Madame Tussauds Sydney! 7 Best Family Experiences

Madame Tussauds Sydney! 7 Best Family Experiences

I’ve lived in Sydney for 18 years and have NEVER been to Madame Tussauds – until now. Why? I mistakenly thought it was going to be full of wax models to ‘look at, but don’t touch’. Oh was I wrong! It’s awesome!

Maxwell and I hung out for the day and had a ball. In fact, it was officially “EPIC” according to the little guy with the big personality. Here’s our favourite family experiences not to be missed…

1. Hang out the superheroes

Whoa what a crowd pleaser for the little action heroes in your life! Marvel at Wolverine’s razor sharp claws, see Spiderman web-climbing his way up the wall and power-up your best pose for a selfie with Iron Man. And for both the kids and nostalgic parents, jump on the bike to fly ET through the sky! There’s no shortage of the kids’ favourite movie superheroes from past and present!

Madame Tussauds Sydney! 7 Best Family Experiences

Hugh Jackman, at 6 feet 2.5 inches is a foot taller than Wolverine, who in the original comic book is 5 feet 3 inches. Image: Madame Tussauds.

2. Navigate the high seas with Captain Cook and Arthur Phillip

Ahoy there, captn’! Pop on your admiral’s hat and grab the oversized magnifying glass to reveal hidden images on Captain Cook’s desk map of Australia (and get a sneaky history lesson in!). Check out the Aussie coastline and spot some of his famous first tour spots, including Botany Bay and the Endeavour River.

Madame Tussauds Sydney! 7 Best Family Experiences

I spy with my little eye… Botany Bay!

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3. Make your own wax hand!

I thought Maxwell would be hesitant about dipping his little digits into a pot of wax at 55-60 degrees Celsius to create a wax artwork, but no, it was dangerous! It was exciting! Let’s double dip! Wee ones need to do a finger test before committing to dipping their whole hand to check their pain threshold, but all the kids passed with flying colours while we were there. After creating the wax hand, kids (and parents) can customise the colours and choose from a range of bases. This was definitely one of the highlights! Cost: $20 for wax hand artwork + $3 for the base.

4. Mix with Hollywood’s A-list

Mums can get up really close and personal with Ryan Gosling, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt, or compare heights, head size, boobs and legs with Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Rebel Wilson, Toni Collette and Olivia Newton John. Or reflect on great screen stars of the past, including Heath Ledger.

5. Walk the catwalk with Aussie models

Enjoy the glitz and glamour of Fashion Week – any week! Madame Tussauds Fashion experience allows you to walk down the catwalk with Megan Gale, dress up in MYER’s latest fashion pieces and have a snap with Elle McPherson and Miranda Kerr. But not before you have your makeup done by an onsite Napoleon makeup artist. I requested ‘sparkly eyes, a radiant glow and ten years taken off…’! The artist waved her wands, err, brushes, and voila!

Madame Tussauds Sydney! 7 Best Family Experiences

School Holidays Limited Time Event: Beauty Blogger Brittney Lee Saunders was onsite to meet beauty fans! Also, from July 3rd-16 visit Madame Tussauds Sydney will have free express makeovers by Napoleon Perdis makeup artists from 1-4pm daily, free goodie bags featuring Napoleon Perdis and Wella products and you can have your covergirl moment on the cover of COSMOPOLITAN magazine.

I had a little too much fun at the Napoleon virtual makeup bar, too, where you can choose your lippie colour and eye shades for an instant onscreen digital makeover, then flash your pearly whites for your glamour shot and have the pic sent to your email. Or Facebook. Or Instagram!

Take a battery charger, because there’s more snapping fun opportunities at the Fashion Week setup, including striking your best pose for the cover of COSMOPOLITAN magazine. Yep, you and the whole family can be a covergirl/guy/family complete with coverlines (choose discerningly!)

Madame Tussauds Sydney! 7 Best Family Experiences

How funny that I worked for COSMOPOLITAN magazine for the first 13 years of my career and still aren’t tired of posing on the cover! #forevernovelty

6. Sing sweet nothings to the pop stars

Grab a gold microphone for your very own stage moment singing with Kylie and Danni Minogue, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Pink, Ricky Martin, Michael Jackson, Johnny Farnham (the final tour, he swears!) and more. The kids will love it!

7. Meet Aussie legends

From past Prime Ministers including Julia Gillard, Bob Hawke and John Howard, to sporting greats Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Don Bradman, Layne Beachley, Michael Clarke, Sachin Tendulkar, Greg Inglis, lleyton Hewitt and Cathy Freeman plus Aussie icons Dame Edna Everage, Steve Irwin and more. If the kids aren’t up to speed with the must-know Aussie’s, they will be after this! “Who’s this, mummy?! Who’s that?” Don’t worry if you’re knowledge is a little rusty, there’s descriptions and names of all the wax works ready to read!

Madame Tussauds Sydney! 7 Best Family Experiences

Game, set, match! Maxwell umpiring a friendly game between a couple of good sports!

8. Be part of the action

Have your photo taken throne-side with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge – complete with bobby cop hat and royal guard top hat! Then slip in the driver’s seat for a Formula 1 racing car photo finish!

Borrow Ned’s armour and legs for an explosive pic with the Kelly Gang. Jump for the gold in the 100 metre hurdles with Sally Pearson (don’t worry, you can borrow some hurdling legs for the photo!) and enjoy some quiet contemplation alongside Nelson Mandela, Gandi, Mary McKillop and other humanitarians, world leaders and historic greats.

Want more? Have your snap taken while playing a game of Wii tennis with Lleyton Hewitt, putt for a hole in one with Greg Norman or test your reaction and hand eye co-ordination on the batak.

Madame Tussauds Sydney! 7 Best Family Experiences

“Well excuse me Sir Maxwell, but you seem to be lost under your British Royal Command hat!” Photobombing a Royal portrait!


Madame Tussauds Sydney! 7 Best Family Experiences

Albert Einstein and Maxwell announcing to the world that yes, E = mc² (energy equals mass multiplied by the speed of light squared). Who’d have thought?!

Madame Tussauds Sydney! 7 Best Family Experiences

Maxwell borrowing Ned’s legs for a photo bomb with the Kelly gang.

Madame Tussauds Sydney! 7 Best Family Experiences

Have you ever seen a 32 week pregnant woman hurdling? You have now!

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  1. Shannon
    July 14, 2017 / 1:20 am

    What a load of rubbish bad enough that Myer, Napoleon and Wella have their names with this side show of false advertising of – make up artist and hair done by Wella and latest fashion by Myer what a joke

    • July 14, 2017 / 8:41 am

      Hi Shannon, I’m a bit confused. It’s a school holiday event – visitors can dress in MYER fashions, have an express makeover and have a pic taken on the Cosmo cover photo stand, and grab a few goodies for free. It’s just a bit of fun to tie in with the wax Aussie models – Miranda Kerr, Elle McPherson and Megan Gale. Why do you think it’s rubbish?