Luna Park Sydney rides and Coney Island slides

The summer smiling face of Luna Park Sydney
80 years and still smiling at Luna Park Sydney

There’s something special about taking your kids to a place that you loved going to as a kid yourself.  Nostalgia abounds as many years later I returned to Luna Park Sydney with my little ones in tow.

I count myself lucky to do so as this Sydney Harbour icon has seen many highs and lows since opening its doors in 1935. Eager property developers bearing down on Luna Parks prime real estate at Milsons Point, reduced operating hours and legal disputes from cliff top apartment dwelling neighbours have all tried to keep the Face of Luna Park from smiling. However, Mr Moon continues to smile and at 81 years young is holding steadfast as a place of fun and whimsy.

Sydney apartments bearing down on Luna Park Sydney
Apartments bearing down on Luna Park Sydney

Situated at the base of Sydney Harbour Bridge it’s the only amusement park of its kind left in Sydney. Outlasting the mega theme park of Wonderland and the once glitzy rides at Fox Studios Backlot both permanently closed. When visiting Sydney with kids, Luna Park is worth a visit. Not just for the great rides but our patronage will ensure that one day our kids can also take their kids for a Coney Island slide.

Getting to Sydney’s Luna Park

Luna Park Sydney Ferris Wheel ride with views out towards the harbour bridge and opera house. Milson Point Wharf.
The best way to get to Luna Park Sydney is by ferry. Milsons Point Wharf right by the entrance.

The best way to get to Luna Park is by ferry to Milsons Point Wharf. Board a Sydney Harbour Ferry, grab a seat outside and take in the breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour with the breeze on your back. Sydneysiders don’t know how good they have it!

From Circular Quay or Darling Harbour take the F4 Darling Harbour ferry which has a lovely scenic 23 minute loop from Circular Quay > Milsons Point > McMahons Point > Balmain East > Pyrmont Bay > Darling Harbour. It’s a short ride from Circular Quay and a longer ride to loop back to Darling Harbour or Circular Quay  from Milsons Point.

Consider the cost though, a MyFerry1 fare single trip costs $6.20 per adult and a child is $3.10 prices as of January 2015, see Transport Sydney for MyFerry fares. It can add up for a 5 minute ride from Circular Quay. Kids aged 3 and under travel free.

There are also Family Fare deals where 2 adults and 1 child pays full price and the rest of the kids are free to ride.

There’s another ferry route from Parramatta on the F3 route, this is at a different fare. Map of Sydney Ferries Route here.

Plan your ferry trip, here is the F4 Darling Harbour Ferry Timetable.

The train trip to Milson Point Station, can be quite the adventure.
The train trip to Milson Point Station, can be quite the adventure.

Cheaper than the ferry and just as convenient is to take the train and you still get a great view. For little kids a ride on a double decker train is an adventure on its own. Kids get a chance to sit up top and check out the views as they cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge  (if you are heading North from the city).

Milsons Point Station is located on the T1 North Shore, Northern and Western Line for details see the Sydney Trains Network map. From Central Station it’s a 9 minute train journey and costs $4.00 per adult each single trip and $2.00 per child each single trip. Kids aged 3 and under travel free. Prices are calculated on distance, the further out your are the more the train tickets cost. Check out the train fare calculator to work out how much your fare will cost.

From Milsons Point Station, it’s an easy 5 minute stroller friendly walk downhill to the entrance of Sydney Luna Park.

Sign of Luna Park Sydney car park rates.
Luna Park Sydney’s own car park can be a good option compared to public transport.

Luna Park Sydney has it’s own car park and for Sydney the rates are reasonable when you consider the cheapest fare on a train is $24 based on a Family Fare deal for 0-10km train fare (more expensive if you are living further out). It’s comparable to car parking, for  3-4 hours at $29 which is a reasonable amount of time exploring the park.

Luna Park car park prices (as of January 2015)

  • 0-1 Hours = $9.00
  • 1-2 Hours = $16.00
  • 2-3 Hours = $23.00
  • 3-4 Hours = $29.00
  • 4+ Hours = $35.00 (Maximum 24 hours)

Please see latest prices at Luna Park Sydney – getting here by car.

