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Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

1. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

Overlooking magnificent Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and offers amazing wildlife experiences with stunning harbor views. Nestled on the shores of the world's most beautiful harbor, Taronga Zoo is surrounded by lush bushland of Bradley's Head National Park, popular for early morning walks. Ferries depart from Circular Quay every 30 minutes. The Zoo has many popular trails to explore including the Australian Walkabout, Kids' Trail, Reptile World, African Safari, Big Cats' Trail, Rainforest Trail, Seal Walk, Seals for the Wild, and the iconic must-see Free Flight Birds presentations. Zoo entry includes limited keeper talks, presentations, and access to the Sky Safari cable car. The many exhibits in Taronga Zoo can be reached by footpaths, ramps, lifts and escalators. 90% of Taronga Zoo is fully accessible. Strollers can be hired from the Visitor Information Desk in the main entrance at a small fee and manual wheelchairs can be rented for free and should be booked in advance.

Sydney: Unlimited Skyfeast at Sydney Tower

2. Sydney: Unlimited Skyfeast at Sydney Tower

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a choice of over 30 freshly-prepared dishes from a range of cuisines at Sydney Tower's famous rotating restaurant. Enjoy the spectacular 360-degree views of the city that make Sydney Tower Buffet a unique dining experience for locals and visitors alike. The restaurant slowly rotates, allowing you to see the city from all sides while you eat.  Choose from a huge range of menu items, including the following: • A variety of dips, cheeses and condiments • A selection of hot and cold seafood • A large selection of salads, e.g. Greek salad, seafood salad, Asian salad, watermelon salad, and many more Sample menu: Seafood  Sydney rock oysters, fresh lemon (gf, df) Tiger prawns, cocktail sauce (gf, df) Black mussels, harissa & capsicum (gf, df) Antipasto Shaved plain mortadella (gf, df) Grilled zucchini, lemon olive oil (v, gf, df) Eggplant caponata (v, gf, df) Hommus (v, gf, df) Rosemary focaccia (v, df) Salads Dutch cream potato (v, gf, df) Chickpea & tomato (v, gf, df) Watermelon, feta, mint dressing (v, gf) Mains Baked barramundi, fennel, pink pepper slaw (gf, df) Tempura fish bites, tartare sauce Steak cut chips Lemon & thyme roast potatoes (v, gf) Stir-fried seafood Hokkien noodles (df) Truffled cauliflower, tarragon pangrattato (v) Grilled kangaroo, native thyme & red bean salsa (gf, df) Greek-style grilled chicken thigh, lemon & oregano (gf, df) Casarecce pasta, Italian sausage & rocket (df) Tofu & eggplant basil stir fry (v, df) Marrakesh-style lamb korma osso buco, raisin (gf) Cumin steamed rice (v, gf, df) Desserts Salted caramel & chocolate tart Khanom chan, thai steamed coconut & pandan slice (v, gf, df) Persian love cake, lemon icing, pistachio Black forest gateau Red velvet cake, raspberry glaze Mango panna cotta (v, gf, df) Cheese selection (v, gf) Lavosh (v) Apple & raisin chutney (v, gf, df) Dry fruit (v, gf, df) v = vegetarian, gf = gluten-free, df = dairy-free. Menu subject to change. This is a sample menu only and may be subject to change due to food seasonality and availability.

Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

3. Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

Experience the most fun way to travel to Taronga Zoo and save money with a return ticket on the rocket ferry Circular Quay. Once inside the zoo, take in as many of the exhibits as you like at your own pace. Explore 10 themed areas, including Wild Australia, Wild Asia and the Great Southern Oceans. Hear talks by the zookeepers and go to interactive shows, such as the free bird show and free seal show. See native Australian animals, including koala and platypus, along with creatures from around the world such as Asian elephants, lions and giraffe. Grab some lunch at one of the many cafés, or take your own picnic and find a nice spot in the shade. Once you've had your animal fix for the day, head back to the dock and get some amazing views of Sydney on the cruise back to Circular Quay.

