Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Luna Park, which is often referred to as Luna Park Sydney or Sydney's Luna Park, has had a complex history. The land on Milsons Point
was originally used from 1923 to 1932 to house workshops and a large steelworks used to build the Sydney Harbor Bridge. After the Bridge was completed, the construction
equipment was removed and an amusement park, based on New York's Luna Park, was built with rides relocated from Luna Park Glendelg. The park operated from 1935 until 1979
when it closed after a fatal fire on the Ghost Train ride. The park reopened in 1982 as Harbourside Amusement Park, but was shuttered again in 1988.
Legislation was passed in 1990 to protect the park. The Park reopened in 1995, but bad weather, poor attendance and vocal opposition from the neighbors
over noise complaints forced the park to close just 13 months later. In 2004, this time with legal protection from legislation
passed by the New South Wales government, the park reopened after a few years of redevelopment and restoration.
Four coasters have left Sydney:
- Big Dipper (1995-1996) was an Arrow Dynamics creation with two loops. It went to Queensland's Dreamworld in 2001 and is called Cyclone.
- Big Dipper (1935-1979) was built in 1930 in Adelaide, Australia, but was moved to Sydney. The wooden coaster featured cars with four
rows of seats. It was damaged in the 1979 fire.
- Geronimo (1982-1988) was a Schwazkopf Jet Star 2 model. From 1991 until 2009 it was Turbo Mountain at Adventure World in
Bibra Lake, Western Australia, but the original electrical spiral lift hill was replaced by a conventional lift hill when it moved.
- Wild Cat (1970-1981) was a type of Schwarzkopf Wildcat model.
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