Luna Park is an amusement park located in Melbourne’s St. Kilda area, overlooking famed Port Phillip Bay. This historic park, which has been in an almost constant working state since it opened in 1912. It is home to both heritage listed attractions and modern thrills, all of which are sure to delight and impress visitors of all ages. Come and spend a day inside Luna Park, the ultimate way to bring more excitement to your travels in Melbourne.
- The Great Scenic Railway – Take a trip on the world’s oldest continually operating roller coaster! The Great Scenic Railway has called Melbourne’s Luna Park home since 1912, and is just as exciting now as it was over 100 years ago. As well as blood-pumping speed and drops, riders on the Great Scenic Railway will also allow you to see amazing views of the Port Phillip Bay. This is one of the few remaining wooden roller coasters in Australia, and one of the last in the world that has a brakeman who rides along to slow and stop the train.
- The Carousel – Sometimes called the Jewel in the Crown of Luna Park, the historical Luna Park Carousel has been there since the beginning. Operating for more than 100 years, the Carousel is a visual masterpieces, containing 68 horses and chariots, all individually hand painted and decorated in minute detail. A colourful centrepiece, the Carousel is the largest and most elaborate carousel left in the southern hemisphere, a must-see (and ride) for any Luna Park visitor.
- Thrill Rides – As well as the old favourites, Luna Park serves up a screaming plateful of crazy thrill rides. These include the spinning Spider, the fish-out-of-water swinging of the Twin Dragon, the stomach-clenching Coney Island Top Drop, the gravity-defying Enterprise and the jaw-dropping Pharaoh’s Curse. The newest addition to this eye-popping collection for the thrill-seeking masses is the Power Surge. There’s not much this ride can’t do, and Luna Park regulars and newbies will have trouble holding onto their wits (and their stomachs) as it twists, turns and spins up to 20 metres in the air.
- Family Friendly Rides – Luna Park is the perfect place to come on a family day out, and there’s no better proof of that than the many family friendly rides available for little Lunies and their parents. These rides include the classic Sky Rider, the bone-chilling Ghost Train, the slippery Silly Serpent coaster and the ever-popular Street Legal Dodgems. These are loved by Luna Park fans of all ages, and are sure to occupy everyone for a day of St. Kilda fun.
- Little Lunies – There aren’t too many amusement parks that cater so well for children, or as Luna Park calls them ‘Little Lunies’, as Luna Park. There’s lots to do for kiddies, and parents will have no problems keeping even the most energetic child satisfied. Hop onto the Red Baron for a trip of many highs and lows, or jump on the Arabian Merry for a magical safari adventure. For those children wanting to experience the excitement of Luna Park by themselves, there’s nothing better then the Bumper Bubbles, a unique water-walking experience.
- Birthday Parties and Events – Anyone can enjoy a birthday or other event celebrations at Luna Park thanks to their function spaces and packages. They have a varied and customisable package deal for all children’s birthday parties, and four dedicated function spaces, as well as park experts to help manage and organise your special day, no matter the occasion.
Luna Park is free to enter and there is no price for watching the rides. However, for those who want to ride, single and unlimited ride passes are available. Prices can differ during peak times, which are around the middle of September to the middle of April. However, tickets purchased online are always at off-peak prices, and can be used anytime in the 12 months after purchasing.
Unlimited Ride Passes
|0-3 years old||$15.95||$15.95|
|4-12 years old||$35.95||$37.95|
|13 years and older||$45.95||$47.95|
Single Ride Passes
|Age Group||One Ride|
|0-3 years old||$4.95|
|4-12 years old||$8.95|
|13 years and older||$10.95|
Family Passes for Unlimited Rides
|Type of Ticket||Off-Peak||Peak|
|Family Pass (For two over 13s and two 4-12s or one over 13 and three 4-12s)||$138.95||$145.95|
|Additional 0-3 year old||$13.55||$13.55|
|Additional 4-12 year old||$30.55||$32.25|
|Additional 13 years and older||$39.05||$40.75|
|0-3 years old||$29.95/person|
|4-12 years old||$45.95/person|
|13 years and olders||$55.95/person|
All birthday party packages include an unlimited ride ticket (height restrictions apply), party food, a streets food pack, novelty party hat and seating on the Party Tram. Optional extras are also available, see onsite for more details.
- Luna Park Food – There are absolutely no restrictions on visitors who want to bring their own food into Luna Park, and although there are no BBQ facilities available there is seating for those wanting to sit and enjoy their meal. However, within Luna Park there are also a variety of carnival food and healthy meal options for visitors wanting to eat on site.
- Restrictions and Accompaniment – As with all ride-based attractions, Luna Park follows strict restrictions and accompaniment rules for its visitors and riders. Some rides have height restrictions, others are not suitable for those suffering from existing medical conditions, or for pregnant women.
- Busyness – Luna Park in Melbourne is a very popular attraction, both with regular locals (affectionately known as Lunies) and travellers, so it can get very busy. This is especially true on weekends and in the school holidays. Due to this, it’s better to arrive early, and consider booking tickets online for priority entry.
- Train – The closest train station is Balaclava Station, and a short walk from here will get you to Luna Park.
- Tram – The 16 and 96 St Kilda are the main trams servicing the Luna Park route. Board these from Flinders Street or Southern Cross.
On Friday December 13th 1912 Luna Park in Melbourne was officially opened, and thousands visited to celebrate the occasion. Since that day, more than a century ago, millions of people spanning three generations have visited the park and fallen in love with its quirky attractions. Rich in history, Luna Park is a Melbourne staple.
Although the park was popular throughout the first world war, it wasn’t until 1923 that its attendance really boomed. This followed renovations and new ride additions, as well as incredible levels of advertisement and (as a result) media coverage.
During the second world war, Luna Park managed to remain partially open. But what was once known as the Place of 50,000 Lights, descended into darkness as per blackout restrictions. With Queen Elizabeth II visit in 1954, the park’s place in Melbourne’s history was cemented.
In 1981, following a vandal-lit fire, several of the older attractions were replaced, and the Great Scenic Railway, Carousel and others were classified by the national trust. In 1994, the Ghost Train joined this list. It wasn’t until 1999 that the mascot of Luna Park, Mr. Moon, received his first ‘facelift’ turning him into the iconic entranceway visible today.
During 2001, Luna Park closed for several months as it was intensely renovated and upgraded. This included the removal of old, unsafe and out of date rides in favour of more modern additions. However, millions were also spent on the restoration and upgrading of the classic amusements, to be inline with modern safety concerns.
In 2012 Luna Park celebrated 100 years of bringing amusement and excitement to the people of Melbourne and beyond, with this looking clear to continue in the future.
- Luna Park in Melbourne was the first of five Luna Parks that were built in Australia. This one, and the park in Sydney, are the only two that remain operational.