There's also a bus stop with a view at Milsons Point
There’s also a bus stop with a view at Milsons Point

 

Family Funday Sunday $2.50 unlimited public transport travel

The most affordable way to travel to Luna Park is on a Sunday where public transport costs $2.50 per person for unlimited travel on Ferries, Trains, Busses. Kids aged 3 and under are free to ride.

Whilst it may be busier on Sunday’s generally all queues are fast moving with the exception of a few rides such as the popular dodgem cars and Wild Mouse.

Milsons Point train station with kids. View of Sydney Harbour bridge
Milsons Point train station

Luna Park Open Hours

Luna Park is open on Monday 11am- 4pm, Friday 11am – 10pm,  Saturdays 11am – 10pm and Sundays 10am – 6pm.

Luna Park is closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday every week.

These hours change depending on the season. Check Luna Park Opening Hours calendar here.

Luna Park Sydney ticket prices (ride pass)

Luna Park Sydney ticket prices
Luna Park Sydney ticket prices

 

Luna Park Sydney tickets are priced according to height with three colour categories:

RED

85cm – 105cm (the height of an average 2 year old).

Unlimited ride pass $49.95 or $45.95 online

GREEN

106cm – 129cm (the height of an average 5 year old).

Unlimited ride pass $39.95 or $34.95 online

YELLOW

130cm+ (the height of an average 7 year old ).

Unlimited ride pass $29.95 or $24.95 online

Click here to buy your tickets online.

Getting measured and stamped before purchasing tickets
Getting measured and stamped before purchasing tickets

Luna Park tickets explained – unlimited Red, Green and Yellow ride passes

Each ride clearly states what colour ticket is OK to ride. With notes on whether they can be unaccompanied or requires adult to accompany a child on the ride. The Luna Park Sydney Ride Restriction Map comes in handy to see which colour ticket is permitted on each ride.

To work out which colour ticket applies to your child, prior to the ticket counters an attendant measures your child’s height and stamps your child with Red, Green or Yellow. Kids are measured with their shoes on.

Once stamped, the ticketing staff check the colour of which they have been branded and calculate the cost based on the colour categories allocated. A wristband is then issued which is the child’s ride pass for the day. Each wristband has a barcode that the kids use to scan at a turn style before being admitted through.

The complicated part of this ticketing process is that the colour stamps are not quite clear and may rub off. The wristbands are not colour coded, they are white bands for all categories. So there is a bit of re-measuring to work out the costs.

For safety reason ride staff then double check each child to see which colour category they belong to. There were a few times the kids were re-stamped and re-measured because the stamp had rubbed off or hard to read.

At the ticket counter, a wristband is applied after the child is measured to determine colour category.
At the ticket counter, a wristband is applied after the child is measured to determine colour category.

Luna Park Sydney Yellow ride pass

The best value for money is the Yellow category where kids 130cm+ in height can go on the majority of the rides by themselves. The only restriction for this group are the toddler rides including: Space Shuttle, Magic Castle and Whirly Wheel where these kids are too tall and not permitted to ride.

Unlimited ride passes are scanned at the turnstiles before each ride.
Unlimited ride passes are scanned at the turnstiles before each ride.

Luna Park Sydney Green ride pass

The Green category holders has a large selection of rides to choose from and a nice choice of ones they can go on themselves. There’s also a small selection of rides requiring an accompanied adult which involves an additional cost for the adult.

Unlimited Green pass riders are under 130cm tall
Unlimited Green pass riders are under 130cm tall

Rides that Green ride passes miss out on:

  1. Hair Raiser
  2. Tango Train
  3. Moon Ranger
  4. Coney Island Slide – Devils Drop

Luna Park Sydney Red ride pass

The Red category is applicable for the toddlers. This category is slightly restricted in terms of variety. Most of the rides requires an accompanied adult which means an additional cost. This is not to say it’s not worthwhile, there is enough to keep the little ones extremely content. In particular, there are four rides behind Coney Island ideal for all ages, ones that even a toddler could go on all by themselves. These ones were a hit and were enough to keep the toddlers happy as they were ridden repeatedly.

The rides that required an adult to accompany the red ticket holders were also very worthwhile such as a spin on the Ferris Wheel, a ride around the Dodgem City and zipping down Coney Island slides.

