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Canberry Fair – Where’d it go?

By jayjay 14 January 2011 28

Can any rioters help me out?

Im trying to find info on the old Canberry Fair.

I have few memories of the water trikes as a kid but not much else.

Anybody know where in Canberra it was located and why it went?

Thanks for your assistance.

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Canberry Fair – Where’d it go?
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TheDancingDjinn 3:59 pm 11 Dec 11

I loved going to Clancy’s on the weekends. The only place i have ever been drunk and going to the bathroom and a peacock walks in and ruffles up his feathers – the place was beautiful, if i were a wealthy business woman i would have bought it just because it looks / looked so nice.

dungfungus 3:32 pm 11 Dec 11

I helped a contractor take the train away – we started it up and did a couple of circuits first – the contractor was a bit tearful remembering all the times he had taken his children there. The venture failed because there were simply not enough people in the region to support it. A similar development at Forster-Tuncurry (Tun-Of-Fun?) failed for the same reasons. The promoters were probably well meaning but over enthusiatic people like the people who started TranACT. The difference is the former used their own money, the latter used ratepayers with no accountability. The ACT Government should note that any proposals for new, larger stadiums and convention centres and very fast trains will fail for the same unviablabilty reasons.

Golden-Alpine 12:42 pm 11 Dec 11

I wonder if Canberra is big enough to support something like this now. After reading the story about the stadium by the lake I thought perhaps this kind of facility by the lake would be ideal. Great setting and still sensitive enough to the location. How cool to see the return of the swans on the lake! Maybe next to an upgraded convention centre with parking facilities that can be used Monday – Friday for commuters.

Paul0075 10:52 am 11 Dec 11

Nice story in Canberra Times about Canberry Fair. Lots of reminiscing and a few photos too.

Special G 10:28 am 16 Jan 11

I remember seeing a girl vomit on the gravitron and wear the whole lot straight back in her face. Sad to see that this type of amusement park didn’t survive in Canberra.

BundahBoy 12:30 am 16 Jan 11

I threw up on the Gravitron. The centrifical force dumped it on everone else except me.

Danman 11:09 pm 14 Jan 11

For my own curiosity I googled Downunderland amusements, and found the following

There it claims that they are planning a bigger and better amusement park, though a simple whois tells me that the website was registered in 2001 and ceases in 2017, so the data on the website need not be current.

Open sources also tell me that Downunderland Amusements Pty. Ltd. (ACT) received an ABN, active from 13 March 2009 and also that Darryl Greggory Webb is an entity that has been trading as “Downunderland Amusements” since 20 Apr 2000, also in the ACT. The whois information found supports the above.

So it appears that Downunderland Amusements is still a legal entity, but whether they are trading or not, or intend to again is to be seen, though I think Canberra does need some local dodgems and a vomitron to keep the kids off the streets

tommy 10:41 pm 14 Jan 11

Try searching in Google for “canberry fair” – heaps of stuff there. tl;dr – it’s in Watson beyond the old drivein next to the petrol station.

Soon the site will be affordable housing.

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