Sydney: VIVID Cruise

4. Sydney: VIVID Cruise

Join the fun at the largest festival of light, music, and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere. Vivid attracted over 2.3 million visitors last year, with 2020 set to be bigger and better than ever. Beat the crowds and view the Vivid show from the water of Sydney Harbour. Sit back, relax, and take in the transformed city while enjoying a welcome drink and a buffet dinner. With dining rooms and multiple viewing platforms on the boat, you won’t miss a thing or a great photo opportunity.  Cruise past the spectacular Sydney Opera House Sails, the visual feast of Customs House in The Rocks, and National Maritime Museums' enormous light display on its roof. These are just some of the amazing sights you will experience during Vivid Sydney. Pickup and drop-off will be from King St Wharf in Darling Harbour. Wharf numbers will be advised closer to departure date. Full scheduled wharf departure numbers can also be found on the local partner's website.

Sydney Airport (SYD): Lounge Access with Food and Drinks

5. Sydney Airport (SYD): Lounge Access with Food and Drinks

Regardless of your airline, ticket class, or membership, refresh before your outgoing flight in the kitted-out Plaza Premium Lounge or SkyTeam Lounge at Sydney Airport (SYD). See the inspiration from the Australian landscape and way of life in the decor and atmosphere of these exclusive lounges. Kick back in Plaza Premium Lounge’s comfortable seating area with views of the runway and casual dining areas. Enjoy all-inclusive entry to the Aero Bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, barista coffee, made-to-order bar snacks, and freshly-prepared local and international dishes. Relax in 784 square meters of pure luxury at the SkyTeam Exclusive Lounge. Find everything you need to unwind with hot showers, snacks, and international news channels. Normally reserved for business-class travelers and SkyTeam Elite Plus members, now you can feel like a VIP too.

Sydney: Indoor Skydiving Experience

6. Sydney: Indoor Skydiving Experience

Discover the highly addictive sport of indoor skydiving in a state-of-the-art, fully-controlled, ultra-safe environment suitable for the whole family. Enjoy 2 fun and challenging flights each. Choose from different options: the basic package, a value package with extra time, or a group package. After arriving at the indoor skydiving center, sign in at reception and meet your instructor. Head for a quick safety briefing and gear up in your flight suit, helmet, and goggles. Be guided into the airflow and simply lean into the wind inside the giant glass tunnel as a column of air lifts you up. Enjoy the feeling of having nothing attaching you to the ground, floating effortlessly, guided by your instructor. Then, learn how to fly your body, just like a skydiver would after jumping from a plane. Feel the adrenaline rush. Get the chance to do it all again with a second flight included.

Sydney Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

7. Sydney Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Explore the highlights of Sydney with an interactive smartphone app. Stroll through the city solving location-based riddles on a walking tour. Watch the boats enter Darling Harbor and view the massive metal arch of the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Encounter 10 of the most important attractions in the city as you walk. Unlock clues at each attraction to find your next destination. Enjoy using logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to finish the game. Feel the satisfaction of finishing each riddle. Pause and resume the tour whenever you want. See the city at your own pace. Uncover interesting information and facts about Sydney. Complete a puzzle at the exterior of each attraction and take plenty of pictures as you go. Starting from Darling Harbour, the tour route includes St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney Town Hall, the Queen Victoria Building, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Queen’s Square, the Museum of Sydney, Customs House, the Sydney Opera House, and Harbour Bridge.

Sydney: Whale Watching by Speedboat

8. Sydney: Whale Watching by Speedboat

Reach speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour on this thrilling whale watching day trip from Sydney. Discover the wonder of watching whales like humpbacks in their natural environment. Seeing whales is guaranteed on this trip, or you will receive a free return cruise. Select an afternoon or morning tour and have the option to choose a tour that departs from Darling Harbor or Circular Quay. Feel the wind in your hair as your captain navigates to where the whales are most active at speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour.  Arrive at where the whales like to frolic sooner on a high-speed craft, so you can spend more time with these stunning creatures. Get up close to the whales with an open walk around deck. Sit on high back seats that are safe and comfortable. Return to your meeting point at the end of your trip. 