Rides that Red tickets miss out on:

  1. Wild Mouse
  2. Hair Raiser
  3. Rotor
  4. Tango Train
  5. Tumble Bug
  6. Spider
  7. Coney Island Barrels of Fun
  8. Coney Island Joy Wheel
  9. Coney Island Slide Devils Drop
  10. Coney Island Turkey Trot

Accompanying Adult Pass

Adults must purchase a ride pass to accompany a child with red or green tickets, some green ticketed rides and most red rides require an adult to accompany each child. Called an Accompanying Adult Pass these tickets costs $39.95 per adult for kids with Green tickets or $29.95 per adult for kids with Red tickets. There are no online discounts.

Some rides at Luna Park Sydney requires an accompanied adult
Some rides at Luna Park Sydney requires an accompanied adult

Can you get away with not purchasing an Accompanying Adult Pass?

As it’s free to enter the park, grab a map from the ticket counter or check out the Luna Park Sydney Ride Restriction Map. Walk around the park with your child to see whether your child would like to go on select rides that require an accompanying adult? We met a mum with a young 2 year old boy whom both purchased tickets. The boy decided he didn’t want to go on any of the rides that day and subsequently wasted their money.

Also on the Luna Park Sydney website is a list of each park ride with images and video footage to check out before you go. Each ride clearly states which colour code is permitted and whether they require an accompanying adult. Check it out here.

If you have a child that falls into the Yellow 130cm+ category, you can get away with not purchasing an Accompanying Adult Pass. However, there are some rides that you may want to go on together such the Ferris Wheel or Carousel.

The Green Ride Pass that require an Accompanying Adult Pass

Accompany Adult required on Red ride pass
  1. Wild Mouse
  2. Ferris Wheel
  3. Tumble Bug
  4. Dogem City
  5. Spider
  6. Coney Island Mirror Maze

The Red Ride Pass that require an Accompanying Adult Pass

Accompany Adult required on Red ride pass
  1. Carousel
  2. Dogem City
  3. Coney Island Slide
  4. Coney Island Turkey Trot
  5. Coney Island Mirror Maze
  6. Coney Island Wonky Walk

Luna Park Sydney rides A-la-carte $10

Rather than purchasing an unlimited pass, single entry rides cost $10 per person regardless of age.  These tickets can not be purchased online.

Luna Park Sydney Coney Island unlimited entry tickets

If the unlimited ride passes are a little too steep for the family budget, you can still have a fun day out at my personal favourite spot in Luna Park, Coney Island.

The cost to enter the indoor Coney Island funhouse  is $10 per person regardless of age. A solid 1-3 hours could be spent in here. With unlimited entry, you can exit and re-enter for the entire day. Coney Island tickets can not be purchased online.

Luna Park Sydney Sampler Pass (unlimited Coney Island Entry and two rides)

For a little extra, you can take two height appropriate rides and unlimited entry to Coney Island funhouse for $16.00 per person regardless of age.

Unlimited Red ride passes are the ones that miss out. What Luna Pard does have however keeps little kids entertained.
Unlimited Red ride passes are the ones that miss out. What Luna Pard does have however keeps little kids entertained.

 

Two rides free for kids under 85cm with a paying adult

For the little ones that are under 85cm in height, there aren’t many suitable rides on offer. Therefore, Luna Park offers one free ride each on the Ferris Wheel and Carousel with a fare paying accompanied adult. This is where the $16 sample pass comes in handy.

Luna Park Sydney discount tickets

Look out for discounts and promotions including:

NRMA Save 20% off Luna Park Sydney tickets online price

A great saving, NRMA members receive 20% off the online price of Luna Park Sydney’s unlimited ride tickets and annual passes. Check it out at NRMA here.  Good for purchasing during Thursday to Sunday. Otherwise the Mini Monday deal is cheaper. Red tickets discounted to $22.46 (prices as of January 2015).

NRMA See Sydney Card

If you are visiting Sydney, NRMA also have a deal on See Sydney Card which offers two free rides at Luna Park as part of an overall tourist package.  Complete list of inclusions on See Sydney Card here.

Luna Park Sydney discount Monday tickets (Mini Money Mondays)

On Mondays during NSW Public School terms, get $10 off the unlimited ride tickets if you book online. Red tickets discounted to $19.95. See full terms and conditions here.

