Luna Park has been a Sydney staple since 1935. Its art-deco style smiley face entryway has become somewhat of an icon along the Sydney waters. Known around the city for its classic carnival games and rides, Luna Park is a must when visiting the Land Down Under.
Inspired by Luna Park in New York City’s Coney Island, Sydney’s Luna Park set out to become the ultimate amusement park. In its humble beginnings, the park featured many rides that were popular during WWII and carnival games like the ring toss, balloon darts, and retro photo booths.
Since the 1930s, Luna Park has undergone an upgrade or two, and the park that stands today features some of the original structures in addition to a boardwalk, a roller coaster, and the Coney lsland Fun House. With your Luna Park tickets, you’ll be able to choose four from a long list of exciting rides.
For easy riders and thrill-seekers alike, the Ferris Wheel is a perfect place to start. The iconic Ferris wheel spins right beside the famed Sydney Harbour Bridge and provides unmatched views of the entire city on rotation. The Tumble Bug is another fan-favorite at Luna Park that will fling you upside down and all around in your bug-inspired car.
You’ll find classics like the Wild Mouse roller coaster, the Tango Train (similar to the Himalaya), potato sack slides, the Hair Raiser, and an old-timey carousel.
If you’re really looking for the classic amusement park experience, then you can’t miss the original Coney Island Fun House. The lit-up building is full of retro rides and games, like the Barrels of Fun rotating tunnel, an intricate Mirror Maze, and Giant Slides. Coney Island is also home to Australia’s largest collection of pinball machines and other arcade games.
All in all, Luna Park is a great way to spend the day having fun on rides and exploring a historic part of Sydney’s waterfront.