Charli Kane treats her younger sister, Sammi, to a girls'-day-out at Sydney's Darling Harbour for her Birthday and the two get up-close-and-personal with some of the world's most famous folk at Madame Tussauds Sydney.
As a special treat for my younger sister's birthday we made a date to celebrate the occasion with a girls-only day in the city of Sydney - Darling Harbour to be exact.
Of course we shopped and lunched, as girls do, but the day's highlight was a visit to Madame Tussauds Sydney.
Having visited (and loved!) the original in London, I was keen to introduce Sammi to the same experience - a world of life-like, life-size wax figures and the 250-year heritage of the world-famous Madame Tussaud.
Whilst it doesn't boast the size of London's attraction, it certainly doesn't lack the flair and amazing workmanship you'd expect from the Madame Tussauds name.
Several differently themed rooms host the numerous wax figures on display - and mixed in with the world famous celebrities and political figures are some of our home grown Aussie icons. From the historical Ned Kelly and Banjo Patterson, to the sporting Cathy Freeman and Don Bradman, to the inspirational Fred Hollows and Eddie Mabo, to the colourful Dame Edna and a Priscilla-fied Guy Pearce.
Props are on hand to make for interactive photo taking - how would you like to sit on a throne next to the Queen, or throw on a labcoat to assist Victor Chang, or hop a ride in Mark Webber's Formula 1 car?
Of course no Madame Tussauds is complete without the celebrity lineup - and along with the big name singers, actors and personalities immortalised in wax - there's also a very lifelike Alf Stewart from Home & Away!
We also see a nod to old Hollywood with Alfred Hitchcock, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn making appearances, as well as some recognisable film characters such as Iron Man, Wolverine, Mad Max and ET, who appeared to be a favourite for photos.
One room we took great interest in - where Madame Tussaud herself takes centre stage - demonstrates the wax figure process (which can take over 800 hours per figure) and you can even see it in action by having your own hand sculpted from wax. Talk about a 'hands-on' experience!
Madame Tussauds Sydney is a fantastic attraction for all ages. Make sure you bring your camera as the delight you get from looking back over photos (and showing friends and family how 'close' you got to Johnny Depp) will make sure you never forget your visit ... I know one 14-year-old who just loved hitching a ride on ET's bike!
Madame Tussauds Sydney is located at Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour and opens daily from 9am-8pm with last admission at 7pm. For great ticket savings and Darling Harbour Attractions Combo Pass deals click here.