Luna Park Sydney promotion combining free entry to Sydney Olympic Pool (Spin and Swim)

In the summer, all Unlimited Ride Passes receive free entry to the North Sydney Olympic Pool next door with the million dollar views of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Show your wristband to get free entry. Entry is valid for the day of purchase only and only during Luna Park opening hours.

There is a lane pool as well as an indoor pool popular with the families.

Luna Park Sydney two for one after 6pm (Lunacy)

If you buy one Unlimited Ride Pass the second ticket is free for entry on Friday or Saturday nights after 6pm – 1opm (or 11pm depending on the season).

These tickets are pre-purchased online only and can be use during School Holidays.

Keep an eye out for discounted tickets

During long weekend, end of financial year and at Christmas Luna Park releases discount tickets. Check back with Luna Park or Subscribe to their mailing list.

Buy your tickets online at Luna Park Sydney to get a discount

Click here to buy your tickets online.

Free entry to North Sydney Olympic Pool with unlimited ride pass
Free entry to North Sydney Olympic Pool with unlimited ride pass

The best Sydney Luna Park rides for young kids

Ferris Wheel

If you are going to take one ride at Luna Park with the kiddies, make it the Ferris Wheel.

Fun for all the family, enjoy the stunning views overlooking Sydney Harbour and the city beyond. The Ferris Wheel has a great vantage point of Luna Park’s Midway the main thoroughfare of the park. As your carriage dangles up high, watch scores of ant-size people making their way between the entrance of Luna Park Sydney to the Coney Island building, occasionally stopping at Sideshow Alley to try their luck.

Luna Park Sydney Ferris Wheel
Luna Park Sydney Ferris Wheel

Coney Island Slides

Coney Island is worth it just for the historic wooden slides. Kids of all ages can jump in a sack and race each other down.  Even the younger kids with the Red ride pass do not miss out, they can zip down accompanied by an adult.

Coney Island slides are the best
Coney Island slides are the best

Take a spin in a whimsical carousel which is fun for all ages, even the ones less than 85cm tall.

Red pass holders can ride accompanied by an adult on one of the inside double saddled horses. Infants and toddlers under 85cm tall can ride accompanied by an adult for free on the non-moving chariot. Green and Yellow pass holders can ride on any of the horses or chariot.

Luna Park Sydney whimsical carousel for all ages.
Luna Park Sydney whimsical carousel for all ages.

Space Shuttle

Located in the Maloney’s Corner behind Coney Island. The Space Shuttle was a favourite with our crew of kids aged 2 years through to 7 years old. Blast off in a spaceship which goes round and round. The best part is that each shuttle comes equipped with a working joystick where kids can maneuver the ship up and down by themselves.

Red and Green ride pass holders can enjoy this ride solo.

 

Luna Park Sydney Space Shuttler ride has up and down controls
Luna Park Sydney Space Shuttler ride has up and down controls

Magic Castle

Another toddler ride in Maloney’s corner where they can jump on themselves is the Magic Castle ride. Red and Green ride passes can spin around in a very friendly looking dragon, each one can carry four friends.

Little kids (red pass) can go on the Magic Castle ride by themselves, all day long
Little kids (red pass) can go on the Magic Castle ride by themselves, all day long

Whirly Wheel

The Whirly Wheel is also a toddler ride located behind Coney Island in Maloney’s Corner. It’s a mini ferris wheel where kids can hop in two at a time and take a little ride around by themselves.

Red and Green ride pass holders can enjoy.

The Whirly Wheel in Maloneys Corner. Luna Park Sydney.
The Whirly Wheel in Maloneys Corner

U Drive

This is a great little toddler ride popular in Maloney’s Corner. Tried and tested with Yellow, Green and Red pass holders and proved a popular little ride. Kids can independently “drive” their own colourful car and go for a convoy around a decent sized track. If they are inclined to share, each vechile can carry four friends, each with steering wheels and cheerful music to drive along to.

Colourful cars that little kids can drive. Suitable all ages.
Colourful cars that kids can drive and suitable for all ages

Dodgem City

Kids love a good dodgem car race. Dodgem City with its disco lights and blaring music is one of those rides that resonated with our kids. Even little ones can go for a spin with an adult. For the very little ones (aged 2) be careful of the older kids wanting to T-Bone you. Hold on tightly and drive like Miss Daisy to avoid any large collisions and split lips.

