Wordless Wednesday – The Park

I have another confession to make.  I love amusement parks.  The older, the better.  Think I need a holiday around the world taking photos of them. Abandoned or refurbished.  They fascinate me. :mrgreen:

Nothing like a nostril shot...

Nothing like a nostril shot…


The Big Wheel is a favourite.

The Big Wheel is a favourite.


There's such detail in the carousel...

There’s such detail in the carousel…


The Tumble Bug... I loved this ride as a child!

The Tumble Bug… I loved this ride as a child!


The prizes for the Clowns...

The prizes for the Clowns…


Atmosphere, design and history... an eclectic mix.

Atmosphere, design and history… an eclectic mix.

I learnt a lot of the history of Sydney’s Luna Park growing up.  It was a dream to be there one day… and then it closed after a tragic fire in 1979.  For years I wished I’d had the opportunity to visit and just be there.

By 2004, Master 18 (who was 9 at the time) and I found ourselves in Sydney for a week due to a consultation with another oncologist at Westmead Childrens Hospital.  Luna Park was under restoration after years of turmoil and uncertainity.  And even better, it was open to the public.

One long and slightly confusing train ride later (remember, we’re just country hicks at heart. ;)) we made it and I fell in love with the magic.  It was deserted and unfinished but I could sense the joy and elation of many millions before me.

I still wish I’d had the chance to visit the old Luna Park when I was younger.  So it was a given on our flying trip last weekend, that my partner and I found our way there.  This time with cameras in hand. :D

Linking up for the magic that is, Wordless Wednesday!
with Trish



& Ai!


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lisa (9 years ago)

I am so scared of heights I think I would be spending a lot of time at the food vans rather than in line at those rides. Aren’t you scared? I suppose that is the fun of it…hope you had a great day
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Heights are fine Lisa. I admit to being past the age of wanting to be on the rides these days but that doesn’t stop me loving the atmosphere, the laughter and squeals of joy of the children and the smiles of parents. I just want to capture the essence of that. xx

Tina´s PicStory (9 years ago)

very cool pics! happy ww :)
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Thank you Tina! Same to you. x

Alison (9 years ago)

I like photographing them – just don’t ask me to get on any rides!
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    We can hang out together Alison. ;)

Aroha @ Colours of Sunset (9 years ago)

I want to go on that photographic tour with you please! would love to go take photos at Luna Park (and lots of others). Sea World and Movie World aren’t quite the same.
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Anytime Aroha! Dreamworld, Seaworld etc are so out of the running it’s ridiculous! :D xxx

Emily @ Have a laugh on me (9 years ago)

It’s such a great looking park – I only went once in my Sydney single days and I was a bit drunk – my bad :)
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Thankfully I was sober both times I’ve been Emily… it’s a little difficult to focus a camera when inebriated! :) xx

Twitchy (9 years ago)

I really enjoyed that Carmen. Have you been to Melbourne’s Luna Park at St. Kilda? You must! When I was in New York in October, I took photos of the (closed, but preparing for Halloween) Coney Island amusement park frontages. Did you see them on IG? Two weeks later, we were home, Sandy hit and the whole lot where we stood was underwater.
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Melbourne is on the cards Twitchy. I would LOVE to see it. And the abandoned one in Stuttgart… and any number of others World wide! x

Annaleis (9 years ago)

I love rides and parks. Although haven’t been to many. And last year when we were in SYdney I couldn’t convince hubby to go :(
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Oh poop to hubby! I would have gone on my own. LOL! xxx

Tamara (9 years ago)

What a great hobby to be in love with. I remember visiting Luna Park when I was a child. You photos reminded me of those times
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Thanks Tamara! So glad I could help bring back some memories for you! xx

Yvette @ Little Bento Blog (9 years ago)

I want to go to Luna park!!!!!!!!
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Do it Yvette!! :D x

Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions (9 years ago)

I’ve been to Luna Park a couple of times and loved it. It’s no Australia’s Wonderland but it was good. When we were in California we went to Knotts Berry Farm and it was the most amazing! If you love rollercoasters that is the only place to go, it was awesome! Can’t wait for Wet n Wild to open t here, we will be visiting there for sure!
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    One day I hope to get to Knotts Berry! x

Rita (9 years ago)

I love amusement parks. We have a huge one in Montreal called La Ronde!
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    I think we will need to visit sometime Rita! ;) xx

Trish (9 years ago)

I hope your boy’s scans were ok – only just got your comment from spam .
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Thanks Trish, glad you found my comments okay! ;) xx

Trish (9 years ago)

Great shots here too.
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Grace (9 years ago)

I love Luna Park! I was fortunate enough to go a couple of times back in the 70′s. Loved the swinging chairs that went right over the water, the thing that went round and you ended up getting stuck to the wall and the huge slides with the potato sacks. Sigh! Memories! Your photos are so awesome, CJ! :) x
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    I’m jealous Grace! Wish I’d been let loose in Sydney as a child, those swinging chairs sound like I would have loved them! xxXOoo

indah nuria savitri (9 years ago)

hi thereeee…Love the photos, bring back all those good memories about my childhood and theme parks :D…I still love them till now…cheers from Jakarta :D..

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