Greeted with the breathtaking scene of the Harbour Bridge and the bright lights of the city in the skyline, it was hard to peel ourselves away to do what we came to do. Turning away from the beauty of Sydney, we walked into the mouth of a somewhat ominous looking clown or man. However, upon walking in the atmosphere was completely different. From the uptight, stressful life of the city to the relaxing, enjoyable atmosphere of Luna Park, this is a place where you can unbutton the top button of your collared shirt, loosen your tie and let the inner child run wild.
Normally you'd think theme parks are for during the day, in a mildly warm weather, designed just of eager and adrenaline seeking children. However, Luna Park is quite the opposite. They promote customers to enter "Off Peak", with cheaper prices at these designated hours. Of course there are downfalls to going later, such as having a late dinner and not all the rides are open. However, worry not! A majority of these rides are open, and you will see Sydney in a completely different light. To make the most of your stay in Luna Park, it is advisable to buy the unlimited pass during Off Peak, since the lines are much shorter so you can go on the rides as many times until you are bored. One bonus that is a surprise to many, is that after 6pm the Unlimited Rides Day pass is a buy one get one free offer.
After buying our passes and attached them to our wrists, we made our way through the theme park. Overly eager, we threw away the map and just decided to walk spontaneously to which ever direction our nose took us.
As we soon found out, the rides were highly secure, with bars and buckles, preventing us from falling out of our seat and more importantly falling out of the ride. As a newly born adrenaline seeker, the rides did not fulfil the need for danger and speed. Maybe it was the contradiction situations. Sitting in the seat we were flipped upside down, twirled and dropped; looking out was the beautiful scenery of the Harbour. Which was it? Am I meant to be screaming like my friends next to me and the children around? Or was I meant to be relaxing looking at the Harbour Bridge at a new angle, upside down.
As the night progressed, I soon came to a realisation that Luna Park shows off proudly that they are Australian. Having been to other theme parks in Queensland, Korea and Japan, Luna Park isn't shy about being Australian. No place would I have ever imagined to have slippery dips as high as 6 metres in a theme park. Nowhere but Australia. There were fun interaction areas where the Australian culture just screams out at you, deepening your love for this sunburnt country.
Moving on from all the adrenaline pumping rides, I noticed many rides designed for the romantics in all of us. There was the mini-rollercoaster fit for two. I saw many couples hugging each other as they dipped to an almost free fall. Once in the seats of this two seated car, you forget the seat belts and rely on the other person to hold you in place, preventing a scary drop to the bottom. There was the typical merry-go-round many seats of couples and families, and there was the Ferris Wheel. This was the most delightful park of the theme park for me. As you rise to the top you get a greater view of the Harbour and the city in the distance. You could hear the waves lap against the rocks soothing your need for speed, as if caressing your mind into a calm and peaceful state. The carriages were suited for up to 4 people, but most definitely for couples as well.
Soon the stomachs were growling and telling us to find food quick. It only felt natural to leave on such a peaceful end and the view of the Harbour.
It truly is like walking onto the moon, a completely different world in contrast to the uptight and fast pace life of the city. I guess it was a test to walk into the mouth of a clown. However, in the end I came out grinning back at the clown.
Even though, it was not as adrenaline pumping as other theme parks around the world, it is definitely a place to go at least once.
It is highly accessible as Milson Pt Station is only a short 10 minute walk away.
Well worth the money, if you know when to go.
- It is good to light up the inner child in all of us, once in a while.
As fun as Luna park is, all I can think of how much I miss Wonderland. That place was awesome. Until smarter heads prevail and Wonderland is brought back, Luna Park is still very good. I actually want to go there now that I read this article. Thank you very much