Though it’s hard to imagine now, the park behind Tamarama Beach was once home to a very colourful amusement park. In 1887, the Royal Aquarium and Pleasure Grounds was established here, and exhibits included sharks, seals and a penguin, as well as roller coasters, sword contests, tightrope walkers and roller-skating rinks.
In 1906, the park evolved into Wonderland City, and featured a miniature railway along the cliff tops as well as an airship, suspended above the beach.
Wonderland City closed in 1911, and in 1920 the land became Tamarama Park. Today, there is a fantastic café, playground and BBQ area that’s perfect for families – and it’s a great pit-stop if you’re doing the Coastal Walk.