Green (accompanied by and adult) and Yellow ride pass holders can enjoy.

Fun for all ages and ride passes. Even for this Green rider that couldn't reach pedals.
Fun for all ages and ride passes. Even for this Green rider that couldn’t reach pedals

Spider

This is a whirling spinning crazy ride that is fast and fun for the slightly older kids. Green ride pass holders accompanied by an adult can sit two per carriage on one of the eight spider legs as it spins back and forths and round and round.

Green (accompanied by and adult) and Yellow ride pass holders can enjoy.

Some rides at Luna Park Sydney like the Spider requires an adult to accompany.
Some rides at Luna Park Sydney like the Spider requires an adult to accompany

Wild Mouse

The only roller coaster in Sydney is a speedy little one that offers views out towards Sydney Harbour. It’s also one of those iconic rides that has been with Luna Park for as long as anyone can remember.

Green (accompanied by and adult) and Yellow ride pass holders can enjoy.

The only roller coaster in Sydney is on the ride when you walk through the Midway.
The only roller coaster in Sydney is on the ride when you walk through the Midway

Coney Island

Our personal favourite at Luna Park Sydney is Coney Island the only operating 1930’s funhouse in the world with almost the same layout as the original which opened in 1935. The amusements themselves are the original ones saved from the 1981 demolition where most of Luna Park got bulldozed to the ground.

It really is like stepping back in time at Coney Island if not back to the Australian pre-war years it’s certainly a trip down memory lane where generations have played on the rotating barrels, moving platforms and super high and slick wooden slides. As I watch the kiddies zip down the slide and hurriedly gather up their sacks for another go, I can’t help to reminisce of the time I was doing the exact same thing with my own parents screaming back “slow down” and “wait for your brother”.

Entering Coney Island where Nostalgia abounds.
Entering Coney Island where nostalgia abounds

Coney Island Rides

Once inside Coney Island rides are all included and unlimited. Spend as long as you want in there for the $10 fare. All unlimited ride passes include free entry to Coney Island.

Slides

The most thrilling of rides are the historical wooden super slides that are as tall as the roof of the Coney Island funhouse. Though there is quite some steps to reach the top, kids don’t seem to mind as they are rewarded with adrenalin fueled slides down.

There are two slides to choose from, one that undulates providing some airtime along the way and the other four lanes offers up the more traditional slide that is built for speed angling straight down.

For the taller (Yellow pass holders) and much braver kids there is the Devil’s Drop which is a much steeper slide down built for maximum speed.

Zip down the slides at Coney Island
Zip down the historical wooden slides at Coney Island

Turkey Trot

The kids couldn’t get enough of conquering a series of planks that move every which way. Unfortunately the red pass holders are not permitted.

The wobbly Turkey Trot platforms at Coney Island
The wobbly Turkey Trot platforms at Coney Island

Mirrow Maze

Another old favourite, a small mirror maze dazzling with bright white lights. Young kids get a huge sense of accomplishment when they master the right path out or maybe admiring their many reflections?

Kids could not get enough of the led lights in the mini maze
Kids could not get enough of the led lights in the mini maze

Wonky Walk

One even the smallest participant can join in on. Weave through ropes and balance on shifting floors, very small kids can master the Wonky Walk with a gust of wind as a reward.

Make sure your child walks on your left side so they can have a firm grip of the railing.

Gusset of wind after the Wonky Walk
Even the little ones can go on a Wonky Walk.

Barrles of Fun

Two twin wooden barrels rotate around whilst your kids balances or zips past at lightening speed so not to tumble over. One of those classic Coney Island rides that keeps kids entertained between slides. The barrels are adjusted to a suitable speed according to the colour category. This is another one that red pass holders miss out on.

Balance skills required on the Barrels of Fun ride
Balance skills required on the Barrels of Fun ride

Joy Wheel

Situated by arched windows overlooking Lavendar Bay, the Joy Wheel is quite a romantic old ride. One where you can easily imagine the service men in the 1940’s taking their date for a laugh. Nowadays kids of all try at being the last one to be spun off.  Big kids and little kids are separated to make the ride fair.

