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Luna Park Sydney

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  • Milsons Point
  1. Photograph: Jeff Turner
    Photograph: Jeff Turner
  2. Photograph: Simon Sees
    Photograph: Simon Sees
  3. Photograph: Marco Comastri
    Photograph: Marco Comastri
  4. Photograph: duluoz Cats
    Photograph: duluoz Cats
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Time Out says

Even if you're not into the rides, the location and history still make this famous grinner a winner

Over 80 years since its famous smile first lit up the Harbour, Luna Park is Sydney's favourite vintage attraction. Martin Sharp's iconic clown face at the entrance, the rickety wooden rides, and vaudeville decor gives the park a strong sense of nostalgia.

It has the twofold attraction of being an enclosed space where you can let your progeny run rampant safely, plus some of the most beautiful views of the harbour you will ever come across. If you are not a fan of spinning rides we recommend you get a single ride pass and use it on the Ferris Wheel, where the bobbing lights of the city and the fresh sea air makes for quite a romantic jaunt. Otherwise, load up on sugar and fried foods and see how many times you can go in the Rotor before you throw up on your shoes.

An unlimited ride pass for people over 130cm tall will cost you a maximum $52 and it gets cheaper depending on time and restrictions and whether or not you are chaperoning a much smaller human. 

Luna Park is a great option if you have a variety of ages and tastes to cater for. If a great night out means going on every ride four times and screaming yourself hoarse then you are in for a win. If your tastes are more modest and you just want to soak up the history of a classic amusement park, you can do that too.

Luna Park's prices are seasonal and their opening hours change according to peak seasons and school holidays, so it's worth checking their website before you plan your trip. They also close some rides in wet weather for safety reasons, so call ahead to make sure your favourite is open.

Details

Address:
1 Olympic Drive
Milsons Point
Sydney
2061
Price:
Up to $45
Opening hours:
During school term: Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-6pm; Mon 11am-4pm

What’s on

Dream Circus

Considering that when Luna Park opened in 1935, the only other major attraction in Sydney was the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Art Deco amusement park has long been a significant site for the city – an important destination for escapism, especially considering it opened during the Depression. Although new rides have cropped up over the years, the heritage-listed park has retained a lot of its original features – which is why there’s been much hype since Luna Park announced that it would be opening a brand-new, first-of-its kind, high-tech attraction to appeal to new audiences and reignite Sydney’s love for the park. An immersive experience created right here by a bunch of talented Sydney creatives and technicians.  On December 22, Luna Park swings open the doors to a high-tech ‘Magic Box’ inside Luna Park’s existing 3,000 square metre Big Top building – a venue for the park’s first immersive adventure, ‘Dream Circus’. Time Out got a sneak peek at Dream Circus before opening day, and we have to say, it’s hard to sum up in a few sentences what you’re in for. It’s part-3D movie, where actors take you on an adventure through the circus, to the seaside, underwater and into magical dream-like states. It’s part-musical, except that the action envelops you on three sides of the room, as well as the floor and ceiling. It’s a little like a Van Gogh Alive or Frida Kahlo multi-sensory exhibition, except that rather than images being projected onto flat wall and floor surfaces, the set is b

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