Merlin Entertainments’ Darling Harbour has you covered this December/January School Holidays – please see below the array of fun activities and attractions!

Madame Tussauds Sydney

Meet Troye Sivan & other celebs in Madame Tussauds Sydney’s new Sydney Live zone!

Get up close and personal with Australia’s prince of pop Troye Sivan this summer inside Madame Tussauds Sydney’s newly unveiled Sydney Live zone!

A wax double of the singer and actor will exclusively launch inside the Darling Harbour attraction from 11 December and local fans will be among the very first to meet him when they visit these school holidays.

All guests will be able to snap selfies alongside the wax double and admire its true to life features including Troye’s crystal blue eyes, carefully tussled brown hair and even, his nose ring.

Visitors will also be among the first to experience Sydney Live, a new immersive Madame Tussauds Sydney zone designed to transport visitors into the gig of a lifetime.

Inside the new zone, guests will be the directors of an all-new interactive experience. They can take total creative control to design their own album cover art alongside Troye Sivan. Be bold with colours and patterns or be mysterious with shadows and lights, it’s all up to the user!

Then they can step onto the concert floor as they rock out in the crowd under the lights to their favourite Aussie and global music superstars including Lady Gaga, Keith Urban, and Pink!

Finally, they will own the stage as the headline act of Sydney Live – the crowd is in the palm of their hands!

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Where: Madame Tussauds Sydney

When: Saturday 19 December – Tuesday 26 January.

Hours: Open daily 10.00am – 4.00pm (last entry 3.00pm). Closed Christmas Day.

Cost: Adults from $46 Children from $33. Book online to guarantee entry!

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SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Stamp your Aussie Animal Passport in Sydney!

Discover Australia’s iconic and incredible creatures in the heart of Sydney this summer with a visit to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.

As homes to Australia’s amazing arrange of fauna, the two Darling Harbour attractions deliver the best of an Aussie holiday, giving locals and domestic visitors every reason to ‘holiday here’.

Encounter turtles from the Great Barrier Reef in SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s Day and Night on the Reef Zone and be amazed by the impressive size and chainsaw-like snout of a Northern Territory’s critically endangered Sawfish.

Swim over to Shark Valley to go face-to-face with NSW’s deceivingly friendly Grey Nurse Shark before waddling over to meet Phillip Island’s iconic and adorable Little Penguins.

Over at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, you can be among the first to meet Frankie the Numbat who hails for Western Australia (and even crowns the state’s emblem) and acts as an ambassador for his endangered species.

Race on down to Tasmania to meet the zoo’s Tasmanian Devils including older resident Bub and her new roommate Dharra, then jump across to Kangaroo Walkabout for a meet and greet with the Aussie Kangaroo mob from South Australia’s Kangaroo Island.

End your Aussie adventure with a trip to the ACT for an up close and personal meeting with the zoo’s adorable koalas, including their three joeys – Ilani, Jasper and Sapphire.

To help you on your travels around Australia, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo have launched an ultimate Aussie Animal Passport – a digital printable passport highlighting Australia’s wild things and their origins.

Accessible online, the passport invites families to ‘travel across Australia’ and stamp their passport as they meet each of the iconic animals.

The only way to complete your Aussie Animal Passport is by visiting both SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo this summer. To help you save, we’re offering a special limited time price when you book a Sydney Big Ticket multi-attraction pass. The pass is available from $40 for children and from $57 for adults – a huge saving of up to $37 per person!

Make the most of your summer holiday, book now!



Where: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

When: Saturday 19 December – Tuesday 26January

Hours: Open daily 9.30am – 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm). Closed Christmas Day

Cost: Book both SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and save! Tickets for both attractions start from $40 for children and from $57 for adults. For individual tickets, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is from $46 for an adult and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is from $48 for an adult. Book
online today to guarantee entry!

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Sydney Tower Eye

‘See Sydney Differently’ this Summer!

Explore Sydney from the city’s highest viewpoint these school holidays at Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck and SKYWALK! Rediscover the vibrant capital of New South Wales with panoramic views from the Observation Deck where you can see iconic landmarks from the Sydney Opera House to the Blue Mountains.

Guests aged 10+ can step out onto the SKYWALK for Sydney’s highest outdoor adventure where they’ll be walking on air 268m above the city streets.

This summer, the Observation Deck is home to two brand-new VR Pods giving guests the exciting opportunity to ‘See Sydney Differently’! Four visitors can climb on for an immersive rollercoaster ride above Sydney Harbour with spectacular views of the city. The thrilling VR experience is custom-made for the Sydney Tower Eye and is sure to take your day out to new heights!

Sydney Tower Eye has also joined forces with SkyFeast to offer the all-new Sydney Tower VIP Experience! Perfect for families looking for an unforgettable day out, the experience takes guests on a journey from the Observation Deck to the outdoor SKYWALK before heading down for an incredible lunch overlooking the city at the recently relaunched SkyFeast restaurant.

Whether you’re rediscovering your own backyard or visiting Sydney for the first time, there’s something for everyone at Sydney Tower Eye this summer!



Where: Sydney Tower Eye

When: Saturday 19 December – Tuesday 26January

Hours: Open daily 10.00am – 8.00pm (last entry 7.00pm). Closed Christmas Day

Cost: General Admission from $24.80 for adults and from $17.60 for children. SKYWALK from $45 per person.

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Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures

It’s The Gruffalo and he’s back these summer holidays at Illawarra Fly!

This Summer, embark on the self-led Gruffalo Spotters Trail available every day of the school holidays, to discover Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake and The Gruffalo, using the FREE Gruffalo Spotters 2 App! Bring each character to life through Augmented Reality and explore the latest features of the App including video recording, interactivity with the characters and selfie mode.

Then, every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday of the holidays, meet The Gruffalo himself onsite at Illawarra Fly! Available at 11:30am and 1:30pm, The Gruffalo will be at the start of the Treetop Walk to say hello, take photos with and hand out special stickers*.

The App and trail are based on the best-selling picture book, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Mixing animated characters with the real-world environment, children are encouraged to use their imagination, get exploring and feel immersed in a fun forest experience. All content captured can be saved to your device and shared using the #GruffaloSpotters hashtag.

Want to win a Family Zipline Tour? Purchase any retail item from The Gruffalo range and you’ll automatically go in the draw to win a Family Pass to the Illawarra Fly Zipline Tour! Select from a variety of Gruffalo merchandise including plush toys of each character from the storybook, The Gruffalo picture book, t-shirts and more! The winner will be drawn at the end of the school holidays and announced on our Facebook Page and contacted via email.

Don’t forget to secure your spot on the Zipline Tour over the school holidays as tours are filling up fast. Suitable for ages four and up, it’s the perfect “my first zip” experience and fun for the whole family.

*Stickers available while stocks last.

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Where: Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures, 182 Knights Hill Road Knights Hill NSW 2577.

When: Saturday 19 December – Tuesday 26 January.

Hours: Open daily 10:00am – 5:00pm (last entry 4:00pm). Closed Christmas Day.

The Gruffalo Meet Times: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays at 11:30am and 1:30pm

Cost: The Gruffalo experience is included in price of Treetop Walk. Adults from $22.50. Children from $13.50. Zipline Tour (includes Treetop
Walk): Adults from $67.50. Children from $40.50.

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