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1. They are boarding the ferry at Luna Park, Milson's Point in Sydney Harbor.
2. The Sydney Harbor Bridge.
3. During the week before the quiz, Sydney experienced the heaviest rainfall in a century, with 12" during a 24 hour period.
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It’s odd that you had so few responses. I started looking for amusement parks with clown faces at their entrances and found it right off. I was amazed at the weather in Sydney. I hadn’t heard any reports of the storms there last week.
[How was the weather last week?] Bloody aweful!
You made this very tricky, Colleen, but I'm not sure that it was intentional. Although I'm a Sydneysider, this is a place I haven't been to in years, so I checked it out on Google streetview (which is presumably what a non-local would do). Latest available pic of the wharf is Apr 2010 (www.google.com.au/maps/@-33.849117,151.21049,3a,75y,176.75h...).
Thanks for your talks at the Congress, and at Botany Bay FHS. I hope you enjoyed the harbour ferries and the rest of your OZ/NZ trip.
Take care, Megan
PS The weather is almost good again after the succession of East Coast lows (=subtropical cyclones). It wasn' Katrina, but there sure was a mess. You got out in time!
Yes, I Googled something along the lines of "Amusement Park with Face" also and found it fairly quickly.
Funny sometimes how a slight change in plans, at the last minute, can change the game entirely and in some cases forever. Hope you enjoyed your trip and glad you didn't have any issues getting back!
Picture showed entrance to an amusement park. Om googling "amusement park entances" a similar image for Luna Park in Melbourne came up. Googled "Luna Park" and found image for Luna Park entrance in Sydney. Went to a site which described what to see on the ferry tours. This gave me answers 1 & 2. Googling "last weeks weather in Sydney" gave answer to 3.
Glad you made it out early. I saw the Water Diviner today -- enjoyed greatly. Low and behold, in the middle of it, we had an earthquake -- 4.2. I felt my chair shaking for a few seconds. No one else around me said anything. No one came running. I decided to finish the film. It was almost like it was part of the war scenes. Some theaters seem to shake when other movies are in other sections of the building. Well, I can add it to my list of earthquake experiences. And, I wasn't hallucinating!
I thought it was a very easy quiz too. The hardest part was turning Google Earth around to the front of the clown face. It just didn't want to turn the way I wanted it too. Harbor Bridge was easy because of "under" in the question. I just was unsure of the boat and guessed as it did look like the people were boarding a cruiser.
Keep the quizzes coming. I sure enjoy them.
Started by searching for yellow ramp images. Nothing on a boat. The face had to be an amusement park so tried Amusement Park. Mostly got the pictures of rides. Amusement Park Face gave me pictures of the Luna Park in Sydney Harbor. Google maps indicated the warfs and bridge. It is a great amusement park entrance.
I looked up your schedule. You spent a busy April in Australia. I gather this is one of your pictures.
The weather is wet with rain. The small roof of the ferry stop is wet as is the concrete on the ferry wharf. Looking at the people catching the ferry even though they have no umbrellas, the hair on the first person looks wet and the woman appears to be holding the front of her hair/head.
Luna Park Sydney (originally Luna Park Milsons Point, also known as Sydney's Luna Park) is an amusement park located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Luna Park is located at Milsons Point, on the northern shore of Sydney Harbour.
The park was constructed at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge during 1935, and ran for nine-month seasons until 1972, when it was opened year-round. Luna Park was closed in mid-1979, immediately following the Ghost Train fire, which killed six children and one adult. Most of the park was demolished, and a new amusement park was constructed; this originally operated under the name of Harbourside Amusement Park before resuming the Luna Park name. The park was closed again in 1988 as an independent engineering inspection determined that several rides needed urgent repair. The owners failed to repair and reopen the park before a New South Wales government deadline, and ownership was passed to a new body. Reopening in 1995, Luna Park closed again after thirteen months because of the Big Dipper rollercoaster: noise pollution complaints from residents on the clifftop above the park caused the ride's operating hours to be heavily restricted, and the resultant drop in attendance made the park unprofitable. After another redevelopment, Luna Park reopened in 2004 and has continued operating since.
