Since arriving in Australia it’s been super hard not to worry about how expensive it is. After 8 months in Asia it’s taken a little while to transition and get to grips with everything costing 4 times more again, especially here in Sydney!
To save as much as possible and be able to explore more of this huge country I’m currently working a full time job, often 6 days a week. Seeing as my free time is now sparse and I’m still trying to budget, maybe even more so, I’m always on the look out for fun things to do that won’t break the bank.
More often than not, a quick search on free things to do here will bring up Sydney’s weird and wonderful looking harbourside theme park. I was sold pretty instantly based on photos of the entrance. I mean just look at that clown face. If the photos weren’t enough, seeing the head peering over the harbour on a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly beach, definitely enticed me.
It’s budget friendly
Despite it coming up on a ‘free things to do’ search, Luna Park isn’t technically, completely free. There’s free entrance to the park but you have to pay for rides. I can’t really see the appeal of hanging out at the park without going on any of the rides, personally! Though it does have an intriguing old school vibe and there’s a fun viewing platform over a 50s style rotor (giant washing machine) ride. It also happens to be in a pretty amazing location.
Ticket choices and prices
You can buy unlimited ride tickets for $50 or a taster pass for $16, which allows you on 2 rides of your choice. The queues for tickets weren’t bad at all so there was no need to buy online, although there are some deals to be found depending on your needs. There’s also ticket booths throughout the park so if you decide you want to buy more taster passes later on, you don’t have to go all the way back to the entrance!
The best time to go?
Luna park is open til 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Going early evening is a great way to also take in the views of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and park as they all magically light up. Seeing as Adam and I went in the evening we decided to get a couple of the taster passes each and went on the rickety Wild Mouse, Spider, Tumble Bug and Tango Train. All rides were fairly tame but plenty of fun and did leave us wanting to go back in the near future. We were there on a Saturday evening and the park had a good buzz about it but we didn’t have to wait long for any of the rides.
~ View of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House outside Luna Park entrance
You can find all the typical treats of the fair at Luna Park. It didn’t seem right to leave without getting some of their humongous candy floss, aka fairy floss in Australia, especially on my birthday weekend.
Turns out I don’t love candy floss, or fairy floss, as much as my 10 year old self. A quarter of the way in and after some time posing with it, I’d kinda had enough. It ended up melting and dripping all over my skirt and legs on the ferry ride home… nice!
~ Passing the Opera House on the ferry home
Getting there and back
Luna Park couldn’t be easier to get to. Coming from the city we hopped on a train to Milsons Point and from there it’s a 5 minute, sign-posted walk. You can also get the ferry to and from Circular Quay, which is what we did on the way back. However we soon realised this worked out a lot more expensive than the train! Luckily if you’ve done 8 journeys on your Opal card throughout the week, transport is free over the weekend.
Would you visit Luna Park? What’s been one of your memorable theme park experiences?