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-value 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.
1. An Annual Pass With Something for Everyone
Merlin Annual Pass
The Merlin Annual Pass will get you entry to10 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.
Cost: Platinum Annual Pass - Adult (16 yrs+) $95pp; Child (3-15) $80pp | Gold Annual Pass - Adult (16 yrs+) $80pp; Child (3-15) $65pp.
2. Annual Passes For Animal Lovers
Australian Wildlife Parks
In big news for animal lovers, Hunter Valley Zoo has joined the Australian Wildlife Parks making it Australia's largest private collection of animals and giving you even more bang for your buck!
The brand new Australian Wildlife Parks Annual Pass offers unbelievable value! It now includes unlimited year-round entry to three of the most iconic wildlife parks in NSW - Hunter Valley Wildlife Park, Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park and Mogo Wildlife Park. The Annual Pass is just $130 each for adults and all children in the same household are included for FREE! Plus, you can save even more by redeeming your Service NSW Discover Voucher, paying only $105. Your annual pass also includes exclusive member perks and discounts!
Cost: Annual Passes - Adult (16+) $130; Child (3-15) $55; 2 Adults (Joint Pass) $250 | Family Passes - 2 Adult Families $260; 1 Adult Families $130 (All children in your family are FREE *T&Cs apply)
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 pass also gives you discounts on parking and at the Zoo Shops, Zoofari Lodge, Roar & Snore at Taronga Zoo (on select days) and Wild Ropes, plus exclusive pre-sale opportunities and ticket discounts for events. Two kids aged 4-15 are included free with each adult pass.
Cost: Annual Single Pass ONLINE - Adult $99; Child $49 (4-16yrs) | Annual Family Pass ONLINE - $99 to $198. Under 4's are FREE.
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 $195 for two adults and up to three children).
Cost: Annual Single Pass - Adult $80; Child $40 (3-16yrs) | Annual Family Pass $195
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!
Cost: Annual Individual Memberships - Adult (16+ years) $109; Child (3-15 years) $40; Infant (0-2 years) FREE | Annual Family Memberships $109 - $218
4. Annual Passes For Culture Vultures
The Australian Museum is just about to reopen following a year-long $57.5m renovation. Annual membership boasts year-round member benefits such as access to free and discounted tickets to special exhibitions, 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! Kids will love the brand-new Prehistoric Playground creative play space.
Cost: Annual Single Pass - Adult $80 | Annual Family Pass $90 to $135 including up to 4 children under 18
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!
Cost: Annual membership start from $50 for one adult and one child
Sydney Living Museums
A Sydney Living Museums Membership gives you unlimited year-round access to 12 museums and historic houses, free entry to exhibitions, exclusive member events and loads of other benefits. 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 House & Farm and Meroogal.
Cost: Annual Membership is $75 for one adult and four children | Member + One is $135 for two adults and four children
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. Little pirates will love exploring the Endeavour replica and submarine.
Cost: Individual Membership $125 | Family Passes are $110 for 1 adult and up to 3 kids under 16 and $140 for 2 adults and up to 3 kids under 16
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 Vivid LIVE and the Contemporary Music and Kids' programs.
Cost: Insiders Membership is $110 for one year or $280 for 3 years
5. Season Passes For Sports Fans
This one is a winner! Spoil a 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.
Cost: Sydney FC junior club memberships start from $40. Wanderers family memberships that include all home games start from $830.
Big Bash junior memberships are great value for cricket fanatics, providing entry to games and access to junior cricket clinics. Sydney Thunder junior memberships start from $80, and Sydney Sixers junior memberships start from $35.
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