Luna Park is one of two amusement parks in the world that are protected by government legislation; several of the buildings on the site are also listed on the Register of the National Estate and the NSW State Heritage Register. The park has been utilised as a filming location for several movies and television shows.
Based on the enormous smiling faces at Luna Park, Melbourne, Australia and Steeplechase Park in the United States, Luna Park's 9-metre-wide (30 ft) smiling face, as well as its flanking towers, have presided over the main entrance for almost all of the park's existence. There have been eight distinct faces, installed in 1935, 1938, 1939, 1946, 1950, 1973,
1982, and 1994. The seventh Face was donated to the Powerhouse Museum in May 1994. The eighth and current Face, completed in 1994 and carved from polyurethane, is based on Arthur Barton's 1950 "Old King Cole" version.
Stretching from the Face to Coney Island, the Midway has always been the main thoroughfare of Luna Park. The Midway, as it has always done, allows access throughout the main section of the park. It is the focus of many activities and amusements, and provides access to the Crystal Palace, Big Top, and Coney Island, along with the majority of Luna Park's permanent rides.
Beginning life in 1935 as a dodgem hall and office space, the Crystal Palace has seen many uses over the park's history, including as a dance hall, a BMX track, a games arcade, and a restaurant and bar.
Since the 2004 reopening, Crystal Palace has been host to four of the seven rooms used by Luna Park's functions business. The main room stretches across the entire lower floor of Crystal Palace, and is often used for wedding receptions and other large social functions. The Midway-facing exterior of the building is host to numerous sideshow games, such as the Laughing Clowns, Crazy Crooners, and Goin Fishin'.
Constructed during the 2003 redevelopment on the site of the Ghost Train, the Big Top (originally to be named the Luna Circus) is a fully licensed, multi-purpose venue capable of seating 2,000 people (this capacity can increase to 3,000 for standing-only concerts). The modular design of the stage and seating allows the entire venue to be easily reconfigured for different event types, and the concrete
building is heavily soundproofed to cut down on noise pollution. Examples of events run in the Big Top include concerts (including shows from Kylie Minogue's Anti Tour and the annual Come Together Music Festival), award shows and presentations (like the inaugural MTV Australia Video Music Awards or the live finals for the 2005-2008 seasons of Australia's Next Top Model), sporting tournaments (like the Australia Mixed Martial Arts Cage Fighting Championship and the 2013 Sydney Darts Masters), trade shows, and other large events.
First constructed in 1935, Coney Island - Funnyland is the only operating example of a 1930s funhouse left in the world. Although some changes have been made over the years, the layout is almost identical to when Luna Park opened in 1935. The design was based on funhouses in Europe and the United States, and contains rotating barrels, moving platforms, large slides, and arcade games.
Today's Coney Island is also host to the restored artworks of Arthur Barton, along with photographs and memorabilia spanning Luna Park's 70-year history. The slides and amusements are the same ones first used in 1935, but modified to meet modern safety standards. The amusements were saved from the 1981 demolition by the 'Friends of Luna Park' action group, who purchased them for $9,200, on the condition that they remain in the heritage-listed building.
Named after Tony Maloney, a long-time Luna Park employee, Maloney's Corner was built on land purchased from the New South Wales government and the State Rail Authority during the 1994 development, so that supports for the Big Dipper could be built. During the 2003 redevelopment, this area was paved over and the Kids Rides, Ranger, and Spider were relocated here from the Midway, to provide room for other developments. In addition, temporary rides hired by Luna Park for use during peak periods (such as school holidays) are set up in this area.
- Hair Raiser - A 50-metre (160 ft) Larson International Super Shot drop tower added to the park in 2013. - Wild Mouse - A Wild Mouse roller coaster, Luna Park's Wild Mouse was first installed in 1962, and although it has been disassembled and removed on several occasions, it has always returned. After the closure of Wonderland Sydney in 2004, the - Wild Mouse - became the only permanent roller coaster in New South Wales.
