Luna Park

Item details

Name of item: Luna Park
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Recreation and Entertainment
Category: Other - Recreation & Entertainment
Primary address: 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1 Olympic DriveMilsons PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Luna Park has had a major impact on millions of Sydneysiders. It is one of Sydney Harbour's major landmarks and it is juxtaposed with the nearby Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Luna Park is a great and rare surviving example of an amusement park and of the architecture in the art-deco idiom of the 1930s. It is now symbolic of community concern over issues relating to harbour foreshore conservation, recreation, high-rise development, ownership of public estate.

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Date significance updated: 24 Jan 12
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Designer/Maker: Arthur Barton - Luna Park Artist
Physical description: Luna Park has been an amusement park since 1935. Prior to this, the site was used as the Dorman Long workshops where the Sydney Harbour Bridge was fabricated. Prior to this it had been a rail/ferry interchange. It was for this function that the site was cut and filled. The site is naturally bounded by Sydney Harbour to the west, railway land to the north, a cliff face to the east, and Olympic Drive and the Olympic Pool to the south. The curtilage includes the Harbour and its foreshore, the cliff face and land on top of the cliff and Olympic Drive. The Crystal Palace and Coney Island buildings are amusement park architecture which is a mixture of styles including Islamic, French Chateaux and Art deco. Although listed in more detail in other submissions, materials are generally steel frames clad in fibre cement sheet on timber framing. Restored and reopened in January 1995.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Major Alteration
Further information: NSHS0265-0300


Historical notes: Land granted to Robert Ryan 1800. Acquired by Robert Campbell 1801. Passed to son, John Campbell in 1846. Subdivision of surrounding area followed. Wharf established on point 1867. Tram connection from North Sydney 1886. Foreshores resumed by State Government for railway in 1890. New wharf, railway station and tram terminus opened in 1893. 1922 construction of Sydney Harbour Bridge approved. 1924 Railway Station, wharf and tram relocated northwards 250 metres and Dorman Long Bridge workshop established. Bridge opened March 1932. Site vacant by 1933. Luna Park opened 1935. Continued in Operation until Ghost train fire in 1979 led to closure. Re-opened during 1982-1988. Following the release of the Luna Park Plan of Management in 1990 and the Luna Park Site Act 1991, Luna Park underwent a major refurbishment and restoration reopening to the public in January 1995. The lot at 6A Glen St, SP 72642, was removed from the schedule of heritage items in the Draft LEP 2010 to be in alignment with the NSW Heritage Office listing.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. (none)-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as historically rare statewide. This item is assessed as aesthetically rare statewide. This item is assessed as socially rare statewide.
Integrity/Intactness: Removed
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanNorth Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2013I053602 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930269Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonRM 27/9/90 Date Amended: 6/6/95 Yes

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180269

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