbered-piled wharf in the world. Luxury apartments and some of Sydney’s best fine dining restaurants now fill these gorgeous heritage buildings, making a stunning backdrop to picturesque views across Sydney Harbour.
A short 7 minute stroll from The Jensen Potts Point and you will be down by the Wharf. Why not stop off at Sydney institution, Harry’s Cafe de Wheels, for a pie? And while you’re there, check out the celebrity photograph wall documenting the many famous visitors seen over the years.
The walk continues further through to Sydney’s famous Royal Botanic Gardens, which wouldn’t be complete without a trip to The Calyx; a free exhibition centre presenting some of the rarest and most stunning floral and foliage displays in season.
Pull up a seat and watch the world go by at Woolloomooloo Wharf, or keep walking…
Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens
The Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens really should not be missed while visiting Sydney. And the walk down from Potts Point via the historic Woolloomooloo is simply wonderful. Established in 1816, the Royal Botanic Gardens is the oldest botanic garden and scientific institution in Australia. Home to an outstanding collection of plants from around the world with a focus on Australia and the South Pacific, it is completely free of charge to visit.
Guided tours run throughout the day. Plus, if you are lucky enough to be in town while an exhibition is running, you will sure be in for a treat!
Our hot tip – be sure to check out the Succulent Garden. Some of the most exquisite cacti and succulents we have ever seen. And don’t forget to stop and smell the roses in the Rose Garden and Pavilion, featuring hundreds of varieties from around the world.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales
Just before you get to the Royal Botanic Gardens, stands the magnificent Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Established 150 years ago, and one of Australia’s flagship art museums, it houses an impressive collection of Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art. Admission to the gallery is free, as are many of the exhibitions and events that run throughout the year. There’s so much to see, you could easily spend hours here.
Great to soak up some culture, or simply a bit of an escape from the summer heat inside this lovely cool building.
Kings Cross Markets
On Saturday and Sunday mornings, Potts Point comes to life with the sounds, sights, and aromas of the Kings Cross Markets. Organic and artisan vendors sell fresh produce and gourmet food delights, with live music, great coffee, and the colourful local residents all adding to the vibe.
You’ll find the markets in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens surrounding the iconic Al-Alamein Memorial Fountain. Stunning Art Deco architecture, tropical palms and community benches make a great setting for this market.
Going with an empty stomach is highly (not) recommended, with great options for a tasty brunch or something for later. You can decide to just pass through and soak up the atmosphere… with a little small change in your pocket to perhaps pick up some fresh berries, a toasted sandwich or a bunch of roses.
Markets are best visited before 1pm, and open from 8am – 2pm every weekend.
BOOK your next LOCAY adventure now at The Jensen Potts Point to be close to all the above free activities located near Potts Point.
With easy access and maximum comfort, rest at ease coming back to your Sydney accommodation after a full day of exploring.
For the inside scoop on Potts Point and more hidden treasures and precincts, check out our neighbourhood guide found HERE.
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