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Farewell Magic Mountain

Presenter: Ashley Walsh

Sunday, 18 July  2004 

Luna Park opened at Glenelg in 1930. The amusements were relocated to Sydney where Luna Park opened in 1935. (Picture courtesy Holdfast Bay History Centre)

The historic carousel will not be lost to Glenelg but will be incorporated into the new entertainment complex which will open in the new nine storey development.

The mini golf has always been a popular activity for the whole family to enjoy. Famous structures were incorporated into the layout including models of the Eiffel Tower and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

A trip to Magic Mountain wouldn't be the same unless you copped a "drenching" at the bumper boats.

The end of an era at Glenelg

Magic Mountain has graced the beachfront at Glenelg since December 1982.

The seaside suburb has long been a premier tourist destination for locals and visitors alike and has a long history of amusement park entertainment.

In 1930 Luna Park opened on more or less the same site as Magic Mountain occupies today. Many people will remember the sideshow alley and ferris wheel which operated alongside Magic Mountain for many years.

Although a popular destination for the young and the young at heart, Magic Mountain hasn't been without its critics. Much of the criticism has been targetted at the design, which has been likened to a "giant dog dropping".

Magic Mountain's attractions were many and varied including the historic carousel, mini-golf, bumper boats, dodgem cars, sky cycles, pinball machines and four waterslides.

However, the final stage of the Holdfast Shores development requires Magic Mountain to be demolished. The area will become open space and an entertainment complex will be incorporated into a new high rise development.

Magic Mountain closed its doors for the final time on Sunday July 18. Many of the amusements and fittings were auctioned on Wednesday July 21.

More Magic Mountain Pictures

Ashley Walsh visits Magic Mountain


Last Updated: 18/07/2004 9:53:00 AM ACST

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