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We Found A Little Bit of Coney Island Down Under in Australia

Where: Australia
March 24, 2014 at 1:32 PM | by | ()

Wandering around Sydney and Melbourne, travelers will eventually look to grab a postcard to send home to friends and family. Amongst the shots of beaches, kangaroos, and the Opera House, one relatively scary image is that of Australia's very own amusement park, Luna Park.

The iconic gate tempting thrill-seekers of all ages can be found across Sydney's Harbour Bridge at Kirribilli as well as the sea-side shores of St. Kilda in Melbourne. Pass through Mr Moon's delightfully scary mouth and head into a small park that is more like a flashback into yesteryear of roller-coasters, sideshows, and games than the modern-day monoliths of Six Flags and Universal.

Entry is free of charge for both parks, so it might be worth a spin around the grounds to check out the Ferris wheels, carousels, and hair-raising coasters clacking around the track. Unlimited ride passes range in price from $19.95 for the gentler rides to $40.95 for bigger kids' rides.

Melbourne's park was the first of five to open around Australia and celebrates its 102nd birthday later this year. The grounds also feature the Scenic Railway coaster, which is the oldest continually-operating roller coaster in the world and sports a standing operator between the cars to slow the coaster. Even cooler, riders can score some unobstructed views of Port Phillip Bay at the top of the tracks.

It might not be everybody's cup of tea, but these parks make up the fabric of each of these cities and still turn out some screams and scares. A little bit of Coney Island with a touch of Down Under can't be that bad, right?

[Photo: Jaunted]

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