If you love sailing in Australia but are looking for something to whet your appetite on dry land, the Australian National Maritime Museum could be a great shout

Now may also be the perfect time to pay the museum in Sydney’s Darling Harbour a visit, seeing as it has just announced a number of special offers for admission. Prices for its Big Ticket offer are coming down, and on one day every month general entry to the museum will be free, providing ample opportunity for entertainment for those who are enjoying yacht charters in Australia. Sailing fans who enjoy looking around the museum while on a Sunsail holiday may also be interested to hear that the company has opened a new Sydney office catering for the Australasian market.

Museum director Mary-Louise Williams announced the new pricing, which will see people charged a general admission fee on normal days in order to keep the exhibits of the highest quality. The general fee is on a par with those charged elsewhere in Sydney, according to Williams. She added that pensioners will be able to gain free entry at all times, but that other tourists would have to wait until the first Thursday of every month.

People wanting to see everything the institution has to offer can opt for the Big Ticket, available for a new reduced price. Holidaymakers going for this option can get a closer look at all the museum has to offer – including the submarine and the destroyer. The Big Ticket also offers a bonus for families on holiday in Australia, as it allows them to sign up their little ones to the Kids On Deck programme.

Williams said: “The new entry fee will help the museum continue to provide its wide range of programmes and services, and maintain its large fleet of historic vessels. I hope that our regular visitors, members and the public will continue to enthusiastically support the museum as they have in the past.”

The new pricing details take effect from December 7. The Big Ticket will go from 32 Australian dollars to 25 dollars for an adult and 17 dollars to 10 dollars for a child. A family ticket will also be offered at the reduced price of 60 dollars.

People wanting to find out more can log-on to the museum’s website. The museum is open every day from 9.30am to 5pm and offers a diverse selection of maritime history. So, if you find yourself in Australia for the upcoming Sydney to Hobart Race or the Hamilton Island Race Week next year, perhaps it will be worth paying the museum a visit too.