Sydney’s Best Family Passes and Memberships
If you are at a loss for gift ideas or feel overwhelmed by your family’s countless toys and gadgets, why not give your family an experience?
Annual passes and memberships are a great way to enjoy Sydney’s best attractions and a perfect present for kids. Not only will it keep the kids busy in the school holidays, but an annual pass is a gift that keeps on giving throughout the whole year! And best of all, you can enjoy some family time together.
Here’s our pick of Sydney’s best-value family passes and memberships.
Sydney’s Best Family Passes and Memberships
1. An Annual Pass For Active Families
360 Card at the City Of Sydney Aquatic and Recreation Centres
Whether you want to do some laps, hit the gym, take a class, or take the kids for a splash there is a 360 Card Membership to suit your family.
For water lovers, 360 membership offers you an array of Olympic pools with amazing facilities throughout the city (there's even a seawater pool with harbour views!) for laps or recreational swimming, aquatic fitness and learn-to-swim for kids. You will also find hydrotherapy pools, splash pools with water features for little ones, spas, saunas and steam rooms.
City of Sydney operates Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre in Ultimo, Cook + Phillip Park Pool in Sydney CBD, Prince Alfred Park Pool in Surry Hills, Andrew Boy Charlton Pool at The Domain, Victoria Park Pool in Camperdown and Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Zetland - and you get year-round access to all six of these world-class aquatic and fitness centres with one awesome card!
If you want to work those muscles in the gym, 360 membership gives you access to a range of multi-purpose fitness studios and outdoor gym areas with the latest in functional training equipment. There's an extensive schedule of cardio, cycle, strength and wellness classes, small group training classes and aqua aerobics, plus you can get personalised PT programs.
Check out the City Of Sydney Aquatic and Recreation Centres to see the most up-to-date pricing options.
2. Annual Passes For Animal Lovers
At Sydney's premier zoo, the Zoo Friends Annual Pass gives you loads of member benefits including unlimited entry to Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo plus reciprocal entry to some interstate zoos. The Family Flex Membership Family memberships include exclusive Flex Adult passes, which can be used by different adults visiting with the kids, so everyone gets a chance to explore! Flex Adult passes are $110 and kids that are under 16 and from the same household are free.
Check out Taronga Zoo to see the most up-to-date pricing options.
Calmsley Hill City Farm
Experience a stock whip show and sheep shearing show with an annual pass to Calmsley Hill City Farm. The kids will love feeding the animals in the Farmyard Nursery and learning how to milk a cow. An annual family pass will set you back $230 for two adults and up to three children).
See Calmsley Hill City Farm for the most up-to-date pricing options.
Australia's newest animal sanctuary in the heart of Western Sydney is home to an extensive array of diverse species from across the globe, plus an aquarium and a reptile and nocturnal house. A membership from Sydney Zoo will get you a year of unlimited entry, exclusive offers and discounts, and free parking! There is no joining fee and a family pass can include up to 4 children!
Check out Sydney Zoo to see the most up-to-date pricing options.
3. An Annual Pass With Something for Everyone
Merlin Annual Pass
The Merlin Annual Pass will get you entry to 10 action-packed attractions including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds, Sydney Tower Eye, and Illawarra Fly. The pass also includes attractions in Victoria, Queensland and Auckland. With so much on offer, your family will be kept busy for the whole year with a golden - or platinum - ticket to unlock unlimited fun.
Check out Merlin Annual Pass for the most up-to-date pricing options.
4. Annual Passes For Thrill Seekers
Jamberoo Action Park
Stay cool in summer with a Jamberoo Action Park season pass from $204 per person when you book online. With this pass, you get unlimited priority entry to the park for the entire season, 10% off all in-park purchases. plus free dive-in movies, entry to the Giant Easter Egg Hunt at Easter and access to local deals including Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures, and home games with the St.George Illawarra Dragons. Kids under 3 are free.
5. Annual Passes For Culture Vultures
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Entry to the MCA is free, however annual membership to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia includes unlimited free entry to ticketed exhibitions, exclusive preview invitations, exhibition tours, access to special events, and access to the Level 2 Lounge while supporting the art you love. You also get discounts at the MCA Cafe and MCA Store, priority booking and discounts on MCA Family activities, workshops, and talks, a discount on shows at Belvoir St Theatre and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and reciprocal member benefits at interstate galleries. Membership is just $50 for a concession, $75 for an individual, and $120 for dual membership.
See more at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
Annual membership at the Australian Museum boasts year-round member benefits such as access to free and discounted tickets to special exhibitions, members-only previews, behind-the-scenes tours and other events, 20% discount to both child and adult programs, priority access to pre-sale, exclusive access to the brand-new Members Lounge (with complimentary refreshments), discounts at the shop and cafe and a whole lot more! Memberships start at $90 for a one-adult family and $135 for a two-adult family.
Check out the Australian Museum to see the most up-to-date pricing options.
Early Start Discovery Centre
Australia’s first dedicated hands-on children’s museum is ideal for inspiring their imagination and curiosity. The Early Start Discovery Centre offers fantastic membership programs that all include unlimited entry for 12 months - which is perfect because there is just so much to see and do - plus exclusive discounts and perks. If you are the kind of family that likes to science together - this one is for you!
Check out the Early Start Discovery Centre to see the most up-to-date pricing options.
Museums of History NSW
A Museums of History NSW Membership gives you unlimited year-round access to members-only events and experiences across all of their museums and historic houses exhibitions and programs and loads of other benefits. Membership[ starts at just $75 for one adult and up to four children.
You can visit Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Museum of Sydney, Justice & Police Museum, Susannah Place Museum, The Mint, Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Elizabeth Bay House, Vaucluse House, and Rose Seidler House, or experience country life during colonial times at original homesteads Elizabeth Farm, Rouse Hill Estate and Meroogal.
See Museums of History NSW for the most up-to-date pricing options.
Australian National Maritime Museum
Perfect for the budding mariner, membership to the seaside Australian National Maritime Museum gives you entry for the year including access to all the vessels and exhibitions plus two free guest passes per year, access to the Members' Lounge with complimentary tea and coffee and discounted entry school holiday programs and kids activities.
Check out the Australian National Maritime Museum to see the most up-to-date pricing options.
Sydney Opera House
For those with a dramatic flair, you can become a Sydney Opera House Insider and be among the first to access tickets to many of the amazing shows and festivals happening at Sydney Opera House including Contemporary Music and Kids' programs.
Visit Sydney Opera House to check out the most up-to-date pricing options.
6. Season Passes For Sports Fans
This one is a winner! Spoil sports fanatics with membership to their local sports club. NRL Clubs offer various memberships that include tickets to home games and merchandise for the kids. Membership prices vary between clubs. Check your team’s website for details and offers.
See the NRL to browse the most up-to-date pricing options.
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