The Best Sydney Gift Experiences For Kids and Adults Too

Don’t buy your loved one a boring gift of something they don’t need!  Send him or her surfing or up in a helicopter or on a jet boat ride instead! Become a Taronga Zoo Friend, or set sail on the high seas!  When it comes to gift experiences, Sydney has a dizzying array of cool adventures on offer.

You can find fantastic experience gifts for kids, just buy the voucher and then take the children to do something they will never forget… unlike most toys which are pretty forgettable.

Here’s our family’s list of fun experiences for kids and adults in Sydney, things that we can recommend ourselves, we’ve tried them all… actually, I tell a lie, parachuting is still a to-do.

We’ll start off with the gift experiences for kids, although many adults will love coming along for the fun of it too.


Kids Experience Gifts

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Koala enjoying the view at Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo Friends Membership

A Sydney family favourite and something that will give your kids a huge amount of pleasure over the course of a year.  Zoo Friends enjoy free entry to Taronga Zoo plus discounts around the zoo and early access to special events. Every Sydney kid deserves this at least once in their childhood!  

Cost is $99 for one adult and two children, join online here.

Add in a ticket to the Wild Ropes course and the kids will add a massive adrenaline boost to their day at the zoo… adults too!

Click here for tickets.


Wonderful views when you stay at Roar and Snore

Roar and Snore, the Taronga Zoo sleepover is also a very special kids gift experience, if a pricey one.  Check out all the info on Roar and Snore here.

The new Wildlife Retreat is even more expensive, but, honestly, what more gorgeous place to stay in Sydney could there be?

An Animal View room at Wildlife Retreat



More Special Experiences For Kids in Sydney

Tall Ship Cruise on Sydney Harbour

Breakfast With The Koalas at WILD LIFE Zoo Darling Harbour

Private Surf Lesson at Bondi Beach

Group Surf Lesson at Bondi


Parents Experience Gifts

Check out the links below, they take you to the wonderful Get Your Guide… we like using Get Your Guide as you can immediately see a HUGE range of fun Sydney experiences and activities.

3-Hour Digital Photography Workshop

Give  the gift of a half day of freedom and time to learn to master the digital camera. A professional photographer  leads this workshop, exploring The Rocks as your beloved learns to sort our his F-stops and shutter speeds.

This is a great one if the family has a holiday coming up!

Cost $99

Book via Get Your Guide here.

The Rocks Pub Walk

Also in the Rocks, how about sending your beloved on a pub walk. There’s beer yes, but there’s walking too! In 2 1/2 hours, visit four historic pubs, hear some hair-raising historical facts and enjoy some of Sydney’s finest craft beers.

Cost $90

Check out dates and availability on get Your Guide here.

There’s also a Balmain Historic Pubs Walking Tour (With Beer or Wine) for $90, click here to read more.

BridgeClimb Sydney

Yes, it’s a bit of a Sydney cliche, some might say, but honestly climbing the Bridge is famous for a reason. The views are superb and it really is a massive thrill. Expensive, yes we know… but I don’t know anyone who said it wasn’t worth it.

Most climbs take around 3 1/2 hours, though there are shorter versions. Climb at dawn, by day or at twilight, you can even climb at night. Give the gift of views… and a racing heart at times!

Cost: from $268

Book a BridgeClimb on Get Your Guide here.

20 Minute Sydney Coast & Skyline Helicopter Flight

Ouch, this is an expensive one, but honestly, it will never be forgotten. I took a helicopter ride over Sydney when newly arrived more than 25 years ago and I can still remember it vividly. The beaches look so amazing from above and whirling around the city centre is a singular and singularly heart-stopping experience too.

Cost: $190

Book a helicopter flight on Get Your Guide here.

Here are some more marvellous Sydney activities which make great gifts, just click to read more:

Whale Watching Cruises

15,000-Foot Tandem Beach Skydive- eek!!!!

Sydney Secret Food Tour


Click here to check out more Sydney activities as gifts!

So what activity would suit your needs best, do you think?

What other gift experiences do you think Sydney has to offer?

Cheers from,

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