If you’re one of the lucky sods based in NSW right now, you’re likely aware that the Government has attempted to get a little more money flowing through the state by giving residents $100 worth of Dine and Discover vouchers to spend.
NSW residents aged 18 and over can apply for four $25 vouchers, worth $100 in total (apply here). These are split into two categories. Two vouchers are to be used for dining in restaurants, cafés, bars, wineries, pubs or clubs, and the other two are to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues.
Update (2/7): Due to the stay-at-home order impacting most of the regions in NSW, the government is allowing Dine vouchers to be used for takeaway meals, but only during the dates of the lockdown. Note that the vouchers can’t be used for third-party delivery services and must be used directly with the restaurant for takeaway meals. The NSW government recommends takeaway orders be delivered directly to the home but you can choose to pick up from the restaurant if you choose (and check-in with a QR code).
These vouchers can be used at participating venues seven days a week, (including public holidays). Originally, the promotion was set to close on June 30, 2021, but as many expected, that deadline has now been extended.
As confirmed on the Service NSW website, the Dine and Discover vouchers are now valid for use until August 31, 2021.
As Yahoo Finance reports, NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet gave a statement on the promotion, sharing that “This is helping to fire-up our economy.”
“It’s not just boosting revenue for businesses, it’s bringing a fresh clientele through their doors eager to try a new eatery or exciting activity.”
Where to use your Dine and Discover foodie vouchers
This Tex-Mex restaurant has weekly deals like Taco Tuesdays where soft shell tacos are priced at just $2 ($25 will get you far, here). There are venues all over the city, so take a look to see which is closest to you.
Sydney’s longest continuously licensed pub, operating since 1828, is indeed a venue where you can spend your Dine Voucher for a feed.
The venue has launched $25 pub classic specials for folks to take advantage of right now.
Hospitality group, The Sydney Collective, has announced that its venues will double the value of your $25 voucher. During their “double up periods,” you will be gifted an additional $25 to spend on food or beverage. Venues and double up periods listed below:
- Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel: Monday – Thursday
- Daniel San: Monday – Thursday
- Park House: Monday – Thursday
- Balcony: Monday – Thursday (before 4:00 pm)
- Morrison: Monday – Tuesday
- Republic: Monday – Wednesday
- Imperial: Wednesday – Thursday
- Northies: Monday – Wednesday
The umbrella brand that houses venues like Rockpool Bar & Grill, Spice Temple and Saké Restaurant & Bar has also shared it is taking full advantage of the Dine and Discover vouchers.
Customers can spend vouchers at any of the venues, but the real value lies in the $25 multi-course menus at restaurants Fratelli Fresh, El Camino Cantina, The Bavarian and WingHAÜS by Bavarian.
Where to use your experience vouchers
The experience hub has a whole list of available activities that can be paired with Discover vouchers.
Check out a movie
Event Cinemas, Golden Age Cinema, Hotys and Dendy are each accepting Dine and Discover Vouchers, and some of them are running deals in conjunction with those.
Dendy will give you free popcorn with your film ticket, Event Cinemas has a handful of Movie Package Deals where you can get two-for-one tickets or a ticket, medium popcorn, Choc Top and drink combo. Hoyts is also offering snack and ticket combos with your vouchers.
Get cultured at the museum
The Museum Of Love, Sydney Living Museums (which includes Vaucluse House, Hyde Park Barracks and Sydney Museum) and Australian National Maritime Museum are all taking part in the Discover Voucher promotion.
Be a tourist in your own city
Travel company Klook is offering tickets to Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Zoo and Sydney Tower for the price of a Dine and Discover Voucher.
Taronga Zoo also accepts Dine and Discover vouchers for its experiences, if you’d like to soak up those views while hanging up with the animals.
BridgeClimb has released a handful of deals to help you get the most out of your Dine and Discover voucher use, too.
Use a Discover NSW voucher at BridgeClimb on standard climb bookings or vouchers up until June 18 and BridgeClimb will double the voucher value giving you $50 off. (The promo code for that is DOUBLEDISCOVER). You can also use your $25 voucher on BridgeClimb’s Pylon & Picasso experience. Lastly, the BridgeClimb Unlocked experiences (discounted climbs on certain dates) also accepts the $25 voucher if you’d like to increase your savings, there.
Try something new
Experiences like pottery classes with Clay Sydney, arcade games nights with Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq Alexandria or an escape room with The Cipher Room can all be booked using Dine and Discover vouchers
Have you landed on any other exciting deals while deciding where to spend your $100? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
This article has been updated since its original publish date.