3.9 based on 10 reviews
Beckenham, United Kingdo I’d not been to a zoo for 30 years and wasn’t sure what to expect. The day started with a gondola ride over the top of the zoo letting you see the animals and getting a feel for the layout. The tigers, chimps were brilliant to watch - really close up to the tigers! Walked through the enclosure where the Wallabies and Kangaroos were - great to see them without glass or fences between us. The Free Flight Bird show was one of the best I’ve ever seen with literally dozens of birds flying directly over our heads.i found it very moving and it brought tears to my eyes! BUT the best thing we did was the Koala Experence - we weren’t allowed to touch but got so so close - was very reasonably price at 29 Australian dollars for the 4 of us. When told the price I initially though it was each ( still reasonable ) this include a photo of your group with the koalas and of the chance to take hundreds of your own photos! They were so cute and this time I did cry - I was just blown away by the experience. A very tiring but wonderful day - get there early and stay late you won’t be disappointed. Date of experience: January 2020
For the price of the ticket, we rode the air tram up to the zoo and then down to the ferry. We were able to see koalas sleeping and eating in trees. The zoo has zip lines, and rope bridges if you climb up the trees. The zoo has a bird sanctuary.The zoo is not accessible for those with handicaps because of the rough terrain.
The Magistic Cruisemart advertisements showed a nice luxury cruising boat. But it actually takes place on the Dinner Paddle Wheel boat. The boat was slow and not exciting and the boat had a strong smell of seaweed. Do not waste your money or time on Magistic Cruisemart. It's not worth it.
We booked this pass for five attractions and were pleased with the value. We used the Hop On Hop Off bus both in Sydney CBD and Blue Mountains, the Opera House Tour, River cruise and Sydney Tower Eye. All are must see when visiting Sydney and this pass gets you in for significant savings. I highly recommend purchasing this pass. All of these places were easily accessed from the Sydney train system including the Blue Mountains.
Our travel group of four got our monies worth purchasing The Sydney pass. Just the speed boat tour alone made the four-attraction option worth it. We stayed in Sydney for only seven days so we had to make the most of it and The Sydney Pass was the solution. We enjoyed the Sydney Opera House tour, the Sydney Tower and the Hop On Hop off Bus.
Save your money and use the pass anywhere but at Magistic Cruisemart We thought that taking a 2 hour sightseeing cruise with our two boys on the last day of our trip would be the perfect ending to a fairy tale vacation. WRONG! This cruise turned out to be a nightmare. First when we purchased tickets for the cruise, the lady behind the counter could do nothing but complain about the weather and that it was winter. (It was 64 degrees and clear blue skies all day). The cruise brochure pictures a sleek cruising boat, but we quickly learned that the cruise would take place on the Showboat Dinner Paddle Wheel boat. We had seen the paddle wheel in the water earlier in the week and had commented that we didn't want to ride such a slow monstrosity. What a disappointment to learn this was going to be our ride The boat was late in leaving the harbor due to its late arrival at Darling Harbor after a lunch cruise. When we boarded the boat it was filthy. There were dirty dishes and glasses on the tables on the lower level of the boat. The boat smelled of seafood. The interior steps of the boat looked as though they hadn't been vacuumed in weeks. Since it was such a beautiful day we decided to sit outside for the cruise. When we reached the top deck we found it odd that there were still several passengers on the boat from the lunch cruise. We could find no outdoor seating, the only seating was indoors at dining tables next to the windows. We were not on a dining cruise and had anticipated sitting comfortably where we could see the views. We asked the Captain if there were chairs outside and he said yes. The only thing we could find were four plastic chairs which we wiped down with our own hand wipes since they were so dirty. The cruise left late since we had to wait for staff to load a cart full of food which I presume was for the dinner cruise. The cruise allowed for one free drink. The sodas were sitting on the bar and were luke warm as was the beer. When we finally left Darling Harbor, we noticed that we could not hear any commentary on the outside speakers about the trip. We ventured indoors to see if we could hearing anything -- NOTHING! We were told the boat would cruise several of the harbors so we were perplexed when the boat turned into Circular Quay. It took over 40 minutes to pull into the Quay as the boat seemed to "tread" water for quite some time. When staff were asked where the cruise went, I was told we were going into Circular Quay to let some passengers off and to let others board. I was also told the cruise went up and down the harbor. I specifically asked if the cruise went to the other nearby bays in the area and I was told yes. Since it took so long to get into Circular Quay we decided to waste $120 and get off the boat. As we were standing at the door to disembark, some woman in a green dress was trying to talk us into staying on the cruise. She told us it was all a misunderstanding. Interestingly enough, another couple left the cruise at Circular Quay as well. We watched the boat long after we disembarked to see where it went as we walked the Botanic Gardens. It went no where......it floated in the harbor by the bridge for a while and then returned to Darling Harbor. This was NOT a sightseeing cruise. It was just an expensive shuttle from Darling Harbor to Circular Quay and back. Magistic Cruise has mastered the bate and switch technique. Do not waste your time or money. There are definitely plenty of other cruises out there that follow through with what is advertised.
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