Who can stay on the longest at the Joy wheel
Who can stay on the longest at the Joy wheel

Amusement machines

For the little Red Pass holders, there is a bit of waiting around for the older pass holders to get sick of the rides. Aside from the Wonky Walk, Mirror Maze and Slide there isn’t anything else they can participate in. So when they tire of these three they maybe able to play on the amusement machines. There are car driving games, love testers, wheel spinner and even a sex appeal tester for some button pressing action. These are at an additional cost.

King Tut determines your sex appeal at Coney Island, Luna Park Sydney
King Tut determines your sex appeal at Coney Island

Photos

With unlimited amount of times you can take a zip down a Cone Island slide, you are bound to get a good photo.  These can be printed or collated digitally to be downloaded later for a reasonable fee. There is a $14.95 package where you can every slide photo for the day digitally, which is a pretty decent price considering most services charge at least $10+ for one picture. To do this , keep a record of the unique slide number that flashes on screen so staff can collate the pictures for you.

Photos either printed or digitally collated at affordable prices. Luna Park Sydney
Spot me down the slide – you’re not suppose to take a photo of this, we had permission

Sideshow Alley games

Laughing clowns and busting balloons, Luna Park has it’s permanent fixture of traditional Sideshow Alley amusements. If you intend on playing a game or two, Luna Park has a $16 value deal that includes a meal with drink and two side show alley games with a 30% savings. This is an online only pre-purchase deal.

Otherwise each game is $5 or there are packages: 4 games for $15, 8 games for $29.95 plus a free hat or 10 games for $33.95. Though I’m not sure if the odds are better at Luna Park than your local carnival and they are more expensive in comparison, however the prizes seem a little better in quality e.g. Licensed Despicable Me Minion stuffed toy.

Laughing clowns are a classic Sideshow Alley game
Laughing clowns are a classic Sideshow Alley game

Luna Park Sydney entertainment

Just for fun, Luna Park Sydney even has it’s own parade. A open top buggy leads clowns, colourful dances and mascots Belle and Bob in song and dance through the Midway. Kids can also join in on the festivities by participating in song and dance outside of Coney Island. They bring out the favourites such as the Hokey Pokey and the Duck song.  Good, clean, free fun.

A bright and colourful parade spreading cheer through the park
A bright and colourful parade spreading cheer through the park

The best time to goto Luna Park Sydney – extra rides

School Holidays

During school holidays, Luna Parks brings in extra rides. This year they featured the Pirates Revenge, a crowd pleaser with two double ramps which plunged into water. The ride was valid for Yellow and Green ride passes (green accompanied by an adult).

Extra rides and the Spin and Swim offer where unlimited ride passes gained free entry to the North Sydney Olympic Pool next door makes for an attractive school holiday program.

Pirates Revenge was brought in for the School Holidays
Pirates Revenge was brought in for the School Holidays

Sundays

With cheap public transport, Sundays is a great time to go. If you are worried about crowds, the queues are fast moving, though during the middle of the day there is congestion at the more popular rides for the bigger kids such as Hair Raiser or Wild Mouse. Coney Island is often full of kids, however the queues are manageable and there are additional staff to manage the numbers.

Early in the morning or late afternoon

To avoid the crowds, head to Luna Park Sydney on opening time. We noticed the queues also died down a couple of hours just before closing time, with hardly any one left in the toddler ride section.

Time the afternoon entry for a sunset to catch great views on Ferris Wheel and later the lights turning on for the night time rides on Friday and Saturday’s.

Mondays

With the $10 off unlimited passes online Mondays are the quieter day to go. Less crowds means more frequent trips on rides.

Things to consider when taking young kids to Luna Park Sydney

Take a pic or dance along to the Hokey Pokey at Luna Park Sydney
Take a pic or dance along to the Hokey Pokey at Luna Park Sydney

 

Luna Park Sydney with multiple kids

If you are planning a trip with multiple kids and of various colour categories, consider that some rides require adults to accompany kids on rides. Yellow ride pass holders cannot accompany younger kids. This means you either need to bring another adult to assist or the child may miss out on some rides.