Sydney's Ultimate Live Escape Room

9. Sydney's Ultimate Live Escape Room

Get ready for an adventure that brings the classic point-and-click adventure game out of your PC and into real life. Locked in a room with your group of friends, you must find clues, crack codes, and solve the mystery to escape before your time runs out. This experience takes you more than 100 years back in time as you play the role of famous detectives from London on the hunt for a suspect's identity. You have an hour to crack the case, after which you can relax in a luxurious lounge, grab a drink, chat about your experience, and try out some period costumes for a few photos. With challenges for sleuths of all ages and backgrounds, the activity is designed to suit anyone with a penchant for puzzles and a sense of fun. If you get stuck, you can call on a game master for help, and if you have a bigger group, you can reserve 2 identical rooms to see who can solve the mystery first.

Sydney: Botanic Garden Self-Guided Adventure Hunt for Kids

10. Sydney: Botanic Garden Self-Guided Adventure Hunt for Kids

Are you ready for your next Adventure? Recommended for families with kids (ages 4-10) After booking, you will receive your play links via email or SMS. There is no need to meet a guide - You decide when you would like to play the adventure and head to the start location (Morshead Fountain Gates). Once at the start location - You and your team click on the play links on your mobile to begin your adventure and you'll start to solve the cryptic clues. Each clue once solved leads you to a secret location. This is a great trail for a family day out in a beautiful interactive environment. Kids will learn interesting facts and parents will enjoy a scenic adventure through the Botanical Gardens. The Mad Botanist trail is perfect if you are looking for an activity that will spark imagination and challenge young minds. The Mad Botanist has just escaped from his secret laboratory nearby. He is in the final stages of mixing his dangerous potion and needs one final ingredient to create a deadly plant species never seen before on Earth. Very special and rare plants are at risk from his deadly experimentations and time is running out! Professor Whiz needs your help to find the last ingredient and stop the Mad Botanist from succeeding with his evil plans. It won’t be easy; the gardens are tricky to navigate and clues need to be solved. Quick!! What are you waiting for? Your first clue is waiting… Start Location - Morshead Fountain Gates - Cahill Expressway, Sydney NSW 2000 Finish Location – You finish in the centre of The Botanic Gardens. There is a great garden café nearby. If you want some tips on where to eat afterward then get in touch or check the ultimate guide you will see at the end of the trail. Duration - 1-2 hours (may vary depending on how much time you spend at rest breaks) Go solo or play as a team - We recommend up to 4 players per team. If you want to play against another team then stagger your start times by 5 minutes, which is a great idea for large parties and team building. Play links are valid for 6 months after purchase making it a super flexible option.

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You can drive to the Zoo (plenty of parking). I prefer to travel by Ferry (e.g. from Circular Quay). Ferry boat ride is relaxing and enjoyable getting wonderful views of different bays and beaches around Sydney Harbour on route to the Zoo. Wear comfortable walking shoes, a light backpack, minimum personal essentials, *packet of "Wet Ones" and tissues. While you can get food and drinks at the Zoo, I prefer to take a water bottle and small picnic lunch/sandwiches/biscuits - which my friend(s) also bring, so we share for different food tastes. Makes quite a pleasant picnic break. Suggest you plan ahead which animals and events you wish to see and get there just after the Zoo opens in the morning. This way, you can pace yourself with breaks for a morning "coffee" break and lunch. Tickets come with map(s) which are easy to follow. The views of Sydney Harbour and its shores from the Zoo are spectacular - you'll get some fabulous photos as souvenirs of your visit. Enjoy this great Zoo!

I gave this as a Christmas gift for my daughter, partner and 2 children. They had a wonderful day and thanked me many times for it. Due to the rains they changed their booking a number of times without any problems.

Great value, economical and very convenient way to see multiple sites.

Overall wonderful had a wonderful time,highly recommend

beautiful view with amazing staff and excellent food