Things to do in Vancouver for free

picEconomists have said that Vancouver is the most expensive city for residents, but there are a number of wonderful things for locals and tourists to do here for free. Sometimes it is difficult to know where to go or what to do, which is why we have compiled a list of the best free things to do in Vancouver.

Nature is free

You do not need to have money to appreciate the beauty of nature. Visit Stanley Park to see exactly what we are talking about. The Lost Lagoon Nature House is absolutely free to visit and is a great place to see the areas flora and fauna. Wildlife exhibitions are held here on a regular basis and for a donation of five dollars, you can take part in the bird watching walks through the park

Nature lovers have to go and see Chinatown, where you can visit Dr Sun Yat-Sen Park for no fee at all. This is the place to be if you want to discover the tranquillity that Chinese people exude. There are lily ponds, terracotta-topped buildings and super bright neon koi fish. It is a fabulous place to escape to and just relax.

Pop over to the Gordon Macmillan Southam Observatory on a Saturday to marvel at the universe. Situated in the Kitsilano neighbourhood, this is a great place to take the kids. Guides will point out the highlights of the night skies through a giant telescope. Lynn canyon Ecology centre takes visitors into the regional rainforest, the parks woodland trails will lead you to a suspension bridge and the scenery here is spectacular to say the least.

Free activities

If you have nothing to do on a Sunday afternoon, why don’t you go down to Robson Square to take part in free salsa lessons? If you still have energy after dancing half of the afternoon away, then you could take a hike on the grouse Grind hiking trail. This popular attraction starts by the parking lot at the base of Grouse Mountain and takes you through 2.9km of natures best.

There are a number of attractions and shows that take place at the top of the mountain such as lumberjack shows and wildlife enclosures. The only bad part of the trail is the fact that it is a one-way only trail, which means that you have to pay the $10 to take the gondola back down.

Complimentary history

There are a number of places for history lovers to visit in Vancouver. One such place is the Roundhouse Community Centre where you will find the Engine 374 Pavilion. The Hastings Mill Store Museum is another place that is packed full of amazing history. If you go down to the Christ church Cathedral, the huge stained glass windows will overwhelm you. If you have kids with you, then you need to go to the Variety Kids Waterpark. The park is totally free and is filled with pipes, sprinklers and slides for the little ones to enjoy.

Things to do with kids in Sydney

picSydney is Australia’s oldest and busiest City and a wonderful place to visit with your kids. There are so many different activities for children to take part in and we have decided to share the twenty best things to do with kids in Sydney.

20 Things to Do in and around Sydney with the Kids

Spend the day with your kids at Luna Park. There are seventeen super rides to choose from there is non-stop fun for the entire family to enjoy. This is a really great place for those who want to bring out their ‘inner child’.

Take a trip to the Taronga Zoo. The Chimpanzee Exhibit and Gorilla Forest are two things that are not to be missed when here. Get up close and personal with the cute and cuddly Australian Animals such as the Koala Bears.

The Australian Museum is the best place to discover natural history. The ‘More than Dinosaurs’ exhibit is a fabulous place for the kids to dress up in a funky Insect Costume.

The Australian Reptile Park has a massive alligator lagoon and you will also be able to see lots of different spiders, birds, reptiles, and marsupials. Be sure to look out for the celebrity crocodile Eric, who weighs over 500kg!

The Powerhouse Museum is great fun for all ages and the place where you can learn about the unusual properties of chocolate, and discover science and how it all works. This is a wonderful venue for children to learn while they have fun.

The Sydney Aquarium is where you will see sharks, fish, eels and turtles swimming in special tanks above your head. There are more than 650 species of marine life in 1.5 million litres of water in the Aquarium.

If climbing a 19th century lighthouse excites you, then visit the National Maritime Museum. There are a number of interactive maritime exhibits, both outdoors and indoors, which will keep the kids busy for hours.

Watch the Koala bears in their natural habitat. You can actually take a walk through the rainforest and watch these fluffy little bears eating and sleeping. The younger kids will love the fact that they can even feed the kangaroos here.

Take a slow walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and watch the busy city as it and all its inhabitants go about their daily lives. It is high up and is not for the faint hearted!

Go bush walking in Buddy National Park; this park has a series of small, beautiful beaches beneath steep hills, forests and cliffs. A national park that is perfect for the whole family.

Visit Fairfield City Farm for a day with a difference. This 580-acre working cattle and sheep farm is one place where you can see how they milk cows, how sheep are sheared, the working dogs and much more.

Take a ferry ride on the majestic Sydney Harbour; this is honestly the best way to see the city and all the wonders that it provides visitors with. You can get some really great shots of the city on a ferry.

Take the family to a Beach! Shelly beach, Bronte, Balmoral and Nielsen Park are all wonderful kid-friendly beaches. Remember to take the buckets, spades and boogie boards with, or you will never hear the end of it.

Feed the Pelicans! Feeding Pelicans is the Central Coast’s most popular tourist attraction. You can enjoy doing this at 3.30pm daily, 365 days a year. It happens if there is rain or sunshine!

