Luna Park is often a surprise for the tourist arriving here as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge take centre stage; but with it's old style, more traditional look it's definitely worth a visit and a great day trip. It may not have the huge rollercoasters like those at Six Flags in the States, but it's fairground feel has charm and character and still can provide the thrills for those who enjoy rides. Couple this with being situated right next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge it provides excitement and awe even when you aren't on a ride.
Luna Park was constructed in 1935 until 1979 where the Ghost Train fire (which killed 7 people) meant a closure to the park. A lot of the park had to be demolished and a new one constructed. It actually was closed again in 1988 as a lot of rides were neglected for repair. It reopend once again in 1995 but then closed yet again because of the Big Dipper rollercoaster caused too much noise pollution - this made the park unprofitable. Finally another redevelopment occured with the park opening in 2004 and has continued operating to this day. For more information on the history of Luna Park click here.
Luna Park has a really nice array of rides to thrill, scare and enjoy from the traditional Carousel, Ferris Wheel and Dodgems, to more original rides that spin, turn, twist and go fast. Luna Park also has many games stalls, eateries and all the amenities and facilities you'd need to enjoy a full day here.
The park opening hours are as follows:
Monday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Entry into the park is actually FREE! So you can wonder around and take it all in without needing to spend a penny! If you do want to go on rides and such then you till need to buy tickets; there are several options and offers across open days, get the details here.
Luna Park is very easy to get to be it by ferry, train, bus or your own car!
By Ferry: Take the nearest ferry to Milson's Point and Luna Park is right outside.
By Train: Take the train to Milson's Point station, it's then a short 5 minute walk down the hill to the park.
By Bus: Take the bus to Alfred Street South which is right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and then Luna Park is right outside.
By Car: Luna Park has it's own car park where it's $35 per day but you'll pay less if you're planning on staying for less than 4 hours.