January 25, 2013 2 Comments
This might be faintly un-Australian, but until recently I had never been to Luna Park before. There was a deep-seeded suspicion within my mind that all theme parks are out to rip you off with bad rides, expensive fast food and mimes that distract you while their trained monkey pickpockets you. Since it was their Centennary last year (and happy birthday again) I decided to take my niece there as a birthday surprise for them both, and ended up being surprised myself.
First off there are no mimes or trained monkeys, so there goes one third of my concerns. One thing that did make me go a little white were the prices for unlimited rides. at $45 for an adult and $35 for the 4-12 year olds. Doing the maths, an adult needs to get in five rides before that price. As a once in a long while treat it can be worthwhile, but I can’t imagine anyone being able to afford to go more than say, once a decade.
The rides are really fun though, with my favourite being the Enterprise. The photo makes it look like a ferris wheel, but instead what it is is people sit inside the little capsules like below, which then get spun around at high speed. Not pictured: seatbelts.
I believe it’s also mandatory to have a ride on the giant merry-go-round in the centre. This here was my steed, and he lead me to victory over the fiance and niece.
Actual entry into the park is free, so the only cost is the rides. My only complaint was the cost of these tickets, I’d love to be able to go more often but at that price there’s a lot of other family friendly options. One thing if you do go, just behind the park there is a communal garden. If you get the chance, pop in and have a look. It’s incredibly cute and free to enter.
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