Is it worth it?

My sister forwarded me the link to the See Melbourne Card website. It looks interesting, but of course, the big question is, is it worth it?

In my limited Googling, I found this verdict on a similar product, the See Sydney Card:

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Not worth it. With the one- and three-day plans, you’d have to cram in four or five museums just to make the card pay for itself: While the Opera House and Taronga Zoo—at $17 and $23, respectively—are pricey sights, others, such as the Chinese Garden, charge only $4, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Botanical Garden are free. On the other hand, if you have enough time to take advantage of the Blue Mountain attractions (worth about $75) and to visit several Sydney sights, you might make the Smartvisit Card pay. Whatever you do, don’t buy the transportation option: Unspecified “administration fees” mean you’ll pay about $8 more than if you purchased a transportation pass separately.

On the otherhand, I made some computations with the places I wanted to go to (certainly not those museums that only charge $6), it seemed that I will be saving money.

3-days $149.00
3-days with transport $205.00
The Rocks walking tour $19.00
Harbour Cruise $25.00
Sydney Aquarium $27.50
Sydney Jet $60.00
Sydney Observatory (3D theatre) $6.00
Operahouse Guided tour $23.00
Sydney Skywalk* $139.00
Sydney Tower $23.50
Harbour Bridge pylon lookout $8.50
Taronga Zoo $32.00
Green Travel pass $41.00
supplement of $42 per person
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Then again, it just might be too ambitious cramming all those activities in 3 days.

In the end, I suppose it all boils down on making it worth it, and some meticulous planning.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

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