When the NSW government announced its Dine & Discover voucher scheme to help stimulate the local economy following Covid-related restrictions, you probably thought you’d use it to get a discount on your next meal at the local. Yep, you can do that. Or you could use it to branch out and try something completely new.

RedBalloon is accepting the vouchers for its unique gifts and experiences, so we’re highlighting five unique voucher-friendly things to do that are sure to broaden your proverbial horizons.

Learn how to make haloumi
If you’ve already mastered kombucha-brewing, kimchi-fermenting and sourdough-baking, over the past year, the next addition to your DIY repertoire should definitely be cheesemaking. Master the salty art at a two-hour haloumi-making workshop in Rosebery. The two-hour class covers everything you need to know to make haloumi in your kitchen, from milk selection to curd-turning. Bottomless bubbles makes it a festive midweek night out.

Haloumi cheesemaking class with bubbles – $89 per person

Ten-course Japanese teppanyaki degustation
Named for a teppan or grill, teppanyaki is a style of cooking that emerged in 20th-century Japan. It’s a communal dining experience that is just as much about the theatrics of watching a skilled chef prepare dishes in front of guests as it is about the food. The 10-course degustation menu at Kobe Jones, a popular Japanese teppanyaki restaurant in The Rocks, includes premium-grade Wagyu as well as scallops, salmon and king prawns served straight from the grill.

10 Course Japanese Teppanyaki Wagyu Degustation – $175 per person

Indoor VR golf with pizza in Newcastle
The pandemic has put on indefinite hold golf fans’ dreams of teeing off at world-famous courses such as Augusta, Royal County Down and Cypress Point. The good news is an indoor virtual golf venue in Newcastle offers the next best thing: the chance to play these courses via a high-tech golf simulator, using real golf clubs and balls. A sophisticated camera system adjusts according to the length and position of your shot and measures for ball speed, vertical launch angle, horizontal launch angle, backspin and sidespin. The 60-minute package includes gourmet pizza and soft drink.

Indoor virtual golf with pizza and soft drink – $66 for two people

Behind the scenes tour of Sydney Cricket Ground
In sports-mad Australia, the SCG, the site of some of our nation’s most triumphant sporting moments and crushing defeats, is hallowed ground. The 90-minute behind the scenes tour takes in the SCG Museum, where prized memorabilia such as Steve Waugh's lucky red hanky and Don Bradman's baggy green cap now reside. Get a squiz at the dressing rooms and press area and hear dramatic tales from the stadium’s colourful history.

Behind the scenes tour of Sydney Cricket Ground – $33 per person

Breakfast in a hot air balloon over Byron Bay
Catch a spectacular sunrise from 1000-feet above Australia’s most easterly point in a hot air balloon ride over Byron Bay. Floating above one of Australia’s most popular tourist towns, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the coast and the green rolling hills of the Byron hinterland. Toast your early start over a well-deserved breakfast at fave Byron spot, Three Blue Ducks Restaurant at The Farm.

Hot Air Ballooning Over Byron Bay with Gourmet Breakfast – $279 per person

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with RedBalloon. View the full range of eligible Dine and Discover experiences here.