Sydney Zoo – GLOW

If you’ve ever been to Vivid, which is held in Sydney each year, you’ll love GLOW, which is currently running at Sydney Zoo from 13th May – 18th June 2022. Yes, you don’t have the amazing backdrop of the Harbour Bridge or the Opera House, but you also don’t have the 50,000 other people pushing past you!

There is so much to see and the kids can be really interactive so they will love it. And yes, the big kids loved it too! This is said to be the biggest and brightest light festival in Western Sydney, with over 50 light sculptures, a 12 meter twinkling light tunnel and plenty of other attractions.

Included in the ticket price, every child receives a UV torch and map so they can join in the Secret UV Safari trail of hidden animals and artwork.

Whilst you are walking through parts of the zoo, most animals were in darkness and you could not see them, although we did see a few kangaroos feeding along the way. However, you can walk through Australia’s largest reptile house and see the reptiles including a glowing UV scorpion.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

KIIS Eye Ferris Wheel

After you’ve wandered around on ground level, for $8 you can enjoy the view from above on the ferris wheel.

GLOW Ice Rink

Tickets $20 per session.

Glowy Golf by Carnival Cruise Line

Test out your Putt Putt golf skills on this fun course.

Ochre Face Painting

Painted by Aboriginal guides using glowing ochre.

There are lots of other cool interactive activities like the drums which activates a colour and light show, Kinetic Swing which gets brighter the higher you swing, the Neon Garden and Trumpet Flowers which light up and play music as you interact with them.

Of course if you want to grab a feed they have some food trucks there including the amazing BlackBear BBQ and even the 4 Pines Bar, plus glow in the dark fairy gloss and glowing lightbulb drinks.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Runs from 5:30pm – 9:30pm each night from 13 May – 18 June 2022
They do try to stagger the entry so when purchasing your ticket you book in for entry at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30pm.

Adult (16+ years)
$25 ($30 at gate)

Child (3-15 years)
$25 ($30 at gate)

Infant (0-2 years)
FREE

Don’t forget if you haven’t yet used your Service NSW Discover vouchers, you’ll get entry for FREE if you redeem one.

Sydney Zoo
700 Great Western Highway, Bungarribee

Check out the website

The Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge

Last weekend we headed off to the Tuff Truck Challenge.  We hadn’t been for a few years and decided to go back this time, just for the day.

The Tuff Truck Challenge started as a relatively small event back in 2001, but it’s now grown into one of the biggest, and probably the most extreme, Australian 4WD events on the calendar.

It’s now known as The Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge and has something for everyone.  The event is marketed as a ‘family’ event and it certainly is, there are plenty of activities for the kids and it really is a great weekend out.   The event is held over 3 days on a private property at Milbrodale, in the NSW Hunter Valley.

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As for event itself, this is for those serious hard-core 4WD competitors and their trucks.  The event is a gruelling test for competitors and navigators as they push themselves and their vehicles to the limit over 12 stages that consist of courses full of rocks, boulders, ruts and mud, a Show n Shine, Travel Ramp and verification & engineering …… all based on a point scoring system.  The terrain is pretty full on and certainly not for your average 4WD.  Some people think what we do is full on ….. well that has nothing on what these trucks are capable of!

There is always something happening, with numerous stages running at the same time, the merchandise and exhibitors stands, as well as numerous food stalls.  Also, if you are camping there for the weekend, everything is relatively close to each other so it’s an easy walk back to camp if you want to relax.

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From a spectators point of view, the excitement not only comes when a driver successfully navigates an obstacle, but when he/she doesn’t!  When you hear the sound of metal crunching, drivetrain breaking or see a truck rolling, that’s what everyone loves!

One of the favourite events for spectators is the night mud run called ‘Mudrat’s Revenge’.  After the mud stage on the Saturday night, there is a band and party.  If you are camping there, as we did the first year we went, this is when you realise how hard some people party!

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Camping areas are available on site and are split into two groups, general camping and family camping.  We’ve only camped there once and I’d say if going with young kids, definitely opt for the ‘family camping’ area!  Going by our first experience camping there, things can get a little full on and there certainly isn’t too much peace and quiet for sleeping!  In saying that, we absolutely love the event and if you like 4WDing you’ll probably love it too!

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Although alcohol limits are pretty strict and monitored, including vehicle and bag searches as you enter the event, you can imagine that by nightfall things can at times get a little feral, and if you aren’t used to this type of event it could be a real eye-opener! In saying that, there is security and police patrolling the whole event so you are always safe and secure and nothing can get out of hand, it really is a great atmosphere for all.

 

Event Details

Welsh’s Road, Milbrodale   NSW  2330

http://tufftruck.com.au/

Day Tickets available, as well as 3 day event + camping.

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Lastly we must say a special thank you to George’s work Dynamic Wheel Co, and to Exclusive Tyre Distributors for giving us free entry into this years event.