If you didn't go to Canberry Fair, did you really grow up in Canberra in the 80s?
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If you didn't go to Canberry Fair, did you really grow up in Canberra in the 80s?

Remember when the silhouette of a rollercoaster used to dominate the skyline heading into Canberra from Sydney?

As a kid in the 1980s, Canberry Fair was the ULTIMATE. You'd go with your family, on a school excursion or - if you were lucky enough - for a birthday party.

Canberra's very own theme park opened in December 1981 and was part historical village, part zoo, part theatre and dining precinct. The Uncanny X-Men, The Cockroaches and even John Farnham played there over the years. Canberry Fair relaunched as Australia Park in 1987 and sadly came to a close in 1991.

Check out the images of Canberry Fair we found in The Canberra Times archives.

Heather Carter from Randwick, Sydney, left, and Rebecca Johnston of Reid on the Red Baron aircraft ride at Canberry Fair.

Heather Carter from Randwick, Sydney, left, and Rebecca Johnston of Reid on the Red Baron aircraft ride at Canberry Fair.

Photo: ACT Heritage Library/The Canberra Times Collection

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