Free wheeling 060 Take your holiday further with these no-cost tours in Australia’s capital cities WORDS LAUREN FRITSKY ILLUSTRATION SHEN PLUM AT ILLUSTRATIONROOM.COM Enjoying the sights of a city can be expensive but there is a solution: sightsee for free. Yes, it’s possible. Destinations around Australia off er no-charge tours through the city centre and beyond. We found a range of tours in fi ve cities, plus other freebies to keep your costs at nothing. SYDNEY Several of Sydney’s free tours are made possible because they’re tips-based — you’re encouraged to slip your guide some cash, but the tours themselves are completely free. Gregg Peek, general manager of Peek Tours, says his tours are just as good as the paid ones. “Some people think free tour guides mustn’t be as qualifi ed,” he says. “All my guides are professionals.” Tours leave from the Customs House at 10.30am and 2.30pm daily and travel to Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney Tower, St Mary’s Cathedral and other spots over two hours. Sightsee at your own pace with the three- to four-hour audio Sydney Historical Tour, downloadable from iTunes. It departs from the Rocks Visitor Centre and winds past the harbour through to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the Domain. The City of Sydney also off ers self-guided walks where you can download maps and brochures. Tours like the Rock and Roll Walks of Fame and Shame, which highlight old music venues, have audio components. OTHER FREEBIES... Catch bus 555 for a free ride around the CBD between 9.30am and 3.30pm, and until 6pm on weekends and 9pm on Thursdays.