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With so much promise, yet so much pressure to keep the kids entertained, the school holidays can be a lot to contend with! We’re helping you and the kids break free from boredom with the Sydney Big Ticket, transforming mundane days into thrilling adventures.

Whether you’re a Sydney local, or heading to the Harbour City as a visitor over the school holidays, the Sydney Big Ticket is your key to unlocking endless family fun. It’s the city’s worst kept secret and a great way to save big during the school holidays, with up to four attractions to keep the kids entertained during the summer break. Trust me, you’ll make memories no matter what floats your boat!

The ticket can be used across the attractions for up to 60 days. So you can visit all in one day if you have friends and family visiting from out-of-town or spread it out over the whole summer holidays to keep the kids entertained whenever you need to get out of the house!

Whether you’re looking to kick the kids’ boredom, entertain guests, find some cool relief on scorching days, lure the kids away from their screens or just make core summer memories, the Sydney Big Ticket is the cost effective solution this summer!

Too hot outside?

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Summer in ‘straya is hot, there’s no getting around it, so what do you do on those days when the mercury is just too high to hit the beach or pool? Beat the heat by dipping your toe into the Antarctic Adventure at SEA LIFE Sydney.

There’s something cool (see what we did there?!) to keep everyone in the family entertained. It’s the perfect cool and calming place to escape the heat and start creating those summer core memories with the kids.

And it doesn’t get much cooler than the Penguin Expedition Boat Ride, where your family gets to embark on a world first-of-its-kind penguin exhibit. The intimate raft adventure gets you up close and personal with the captivating King and Gentoo Penguins colony.

It’s an extraordinary journey that sees you meander along a river on a chain of boats and into the heart of the penguin colony. You’ll feel just like David Attenborough as you watch them go about their day, playfully sliding and gracefully diving, just metres away.

A day at SEA LIFE also means getting to meet Pig the Dugong at Dugong Island. These graceful creatures were originally mistaken as mermaids by early explorers who arrived in Australia – and it’s easy to see why. You’ll get to watch Pig either from above, or head to the viewing tunnels below for a completely unique experience.

From Reef, to Shark Valley, the Discovery Rockpool there’s something new to discover around every corner. With nine interactive zones it’s a whole new world to explore these holidays.

Bored kids?

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All siblings argue (we promise it’s not just your kids!) and the long summer holidays are often the catalyst for endless niggly fights, because: BORING! Break the boredom with a wild adventure right on your doorstep, with a visit to WILD LIFE Sydney!

The kids can discover the Aussie Big 5, walkabout with the kangaroos, get cheeky with the Tassie Devils or smile at a crocodile. Help the kids discover the incredible, unique native animals we have right here in Australia – our very own Wild Neighbours!

There’s no end of sweet selfies to take when the kids meet some of the most photogenic animals on the planet – including Kofi the Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo. A kangaroo, yes, but a tree-dweller with striking fluffy red fur and blue eyes, he will captivate the kids!

WILD LIFE Sydney has also welcomed three freshwater crocodiles late last year and they are ADORABLE! Promise! Find them at the Crocodile Billabong where there are no shortage of vantage points to observe this incredible creatures – from the inside or outside viewing decks, or head below the waterline to the underwater viewing dome. You’ll never get any closer to a croc (we hope!)

A day out, spending time with Australia’s incredible wildlife as a family isn’t just a boredom buster, it’s the stuff they’ll remember when they head back to school and share their summer holiday fun with their friends.

TV and screens running hot?

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There’s nothing wrong with a bit of couch time over the holidays – but with the Sydney Big Ticket the kids can actually meet their favourite stars. Ok, maybe not meet in the flesh – but it’s the next best thing at Madame Tussauds Sydney!

From Harry Styles to Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and – just for this summer – Ariana Grande, take the chance to stand next to some of the world’s most popular celebrities and snap a selfie. 

Head to the TV & Film Zone to snare your 15 minutes of fame. If you’ve ever dreamt of starring in a soapie or acting in a big flick – this is the place! Or scoot over to the A-List Party Zone, where you’ll get to walk down the red carpet with A-Listers like the Hemsworth brothers.

The Sports Zone is the only chance many of us will get to be shoulder to shoulder with our sporting heroes, including Don Bradman, Lleyton Hewitt and Cathy Freeman.

The kids will love that they’re encouraged to interact and get up close and personal with the figures, and take their own selfies and Madame Tussauds Sydney another perfect escape from the hot summer weather.

Got guests to entertain?

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There’s nothing quite like seeing Sydney from the sky – and the elevated views at Sydney Tower Eye will enthral your extended family. It’s the most fabulous way to show off the stunning city if you have out-of-town guests. You’ll get to show Sydney Harbour in the most unique view from above, an enthralling experience.

And if you’re a local, it’s the ultimate way to take in one of the most breathtaking cities in the world and spend time discovering every corner, up above the hustle and bustle of the streets.

I know we said there were four reasons to love the Sydney Big Ticket … but there is one more. As a ticket holder, you’ll be able to get a 25% discount at the Immersive Gamebox when it opens this summer. Tucked beneath the city it has motion tracking, projection mapping, touch screens, surround sound – it’s a family experience like never before!

The Sydney Big Ticket gives you access to WILD LIFE Sydney, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Sydney and the Sydney Tower Eye. And – here’s a sweetener, Sydney Big Ticket holders also receive 25% of the Immersive Gamebox, which launches in Sydney in December!

Finally, we did say the Sydney Big Ticket is a budget beater – and here’s why! Experience unbeatable savings with the Sydney Big Ticket, offering over 50% off – $90 Adult / $70 Child when combining four attractions, which works out to be $22.50pp adult / $17.50 per child per attraction. An absolute steal this summer!

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  • Activities to make memories, I love this heading. The article is a great read

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  • I’d love to see an article like this for the other States too.

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  • Great ideas for those in Sydney.

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  • Merry Christmas everybody and have a better New Year

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  • Great ideas!

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  • Live these ideas!

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  • so many great ideas for parents to try!

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  • Great Initiative, now we need the state capital cities to each roll out the equivalent please!

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  • Thanks for sharing. Obviously different places for different ages, but many memorable days will be spent around and about in Sydney. Thanks again.

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  • When we lived in Sydney we had a membership card for the Big4 for some years and loved it.

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  • Great options for NSW residents. Id love to see some options for Victorian residents too.

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  • Way too crowded for my liking!

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  • With the cost of things these days how can anyone afford to go to some of these places too expensive.

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  • Always a good idea to encourage children to choose a project to work on over the holidays.

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  • Holidays can be a great mix of planned activities between just doing nothing days and being outside.

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