This iconic vintage fun park perched on the edge of the harbour at Milson’s Point is heaps of fun for kids big and small.
It’s also a top vantage point day or night for outstanding views of the harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.
Although small by modern theme park standards, Luna Park has enough rides and amusements for an action-packed day out with young children. For anyone over the age 12 a couple of hours is probably ample. If you’d like to linger longer, go for a picnic at the lovely park overlooking Lavender Bay down the path behind Luna Park.
The fun way to get to Luna Park is on the ferry from Circular Quay. It’s a short trip with a big wow factor as the boat passes under Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Luna Park Highlights
The charm of Luna Park is its old-fashioned carnival atmosphere. You feel like you’ve stepped back in time the moment you walk through the famous smiling face at the entrance.
Inside, the rides include kids’ favourites The Carousel, Magic Castle and Space Shuttle. For the more courageous there are white knuckle thrills to be had on the rattling, roaring Wild Mouse – the most famous rollercoaster in Sydney.
Luna Park’s Ferris Wheel is famous too, but for romantic coos rather than squeals of terror: it’s been the setting for many a marriage proposal over the years.
Even if you’re not into passionate declarations on Ferris wheels or feeding clowns’ mouths with balls, it’s worth coming to Luna Park for the views and historic attractions. Several of its buildings are on both the NSW State Heritage Register and the Register of the National Estate.
Luna Park Ticket Options
Entry into Luna Park is free. You can buy tickets for individual rides, or get a day pass for unlimited rides all day. There are three types of day pass as there are height restrictions on some rides. Kids 85cms or under ride for free on The Carousel and Ferris Wheel provided an adult goes with them.
Over summer, Luna Park teams up with the fabulous North Sydney Olympic Pool next door to offer free swimming to everyone with a Luna Parks’ unlimited rides wristband. The pool is huge – 50 metres – and heated, with sundeck, café, and big views. It’s a magic spot for cooling off after all the excitement of Luna Park.
For more information and to buy day passes, go to Luna Park Sydney online.