Visit Vera’s Water Garden. What child does not like to dangle their feet in water, climb all over stuff and run through water sprays? Vera’s Water Garden has everything for kids to enjoy.

Enjoy a picnic at Bicentennial Park. There are bbq spots, lovely picnic areas, and two playgrounds for children, boardwalks and places for cyclists to ride safely and securely.

The Sydney Wildlife World is one of the newest attractions. There are nine unique Australian habitats, which include a spectacular rainforest and the iconic red centre were there are more than 6,000 of Australia’s creatures.

Watch a movie on the big screen at IMAX theatre. The IMAX experience is something that you cannot explain to people, you need to experience it yourself. Huge screens allow you to get ‘the bigger picture’.

Go for a paddleboat ride! You can hire these paddleboats from Darling Walk at Darling Harbour. This is a lot of fun and very good exercise for your legs. Nothing better than a fun workout!

Take a ride on the Metro Monorail. This is a unique transport system that is a very popular way of getting around. There are a total of eight stops along its 3.6km route around Chinatown, the city and Darling Harbour.

 

Top Australian backpacking destinations

picDarwin

Those backpackers who make the effort to take the journey out to the Top End are pleasantly surprised with a taste of ‘real Australia’. Darwin is the gateway to Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge. Here backpackers can enjoy ancient Aboriginal culture, spectacular wilderness and loads of adventure.

The backpackers Hostel of choice in Darwin is The Melaleuca On Mitchell

Sydney

Sydney should definitely be the first stop on any backpackers list. It will be like a dream come true when you see the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge for the first time. Visiting the famous Bondi Beach is another destination in Sydney that you cannot afford to miss. You more than likely will see the few over-enthusiastic sunburnt backpackers being saved from the surf by Bondi’s finest lifeguards.

The backpackers Hostel of choice in Sydney is The Big Hostel.

Cairns

Many backpackers will end up in the capital of Tropical North Queensland at the beginning of winter, after spending the entire summer travelling up and down the east coast. A lot of backpackers choose to work in the north over wintertime, because it is often more affordable than the rest of the East Coast. There are a number of really cool attractions in this area to enjoy before moving on to the next spot.

The backpackers Hostel of choice in Cairns is The Calypso Inn

Byron Bay

Byron Bay has balmy temperatures all year round, beautiful beaches, and an extremely laid back type of lifestyle. Byron Bay is a backpacker’s heaven. Thousands of relaxed backpackers spend most of their days on the beaches, hitting the surf and enjoying life to the full. These travellers spend their nights partying the night away at Cocomangas and Cheeky Monkeys nightclubs. Nimbin, which is very close by, is also a favourite for day-trippers!

The backpackers Hostel of choice in Byron Bay is The Arts Factory Lodge

Melbourne

The super stylish Melbourne is a very popular place for backpackers who like seeing a different side of Australia’s beach culture. Backpackers can enjoy the AFL as well as the multitude of quality restaurants and nightlife in the area. Great Ocean Road and St Kilda are some of the favourite Aussie destinations to visit when in Melbourne.

The backpacker’s hostel of choice in Melbourne is the Basa St Kilda

Airlie Beach & The Whitsundays

This is a small and friendly town similar to Byron bay and is very lucky to be blessed with outstanding natural beauty. Airlie Beach offers backpackers a wide variety of hostels to choose from. There is plenty to do at night and many cheap parties to attend. Backpackers always get good deals on overnight sailing trips to The Whitsundays. Many times, this trip is a highlight of many backpackers who travel round Australia.

The backpackers Hostel of choice in Ailie Beach & The Whitsundays is The Beaches

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise is part of the East Coast backpacker trail. This place offers fun, sun, and a bit of glitz and glamour as well. Many backpackers visit the Gold Coast to get their first taste of its promise of endless beaches and days filled with fun in the suns. Many backpackers will have to do some fancy thinking when it comes to their budgets, as a lot will go towards a visit to the theme parks!

The backpackers Hostel of choice in Surfers Paradise is The Islander

Hervey Bay & Fraser Island

Hervey Bay is another favourite stopover point for the Fraser Island trip. Great deals are available for backpackers, who are on a self-drive 3-day camping trip to Fraser Island. It really is a true adventure for those backpackers who love swimming in fresh water lakes and four-wheel-driving in the hot sand. Rainbow Beach is an up-and-coming exit point for Fraser Island.

The backpackers Hostel of choice in Hervy Bay & Fraser Island is The Beaches

Perth

Your popularity will sky-rocket for ‘doing’ the West Coast of Australia. Backpackers absolutely love the relaxing capital of the West Coast. Many backpackers also enjoy being away from the main backpackers route of the East Coast. Two places backpackers love to visit in Perth are Fremantle and Rotnest Island.

The backpackers Hostel of choice in Perth is The Billabong Resort

Alice Springs & Uluru

There are a wide variety of tours to Uluru and Alice Springs, including overland tours from Darwin and Adelaide. Alternatively backpackers can take the train or bus out to Alice Springs and if they have some extra cash, they can even fly there. Experiencing The Red Centre is a highlight for many backpackers.

The backpackers Hostel of choice in Alice Springs & Uluru is Annie’s Place