Old Fashioned Amusements at Sydney’s Luna Park

in Australia

It may not have the theme parks of the Gold Coast, but Sydney holds its own with Luna Park, a historic amusement center originally opened in 1935.

Walk through the eerily smiling entrance to try the mix of old fashioned rides and more contemporary attractions. The 40-meter ferris wheel offers amazing views of Sydney Harbour, while the Power Surge should get your heart pumping. But I wouldn’t try the spinning rotor or flipping Moon Ranger after lunch if I were you! Tamer tastes are satisfied at Maloney’s Corner, the kids section featuring a Magic Castle, Whirly Wheel, and U-Drive cars.

The entrance to Sydney's Luna Park

The entrance to Sydney

Entry to the park is free, so you can spend as much or as little as you like. That’s great for parents simply accompanying their ride-mad kids, or anyone with a low threshold for adrenalin.

The park is on the small side though, and there are none of the mascots we see in larger parks. But if you just want rides without the frills, Luna Park makes for a great day out.

Ride enthusiasts are best served with an unlimited rides pass, as those single tickets quickly add up. You can also save money by visiting during the off-peak periods. While the park doesn’t open as late, and you’ll miss out on a few traveling rides, the extra cash in your wallet should make those sacrifices worthwhile.

[Image Source: Neal Jennings/Flickr]

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