How to get the most out of your Dine & Discover vouchers
UPDATE: The Dine & Discover NSW Voucher scheme will be expanded to 6 x $25 vouchers. The additional two vouchers are expected to be available in December 2021.
They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch but with Dine & Discover, there most definitely is! This NSW Government initiative gives eligible NSW residents over the age of 18 two free $25 Dining vouchers and two $25 Discover (entertainment) vouchers to use. How good is that?
The problem is there are so many amazing restaurants and event venues where you can use these vouchers that it can be impossible to choose. With that in mind, check out our list of the best things to do in Sydney with your Dine & Discover vouchers!
How Dine & Discover works
Dine & Discover was designed to get the community out and about visiting local dining, arts and tourism businesses. Here’s everything you need to know about using yours:
- Dine NSW vouchers can be used at pubs, cafes, bars, wineries, clubs and restaurants. They can be used to buy takeaway food but not alcohol.
- Discover NSW vouchers can be used for entertainment, including tourism attractions, live music, art venues and more.
You can use these bad boys seven days a week at any participating business in Darling Harbour until June 2022. You can’t use more than one of your own vouchers per day at a business, but if you go out with friends, you can combine your vouchers toward the same bill.
$100 worth of food and fun
In a matter of weeks, your vouchers will expire and you won’t be able to enjoy $100 worth of food and fun for free! To help you use yours, we’ve come up with an itinerary of the best things to do in Sydney with your Dine & Discover Vouchers.
You can use your Discover vouchers at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Sydney and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo - all within minutes walking distance of each other in Darling Harbour. Choose between walking through underground glass tunnels and seeing sharks, dewgongs and rays, exploring the bush and running into kangaroos and crocodiles, or meeting the Queen of England and Spider Man (as wax models, of course).
To save even more and make your little ones’ day, buy a Sydney Big Ticket Combo online and see all three attractions for as little as $16 per location.
After all that adventuring, chances are the kids are going to be starving. We recommend a trip to Betty's Burgers and Concrete Co. for the best cheeseburgers in Sydney - followed by a gigantic stack of chocolate peanut butter pancakes at Pancakes at The Rocks Darling Square or Pancakes on the Rocks at Harbourside (all places will accept your Dine NSW vouchers).
Or if the kids are carnivores head to I’m Angus Steakhouse for melt-in-your-mouth Wagyu steaks, panoramic sea views and a super long wine list. For for a little live music and American food get down to the Hard Rock Cafe Sydney where the BBQ bacon cheeseburger and the New York Cheesecake are must-trys.
You know what’s better than a romantic night out? A romantic night out for less with your Dine & Discover vouchers.
We recommend starting by using a voucher each to go on a twilight sail on the Sydney Harbour on the Duyfken - a realistic replica of the first European ship to reach Australia centuries ago. Visit the Australian National Maritime Museum Website to book.
Once you’re back on dry land, walk along the waterfront to Cafe Del Mar’s rooftop terrace. Order mocktails and some Mediterranean bites and watch the sunset over Sydney’s stunning harbour.
Next, cosy up in the artful surrounds of Auvers Cafe in Darling Square and try luxurious dishes like lobster on souffle and salmon watermelon salad. If you’ve got room, their desserts are legendary - go for the matcha pancakes and thank us later.
Alternatively, if you’d like dinner with a view stroll along the water to Harbour Bar & Kitchen, which has a massive outdoor terrace overlooking the city and the harbour. The perfectly prepared modern Australian food and cocktails don’t hurt either!
We recommend starting by knocking down some pins at Kingpin Bowling in Harbourside. This entertainment complex has bowling, laser tag, an arcade, table tennis and a fully licensed bar serving cocktails and eats.
When it’s time to eat, you’re absolutely spoiled for choice. You could go for fried chicken and Japanese izakaya vibes at Nakano Darling, sea views and stone fire pizza at Planar, or authentic Vietnamese at Hello Auntie.
There’s amazing value and delicious Aussie food at Rashays and traditional Indonesian cuisine prepared with modern techniques at Kusuka. Down the road in Darling Square you’ll find delicious dry ramen slathered in chilli oil at IIKO Mazesoba and crispy chicken at Goobne.
The food here may be amazing but we won’t judge you if you skip dinner and go straight to dessert with the best gelato in Sydney at Gelatissimo, or delicious towers of strawberry Kakigori at Dopa by Devon.