I’ve boycotted every Madame Tussaud establishment around the world – it’s not really my thing, standing around with tourists all day gettingthisclose to a wax figure of a celebrity I can’t remember- but recently I visited the two month old Madame Tussaud’s in Sydney which opened in April 2012.
There are nine themed zones ranging from Who the hell is that? to How the hell did you get his measurements, he’s been dead for 200 years? Not really, the zones are far more politically correct. In the Celebrity, Political Figures and Music zones, the wax figures included Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II, Angelina Jolie, Rhianna, Lady Gaga, the Dalai Lama, Gandhi, Johnny Depp, Nelson Mandela, Oprah, Michael Jackson, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio to name a few. As you walk around the famous, there is always a faux paparazzi employee running around like a TMZ drop out trying to take your photos. I don’t want my photo taken but I would love a cup of tea.
There were Aussies littered through out, albeit mainly in the sporting and movie section and included Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Dawn Fraser, Greg Norman, Lleyton Hewitt and Rod Laver, Kathy Freeman, Keith Urban, Paul Hogan (ha!) Olivia Newton John, Elle McPherson, and Michael Hutchence (INXS). For those really familiar with OZ, the Flaming Galah himself, Alf Stewart is present and looks royally pissed off.
According to a well placed source who has been to London, LA and Sydney Madame Tussaud’s, Sydney is the smallest with 70 wax figures over 1,800sqm but it is one of the most interactive and has no photographic limitations on guests.
Sydney is an expensive city and entrance fees hover around $30-$40 per attraction which can quickly eat away at your budget. If you book your tickets online you can save 10%. My suggestion if you intend on visiting 2 or more of the attractions at Darling Harbour buy a combo pass online. If you pay in person for both Madame Tussaud’s and the Sydney Aquarium you will pay $35 for each totalling $70 for one adult. An online combo ticket will give you entry to both for $49.50 saving you $20.50 per adult. Note: The attraction you buy the combo pass from is the attraction you must enter first. Also, if you cannot visit all attractions on your combo pass, after the first one you have three months to use the others.
Have you been to any of the Madame Tussaud’s? What did you think?