- Ferris Wheel - Standing 35 metres tall, the 24 gondola Ferris wheel was introduced to the park during the 1982 Harbourside development. - Rotor - Luna Park's Rotor - was first installed in 1951. It was continually a popular ride until its demolition at the end of 1986. A slightly smaller Rotor was constructed during the 1995 redevelopment. - Carousel - a carousel by John H. Rundle Ltd. - Tango Train - A Music Express. - Tumblebug - A 1988 HUSS Troika, the Tumblebug was installed in 1995. The ride, named after the Tumble Bug operated by Luna Park from 1935 to 1973, is the only one of its type in Australia. - Dodgem City - An eighteen car dodgem hall, Dodgem City is the latest in a series of dodgem car tracks constructed in the park, beginning with the one inside Crystal Palace in 1935. - Moon Ranger - The only HUSS Ranger in Australia. - Spider - A HUSS Breakdance installed during the 1995 redevelopment, the Spider received its name from the park's 1938 ride. - Kids' Rides - Luna Park is also host to four rides designed specifically for children. These are: Whirly Wheel - A miniature Ferris wheel. Magic Castle Space Shuttle U-Drive - A 'train' of cars propelled around a small track.
To get to Luna Park
Luna Park is located at Milsons Point, under the northern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s super easy to get to by train, ferry, bus or car. To plan your trip and view public transport timetables visit transportnsw.info.
Service Update: From Monday 27th to Friday 8th May there will be no Ferry service to the Milsons Point wharf. To get to Luna Park, you will need to catch a bus service from McMahon's Point, a T1 North Shore and Northern line train to Milsons Point Station, or walk from Kirribilli Wharf on the F5 Neutral Bay Ferry Loop.
How Ida and Roger Solved the Puzzle the Hard Way
Wow, this was tough!
This is the exit from the Sydney Harbour Ferry in Australia; they are presumably getting off. The sun-shaped figure is the entrance to Luna Park in Sydney, and two block to the right is the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The temperature there two weeks ago today was between about 60 and 73 F, with just under an inch of rain.
I should really have gotten this more quickly. I found the sign that says Olympic Drive, and knew you had posted another shot from Australia recently, but didn't put the two together. I spent lots of time looking in Vancouver before, in some Google search, stumbling across Luna Park in Coney Island. I wasted about 15 minutes there before deciding it was the wrong place.
Once I found the right part of the world, the rest was pretty easy. Nice quiz, not very many good visual clues to help you narrow down a search, but just enough.
I skipped the obvious and got all over complicated on this one. The behavior of the people suggested they were trying to protect themselves from a hail storm. But totally forgetting the Australian theme, I tried to find a park in the LA area that ended in an A. Tough luck.
After a day of having totally abandoned the project, I came back and decided to expand my search to Florida. Well, it was south and west instead of east where I should have looked for. But still, that prompted me to keep expanding my horizons.
Then it hit me. I needed a totally new approach and forget hail storms, since they were quite common all over the place during this month, and focus instead on the park's entrance. So a simple search of "face facade park" was all that was needed in the first place. The images provided the name of the park. But not the location.
So by googling "Luna Park" I was suddenly in Coney Island. Since I've been there several times and live only 3 miles from the place, it seemed illogical that I did not remember that facade at all. I went on street view to refresh my memory and everything was just as I had left it.
So I went back to google and tried "luna park" again, and went to the images. All of them had Australian urls. So searching for "Luna Park Sydney" was the way to go. Maps, street views and news about Sydney's weather provided for the rest of the answers.
Sunday (71, lo 60), Mon. and Tues (63, lo 57), Wed (64, lo 56), Thurs. (70, lo 57), Friday (82, lo 60), Sat. (82, lo 57) -- all degrees.
A slow-moving storm has hammered parts of eastern Australia's New South Wales province with damaging winds and destructive flooding, and some Sydney residents have been urged to evacuate.
The BBC reported that three people were found dead in the town of Dungog. All three deaths were elderly people trapped in their homes by quickly rising floodwaters. Homes were swept away as over 12 inches (312 millimeters) of rain in just 24 hours swamped the town of about 2,100 residents 135 miles north of Sydney, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).
"To give you a sense of the size and scope, in Dungog, there's more rain that has come down in the last 24 hours than they have seen in a 24-hour period for the past century", said Mike Baird, NSW premier, in a separate BBC report.
State Emergency Services Deputy Commissioner Steve Pearce said at least 20 people had already been rescued in the worst storms for more than five years, and there were still numerous people caught in dangerous situations on the state's central and north coasts.