Kid Swap

Luna Park Sydney does a “Kid Swap”. For our ride at Dodgem City as an Accompanying Adult was required for Red and Green ride tickets, my five year old waited at the front of the queue next to the ride attendant for the next ride. This allowed my 2 year old and I to take a spin on the dodgem cars. When the ride was over, I remained in the dodgem car whilst we swapped the kids over without having to re-queue. In this scenario, it only worked with another adult as my 2.5 year old (red pass holder) could not wait all by herself at the front of the queue.

You can Kid Swap at Dodgem City, Tumble Bug and the Spider.

Luna Park Sydney for toddlers

Although there is plenty to keep the Red pass entertained at Luna Park Sydney. It’s the Green and Yellow pass holders that get maximum value. For toddlers roughly 2 and under depending on height (under 85cm) there’s not many rides suitable. With the Carousel and Ferris Wheel being the only appropriate rides.

Prams are welcomed and the park offers flat wide stroller friendly walkways and ramps. There are also baby change areas in the park.

The Ferrish Whell is suitable for all kids however some rides are not.
The Ferrish Whell is suitable for all kids however some rides are not.

 

Is Luna Park Sydney value for money?

Costs can add up for a family of four to Luna Park besides entry and transport there are other expenses to consider including: meals, Sideshow alley amusements, locker hire, photos and souvenirs. This makes for a rather expensive day out with the kids. However, it still is a good day out and worth the spend.

Whilst Luna Park Sydney is a small park in comparison to the big theme parks we have here in the Gold Coast it’s also half the cost of the general admission to a major theme park. Although the park is small there is just enough to keep the kids happily pre-occupied for half a day. You could extend the day out with a trip to the pool or lunch by Sydney Harbour returning for more rides as the unlimited ride pass is valid for the whole day.

Go during School Holidays to get the most value for money with additional rides. Even without the extras the kids got their money’s worth on their unlimited rides across the park with each child going on rides at least 10+ times.

Happy, helpful and considerate staff

What makes Luna Park Sydney a worthwhile visit comes down to the staff.  Happy, helpful and considerate of families with young kids and here are some examples:

  1. The Coney Island ride attendants alternate the slides between the undulating curvy slide to the faster angled slide. When my 5 year old reached the top, he freaked out when it wasn’t the angled slide and decided to slowly back away and head for the steps. The ride attendant noticing this, asked my son to wait a moment and swapped the slide over to the undulating one, just so he didn’t miss out.
  2. When doing a “kid swap” at the Dodgem City cars, the ride attendant stayed by my son side and kept a watchful eye over him whilst my two year old and I took a spin. I saw him a few times engage with my son and ease his anxiety. When it was time for my two year old to leave, he escorted Liam to the Dodgem car in the far corner and swapped my two year old out by carrying her to my sisters awaiting arms.
  3. At closing time my sister had to accompany my nephew on the Spider ride, but due to the timing it meant my younger niece missed out. Without requesting it, they gave my niece one last ride so she didn’t miss out as she was the only one on the ride and she was smaller they even slowed the ride down for her.
Luna Park Sydney is a happy place
Luna Park Sydney is a happy place

Tips for kids at Sydney Luna Park

Hire lockers at Sydney Luna Park

There are some rides that do not allow personal belongings to be taken on such as the Wild Mouse, Spider, Tango Train, Tumble Bug as well as the Coney Island rides. There aren’t many areas to secure your personal belongings. If you are taking along a pram then you can put non valuables such as clothing and water bottles in a pram.

We were able to take small handbags and cameras on some of the smaller rides such as the Ferris Wheel, Carousel and Dodgem Cars.

If you don’t have someone to look over your items whilst the kids go on rides and you are planning to spend the day using your unlimited ride passes, there are lockers available to hire for the day or for three hour duration.

Lockers are available right next door to the Light House Cafe and toilets. Another bank of lockers is available by Coney Island. It costs $6 for three hours or $10 for the day (prices as of January 2015). You have unlimited access to the locker during the hire period.

Luna Park Sydney is a happy place
Luna Park Sydney is a happy place

 

Where to park prams and strollers at Sydney Luna Park

If you have a pram, you can place all your loose items on the pram and park it somewhere inconspicuous. There are plenty of spots to park your pram and strollers temporarily by each of the rides.

