How many experiences can you fit into one weekend?

Our Product Development Manager Becca loves nothing more than an experience (or 16) with friends.

Over the past year I’ve travelled to India, Nepal, Korea and China, but I haven’t really seen much of my hometown, Sydney. I was tossing up a few ideas of where to go during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, when I decided to take a holiday right here in Sydney. It was the perfect opportunity to try the RedBalloon Unlimited Pass including Taronga Zoo entry and Jet Boating. The passes are available across a variety of locations (Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast), providing an unlimited number of experiences over a set period of time. I got a three day pass for myself and my friend and we set ourselves the challenge of trying as many experiences as possible in a single long weekend!

Saturday – Day 1:

My friend and I got up bright and early and hopped on the ferry to Taronga Zoo. Once there we had a browse around the different animal exhibits and admired the view of the city. Then we got on another ferry to Manly and grabbed some lunch before hiring bikes and setting out on a cycle ride. We didn’t want to make things too easy for ourselves so we opted for a tandem bike and hilariously peddled our way up to North Head. Later that night we went to the 3D cinema and Sydney Tower Eye to take in the views of the city. Lucky for us it was also Sydney Vivid Festival so we were able to see some of the impressive light displays from the best vantage point in town.

Sunday – Day 2:

This was a day of learning. We stopped at the Museum of Sydney where we learnt all about the history of the city, and then proceeded to do a tour of the Opera House. Having been to the Opera House numerous times before it was interesting to learn about the science behind the acoustics. I was also surprised to discover how long it took and how much it cost to build. After a spot of lunch we did a walking tour around The Rocks where we heard even more about the history of Sydney and how deeply intertwined it is with the convicts. After our tour we proceeded to climb the Pylon and checked out the views of the city in the daylight. After such a busy day we needed to put our feet up so went back to Circular Quay to the cinema and watched the Great Gatsby.

Monday – Day 3:

We started the day with a jet boat ride from Circular Quay, where we got totally drenched and even saw dolphins! After this we headed over to Darling Harbour where we visited the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and Madame Tussauds to pay visit to the Queen (it was her birthday after all).

We then ate some fish and chips and wandered around the Chinese Friendship Gardens. After spending the whole day walking around we had to put our feet up again, so we went to the IMAX and watched the Fast and The Furious 6.

All experiences and ferries were included in the pass, so at only $198 for Adults it’s great value. It would be the perfect pass for someone travelling interstate; a local who wants to explore all their hometown has to offer; or for a family wanting to spend some quality fun time together. I did a total of 16 experiences in the one weekend. How many do you think you could do?

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  1. Ron Carrabs
    Posted July 7, 2013 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    What’s the cost of this three day pass please?

  2. RedBallooner
    Posted July 23, 2013 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Hi Ron,

    The pass is $198 for adults. You can find out more about the three day unlimited pass here –

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