At Coney Island there is a separate undercover area by the lockers for stroller parking as they are not permitted inside. Make sure you take your valuables with you or hire a locker.

Luna Park Sydney is stroller friendly. Here's a great undercover spot to park pram.
Luna Park Sydney is stroller friendly. Here’s a great undercover spot to park pram.

 

Bring your own food and drink to Sydney Luna Park

Pack a picnic and leave it by your stroller or in the locker to save on food and drinks at Luna Park. The food choices are your usual fast food options such as chips, hotdogs and soft drink. There is a nicer but pricier option of The Deck restaurant on the waterfront.

Fish n Sips offer healthier options of salad and stir fry at reasonable prices.

For affordable healthier kids meal options its best to pack your own lunch and save a little bit of cash.

One of the menu's at Luna Park Sydney
One of the menu’s at Luna Park Sydney

 

Cost of food at Sydney Luna Park

As an indication here the fast food prices for the Lighthouse Cafe. The Luna Bob kids meal that comes with three chicken nuggets, small chips and a fruit box cost $9.70 and a burger combo with chips and soft drink sets you back $13.90 each. (prices as of January 2015).

There’s also a Fish n Sips that serves salads with chips from $17.50 or Fish and chips from $13.50. Pizzas are sold by the slice for $4 and Chef Specials such as stir fry start from $11.

Don’t wear your Sunday best

Pack sunscreen and hat and put the kids in practical play clothes and sensible shoes. There are stairs to dart up, carousel horses to stride, open spaces to run around, slides to zip down and rides to jump in and out of.

Take a look around first with free entry into Luna Park Sydney

It’s free to enter Luna Park Sydney. Before purchasing a ticket, grab a map and take a walk around. That way you can work out what rides you want to go on and if taking young kids, gauge what rides they may like before spending the cash.

There are some picnic areas reserved for dining patrons.
There are some picnic areas reserved for dining patrons. But don’t forget Maloney’s Corner for more picnic spots.

 

Shade and picnic areas at Sydney Luna Park

It’s best to pick an overcast day for Luna Park, whilst it may not make for excellent photos it offers some reprieve from mother nature. Most of the rides at Luna Park are outside with limited cover available.

There are some picnic tables with shady umbrellas by the Ferris Wheel which is reserved for dining patrons. Coney Island is all indoors to escape the elements. There are also a few picnic tables on the grassy picnic area in Maloneys Corner, which is at the end of Luna Park after Coney Island.

Shaded grassy picnic areas at the back of Luna Park Sydney
Shaded grassy picnic areas at the back of Luna Park Sydney

 

Places to eat around Sydney Luna Park

 

 

Down a flight of stairs at Milsons Village Food Court are more affordable lunch options.
Down a flight of stairs at Milsons Village Food Court are more affordable lunch options.

Just near the Milsons Point Station entrance is a food court that offers a more affordable option for dining out with kids. The food is nothing to write home about but it’s decent with choices from a Bakery, kebab shop and  Indian, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine selection.

There’s plenty of undercover seating and toilet facilities.

Look for this entrance to Milsons Village food court is easy to miss
Look for this entrance to Milsons Village food court is easy to miss

81 years of rides is worth a visit

Although it could be a little cheaper and it may need just a couple of more rides to keep Generation Now entertained, Luna Park Sydney is a fun and happy place.

It is a small park however it offers a good variety of choices for the family and certainly worth a visit, especially as this grand old Sydney icon is 81 years young this year.

Check out the Luna Park Sydney – What’s On section for the latest news on events and festivities to celebrate such a big milestone.

 80 years of rides is cause for celebration
80 years of rides is cause for celebration

We were guests of Luna Park Sydney but all opinions are my very own. 

Have you been to Luna Park Sydney? What are you favourite rides or fondest memories? Have you got any tips on going with young kids? Please leave a reply below:

 

3 Comments

  • Thanks for the post! It was the only place I could find any info about bringing a pram into the park. Do you often take your kids to the park on your own? I’m going to Sydney on my own with 2 kids (3 and 5 years), and I’m wondering how crazy I’m being by planning on taking them to Luna Park on my own!

  • Thanks very much for this post! Especially the link to the NRMA discount. I am taking my son and friends to Luna Park for his birthday, and this has helped me plan the day.

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